November 19, 2007

Shooting stuff with different things

Follow-up to Shooting stuff from Contemplating the Frame

Saturday morning was interesting as I got to try a number of different bows on the field archery beginners course.

Started with the normal recurve bow I’ve been using for the last few weeks, but using a few new tricks and techniques.

We then tried a traditional flatbow which was very different and a lot harder to get on target, though I didn’t do too badly.

I then got to use a 50lb longbow – about as basic as you can get. Very interesting to shoot with. The draw was quite tough but not too difficult and I managed to get 4 arrows to hit the target from 30 yds so not bad there. 100 arrows later no doubt my arm would be dead but it was fun.

Finally I tried a compound bow of a similar draw to the longbow. Just not as interesting to shoot really and you feel less involved in what you are doing.

At the moment I will stick to the 30lb recurve as I feel most comfortable with it, but I have to say if I decide to try others more regularly it will be in the longbow/flatbow direction rather than the compound.

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