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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.

October 22, 2007

Shooting stuff

I’ve signed up for a 6 week beginners course in field archery. The Grauniad ran a piece on it in a recent supplement so I thought I’d have a go.

Field archery differs from target archery in that you walk a course of targets rather than shooting at a big target in an open field. Instead you are shooting through woodland at varying ranges, target sizes and conditions – light, trees in the way etc etc.

So far it’s been very enjoyable. The club, March Hare Archers based at Throckmorton, is very well run and the instructor is great. So far I’ve missed the target once in two weeks (not shooting from the greatest range it has to be said…) and seem to be getting the hang of keeping arrows within a close group when shooting.

I’ve been shooting a 24lb bow and next week move up to a 28lb so it will be interesting to see how that goes.

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