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How Far Will a Bow & Arrow Kill?

No, Oliver, this is not a video on mudshark dating techniques. But for you brothers who actually have a bow, this might get you closer to a line dancing opportunity.

Okay, if I’m a feral pig, Scott, this ghost-voiced old killer with the bow, is the Devil. People generally do not realize how close most ancient ballistic weapons were used for effect, so I thought that this video would provide some context for the ancient archery discussion. Even with more powerful bows plied by more powerful men, once armor is added to enemy troops you are talking about in your face archery—literally, in your face.

Keep in mind that armor piercing tips are very similar to the field tips shown early in the video, meaning they cause a minimal bleed, which means that for kills with armor piercing arrows you are looking for head shots. There were records of Mongol horse archers pinning helmets to Russian heads. With the English longbow men, who practiced volley fire, you primarily had disabling shots with the armor-piercing arrows to horse, limb and body, and then either a finishing shot to the face, or—once the French nights really armored up at Agincourt—the English yeomen would go in with their sledge hammers and picks, which they used for digging defensive works and planting stakes and then it was like a giant lobster feast in a muddy hell. Keep in mind, that when a French night was downed [In fact, the French got sick of having their horses shot out from under them, so left them behind and walked in all of that armor through the mud,], he may have had heavier armor, but he was not nearly as strong as the archers, and strength was a huge deal in employing the types of heavy weapons required to crush or open steel plate armor.

I am really impressed with the humane and responsible manner in which the hunter expresses his parameters.

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WellRead EdJuly 25, 2016 9:27 AM UTC

Early in the Revolutionary War, Ben Franklin advocated that the Continental Army be armed with long bows. His reasoning was that the long bow was easier to master, and had a higher rate of fire than a musket. Since the tactics of the day involved standing, rank and file, in the open and delivering volley fire, he may have had a point.

Another interesting facet of archery is Saracen archery; they engaged targets near and far, and were considered some of the most lethal combatants of the day.