Archers are never bored, #7

Oooh look, coach hung a tiny marshmallow in front of the target, its probably a dry one, and oooh so tiny! Challenge accepted >ω>

1st arrow little too high, 2nd one a little low, 3rd one…

*splurt* aaaaaaah yuck!!! wasnt dry =△= oh well i got it before any of the sight- using recurves did :3 *goes triumphantly to clean up arrow*

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Double Shot How-to :3

here is how to do a double shot, 2 arrows at the same time 😀 as seen here.

First of all, you will need a bow that fits the following description:

  1. Either no arrow rest (finger shooter) or a simple shelf arrowrest like on this one for example.
  2. No button or clicker or any other gadget sticking out in that area.
  3. Your nocking point marker should be as small and unobtrusive as possible, or ideally nonexistent.

If you don’t have a bow like that, you can also make a really primitive bow such as this one here, it is very easy, cheap and fast to do.

Secondly, there is a safety precaution: Start from a short distance, 8m or 10m is enough. The reason being is that your bow is now launching twice the mass so the arrow trajectory will change. Slowly increase the distance while practicing to learn the new trajectory and avoid broken arrows.

Now, how to shoot!

Loading the arrows:

The first arrow goes as normal. The second one goes on top. Make sure the fletchings are not in the way for eachother, leave a gap. You might want to tilt your bow so the arrows do not slide around at first.

Gripping the bowstring:

-If you have click-nocks: proceed as normal but leave a bigger gap between your fingers so the nocks do not get pushed together.

-If you have sliding nocks: Put your index finger on top, middle finger between the arrows, ring finger below.

The Draw:

The torque of your fingers on the bowstring should be enough to push the arrows against the bow and prevent them both from rotating away. In the case that your nocks are very loose, you can grab them between your fingers and exert that torque manually. This may result in some fishtailing in the release but that can be minimised with practice.

Release: proceed as usual.

How to aim!

Up/down/left/right movement of bow will steer both arrows in the respective directions.

To increase vertical distance between the arrows, push the nocks closer together. (Beware, only few milimeters difference on the bow = ~0.5m on the target at medium distance)

To induce a horizontal distance (eg. shoot multiple enemies running toward you, etc) tilt the bow sideways. Be sure to take into account lost draw length if you do this.

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have fun with the double shot ^_^

kitty hugs to all~

Joouna

Archers are never bored. #6

Did you think that the double arrow shot of Legolas in LOTR was all cgi? Well, you were correct 😛 but it is not the only way. It can be done 100% real, and it is completely safe and aimable! 😀 Stay tuned for the next post where I will describe in detail how to do it! After all, archery is all about “do try this at home”!

kitty hugs to all~

~Joouna