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ancient turkish bows
« on: September 26, 2009, 02:15:58 AM »
 I found this sort of amazing, the longest arrow ever shot was about 845 m or about 1/2 a mile with a turkish bow the ottomans used in old days.

After the death of Mahmud II in 1839, archery declined. The living art of Turkish bowyery was lost in the 1930s with the death of the last bowyer and famous calligrapher, Neçmeddin Okyay; it has since been revived.[2] For many years their efficiency and excellency could be seen from historical records, where in the Ottoman Era the record distance for an arrow shot was 845.5m. (Bows made only of wood have been much less suited to flight archery; the northern European flight archery record to 1910 was 340m, achieved with a long-bow of Osage-orange wood, and a force of over 700N or 157 lb was needed to draw the bow.) In 1910 an archery contest was held on the beach at Le Touquet, France, where Ingo Simon was able to shoot an arrow 434 m using an old Turkish composite bow requiring a force of 440N or 99 lb[3].

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Re: ancient turkish bows
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2009, 07:20:39 AM »

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