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By now we’re going to guess that approximately all of you have seen this video of Lars Anderson kicking more ass with a bow and arrow than all of Legolas’ scenes in the extended edition of the Lord of the Rings combined. While many have been quick to point out that Anderson’s abilities and claims in that video are hyperbolic, it’s still rekindled an interest in archery. So we decided to compile a list of some of the most awesome (verifiable) acts of arrow-based badassery from history.
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10. Mongol Bowman Could Hit Targets Better Than Modern Riflemen
9. English Longbowmen Had Buff Skeletons
8. King Amenhotep II and the Brass Plates
7. Nasu no Yoichi and His Fan Shot
6. Demosthenes’ Archers Made Spartans Surrender
5. Lu Bu Stopped a Fight With One Arrow
4. Minamoto no Tametomo Once Sunk a Ship With a Single Arrow by Accident
3. Yue Fei Could Hit Nine Bullseyes in a Row
2. Finn, the Man Who Hit Another Archer’s Bow
1. Jebe, the Archer Who Shot Genghis Khan’s Favorite Horse
The engagement range for modern weapons isn't based on how far the weapon can actually fire, but how far it is deemed effective during battle conditions. Same way the rate of fire under SOPs is fractions of the actual rate of fire.
As a Former Marine I'd like to say I could easily shoot you at 800m with iron sites. I have no doubt that it could even do this at 1000m WITH iron sites. Can't say the same for those I served with, some of those guys sucked lol
Just another thought about WIlliam Marshal he would appear in the top ten of "rising from rags to riches". Starting out as the uncared for second son of an unimportant knight to Head of the Regency Council for Henry III of England and the richest man in the remains of the Angevin Empire.
I find the Jebe story interesting. It is similar to William Marshal and Richard I of England, where William killed Richard's horse with a lance and their subsequent meeting. Perhaps Jebe and William be included in another top ten?
Spartans were feared for their synergy in groups and their aggressive combat style that relied on intellect and trained instincts. Them learning combat from a young age mandatorily meant they had a better comprehension of combat than their opponents and relied less on chains of command.
One Arab tribe was famous of archery and accuracy. The story tells one night 40 of them were setting near the fire and they heard a sound. They all shot their arrows towards the sound and in the morning they found a cat shot with 40 arrows.
@Brendton R Normally shoot recurve. Had a go with a friend's longbow once. After an hour I felt that my shoulders were never going to be the same again. When I asked him what the poundage was he just grinned and said, "A lot!" There again he 'looks like' a medieval archer (Bloody great daft lump!). I could barely raise my pint to my lips by the evening.
Oof, you were doing great till you started talking about the Spartans Simon. 90% of the praise you heaped upon them was Spartan propaganda that has persisted through the ages. Please do more thorough research -- in fact, do a video about the top 10 nonsense people believe about Sparta that we now know is utter hogwash!
I'm an archer and i have serious doubts of the validity of #1. Modern compound bows would struggle to hit a target at 500 metres or half a kilometre with any accuracy. Korean archers shoot to 145 metres, which I believe would be about the longest distance anyone would regularly practice hitting a target. Although I believe for the longest distance shot in battle that title would go to the middle eastern archers who would fire a bow laying on their backs using their feet to hold the bow and both hands to draw. I doubt this form would provide any form of accuracy and was merely an ancient form of carpet bombing.
Longbow didn't go through plate armor. If it did, England would've conquered all France in the 100 year war. In the Battle of Agincourt were the English used all their arrows, most French men at arms were capture and then executed, not killed in battle.
Stationary targets, sure they may not have a large amount of time, but it would be seconds as far as I am aware. When you have to shoot a moving person in an environment without clear sites and unpredictable weather- that is different.
Umm didnt you forget to tell that it was that all the cover on the island burnt up after a Spartan accidental burnt it all up and that was the reason the Archer was effective before that they wad just taking up space
Paul it is simply learning to pull back correctly and developing muscle memory then sighting down the arrow until you hit the same point. Then the trick is moving back 5 yards or meters. I would start at 15 to allow for archers parallax. That is the "S ing" of the arrow as it leaves the bow.
Compounds are more convenient to use than traditional bows but not as accurate, in my experience. I have a well made compound, longbow and recurve. I have been shooting since midteens, my favorite is the recurve followed by the longbow. The compound is minute of deer at 40 yards.
Yue Fei taught eagle claw to his troops and xing yi to his officers so the officers would always have an advantage if challenged by one of their men, which was quite common then. still talked about in the hsing i community. the man would have taken the gauntlet right out of Thanos' hand and gone for the heart and the head at once
So you're just going to forget about Arjuna?
Who is probably the most badass Archer in the history ever.
Hawkeye was literally a Rip-off of him. He's even named after one of the most popular incident by Arjuna.
@Keith Chamberlain Saying Somerset was English 2,500 years ago is like trying to say it was modern Americans who won the Battle of the Little Big Horn, just because they now live on the land taken from Native Americans. With Anglo-Saxons not arriving to the island of 'Britain' until the 5th Century AD, this isn't, in fact debatable. It's all a question of history, not geography. Even later in the Middle Ages, Welsh archers were famous throughout the medieval period, with 500 helping Henry V win at Agincourt, even though he was heavily outnumbered. The English adopted the bow because of it's phenomenal effectiveness.
There are quite a few more Chinese stories about archery I think should be on the list as well, for example Li Guang, who is a famous general, once went hunting and saw a tiger hiding in the grass, he took a shot at it, when he went to check, to his surprise it was just a tiger looking rock, and his arrow has gone so deep into the rock he can only see the tip of the feathers.
any archery myth claiming reliable accuracy beyond a certain degree (the actual measure will change with the bow and arrow in question) is either hyperbolised or just straight up false: arrows bend when fired and don't stop rebending from it until after they hit something and have more than just air to dump the excess energy into (this actually helps keep the flightpath straighter, quite accidentally but still) so the arrowhead will hit anywhere within a relatively large area even on a dead perfect shot. those longbows for instance would have had the arrowhead wobbling by about half the width of this comment while a modern carbon-fiber target shooting arrow would be closer to the width of the comment button.
note: that doesn't mean impossibly accurate *single* shots are automatically false, just claims about someone being able to do it reliably...oh, and any splitting-the-arrow feat is just plain not gonna work: the grain in the shaft will lead something cutting it out the side and the incoming arrow would work it'self off aim on the way in even if it hit dead on, heck, just from the wobble alone this doesn't even work with hollow shafts and a round tip the width of the shaft...reallllllly easy for those claims to have actually happened and just been misinterpreted later as the split going all the way down though, especially if the target is the thing doing the splitting since it just has to hit anywhere within that wobble radius.
And fifth, for single long-distance shots, we use sniper rifles. That would be a more accurate comparison. And given there have been multiple confirmed kills from 800 meters and up, the records consisting of over a mile, you’re wrong in yet another way.
Well where to start with your idiocy... First-off the US military currently uses the M4 because modern warfare is much more urban and close-quarter based. Comparing a weapon designed for that to archery which was used in an era where open-field battle was the norm is so ridiculous a child would know better. Second before that we used the M-16 prior which had a longer effective distance than the arrow in general. Third, rifles have two predominant distance guages for max effectiveness, area and point target effectiveness, which one are you (poorly) trying to compare? Fourth, the Army and Marines are different branches, you guys don’t even bother to inform yourselves of that.
If memory serves correctly, Douglas Fairbanks, the actor who played Robin Hood in the ‘20’s, was a remarkable archer. His prowess was responsible for the rest Robin Hood because he could shoot an arrow into an arrow already in the bullseye
funny how he says Lars Anderson is hyperbolic then goes on to say that mongols were more accurate than modern rifles. He totally overlooks the fact that their talking about into a massed formation of men. Not indevidyal targets like a rifle would be firing at.
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