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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
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
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.
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.
most every man probably many woman that ever lived, up until recent centuries mastered the bow and made ridiculous shots. to the extent that written history could never capture a slight percentage of it. what really happened was this.. billions of pupil shots were made, over the eons..
Total gibberish really, just take the longbow, they were used to fire arrows on a ballistic trajectory so all the energy at impact came from gravity so it rally doesn't matter how powerful the bow was as long as it can put an arrow 250-300 yards downrange they're going to hit with the same kind of force.
Being a Sámi, or "Finn" as many people call us, I am curious as to where the makers of this video found the information on "Finn the archer?" I am something of a history geek and so far I have never heard about this particular episode. At one point, the Sámis were taxed by 3 diffrent governments (App. 1630 and onwards for quite some time) The Norwegians/Danes, the Swedes and the Russians.
Needless to say, many herders and trappers/hunters spent most of their time satisfying the tax-collectors under threats of violence and death to both themselves and their families. However, un-penetrated beaver pelts were of high value. 1 one these could count as 10 normal beaverpelts.
The trick was to shoot the beaver in the eye! Now... I don't know much about beavers as they are extinct in this region (Probably due to the centuries-long taxation) but it sounds like an extremly hard shot....
Maybe an archer can answer me on this? Did any of you guys went beaverhunting with a bow and arrow? Canadians...? Russians...?
Áilo, the Finn. :-)
Just as a note on the Spartans surrendering to the archers - this was towards the end of the dominance of the Spartans when the quality of their troops was declining due to a variety of factors and they had already lost several battles which didn't involve odds of 300 versus 1 million.
In other words, they weren't the elites which we think of when we think about Spartans today.
Really, Mongols are more deadly than a Marine at 400 yards? There are 3 different classes of shooters in the Marines with Expert being the best, Sharpshooter next, and Marksman being the minimum to even become a Marine. It makes me laugh when people like you say things like this when they have no idea what they are talking about. Not trying to be rude or mean but you have misrepresented the Marines and our capabilities. At 400 yards you can see the arrow coming and can step to the side where as a Marine that is an Expert will drop you before your brain even hears the shot. I guess saying this makes your video get more hits even though it is not true. Sorry to burst your bubble.
no longbow can pierce plate armour. no matter the draweight. rather bowmen were dangerous cause they could kill horses and lesser armoured soldiers pretty easily. but the volley of arrows is said to have been able to knock people over and to the ground by sheer weight and impact. wich could pose a serious problem for heavily armed soldiers.
Really disappointing that you included a bunch of stuff that was clearly made up like sinking a ship with one arrow and didn't mention the Battle of Crecy, a real and well documented historical event that was both an incredible feat of archery and had deep and lasting effects on wider society, not just the conflict it occurred in.
The archery aspect, by concentrating the fire power of massed longbows a small force of a few thousand tired and hungry men on foreign soil defeated an army at least three times larger belonging to the foremost martial kingdom of the Western world at the time in what turned out to be an almost entirely one-sided encounter with a few hundred causalities on one side and many, many thousands on the other including perhaps a third of their higher aristocracy.
Its importance, was the first major battle between two large powers to be decisively resolved by projectile weaponry rather than hand to hand fighting, so in that sense was the beginning of modern warfare. It also demonstrated for the first time in feudal Europe that armoured, mounted knights could be easily defeated by commoners wielding bows, which turned upside down the prevailing idea of society divided in to the three estates of the priesthood, the aristocracy and the commoners in which the aristocracy were "those who fought" and represented an unstoppable martial presence on the battlefield who maintained order and protected the realm. It did as much as the indiscriminate nature of the Great Plague which followed a few years later to erode the feudal structure of society as everyone now realised that commoners, previously "those who worked", had in one afternoon become "those who fought" and removed the justification for the privileges of the landed class.
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