Category: bow and arrow


Mucked around with shooting thumb draw today, with I’d have been able to get a better(more flattering) angle.

Before anyone starts, I’ve been shooting for nearly a decade, my elbow and shoulders were locked, yes I should have aimed with my hips more instead of my arms but I was trying to lob the arrow high and down into the centre of the footy pitch.

I’ve noticed that the thumbdraw with that flick at the end sends the arrow pretty damn straight, I’m going to keep practicing with it and hope that next time I get the chance to shoot I’ll have a better camera angle


Various stages of in “full kit”

I need a new mail shirt though because this one is about 18kg of all round riveted rings. Instead of having 4:1 solid.

Decided to put everything on because the on season is coming up and I need to see if I have to alter anything.


Excited archery noises


Started some arrows for tomorrow’s school demonstration.

I’ve already got 4 made up for armour piercing purposes, but I intend on making several that are just target points for regular shooting


Thought I’d upload the actual video as well, quality is better than on YouTube


Managed to take a video of me shooting today, needed to send it to the bowyer so he could see it in action.

Link to the video:


Shot process form checks, figured I’d upload them here as people use them to help draw archers.

I need to keep my elbow higher on lock at the end of my draw, that way my shoulders take the majority of the weight as opposed to my arms.

I’m not the fittest, around the middle so yeah bit overweight, but that’s not the point here.

For those interested, bow is Hereby/Ballinderry style, made of Australian Pink Ash, and is 85#@30"


Made it to full 30" tonight, now I’ve just got to work on consistently reaching that draw with an arrow on the string.

New arrows arrived this morning while I was at…

New arrows arrived this morning while I was at my anatomy exam, 24 full 31” arrows with 5” fletching, damn if I’m not gonna say this was the best morning this week


I feel I may have made a mistake…

So, for those who’ve known my blog for a while, you know that I’m an archer.

For those who didn’t, there you go.

My mistake might have been that I just bought 12 carbon arrows with screw points from eBay for cheap with free shipping. Like a dozen for maybe AU$26.

My next mistake was, I bought some larp arrow tips, like the big foam ones not the golf ball ones, for about AU$45-50 with free shipping.

I can’t remember the exact amount off the top of my head, but the point is that if they all fit into each other, I’ll have subverted the 6 for $80 larp arrow problem.

The reason I’m getting this shit is because, I went to the Armidale gathering this year at the end of March, it’s held in a pine forest, now as a reenactor Ive currently only got access to padded javelins as a ranged weapon, however if I can get enough people ok with me using these arrows in combat, while using the same rule set for Non-combatant peltasts, I can make a significant difference to my side, more so than with just a sword and shield.

So stay tuned.