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12/5/05 7:37 PM
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Trunk
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Edited: 05-Dec-05
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How would you rate the following bows in terms of how far they can shoot an arrow? 1. English Longbow 2. The bow used by the Mongols 3. Top-quality modern commercial-quality compound bow with highest fps rating you can find (regardless of let-off percentage).
12/5/05 9:08 PM
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Edited: 05-Dec-05
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Hi Trunk, Without going out and fabricating special arrows, making both direct and indirect shots and standardising poundages, this is difficult to quantify. Just on the arrows, the longbow arrow weighs more and is longer than the Mongol arrow. As for the modern bow, you can get arrows of all sorts of weights and with all sorts of heads, all designed to do different things. Stu.
12/7/05 3:32 PM
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Edited: 07-Dec-05
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I personally think it is like firearms in the fact that it is the person using them not really the weapon.
12/11/05 1:52 AM
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Edited: 11-Dec-05
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Actually, it's well established that the Turkish composite bow (similar to other Asiatic composite bow types) can send an arrow much further than the English longbow. Sir Ralph Payne-Gallwey noted this a long time ago. However, these extremely long-range shots were made with special flight arrows. In actual warfare, both weapons seem to have been used at comparable ranges.

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