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    Longest Archery shot ever?? Anybody knows??

    Just out of curiosity it would be interesting to know how far it has been shot with a bow and arrow where and when???
    Anyone knows?
    Still kicking after all those weird years....

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    http://www.archery-fita.org/world_re...light_men.html

    the compound flight bow record seems to be around 1.2km by Kevin STROTHER, USA in 1992

    I guess these are the 'official' records. Anything known outside officialdom?? I've heard claims up to 1.8km for footbows.


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    Don Brown has a flight record there of 1.22km in 1987, quite a long standing record.


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    Harry drake shot an arrow over 1 mile on the ninety mile beach in New zealand. This was done using a footbow I cant recall the draw weight but it was up there. The arrows were super thin and used razorblades for fletching. Of the three arrows he launched before the bow broke they only found one. I believe that record still stands today. Harry went on to become the limb designer for browning archery.

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    What is a foot bow anyway?


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    the draw weight was too heavy for the arms grant. He sat down and braced the bow against his feet and pulled it back with both hands.

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    If you read some of the books about the Archery battles of old the "Turkish" horn and sinew flight bows used to shoot distances around the mile mark and beyond. I think it may only be recently that modern bows have equalled of surpassed some of the shots recorded. Apparently the "secrets" for making these bows died out with the bowyers of old.

    Jim P may know more?

    I also read somewhere that the arrows they used to shoot out of these bows were barrelled (ala ACE) as they went further.

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    these bows pupportedly took a year to make and string. Unstrung they had up to three full curls in the limb. They were strung over a period of time using a jig to hold them as the limbs were unwound. Breaking a string would be a real bummer.

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    So tiger strings weren't around then????

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldDog
    Harry drake shot an arrow over 1 mile on the ninety mile beach in New zealand. This was done using a footbow I cant recall the draw weight but it was up there. The arrows were super thin and used razorblades for fletching. Of the three arrows he launched before the bow broke they only found one. I believe that record still stands today. Harry went on to become the limb designer for browning archery.
    Was that this shot:

    October 6, 1979 In History

    Event:
    Harry Drake set long distance footbow shot record of 2,006 yds 1'9"

    from: http://www.brainyhistory.com/events/...79_152178.html

    thats 1834.82 m !!

    and again

    July 30, 1988 In History
    Event:
    Harry Drake shoots arrow record 1873m

    and here is a 1854m shot mentioned1971 Harry Drake sets longest arrow flight by a footbow (1 mile 268 yds))

    Quote Originally Posted by http://www.cbhsaa.org/hallfame/bios/harrydrake.htm
    HARRY EUGENE DRAKE
    1915 -

    Bow Designer, Developer, and Flight Shooter Extraordinarie

    Born in Kansas, May 7, 1915. A resident of California from 1930 to 1972. Harry Drake was an early pioneer in the designing and building of the modern "composite" bow. Although Harry's bow won many State and National tournaments he will perhaps be best remembered for the deve1opment of flight bows, both foot and hand held.

    For 29 straight years, since 1947, a Drake bow held the Men's National Flight record. He built the first bow to cast an arrow over 600 yards since the days of the ancient Turks. (May 31, 1947, Southern California Archery Association tournament - 603 yards). Bows built by Harry, while he lived in California, have established more flight records than any other bowyer since man has recorded such things.

    A Drake bow designed in 1964 shot a record of 1,077 yard and on October 24, 1971 at Ivanpah Dry Lake in the high desert of California during the Official N.A.A. Flight Championships, from an unlimited footbow, he conceived, designed and built, Harry Drake shot an arrow 268 yards over a mile, (2,028 yards). The Guineas Book of World Records recognizes this feat as the greatest distance any man has cast a missile by means of muscle power alone.

    Harry Drake, a bowyer whose many years in his California work shop designing and building and many days spent in the high desert of California testing; helped give the modern archer, bows that were capable o projecting a missile by muscle power alone, further than ever dreamed by man.


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    Not sure wether that was the shot or not Ralph. He visited New Zealand to hunt and accomplished the mile mark whilst there.

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    What was he huntin???

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    Quote Originally Posted by grantwomack
    What is a foot bow anyway?
    A way to make an archer look *really* silly.

    Here's a serious footbow from 19th Century Ceylon:





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