A Study of Bows and Arrows by Saxton T. Pope PDF

By Saxton T. Pope

a competition of power among peoples will continuously curiosity people; contention within the fingers and implements of conflict is without doubt one of the fascinations of nationwide festival. it truly is for this reason a question of curiosity either to the anthropologist and the sensible archer to grasp what's the genuine casting caliber and energy of the simplest specimens of bows of alternative aboriginal tribes and international locations of the realm. And, as additional incentive to this examine, is the quick disappearance of archery as civilization advances.

In the next experiments a close try of the taking pictures caliber of a sequence of bows was once undertaken, and with it convinced correlated experiments in regards to the penetration of arrows. every one of these bows have been chosen from 1000's in ownership of the Museum of Anthropology of the collage of California. they're the easiest preserved and most powerful specimens in that giant assortment. In no example is it obvious that age has ended in deterioration of their power. actually, the best sleek flight shot—four hundred and fifty-nine yards—has lately been made by means of Ingo Simon at l. a. Tourque, France, with a Turkish composite bow suggested to be approximately 200 years previous. Age raises the brittleness, resiliency, and casting energy of a wood bow as much as the purpose the place fragility renders it damaging to shoot. In all our checks we broke in simple terms bows: a specimen from the Yukon, and an Osage Indian bow. To insure that no own component to muscular weak spot entered into the matter of the casting energy of those guns I had them shot through an previous and skilled archer, Mr. W. J. Compton, an important guy and one familiar with shoot the bow for greater than thirty years. I additionally was once capable of draw the most powerful of those bows, and myself checked up the results.

This illustrated vintage is prepared as follows:


Preliminary Considerations
Flight Shooting

Bows mainly From the college of California
Jessop Bows
Bows From the yankee Museum of usual History
Tartar Bows
Japanese Bows
Negrito Bow
Polynesian Bow
Replicas of historic Bows
An scan on Bow Strings
Experimental info on Bow Wood

Penetration of Arrows
Velocity of Arrows
Striking strength of Arrows
Characteristic positive aspects of Arrows
Experiments in stress of Arrows
Arrow Feathers
Experiment in Arrow Rotation
Different Arrowheads and Their Penetration
Comparative Penetration of metal and Obsidian Heads
Penetration of the Bodkin Point
Penetration of looking Arrows
The Flight of Aboriginal Arrows
Comparison of Arrows
Comparison of Arrows and Bullets


Plate forty five. An outdated portray of St. Sebastian
Plate forty six. Bows utilized in the Tests
Plate forty seven. Bows utilized in the Tests
Plate forty eight. Bows and Arrows From the Jessop Collection
Plate forty nine. American Museum of ordinary historical past Bows
Plate 50. Tartar Bows
Plate fifty one. jap Archer and Bow
Plate fifty two. Negrito, Cliff-Dweller, and Wintun Bows and Arrows
Plate fifty three. Replicas of Turkish Composite and English Bows
Plate fifty four. Arrows utilized in Tests
Plate fifty five. Aboriginal Arrows within the collage Museum of Anthropology
Plate fifty six. numerous Arrows
Plate fifty seven. Arrow Heads utilized in Penetration Tests
Plate fifty eight. historical Syrian Arrowheads
Plate fifty nine. Arrows Penetrating a Fir Board
Plate 60. cranium Pierced in the course of the Orbit through an Arrow
Plate sixty one. Arrow Shot via a Coat of Mail
Plate sixty two. Penetration of Arrows
Plate sixty three. Penetration of Arrows
Plate sixty four. Penetration of Obsidian in Bone

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