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By Saxton T. Pope

a competition of energy among peoples will consistently curiosity humans; contention within the hands and implements of conflict is among the fascinations of nationwide festival. it's for this reason a question of curiosity either to the anthropologist and the sensible archer to understand what's the real casting caliber and power of the easiest specimens of bows of other aboriginal tribes and international locations of the realm. And, as additional incentive to this examine, is the speedy disappearance of archery as civilization advances.

In the subsequent experiments an in depth try out of the capturing caliber of a chain of bows was once undertaken, and with it convinced correlated experiments about the penetration of arrows. each one of these bows have been chosen from hundreds of thousands in ownership of the Museum of Anthropology of the college of California. they're the simplest preserved and most powerful specimens in that enormous assortment. In no example is it obvious that age has resulted in deterioration of their energy. in reality, the best smooth flight shot—four hundred and fifty-nine yards—has lately been made through Ingo Simon at l. a. Tourque, France, with a Turkish composite bow stated to be approximately 2 hundred years previous. Age raises the brittleness, resiliency, and casting strength of a wood bow as much as the purpose the place fragility renders it damaging to shoot. In all our exams we broke merely bows: a specimen from the Yukon, and an Osage Indian bow. To insure that no own part of muscular weak point entered into the matter of the casting strength of those guns I had them shot by means of an outdated and skilled archer, Mr. W. J. Compton, the most important guy and one acquainted 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 equipped as follows:


Preliminary Considerations
Flight Shooting

Bows mainly From the collage of California
Jessop Bows
Bows From the yank Museum of normal History
Tartar Bows
Japanese Bows
Negrito Bow
Polynesian Bow
Replicas of historic Bows
An test on Bow Strings
Experimental info on Bow Wood

Penetration of Arrows
Velocity of Arrows
Striking strength of Arrows
Characteristic good points of Arrows
Experiments in pressure 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 searching Arrows
The Flight of Aboriginal Arrows
Comparison of Arrows
Comparison of Arrows and Bullets


Plate forty five. An previous 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 typical background 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 college Museum of Anthropology
Plate fifty six. a variety of 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 by way of 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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