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SolusLupus
2009-Feb-28, 03:16 PM
Dear Friends, ladies and gentlemen, girls and boys, please come around the fireplace, so I may regal ye with a tale of an archer, who had a single moment of great skill or great luck, the likes of which is guaranteed to sent chills down your spine!

I speak of a moment in my archery class, when a daring long-haired man did fire towards his target, not 20 seconds after a peculiar conversation. This conversation was on the subject of the ability (or inability) to split an arrow with an arrow that you just fired -- it was said, that it was demonstrated on a particular History channel, to be somewhat possible, but more likely that one arrow would end up partway within another arrow, and not indeed splitting it all the way down -- if my memory is correct. And then, 20 seconds later, the long-haired archer let loose his arrow, and then the more remarkable thing occurred! He had given us testimony to this feat!

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And here, is where you can see one arrowhead directly within the butt of the other arrow:

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Three cheers for the long-haired archer! Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah!

(Notice, as well, that three of his arrows went into the yellow, striking in or around the bulls-eye; truly a man of daring skill!)

This was not me, I'm afraid. My archery skills are poor to non-existent for the moment. But I shall learn, and I shall prevail!

HenrikOlsen
2009-Feb-28, 03:29 PM
It happens rather a lot more with the modern tubular arrows than with the old wooden shafts which needed to be extraordinarily well made, with completely straight grain for it to work.

I think that was the experimental fallacy in the Mythbusters episode where they checked the Robin, the shafts wasn't the absolute top notch.

Incidentally, could you please scale and crop those pictures to a more reasonable size?
Half (linear) would be much better than the monstrosity you have.

SolusLupus
2009-Feb-28, 04:23 PM
Incidentally, could you please scale and crop those pictures to a more reasonable size?
Half (linear) would be much better than the monstrosity you have.

Oh, fine, you whiner. :p

I kid, I kid. I keep forgetting that not everyone has as huge of eyes as I do. :D (They looked so small on my cell phone, too...)

EDIT: Oh great, now they have a "take the dumb test now!" thing as an advertisement. :(

KaiYeves
2009-Feb-28, 04:44 PM
I've done that once or twice with darts, but that guy is truly skilled!

sarongsong
2009-Mar-01, 01:33 AM
I think it's also called telescoping; nice grouping! :)

timb
2009-Mar-01, 02:00 AM
I think it's called telescoping; nice grouping! :)

I was going to try to work Maid Marian into this post, but thought better of it. Is it true that the arrow in an arrow scores as a miss in competition?

sarongsong
2009-Mar-01, 03:49 AM
There's different sanctioning bodies; International Bowhunting Organization rule:
...Scoring Arrow
f. An arrow embedded into the nock end of an arrow embedded in the target shall be scored the same as the arrow embedded into the target...
mckenzie3d.com (http://www.mckenzie3d.com/shooting_and_scoring/)

SolusLupus
2009-Mar-01, 04:04 AM
There's different sanctioning bodies; International Bowhunting Organization rule:

That certainly makes sense to me!

Gandalf223
2009-Mar-01, 04:23 AM
Congratulations on the Robin Hood! It's one of the more exciting things that ever happens in target archery, and lots of fun.

More fun than the guy who keeps accidentally sticking arrows in the ceiling and light fixtures, though that was also exciting at times.

SolusLupus
2009-Mar-01, 04:30 AM
Okay, the last line of my first post is a little out of the way, and it looks like I must repeat it. :)


This was not me, I'm afraid. My archery skills are poor to non-existent for the moment. But I shall learn, and I shall prevail!

I didn't pull a Robin Hood; another individual in the class did, the Long-Haired archer. :)