Thread: Aiming a pistol vs. aiming a bow
6/14/2006 9:46am, #11
Originally Posted by MEGA JESUS-SAN
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6/14/2006 2:42pm, #12Originally Posted by Don Gwinn
If I give a damn about accuracy (rare occurence) I use a clicker for consistent draw, so the anchor point becomes slighty less important. At the moment, I'm in a transition in terms of my shooting stance. But generally, I used three finger under the arrow, so I'm experimenting with using my inside wrist bone at the bottom of my ear. At the very least, this strategy is getting me to use a more appropriate angle on my arm pulling back the bowstring and has made my release a helluva lot smoother.
6/14/2006 3:32pm, #13Originally Posted by devil
6/14/2006 3:39pm, #14Originally Posted by Camus
6/14/2006 7:53pm, #15
The pistol has a much shorter sight radius. The bow doesn't really have a "sight radius" if you don't have a rear sight (and most people don't, although they make peep sights you put into the cables on a compound bow now.) So it doesn't technically have a sight radius, but it does have a measurable distance between the nock of the arrow at full draw and the sights (or the tip of the arrow, or whatever you use.) That distance is several times as long as the distance on the longest pistol slide in common use.
You may have heard that it's harder to shoot a short barrel accurately than it is a long one. This is actually NOT because the longer barrel is more accurate; often the opposite is true. But on a longer barrel, the sights can be placed farther apart. When the sights are close together (a short sight radius) a deviation of, say, .1 centimeter left or right translates into more degrees of deviation measured as an angle. When the distance between the two is longer, the same .1 centimeter off means fewer degrees of angle off from the perfect shot--so for a human being, sighting with eyes, a shorter sight radius makes it more difficult and that much more important to focus on the sight.
Again, I have no hard data to give you, but I'd say the lack of a rear sight on the bow is the difference. The pistol generally does have a rear sight, and the "modern technique" was developed by men who started from the assumption that the rear sight was necessary. Perhaps complete focus on the target did not allow for sufficient attention to the rear sight. If the rear sight gets, say, 5% to 10% of your attention using the modern technique, maybe they found that would drop closer to 0% if you focused all the way out to the target.
This would not mean that they were correct to emphasize the front sight, but it might explain why they did it that way. I haven't read everything Cooper wrote about modern technique, but I've read quite a bit of him and don't recall an explanation as to why the focus on the front sight. It does seem to work. But there are people who swear by no rear sights at all, others who advocate not using the sights, and others who remove the factory sights because they consider them a "distraction."
The front-sight focus is by no means the only way to shoot a pistol. It works for me, by which I mean that I have not yet shot a young child by mistake. My expectations may be low.
And that brings up another question--is it really ubiquitous in archery to shoot with total focus at the target, or is that just how you were taught? I was not taught such, but again, we are a backward and clodhopping race.
6/14/2006 8:04pm, #16
6/14/2006 9:45pm, #17Originally Posted by Don Gwinn
Originally Posted by Don Gwinn
6/15/2006 6:56pm, #18
I never knew archers used the string as any kind of "sight" at all (used in the strictest sense, meaning you use your eye to see it and aid your alignment.) I thought the peeps and such were a new innovation. I've never had any consciousness of seeing the rear sight at all. That may be why I'm so bad.
Also, what in the world is Mediterranean style and how does it differ from the Western style? And how do the strings differ?
6/16/2006 2:58am, #19
I can't hardly remember the last time I had to fire from horseback. . .
6/16/2006 3:50pm, #20
I'm fairly new to archery, but have been gun hunting for quite some time. I'd say the way that I use a shotgun when duck/dove hunting is very similar to how I shoot my bow. I focus on the target and let my sights line themselves up with it. I focus on the sights when I target shoot a pistol, but I'm a horrible shot so I try and make sure they are aligned before I start throwing rounds out there.