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Justme
12/09/2003 2:15pm,
Last night on the History Channel "History v Hollywood" on Cruises new movie... The host was talking about samuria archers. He said they were capable of hitting a target at 500 yards. Is this factual? I think even the English Longbow was good to 200 yards, but 500 yards... I think he misspoke that, but don't know.

IronBuddha
12/09/2003 2:29pm,
No way it'll go 500 yards shooting straight. Maybe they mean if you shoot it up into the air and let it drop. The japanese bow wasn't even that powerful to begin with. Mongolian compound bows were the shizzle!

Mr. Mantis
12/09/2003 2:31pm,
Originally posted by Justme
Last night on the History Channel "History v Hollywood" on Cruises new movie... The host was talking about samuria archers. He said they were capable of hitting a target at 500 yards. Is this factual? I think even the English Longbow was good to 200 yards, but 500 yards... I think he misspoke that, but don't know.

If you remember, he also said some samuari can hit their target at a half a mile, that's 880 yards!!!!!11!

Ronin
12/09/2003 2:32pm,
Capable ? Yes, possible? anything is possible. Likely? Nope.
They were excellent mounted archers.

IronBuddha
12/09/2003 2:34pm,
What's up with TLC/Discovery/History these days?! Don't they do research anymore? Or do they just take what their "experts" say at face value?

Shiat.....and people are "learning" from their quality programming. At least they test **** out in junkyard wars......

The_Ghost
12/09/2003 2:36pm,
Actually they're wrong a lot of times when it comes to the martial arts and most things oriental. Discovery channel has nothing but mcdojo's, the history channel is screwing up all the information and taking facts 'As is' when spoken by so called 'experts'. As for TLC, I don't know...I never trusted them anyways.

I hate T.V. more and more each day.

Justme
12/09/2003 2:37pm,
OK... what distance realistically could they hit at.... Example 50 yards 90% 100 yards 60% 150 yards 15%.... or something like that. I am not an archer so don't know. I know I am comfortable out to 300 yards with a rifle on a man size target.... but thats a rifle.

Quecks
12/09/2003 2:45pm,
I dont even know how long a yard is... ^^

Justme
12/09/2003 2:47pm,
36 inches....or two cubits.

IronBuddha
12/09/2003 2:52pm,
I doubt it could outrange a rifle. After all...the rifle replaced the bow.....and that was back when they were slower to reload than an arrow. I know that a good modern archer with a compound bow can hit accurately at 100m shooting straight. Any farther and I'm not sure.

Ronin
12/09/2003 2:58pm,
A yard? hold * unzips pants* there you go... A yard !!

Justme
12/09/2003 3:01pm,
OMG... another thread blown to bits.....little bits Ronin!!!!

Jenfucius
12/09/2003 3:32pm,
you forget that a japanese yard equals 1.6 cubits.

SamHarber
12/10/2003 8:33am,
Originally posted by Justme
OK... what distance realistically could they hit at.... Example 50 yards 90% 100 yards 60% 150 yards 15%.... or something like that. I am not an archer so don't know. I know I am comfortable out to 300 yards with a rifle on a man size target.... but thats a rifle.
If your shooting into massed ranks of infantry/cavalry, then 500 yards shouldn't be a problem with a powerful bow. My 42lbs recurve could be accurately shot to 150 yards, so I could probably get it about 250 yards by sacrificing accuracy. A more powerful bow (100lbs) should have no problem doing 500 yards.
As for accuracy, I could shoot 100 yards and hit the target every time after just 4 hours practice.

(note... the welsh longbows taken from the wreck of the Marie Rose were estimated to have a pull of 120lbs)

Justme
12/10/2003 9:55am,
Soooo..... Area 300 to 500 point 150.... thanks Sam.

gooking
12/10/2003 4:53pm,
We should have someone here educate them on oriental and martial arts history.