This is one of the cooler things I’ve seen. If you like archery at all, you’ll like this, but if you’ve ever played an archer in a role playing game and been frustrated at how long you have to wait in between shots, you’ll love this. This girl is shooting arrows at an average of one arrow every 1.7 seconds. (Yes, I sat there and timed it.)

At first I wondered how accurate she could possibly be when shooting that fast. In the first few sets, when you can’t see the target yet, it looks like some of the arrows must be going pretty far off the mark. But then in the last set, when the camera is looking over her shoulder, you can see how accurate she really is. There’s a little target hanging down in the center of what looks like maybe a bed sheet. It’s pretty much a bullseye and makes a loud, echoing thwack when the arrows hit it.

She hits it three times out of twelve in the last set. And that’s when she’s walking and shooting at the same time! Sure, some of the arrows hit around the edges of the sheet, too, but still—I wouldn’t want to be the poor sap on the other end of her arrows.

Also notice the cool reverse grip she uses.

Here’s another interesting archery technique that lets you shoot even faster. These guys grab two arrows at once, nock and shoot one while still holding the other in the same hand, then quickly nock and shoot the second one.

This kind of stuff makes me want to pick up archery.

Update: You might want to check out my other archery posts:

  • Part One — You’re reading it now.
  • Part Two — Two videos of Lars Andersen demonstrating his incredibly fast shooting and one of Lajos Kassai showing ancient Hun archery
  • Part Three — Methods for quickly spanning or cocking a crossbow
  • Part Four — More videos showing some speculation on Native American archery, recreations of ancient Turkish techniques, and more fast shooting from Russia.
Speed Archery: Fast and Deadly

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Missy

Awesome!

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Nin ja

I dont think this is fast at all. I don’t want to offend anyone but 1 per second is not fast . Also lars andersen has not shown to be the fastest archer in the world.

Ing
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This is awesome. Suddenly some of those things Legolas did in the Lord of the Rings movies don’t look quite so unlikely. (I wonder if either of these people have ever shield-surfed down the steps of a castle while shooting orcs in the eyes?)

Ben
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Ing, I was thinking the same thing. One thing that someone else pointed out is that these bows are pretty low draw weight. So you wouldn’t expect them to be penetrating armor or doing really serious damage. But still, it’s obvious that people can shoot arrows fairly accurately a lot faster than most people realize. I think the shooting speeds of many role playing games are based on game mechanical concerns (like the pre-chosen round length) instead of real archery techniques.

Ing
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Yeah, definitely — though MERP/Rolemaster wasn’t so bad that way; it didn’t provide for *this* type of archery, not by a long shot (ha!), but at least you could shoot quicker if you were good enough to take the penalty on your roll to hit. I did notice while I was watching them that these aren’t exactly English longbows they’re using… They look more like the Mongol bows — the light ones that people fired from horseback. They might not deal serious damage in gaming terms or compared to really big bows, but I bet they could still be lethal;… Read more »

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I was also wondering how they could nock the arrows so fast. But if you look at the description of the first video on youtube, it will lead you to their site.
As you can see, they cut out some grooves near the nocks of the arrow which makes it easy to nock the arrows.
Pretty clever and useful.

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Nin ja

Thank you for your reply. I am sorry,i thought it was obvious what an opinion was based on. I don’t understand why you cant see youself what they are actually doing in the video or consider the various reasons why i said i didn’t think they was fast. I would suggest you look up the word opinion and understand it’s meaning and then just be open minded and consider other people as well. As far as what i know or what i have seen; it is not necessary to give that information unless you could actually understand what i am… Read more »

Leslie M
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Leslie M

Hi,

I really enjoyed your article and the video. I would like to start fast shooting and was wondering about draw weight. It appears to be quite light with this girl although she is most likely really strong from all her training. Any suggestions from anybody out there? I am a woman. Thanks!