My posts on speed archery have been very popular and continue to get a lot of traffic. So I’ve been digging into it more and trying to find more resources for those of you who are interested in the topic. If you haven’t seen them already, check out my first three posts in this series. I’ll link to them at the bottom of this post.

Today I bring you several interesting videos demonstrating techniques from Native Americans, ancient Turkey, and more from Russia.

This fellow has figured out how the Native Americans likely held and nocked their arrows quickly and quietly. He doesn’t do a full-speed demonstration, but he shows it slowly and clearly. It looks intriguing. Check it out.

This fellow describes his recreation of ancient Turkish archery. His method is very similar to the Hungarian archer I linked to in part two of this series. He gets off a shot every 3 seconds.

Here is another video about Turkish archery. It’s got a lot of fluff, but around the 3 minute mark he does demonstrate several interesting techniques, including a method for holding two extra arrows in the hand while shooting. Another interesting technique allows him to hold his sword in the hand while shooting, so he can quickly attack with his sword afterward. The video also brings up the use of thumb rings, which is another topic I’d like to delve into.

More speed shooting from Russia:

If you haven’t seen my other posts, check them out:

  • Part One — Two videos of fast archery techniques from Russia
  • 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


Speed Archery Techniques, Part 4

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What poundage are the bows ??? 40# 50# ??? TO BE able to draw back that quickly it must be a lighter poundage… I have had recurve bows ranging from 40# to 63# I cannot draw and shoot that fast and be on target
let me know what the draw weight is to shoot that fast and still anchor and not just snap shooting.


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