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Dec 26th, 2005 at 12:49pm
 
I vaguely remember reading an article or seeing a show (don't remember which) about Arab bowmen using a technique to get longer range.

If I remember right it said that they would lay on their backs and somehow hold the bow with their feet and use both hands to draw the string back and fire at a 45 degree angle.  By using both feet and arms they could get extended range.  I imagine it would only be affective in large masses firing on a BIG target (like another whole army).

Has anyone heard/read this?  Did any other groups of archers try this? Did they use special bows or bowstring? Anyone know of actual historical sources stating this technique or have more info?

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Reply #1 - Dec 26th, 2005 at 1:25pm
 
In the movie Hero, they showed the chinese soldiers using that technique.
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Reply #2 - Dec 26th, 2005 at 1:33pm
 
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In the movie Hero, they showed the chinese soldiers using that technique.



Oh yeah, at first i thought they were using cho-ku-nu's

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Reply #3 - Dec 26th, 2005 at 1:45pm
 
It didnt when I first watched it...seeing as the time line kept jumping back to recap the story. But when I watched it the second time it made perfect sense.
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Reply #4 - Dec 26th, 2005 at 9:54pm
 
My friend's dad made one of those as a kid one time. He told us he made a bow about 6 feet long, and made an arrow for it, and had his friend lay on his back and try to fire the bow at a nearby tree. He said the shock from the bow firing made his friend's legs go upwards, and the bow fired up into the air, and came down about 10 feet away from him really fast. Apparently, the bow, being rather poorly made, snapped after the first shot, ruining any attempts at a retry.
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Reply #5 - Dec 26th, 2005 at 9:55pm
 
he should of just made a ballista
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Reply #6 - Dec 26th, 2005 at 9:59pm
 
It would have probably been safer. But knowing this guy's experiences with carpentry, it might not have been. I once saw him try to hang a door without using a level.
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Reply #7 - Dec 26th, 2005 at 10:04pm
 
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Reply #8 - Dec 26th, 2005 at 10:07pm
 
Seriously, he turned to us, and he called us over, and held the door onto the hinges and said, does this look level to you guys? Stand there and you stand there, Jack. Is that straight? And we both had to stand there until the door was "level" He marked the screwholes in chalk, thanked us, and proceeded to hang the door, which, to this day, is still slightly askew. My friend got his dad a level for his next birthday.
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Reply #9 - Dec 26th, 2005 at 10:19pm
 
wow to think everyhome doesnt have a level
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Reply #10 - Dec 26th, 2005 at 10:48pm
 
My dad has at least three in the garage right now. Of course, at the time, I was about 12 or 13, so why would I think to use a level? And thinking about it now, the level he got his dad for his birthday may have been his mom's idea.
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Reply #11 - Dec 27th, 2005 at 5:57am
 
The technique using the legs were mainly used with crossbows, not bows as far as I know. 

There was an article posted here earlier about the furthest arrow ever shot.  It was done by a crossbow with the crossbowman using the technique described by BrianS.  The arrow reached just over a mile.

The same is true in the movie "Hero". The army at the begining were using crossbows with their legs pointing up and their backs to the ground.

I loved that movie. 8)
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The technique using the legs were mainly used with crossbows, not bows as far as I know.  

There was an article posted here earlier about the furthest arrow ever shot.  It was done by a crossbow with the crossbowman using the technique described by BrianS.  The arrow reached just over a mile.

The same is true in the movie "Hero". The army at the begining were using crossbows with their legs pointing up and their backs to the ground.



How would it make any difference if you were using your legs with a crossbow

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It must be made for chinese people - casue i didn't understand what the hell was going on Undecided
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Reply #13 - Dec 27th, 2005 at 5:39pm
 
two legs are stronger than one arm
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Reply #14 - Dec 27th, 2005 at 8:08pm
 
It also seems like you would be able to get more force behind the shot as you would have more room to draw back and the posture you would have to assume would automatically aim the shot skywards, and you could always aim between your legs.
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