In period bows (without a shelf or centre shot) the arrow which is properly shot will fly in the line of aim although the string propelling the arrow moves directly to the centre of the bow. The arrow in fact bends around the bow after release but after passing the bow returns to its proper line of flight. See Spine.
Buriat for a plaited straw archery butt shaped like a skittle pin. Used in an archery contest were the object of the contest is to dislodge the stake with an arrow and drive it the furthest from its original position. See Mishen.
An arrow with a head with rounded knob with a sharp point projecting.
A projectile weapon consisting of a shaft with the two ends joined by a string used to shoot arrows.
The arm which holds the bow.
Mainly an Eastern usage, made of leather to accommodate the lower half of the recurve bow.
A supposed Roman release aid made from bronze.
The way a bow string is released when loosing an arrow. Varieties of release techniques included; primary, secondary, tertiary, Mediterranean, Flemish and Mongolian.
A roughly trimmed length of wood from which a complete self bow is fashioned.
The string of bow made from such materials as; plant fibre, silk or sinew, used to transfer the energy from the bow to the arrow.
The string of a Bhil bow (kamptu), Central India. Both bow and string were made of bamboo.
A bow and arrow stand, Japan.
A transverse crack in the belly of a wooden bow caused by the crushing of the fibres.
A Chinese repeating crossbow.
A hook on the belt of a crossbowmen used to draw the string on the crossbow. The crossbow was held by putting the foot in a stirrup at the front and the claw was hooked on the string as the crossbowmen was bending over, as the crossbowmen straightened up the string was drawn into position behind the nut.
Cloth yard arrow:
An arrow of a certain length used for medieval English arrows, about 36 inches in length.
A white cloth placed on the ground as a marker for long distance shooting.
An archery contest where the aim is to hit a target laid out horizontally on the ground.
The feather at right angles to the string position in the nock on three feathered arrows.
A modern bow using a system of one or more pulleys to develop mechanical advantage.
A crossbow fitted with pulleys dating from the 15th century.
A recurve bow made from a number of materials laminated together (eg. wood, sinew and horn).
A bow case.
A rack and pinion turned by a crank used to draw a medium sized crossbow.
Allowing the arrow to edge forward at full draw just before the release of the arrow.
The identifying coloured rings applied to the arrow shaft forward of the fletchings used to mark ownership.
A projectile weapon consisting of a bow attached at right angles to a shaft. When the string was drawn it was held by a nut. The bolt was loaded and the nut was released by a lever turning the nut thus firing the bolt.
The poison used on arrows and blow pipe darts in South America.
A stiff bow of bamboo or whalebone spanned by a heavy chain with loosely attached iron plates. Used in for training in India, the training could tell with the archers stopped practicing by the lack of noise.
One of the arms of a bow, from grip to tip.
pa-na: An arrow, Sunbanum of Mindanae.
A self bow, usually the height of the user, preferably made of yew and made famous by the English at Cresy, Poiters and Agincourt.
To release the string of a bow to propel an arrow towards it's target.
Russian for a plaited straw archery butt shaped like a skittle pin. Used in an archery contest were the object of the contest is to dislodge the stake with an arrow and drive it the furthest from its original position. See Borsun.
The loose used by Asiatic archers where the thumb is hooked around the string.
Arrows of the Veddah, Sri Lanka.
A target, Japan.
A place for target shooting, Japan.
The ends of a bow, Japan.
The apparatus consisting of tackles and windlass used to span a large crossbow.
Balistas used by the Tartar Ali at the siege of Chitore, late 13th century.
A type of crossbow bolt fletched with cardboard, 14th century.