Great Facts of Archery to Keep You Shooting

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Aside from learning that archery is a great recreation and being the national sport of the Kingdom of Bhutan,  what else do you now about the oldest sport in the world? Pique your interest about this fun sport,  read on and feel great of its interesting facts that you should know for equally interesting shots. 

Enumerate mythical heroes with majestic shooting prowess. What do you know about Cupid, Robin Hood, Wilhelm Tell, and Apollo? Their amazing and extraordinary  skills as mythical archers are a great source of inspiration of modern day archers.

Primitive people used the bow and arrows mainly for hunting purposes and for defending themselves in combat. As archery evolved over the years, it has become more complex making its way to a grand acceptance as a very popular competitive sport. Propelling an arrow is still the way but it is done in a modernized fashion as bows and arrows are also transformed into smashing equipment refined by technology. As a manifestation to this, I encourage you to spend a moment on our crossbow buyers guide and experience a more exciting “thwack” of a lifetime.

Did you know that first group of people who  used bows and arrows knowprimitive archersn to man were the Babylonians? It was in 2340BC.

The word archery originated from the latin word “arcus” which literally means  bow and arrows.  By the discovery of arrowheads in Africa, it came to note that bows and arrows were believed to have been used in approximately 25,000 years.

Did you know that the very first compound bow was made 500 years ago? This is a great throwback indeed. 

Would you believe that golf was banned in Scotland for the sake of archery? Yes, that grand! It happened in 1457 when King James II believed that playing golf was just a waste of time and that  men should give importance and focus to  archery in order to develop their skills.

In 1545, the first book on archery entitled Toxophilus was first written. It was a great masterpiece of Roger Ascham. Toxophilites are people who are inclined to archery. Plainly, they are archers and toxophily means the science of archery.

What do you know of the recurve bows in Olympics? Would you believe that its design was typically based on a design that was crafted in 1500 BC? Whew! That ancient! Who would have thought that the seemingly hi-tech appearance of the  recurve bow in the modern Olympic was based on an ancient design?

Well, these stunning facts about archery really add color to this fantastic sport! Learn more about archery and enjoy shooting!


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