As "cog" said, interesting video (once it finally loaded...it sucks
having to use dial-up). Grainy, but interesting. The following may
not be European (or even Mediaeval), but it can be helpful towards
understanding how it was done "in period"....
In the Oct/Nov 2008 Traditional Bowhunter (Vol. 20, No. 5), Jay Red
Hawk explains how he does it, learned from his Lakota elders (I am
going to try to "simplify" it some):
Step #1 - Hold arrows and bow with fingers wrapped around arrows and
bow, points up; put index finger of bow-hand between two arrows - the
one separated is the "top" arrow. (In the picture accompanying the
article, the arrows are "point down" - the "points up" instruction
may be an error)
Step #2 - Reach over wrist with draw-hand, grab "top" arrow at nock
or near fletchings.
Step #3 - Quickly lift 3 remaining fingers, releasing arrow, then put
those 3 fingers down around bow/remaining arrows as soon as arrow is
lifted; lift index finger (it has been holding the other arrows in
place). IMPORTANT! The thumb does NOT move!
Step #4 - Pull nock onto string; draw; shoot.
It does take practice, a lot of it. With this technique, Jay says he
can get off 6 arrows in 8 seconds.
--- In SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com
, 'Merry' Toirdhealbhach Mirywoder
Lutre <Merry@...> wrote:
> I've been told that this was a well documented period practice but
> find on the horseback archery page on wikipedia that Kassai
> takes credit for development of the technique. I know several
> equestrian archers have told me that they use the technique for
> horseback archery. Kassai has a rather big ego from reading his
> and I could see him claiming to develop sliced bread as well (I do
> my new Kassai Wolf II, so perhaps some of the ego is well deserved).
> Btw... a merchant told me this weekend that his name is not
> KA-Sigh but I couldn't wrap my head around how he said it was
> enough to even begin to retain it. Anyone got a pronunciation
> his first and last name? I'd like to be correct.
> I'm hoping the technique is indeed documented period because I want
> use it and I just recently told someone that it was well documented
> period and permitted and in wide use in the SCA equestrian
> Found a great video (well. the quality is garbage, but it shows the
> smooth and fast technique of holding the arrows thusly and drawing
> nocking, drawing, and releasing all in one easy smooth fast
> motion. http://www.atarn.org/magyar/video/Hungarian.WMV
> // Merry
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