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23650Re: [SCA-Archery] Fire arrows

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  • caleb@buffnet.net
    Oct 23, 2007
      > Does anyone out there have any information on making fire arrows that
      > will stay lit when you shoot them?
      > Thanks.
      > Leif of Crescent Moon

      When The Kevin Costner Robin Hood movie, "Prince of Accents" came out, the
      owner of a local archery shop was asked to demostrate flaming arrows for
      the local drive-in. He went through everything he could think of and asked
      a bunch of us for suggestions. The "best" was a rag wrapped around the
      arrow head and covered in roofing tar. He learned that the arrow has to be
      either very long, to keep the flames away from his hand and bow, or he had
      to shoot at half draw. The flames on the tar were blown out half of the
      time anyway and the rag and tar made the arrow lopsided. He eventually
      used a sparkler taped to the arrow and ballons filled with naptha.

      Caleb Reynolds
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