- I have noted previous discussions of quiver placement and later
questions as to 'speed rounds' I have gleened this thoughts for my
readings. These are opinions not necessarily related to any specific
thread or project. Serious researchers desiring documentation may
contact me off-list. This is relevant to 'western culture' as these
techniques helped small groups of Mongols defeat large European armies
in the 13th century, and is meant to encourage interest and enjoyment
of traditional archery in all its forms and practices.
Many horse archers including Mongols, Huns and Scythians did use back
quivers -- often shielded to provide back protection as well as arrow
availablility. Of importance is that they arrows were carried point
out, with the fletching protected by webbing inside. Thus the arrows
were extacted point first and nocked with the hand well away from the
string. Then with the arrow held by the bow finger the thumb ring
would be wrapped at the nock and the arrow drawn to the ear. The
final draw was accomplished by pushing the bow away from the body
while aiming and instantly released when dropped on target.
This all makes sense, as you might drop arrows from a galloping horse
if just held by the nock and wet fletching do little to aid
I do not know what 'speed advantage' is gained by these methods, but
someone may care to test this (horse not required).