Archery as War Sport

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Archery as War Sport

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I was going down a rabbit hole last night pondering getting into archery. Archery has a history as a war technique as well as a hunting technique.
The oldest depictions of combat, found in Iberian cave art of the Mesolithic, show battles between archers.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_archery

Thus I began a fruitless search for "Archery self defense" and found the following:
  • "You cannot maneuver a bow indoors, so it would be useless."
  • "An arrow wouldn't instantly kill the attacker like a gun would." (eyeroll)
  • "I'd just reach for my handgun."
  • "Would you even have time to string a bow?"
Obviously I'm not naive, a handgun is a superior self-defense tool. But it is not always possible to keep or carry a handgun, such as in state parks or forest preserves. Further, the RKBA is under significant pressure these days, so I am pursuing ways to expand my self defense skillset.

Now for my findings about the current state of Archery clubs and competition, with regard to the tactics of war and combat.
In competitive archery, nearly all formats are of the stand-and-shoot formal style. Archers stand on a line and shoot at a target, or fly arrows into a field shooting for distance. Some informal archery games exist, and there is some historical re-enactment. Field archery is a bit more realistic, involving walking a course and shooting targets at varying distances. Then there is 3D archery, which I cannot distinguish from field archery, except that it uses exclusively animal targets.

Altogether the vibe I get is that modern archery has placed significant distance between the Sport and the use of bows in War. I even encountered notable distaste towards using silhouette-style targets (even IDPA cardboard figures). I also took notice that archery has general appeal and is unburdened by popular vitriol against such things as "High-Capacity Assault Bows," such that people who would generally be opposed to bearing arms seem to have no qualms about taking up a bow and arrows. Indeed I think I could speak freely about my love of bows and arrows without being shunned as a "Bow nut."

In summary, the appeal is thus:
  • Very low-tech and sustainable skill for survival, hunting
  • Unlikely to face significant regulation in the ongoing war on RKBA
  • Can be practiced in places where firearms practice is prohibited
  • Probably can travel with bow, carry while backpacking, and unless I actually take an animal would not draw official suspicion or scrutiny.
  • Not especially expensive or high-maintenance
  • Seems like fun, Wife would try it too.
So, as I approach this sport, should I be circumspect about my interest in self-defense, the right to bear arms, or the use of a bow in a combat-esque situation, such as an IDPA course?
Am I just being foolish?
Should I just get a bow, damn the worries, and pierce some targets however I please?

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I have a couple of bows, and have loved archery since I was 6 or 7 years old. I know a number of preppers that include archery in their supplies of weaponry. In a SHTF situation, archery gives you the ability to silently take game. I have also heard that the weight of an arrow gives it more knock down power than a bullet of the same diameter. I would love to see some Youtuber take on that question and prove or disprove it.
And finally there is this video about rate of fire with a bow.
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Down here in San Antonio we have mounted archery

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There are at least four bows in my house. Three of them are mine (though my wife has used my bow(s) she prefers her own as she is a lefty shooter) I enjoy bowing and fletching. I would not use a bow to clear a room, but I don't think I would have need to clear a room. I would use a bow for self defense, sure. The thing to consider is that if you shoot an intruder with an arrow it may be considered cruel and unusual or above and beyond reasonable response. I highly recommend training with and using archery equipment.
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Bows always seemed to work for the Mocking Jay and Legolas. I don't know if I'd rely on it indoors, vastly preferring a short sword or long knife if we're talking about getting primeval in a hallway or bedroom.

That said, if I ever have some land, archery is high on my list of things to do.

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And then there's archery as a path of enlightenment...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zen_in_the_Art_of_Archery

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Bisbee wrote:
Wed Feb 27, 2019 5:51 pm
And then there's archery as a path of enlightenment...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zen_in_the_Art_of_Archery

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I think that if you are HawkEye Archery Is War.
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