Archery is an ancient sport that is centuries old and uses arrows and an archery bow has quite a fascinating history. In generations past, archery was critical for survival, yet almost died out in the current world. How could this sport, that is really quite popular, go in one extreme to one other?
A long time before man had gunpowder to power bullets and other weapons, an easy bow and arrow were all that separated early man from other beasts of the times. Since man was slow and defenseless when compared with other animals, he developed weapons. First came the spear, but he soon identified steps to make arrows which were propelled by way of a simple stick with a sequence tied to both ends – a bow.
This simple weapon helped ensure man’s survival, as even the fastest animal was no match for the speed of an arrow – propelled by an archery bow. While the centuries passed, archery equipment was needed less and less, mainly as a result of proliferation of modern inventions such as the gun. When the last of the American Indians were added to reservations in the early 1900s, archery almost died in the U.S. as there is no real practical use for this ancient technology.
The resurgence of archery, and archery bow and arrow, began in 1900, as archery was added as a competitive sport to the Olympics, where it has remained to the day. No further necessary for survival, lots of people all over the world began to develop the game of archery, specialized in skill development and competition, as opposed to hunting and basic survival.
Technological developments such as the compound bow, which multiplied the force of a bow by using pulleys and a much stiffer bow material and arrows made of metals vs. stone propelled archery to a greater plane of importance archey. While these improvements to the basics of archery occurred more than 100 years ago, their basic designs have carried over largely intact within the centuries.
New man-made materials such as for instance fiberglass, plastics, and graphite construction have contributed to huge improvements in performance when compared with archery bows of years ago. And, the resurgence of bowhunting as a significant sport, as opposed to using a gun, has given new meaning to the “art” of hunting, as bowhunters can’t depend on the awesome power of a gun to bring down their prey. Th sport in hunting is back!Read More