Month: January 2017

Phuket Archery Club

Figure 1 - Phuket Archery Club Google Earth Location Map
Figure 1 – Phuket Archery Club Google Earth Location Map

The Phuket Archery Club is located off Thanon Ong Sim Phai, in a quiet part of Old Phuket Town and just a stone’s throw from the popular Robinson Department Store.  Santi Tantangtrong manages the Club, whom we got acquainted with at the Thailand Princess Cup Archery Competition 2016. One of our archers was in Phuket recently and decided to pop over to say hello.

The club is open to the public, is well equipped and archers can easily shoot up to 45m at this range. Fees (based on our information) are very reasonable at THB50/hr and equipment rental is THB200/basic recurve bow, including finger tab, arm-guard and arrows.

Figure 2 - Santi and the Phuket Archery Range
Figure 2 – Santi and the Phuket Archery Range

In Phuket and missing archery? You can pay a visit to the Phuket Archery Club and get your archery fix. Santi is a friendly guy and can also get you shooting quickly, if you are a beginner. Hungry?  Just pop around the corner to Tubtim Restaurant for Thai Chinese style braised pork knuckle, duck and chicken rice. It’s popular with locals and well worth the visit.

Figure 3 - Thai Chinese Local Fare at Tubtim Restaurant
Figure 3 – Thai Chinese Local Fare at Tubtim Restaurant

There’s an article by the Phuket Observer on Santi and the club and you can check it out HERE. You can also connect with the Phuket Archery Club on Facebook through this LINK. Happy Shooting in Phuket!

 

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Eagles 2017 Welcome Shoot

Eagles celebrated the new year by holding a 3D shoot on the 1st Day of 2017 :). Don Quixote volunteered to plan the event and was well assisted by other Eagles, especially Mads and Red Dragon. Our Pochahontas really got into the mood of things and even fitted out our corner in anticipation of the Lunar New Year! There were 3 categories of competition  and prizes were award to the top scoring archer in:

  • WA Barebow Class
  • Modern Traditional Bow Class
  • Traditional Bow Class
Target Layout at Telok Blangah Archery Club - 1st January 2017
Target Layout at Telok Blangah Archery Club – 1st January 2017
Prizes and Mementoes
Prizes and Mementoes

A special prize was also awarded to the Best Lady Archer. Obviously, Don Quixote is partial to ladies as there was no Best Male Archer prize!

This is the first time that we saw our entire collection of animal targets come out of winter hibernation. We had 6 shooting stations with 2 targets at every station. For the first time, too, we had an elevated shooting position from a slope, which rose about 7m above the target level. It was a nice experience for all and the entire event went on without a hitch.

Our 3D Target Collection
Our 3D Target Collection
Archers and Briefing
Archers and Briefing
Get Familiar with the Targets and Shooting Positions
Get Familiar with the Targets and Shooting Positions

Eagles also took the opportunity to show our appreciation to the 2 top supporters of our chapter i.e. our Club President, Frankie Yat and Treasurer, Jocelyn Low. We also presented the Simply Archery Challenge Trophy 2016 (recently won by our Eagles Men’s Team) to the Telok Blangah Community Community Club through Frankie, in thanks to the Community Club’s solid support for our archery activities.

After the Prize and Memento Presentation. All Ready for Our Pot Luck and Barbeque!
After the Prize and Memento Presentation. All Ready for Our Pot Luck and Barbeque!

Artist was out of action due to an injury but he put his off-day to good use and made a video of our event. You can see Artist’s YouTube production HERE  :). You can see that we all had a great time!

Bickerstaffe Deluxe Longbow (50lbs@28″) Review

Review by Decrepit

I was happily cruising down the road of life satisfyingly comfortable with what I was into back in 2012, happily engrossed in Olympic recurve and compound bow archery,  having just convinced my son some months back to try shooting a bow and arrow.  He went on to religiously practise for a while, then BANG! he surprised me, asking to shoot a longbow; not just any longbow, but an English longbow!

He went on to show me the result of his information gathering skills by displaying The Longbow Shop website and highlighting the bow he had his eyes on; a 55lb piece.

I was stunned; never in my universe did I ever even considered owning a one-piece bow, let alone one that cost a VERY pretty penny, £372/-.  It was also VERY long, 78 inches, which is about almost 2 metres in length for those born after 1990  8-p

The problem was, I couldn’t get him one without having one myself, I have this weakness called Envy!  It was already 3 weeks away to Christmas, and this decision created even worse damage to my finance deck, lowering my shields even further to a dangerous 6%..  just a glancing hit with any turbo laser will end my Enterprise.

Nonetheless, my personal shields were no match for the power of the ELB’s charm;  I fired £744/- for one 55lb for my son with a shorter draw, and a 50lb for me.longggbow

After an uneasy beginning, four years on, my bow and I finally came to like one another, thus the objective of this article.

Firstly, this 50lb bow has Hickory for its back, with a Lemonwood belly, sandwiching a Purpleheart and Greenheart core.   A horn arrow plate is embedded into the handle, just above the leather wrapped grip.

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The grip is fairly large, reasonable small hands might find this grip not to their liking.  As it is a “traditional” grip, low wrist archers will be more at home with this bow; using the “pistol grip” style a la Olympic recurve will certainly increase the hand shock feel.  For those thinking of owning and shooting this type of grip/handle, try keeping the base of the index finger knuckle level with the arrow rest part of the hand, as the arrow shaft will deflect off the arrow plate in the Archer’s Paradox process, hitting the knuckle.  Some archers I noticed use a bow hand glove; it may or may not help..

This particular 50 pounder is 74 inches long (1.88m), tipped with horn tips and comes with a Flemish twist Fast Flight string.

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Rules of engagement

Being made of wood, such bows are considerably fragile, not forgiving of abuse.  Manufacturer’s instructions on the setting up and use made me tiptoe around this bow; it must not be shot immediately, must allow about 10 minutes after bracing it, gently flexing it by drawing partially, slowly repeating some 10 repetitions or more to make it comply to it’s new shape, gently increasing to full draw and letting down, then shooting it partially drawn, increasing the draw length one arrow after another until full draw is reached, ensuring that arrows must not be lighter than 9 grains per pound of draw weight.

 

Performance

It was a nightmare searching for the right arrow to match these requirements.  However, this was solved with Gold Tip carbon arrows configured to meet the specs stated above.  The reason I mentioned Gold Tip is because my experience with other carbon arrows cause the arrows to recover from bending much quicker, as a result, causing the arrow to strike the strike plate with a loud snap.  I was not able to reduce this cause no matter what I tried.

Notice the dent caused by high modulus or very responsive carbon shafted arrowssideplate

Fearing that the bow may not tolerate a sudden whack of the shaft, and fracturing the bow in the strike plate area in the process, I initially shot wood arrows, but was not enamoured of the inconsistency of the wood shafts.

At Last!

As with any biological product, breaking in is a must for comfort; after some 400 or so arrows, the bow begins to “sweeten” in feel, drawing, loosing, with a noticeable loss in handshock.  I don’t know if my hand got used to the shock, or the bow mellowed, but it became much more delightful to shoot.  I may yet weigh it one day to find out if draw weight  has also decreased; it feels so, so… sensuously pleasing when loosing,  and drawing the bow feels like a caress.

During the Eagles 3D shoot event on new year’s day, I really did so enjoy the shooting of this bow with 30″ Gold Tip Hunter XT 500 spine arrows tipped with 175gr field points and 5″ feather fletching.  It is even more awesome when shooting 31″ 11/32 Cedar wood arrows tipped with 120gr field points and 4″ feather fletching.  Like any good relationship, investment in time and effort to develop a bond with the bow will pay off in a tool of endearment which will not end up gracing the wall only.

I plan to try building one with a lighter draw weight this year and see if it really does require the bonding process between man and bow a it was with this Bickerstaffe.

 

Pros:  Simple, fuss -free maintenance,  very addictive

Cons:  Pricey, LONG, made of wood  :-p,  arrow matching for other than wood arrows

 

 

view  a short videoclip of the event at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0rh2YklDo8&feature=youtu.be

 

  • pics courtesy of Bickerstaffe bows and author

Hoyt Buffalo Review

To begin, the Hoyt Buffalo comes in 3 flavors. Vanilla, Chocolate and Strawberry and in varied sizes of small, medium and large. I will not dwell on the product specifications, as there they are sufficient sites out there to reference to. I will focus only on my personal review of the Hoyt Buffalo.

Like most people, I started with a very simple wooden bow. After firing off an array of arrows, I was pretty much hooked. Each time an arrow was released and took flight, an instinctive, you could even say a primordial feeling briefly emerges out from somewhere deep within. Very exhilarating and satisfying.

Sights, stabilizers and all sorts of accessories were soon added to the wooden riser. Before long, shooting at targets became a mundane ritual of equipment selection and adjustments. As quickly that feeling had appeared, it vanished back into the depths of human evolution.

To kill the monotony of practice, I decided to try my hands on the various types of bows that were available within the archery community. Eventually, I concluded it all boiled down to personal preferences and budget. Everyone had their favorites and everyone was right.

If the Hoyt Buffalo had a gender, it would definitely be male. It is very well constructed, strong, minimalistic with functionality taking precedence over aesthetic. The finishing is not the best, a little lackluster but a handsome bow all the same. It looked like it belonged more in the field rather than in an indoor range.

The Buffalo is pretty much a Hunter’s bow. Setup is quick and easy, taking less than a minute. It is a little heavy where some archers may have preference over lighter alternatives made of carbon or wood. It spots a 19” aluminum riser with a little allowance for adjusting the draw weight through its adjustable tillers. It is very well balanced, tough and well made, It is clearly designed to move in and about the forest on a hunt. However, it performs just as well on fixed and 3D targets.

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The Hoyt Buffalo is definitely not a beginner’s bow. You have to be physically fit, have a good basic foundation in stance, form and anchoring before you are able to tame the Buffalo.

My Setup Arrows
Draw weight 45”

Length: 62”

Brace Height: 8.5”

Easton ST Axis Traditional Woodgrain

Length: 29”

Fletches: 4” Turkey Feathers

Spine: 500

Points: 120

My current bow setup has a draw weight of 45lb, bow length 62” with a customized wooden grip made by a good friend of mine “Uncle Ronnie”. The draw weight is a little overkill for range target shooting but I just love the raw power and workout I get from shooting the arrows. I would recommend something lighter about 35Ibs if your plans are to use the bow only at the range.

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The draw is very smooth, very silent with  power to match accuracy. It does not disappoint. The positive feedback that you get each time you release an arrow just brings the hunter out in you. The more time you spend shooting with the buffalo, the more intense the primordial instincts emerges, the tighter the bond you get with your equipment. You start off being very technical about anchoring and applying the various techniques like gap shooting. However as time passes, instinctive shooting slowly takes over.  It’s very “Jedi-like” if it makes any sense to you.

If your objective is to compete aggressively in the local archery circuit, there are alternatives out there that may be more apt towards handling the demands of practice and competition. If your intent is to enjoy the full draw of archery, look no further. What makes the Buffalo stands apart from the other bows I would sum up is the “Feel factor”. Shooting with the Buffalo is just a very satisfying experience.

If I could dispense any advise before considering of purchasing a Buffalo, it would be

“Caution”. It could be the last bow you would ever want to own.

PROs

Quick and Easy to setup

Built to last

Very accurate

Great Feel Factor when shooting.

CONS

Not Cheap

Heavy

Arrows penetrate very deep into targets and ground.

Need to invest time to bond with the bow

 

  • review contributed by Venator