For many hunters, the choice of a bow and arrow becomes a very personal one. Bow hunters have been in use for centuries and there are many stories about the usefulness of the weapon. Some stories talk about how the ancients developed the bow and how they were quite adept at using it in battle. Other stories talk about how the Chinese improved the bow to the point that it could be used in close quarter battle and to shoot arrows at incredible speeds. No matter how far apart the claims may be, one thing is certain; the Chinese were the first people to use a Mongolian bow.
The Mongolian bow was not an original creation of either China or Europe. It was actually created in Africa by a Berber named Muhammad al-Khan. While many believe he actually originated in Yemen, some say he lived in Egypt and headed an expedition to central Africa when he was captured and brought back with the Berbers to Arabize part of what was then known as Morocco. Regardless, of where he came from, the Mongolian bow is thought to have been derived from the Arab language. From there, the bow quickly spread throughout Africa, the Middle East, Asia and other areas of the world and has become a highly popular weapon to hunters everywhere.
While there are many different types of Mongolian bows, they all follow one basic design; that being, that of a curved spine on the top of the bow which allows it to curve while still remaining compact on the archer’s body. The bow then curves around the nock at the end of the string. This allows for an extremely fast release of the bow and increased accuracy. For this reason, many Mongolian bows are long enough that a person can hold them without any assistance.
There are a couple of other important factors in determining the rate of a Mongolian bow. They are the draw weight and the archer’s wrist strength. A weak wrist will affect the draw weight, since it determines the tension that is applied to the string. This then affects the speed and power of the bow. A Mongolian is much more than a hunting gun, since it is a tool to use in close range shooting.
When it comes to accuracy, the best way to test it is through a live animal. A hunter should aim to hit their target in the center of the eye, which is about a quarter of a millimeter above the eye. If the bow hunter doesn’t hit this mark, then the string is too weak or they are not using the right draw weight. Different animals will shoot differently, but the goal is still the same. A hunter must be able to strike their target dead on.
In order for a Mongolian bow to stay on target, the hunter must hold the bow steady. This isn’t always easy when the draw speed is fast. If the hunter pulls the bow, the limbs will move back and forth quickly. This will increase the amount of sideways movement, which will negatively affect accuracy. It is important to keep the Mongolian bow steady while in this state. The best way to do this is to make sure that the hunter keeps their arm straight, with the elbow resting on the ground.
The final factor to consider with a Mongolian bow is how accurately it shoots the arrows. The hunter shouldn’t rely just on the fire power alone, since speed can be deceiving. The best indicator of how accurate an arrow will fly is to take a few practice shots. Once a Mongolian bow user has learned their arrows, they should be able to take shots with any of their skills at an extremely fast rate, without having to worry about accuracy.
It is often said that practice is the best teacher. Just like learning to hunt, or anything else in life, if you are going to hunt with a bow you need to practice. A Mongolian bow hunter who doesn’t practice will have a difficult time in the long run, because he won’t be able to rely on their skill alone. A Mongolian bow user must be willing to put in the practice necessary to become an excellent bow hunter.