When I first got into shooting sports, I was lured by the romance of traditional archery. Fred Bear - who’s credited with re-inventing the recurve bow, an oriental design - got me into it, while Howard Hill - one of my very few personal idols - kept me going. One of Hill’s remarkable feats was winning 196 field tournaments in a row. In addition to the shooting done in several films, he also produced 33 short films for Warner Bros… If you want to see shooting that can’t be done with a gun that’ll make your eyes pop out, look for them to watch online - one has him shooting a shark underwater, which is still in Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!
All I can think about is Wanted. Bending bullets out of your gun.
I used to really enjoy amateur archery as a kid, and I wanted to get back into it as an adult. Then I saw videos of people shooting aspirins out of the sky, and I gave up.
You can still have fun with it. One of the people you might have seen is Ron La Clair - retired after 20 years with the Pontiac division of GM, he went on to start his own archery company, offering his own unique bow designs. Many of these people have shot bows since they were little kids - archery became a life-long hobby for them. Learning to shoot a bow is like learning horseback riding - you have to use and condition muscles you don’t normally use - in archery it’s your back muscles - the weakest in he human body. The secret here is not to “over-bow” yourself, and shoot only until you’re pleasantly tired. The last time I rode a hose, I sat down for breakfast, but I had to stand up for lunch.