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Bow International Issue 142

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Bow International is the world's only specialist target archery print magazine, and within each issue you'll find news and reviews, new gear, technique, advice and tips; plus exclusive interviews from the world's greatest archers.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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8 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
staying connected

The pic above this leader column is courtesy of Ian Wheeler of the West Midlands, whose four and a half metre range outside his home office ends in a homebuilt target boss and a 3D hog constructed out of an old exercise mat. It's this kind of innovation – it's something rather more than make-do-and-mend – that characterises the archery community; a community that is of course not joining together to shoot, but is atomised and unable to congregate as normal. What connections are being made, are being made on the internet, now truly, defiantly global. (Incidentally, this crisis has proven that internet has finally moved to the realms of a basic utility, like electricity. Just try and imagine the last month or so without it.) Your editor has taken part…

3 min.
bow news

ARCHERY REMAINS UNDER LOCKDOWN UNTIL JULY – AT LEAST Archery, along with almost all other sports, remains on hiatus around the world, as the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in a sustaind lockdown in most Western countries. Almost all clubs and ranges remain closed, although a handful of international teams have continued to train. The lockdown looks set to keep the sport closed through to the end of June 2020 at the least; as of this writing. It is also clear that social distancing measures will have to be introduced to the sport on its return for some time, perhaps until a vaccine is finally found at some point in the near future. Officially, World Archery have set a date of 1st July as a return to the sport, by indicating that recognition of…

7 min.
tokyo 2020: 460 days to go

From a public perspective, the choice was simple and obvious: postpone the Tokyo Olympics until 2021, in the face of global pandemic. But for everyone involved in the Olympic movement, the problems were only just beginning. Shortly before Easter, there was an alarming message from Toshiro Muto, the chief executive of Tokyo 2020, saying that the big show was still not guaranteed for next year. Perhaps he was reacting to the chaotic political reaction to the COVID-19 wave that seems to have finally hit Japan, but it was still surprisingly gloomy. “I don’t think anyone would be able to say if it is going to be possible to get [the pandemic] under control by next July or not,” Muto said on Friday 10th April. “We’re certainly not in a position to give…

7 min.
field uk: getting started

Britain is staying at home and finding new ways to pass the time. While not able to shoot, I decided I would challenge myself to watch serious, epic films (along with daily exercise, learning the piano and studying a language) and it’s fair to say, my plans haven’t lasted long. Instead, I’m taking comfort in the more, how shall I say, accessible films like the Lord Of The Rings trilogy and, each time, marvel that an elf archer can shoot multiple orcs whilst sliding down a stone staircase on a shield (I’m also jealous of his inexhaustible supply of arrows). If scenes like this have inspired you to try field archery, here’s what you can do to be prepared for when we can get back out to the woods. For an…

5 min.
barebow field: starting out

There is always a lot more to barebow archery than meets the eye. To score well at field archery with a barebow it’s not, as some might say, a matter of pointing in the right direction and hoping for the best. The World Archery definition of the barebow classification includes no draw check or clicker, no sight and no stabilisation rods. (Some other organisations, especially in the USA, do things a little differently). Everything that can be used to assist the archer in making a good shot must fit through a 12cm ring when attached to the riser. To score well, both the bow set up and the archer must be optimally prepared. As with almost any form of archery, time spent working solely on form is time wellinvested. Without the assistive…

10 min.
interview: john dillinger

After an incredible start to 2020, taking first place at the Lancaster Classic and The Vegas Shoot – achieving two of his biggest dreams – John Dillinger was ready and excited for the rest of the season. Unfortunately, like the rest of the archery world, John has had to put his competition season on hold because of COVID-19. While 2020 hasn’t quite been the year that anyone expected, with tournaments cancelled around the World and no international outdoor circuit, but John isn’t letting that get him down. Barebow has officially been recognised by World Archery with world records being fully recognised, and is building a bigger following year on year. The camaraderie within barebow stems from all wanting the same outcome: fun. Despite training and competing at elite levels, barebow archers know…