Not bad for a recurve

In 1794, the Secretary to the Turkish ambassador, Mahmoud Effendi, went out with some members of the Toxophilite Society of London to demonstrate the Turkish bow in fields just outside the city. With him, he carried his traditional recurved bow and arrows. He placed a twenty five and a half inch flight arrow on the string. To the amazement of the onlookers, he then shot it to a distance of 482 yards. Mahmoud Effendi expressed disappointment with the shot, saying he wasn’t a very good archer. In 1798, in the presence of the British ambassador to Constantinople, the Turkish Sultan is reported to have shot an arrow 972 yards. Not bad, really. Thank you to Michael for another interesting article

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