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Old 11-04-2015, 11:16   #1
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SF Bow and Arrow Film (1961)

Penetrating Power of Bow & Arrow vs Firearms 1961 US Army Special Forces


We played with bows (recurve and cross) a few times just to learn the skill set but never deployed with them.

I know they were used by a few guys, though, like RT Pick 1-0 Bob Graham during some CCS operations (Graham w/bow, Crimmings, Ash, and Oppel returning from Daniel Boone AO).

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Old 11-04-2015, 22:19   #2
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Liked the "explosive" arrowhead that looked like a burnt marshmallow.

Wicked seeing the arrow penetrate the entire target after the FMJ projectiles didn't.

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Old 11-05-2015, 05:57   #3
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We had a picture in our LRS (101st) Detachment Headquarters area of a Vietnam era 101st LRRP suited up before or after a mission holding a bow and a quiver of arrows. I always wondered about that.

Thanks for the knowledge Richard!
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Old 11-05-2015, 06:48   #4
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In the early days of firearms, long guns were preferred over crossbows only because of the intimidating noise they made.They , for many years , did not penetrate armour as well as even a longbow could. Reloading a bow, and even a crossbow was quicker than a flintlock.
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