Archery isn’t just what you see in movies. It’s actually way cooler and Lars Andersen proves it.
By David Grossman
Danish archer Lars Andersen likes to show how amazing feats in bow-and-arrow history can be repeated today—with enough practice. He’s tackled Saracen challenges like firing three arrows in 1.5 seconds. Now, he’s replicating what ancient Arabic and English archers knew: how to get arrows to bend around corners.
“It can be done with ordinary arrows, but it is far easier to learn with an arrow where there is air resistance at the tip of the arrow,” Andersen says in his video’s description. “Best with a set of extra feathers in front of the arrow.
Requiring a little more work is the boomerang shot, which has to be done against the wind. If you’re working on trick archery, Andersen offers a solid recommendation: go with versatility over pure power. “I think only it is possible to make dangerous shots with small turns,” he says, noting that “my 53-pound bow and small turn the arrow hit with a lot of power.”
Andersen is committed to showing that historical archery can be just as entertaining, if not more so, than what is portrayed in Hollywood today. With tricks like shooting around people, he’s making a strong case.