Bows and Arrows, Atlatls and Darts
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MBR is offering fully usable and suitable to hunt with--Indian-style, of course--replica Bows and Arrows of authentic Contact-period Algonquin style.
These bows have an effective range of 30-40 yards, and accurately represent the aboriginal Algonquin type as known to Algonquins today, their ethnographers and the archaeologists.
Our bows and arrows are crafted from woods local to the Virginia and mid-Atlantic region, and the arrows themselves are tipped with individually knapped triangular stone points. Other styles of bows, arrows and points tipping them are available upon request.
Our bows are made by the master bowyer and archaeologist Michael Frank, who has spent decades learning to construct most nearly every bow of the world. Michaels' exacting reproduction of the Algonquin bow and arrows, like the set shown here (excluding quiver) bow and three arrows, are offered here for exactly the same price we obtain our bows from Michael himself--at this time we are awaiting the new years' price lists.
Replica Prehistoric Atlatls and DartsMBR is also offering Atlatls and Darts fashioned after those used by pre-bow and arrow cultures of the mid-Atlantic region. The attention to detail is excellent and the weapon is both functional and effective. The altalt itself is constructed of typical regional materials, and the buyer may purchase the atlatl with or without a bannerstone. Darts are made to approx 5ft in length, and are fore-shafted with period-style knapped stone points and fletched in traditional fashion with turkey feathers. As with the bows and arrows offered by MBR, these atlatls and darts are fully fuctional, and if called upon, could be used to hunt with.
Atlatls were used by the Solutrean Culture of europe ca. 20,000 BC and the technology is thought to have been carried to the Americas by those peoples later to become the Clovis hunters.
Michael Frank also provides our Atlatls and darts, and we can pursuade him to do custom work for competition-throwing or hunting or going completely aboriginal...
Using the Atlatl
Using the Atlatl is relatively simple--as seen in the photograph, one holds the weapon in his throwing-hand, grasping the handle firmly with the last three fingers of the hand. The thumb and forefinger steady the dart as it lays socketed upon the hook at the end of the atlatl
In a motion not unlike that of cracking a whip, the forward motion of the arm causes the dart to remain socketed to the hook until with a hard flick of the wrist it is sent hurtling towards its intended target
Atlatl competitions are held 'round the world now, and the space-age composits and light-weight aluminum darts enable distances--with accuracy-- of up to and beyond 5-600 yards, to be achieved