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A BRIEF LOOK AT TURKISH BOWS
The first Turkic people were native to a region extending from the area bordered by the Caspian Sea in the west, Mongolia in the east, Siberia-Altai in the north, and Kashmir in the south.
Scholars contend that the Huns were one of the earlier Turkic tribes, while a few (despite archeological proof as well as widespread legends that lived through thousands of years, told by many generations) support either a Mongolic or Finno-Ugric origin for the Huns. The main migration of Turks, who were among the ancient inhabitants of Turkestan, occurred in medieval times, when they spread across most of Asia and into Europe and the Middle East.
Loosely related to the Mongols, the Turks started their march through the vast steppes of Asia from the plateau of Mongolia, near the Altai Mountains. Like in the case of the Huns, the Turks were in fact several nations united in order to get the most out of their individual powers. In the 14th century Timur, who was of mixed Mongolian and Turkic ancestry, held most of Central Asia and some of South Asia.
The modern day replicas are basically made of durable plastic covered with leather. This ensures lightweight, long-lasting and cost-effective bows that resemble the original to the slightest detail so you cannot distinguish a plastic one from a natural one. There are, however, some traditional recurve bows made exactly to the standards of ancient archer nations. These bows are made of fish bones, bull horns, cattle bones and tendons and, of course, fine wood. The parts are attached by natural adhesives such as collagens extracted from fish or cattle.
The result is a more expensive, less durable but naturally much more stylish bow than a plastic one. It is interesting to note that the huge and awkward longbows used in Europe during the medieval era were in all respect inferior to the portable, precise and strong recurve bows of Asia, especially considering that the bows used by nomadic people could be used by children too, as opposed to western bows.
Turkish bows are the results of thousands of years perfecting the original shape of the bow. Its typical C shape makes the bow smaller making it more portable than longer bows while maintaining a relatively long maximum draw length, which is important especially if you use a thumb release technique.
The Turkish bow, like most Asiatic energy-storing recurve reflex bows with hard siyahs, is very effective and fun to shoot once you catch the hang of it. It is a steep but rewarding learning curve.
It is true, novice archers might find the Turkish bow a bit of a challenge more so than more linear Asiatic bows.
According to old scholars, horseback archery falls into two basic categories: slanted shooting, whereas the archer directs his arrow towards the ground to shoot nearby, lower targets such as infantry and gourd-shooting when the archer point his arrow up in the sky to shoot distant targets.
In both cases the mounted archer must have riding and archery skills separately before combining them into one art. Traditionally, horseback archers had to be skilled in other forms of tactics as well such as melee and unarmed fights. The connection between horse and rider was amazing, horses were trained to understand whistle sounds or even to lie next to their fallen and wounded rider so he could climb back up. The horse than would take its rider back to camp even if he was unconscious.