more than men in tights…

Got ink?

Today I got myself a tattoo…it’s something I’ve considered a few times over the years. When a mate started talking about getting one and asking me if I’d ever get one my response was “I don’t think there’s anything I could see myself getting as my interests change too often”.

My only abiding passions are football and archery. He suggested something along those lines and pointed me at a photo of someone’s ankle with (what looks like) the easton archery archer logo. So out of boredom over a few evenings I looked into designs and came up with a few that I liked.

Then come the other two reasons for not getting one in the past. I have a low pain threshold – useful information if you ever need to torture me, and I also suffer from psoriasis and I wasn’t sure how it would affect things. A visit to a local Tattoo Palace gave me the opportunity to ask a few questions, get an idea of cost and generally get the feel of the place.

This morning I went back armed with a little of the money from my fleabay sales and purchased myself some pain.


Well, there it is, my tattoo, it measures approx 4″ square and is placed on my upper arm so that it doesn’t causes issues at work.

OK….I exect someone to tell me that the shooter has terrible form as it appears his head is tilted down towards his chest. He does however resemble me in that respect.

Stripping off and getting sticky

Following on from changing the pile weight in my arrows the other night – which had limited effect, I thought it was time for change my fletchings. My arrows started the evening looking like this.


Three white 1.5″ fletches, one of which had been ‘detailed’ with black cow spots using a marker pen. They now look like this, two 2.25″ purple fletches and a neon green one.


I shot on Tuesday evening, again at 20 yds, about 1/2 my arrows had 120gr piles in, the others had 100gr. There was no discernable difference in the points of impact of the two sets of arrows. Last night I added 120gr piles to all my arrows – when it comes time to shoot outdoors again at any distance I’ll change the piles…I may even get myself some new ones…

The change of fletches is part of my efforts to improve the flight of my arrows. If I was entirely honest with you and myself, if this does improve the flight, it will only be masking the issues that may exist rather than cure them.

Once more unto the beach, dear friends, once more!

Tonight I arranged to meet up at the club with a friend who has been out of the game almost as long as I had. In his case it was injury that kept him away – AKA a real excuse.

He got there before me and was waiting upon me when I arrived. flags were put out, a boss thrown up and a line measured 20yds back from it.

He wanted to see if he could shoot without aggravating his injury, and to measure up his draw length (25.5 – 26″ btw). I wanted to shoot my newly piled arrows.

I did so – along with a few of my allys – no, not at the same time. Firstly I learned why it’s best to remove the excess glue from the pile/shaft joint, this is because blobs of it catch on the clicker causing the arrow to bounce off the rest. I had a couple of dozen and then tried some of my X7’s. I shot 4 at a time – all I have fletched with my favoured fletching colours.

I discovered my second thing of the evening. That I could just as easily draw a 30″ X7 as I can a 29″ nav. There was no extra effort, I apparently haven’t been trying hard enough, pushing myself.

The third thing I discovered was that my 1914 X7s are horribly whippy. I shot a few ends of 4 with huge feathers and then shot a couple with a single bareshaft. The fletched arrows were impacting at about 7 O’clock red/gold, the bareshaft missed the boss on the right hand side by some distance. I think it’s safe to say it was outside the group by a good few feet! Now either the method of bareshaft ‘tuning’ is different with allys than with carbons or I may need to reconsider shooting indoors with them later in the year.

Yes, I know that my rest and button are both set up for the diameter of my Navs and not my X7’s. Yes, I know that this may cause the arrows to behave unpredictably. Yes, I know that because of these reasons I shouldn’t read TOO much into it, but, dammit, 3ft? 3ft round the riser?

I cannae really afford another handful of X7’s – despite their cheapness. I have more arrows than I need without buying more.

By the end of the evening my Navs – all 7 of them, were all within the gold including the bareshafts. that will do for me. My sighmark was noticably lower with 120gr piles than with 100, thank goodness the outdoor season is coming to a close….80yds won’t be an option much longer. The question is, do I stick with the thin ones or go with fat ones? I have a few weeks to decide yet, and to shoot..starting tomorrow evening.

Anyway, despite these failures/discoveries, or perhaps because of them, I had a useful couple of hours. With the company of a good mate, who shot a few of my arrows, learned a couple of things himself (maybe) and I think has gone away without aggravating his injury…so may be joining us.

Oh yes, I suppose I ought to explain the title. The school field has recently been sown with sand, no idea why, but a kicked up spray of sand does make spotting where a black, unfletched arrow impacts the ground easier :) .