Finally got to see the Elm Warbow in action...
My mate JT was brave and shunned the hard hat and safety goggles... fortunately it didn't explode.
He shot a good few arrows through it including 3 different flight arrows. The best was a bamboo one, not actually the lightest, but it has the thinnest shaft and seemed to fly truest.
Best shot was a frustrating 299 yards as measured with a laser range finder. I'm sure with a bit of practice at getting that elusive sweet loose he'll get past the 300. I'm also going to tune up that flight arrow with some better fletchings.
I've put together a bit of video here:-
And here's a full draw still so you can see the tiller of the bow.
I also shot the Yew primitive which was pretty sluggish. It weighs a ton and is obviously carrying a lot of excess weight. Even with a flight arrow the best it made was about 170 yards which is abysmal from a 50# bow... but then a native American would have only been interested in killing game at close range not distance.
From the pic you'll see I was wearing a stupidly baggy sweatshirt which was snagging the string.