Zen and the Art of Archery

 

Bow shooting is one of the oldest, most primal things a man can do.  While I am pro firearms, a bow is something different.  There is a connection to the past as well as a bit of a soothing aspect of doing something so ancient, yet so fun. Today I’ll explain the mental benefits of getting into archery and how you can pick up this hobby without breaking the bank.

While it can be a calming, soothing hobby, archery can be confusing to get into at first. I believe the first question you should ask yourself is “what am I trying to learn?” Are you going to hunt? Target shoot? Compete?  A combo of all three?  For our purposes, we’ll start with the basics.

Becoming An Archer

No, not this kind

To keep things simple, we’ll discuss recurve bows today.  They are closer to the weapons wielded by ancient people, and pretty versatile.  They’re typically made of wood and are either one solid piece or made up of pieces that “breakdown” for easy transport.

This is a breakdown recurve bow. The limbs bolt to the riser so you can store it in a bag easily.

Choosing the right bow for your body size is simple.  Simply out stretch your arms to the side.  Have someone measure the distance from the tip of one middle finger to the other.  Divide that number by 2.5 and you have whats known as your “draw length.”  This is the number in inches you should be pulling the string back when shooting.  Now that you have your draw length, you can choose the correct size bow. See the chart below

DRAW LENGTH……………..BOW LENGTH

14-16 inches……………….48 inches
17-20 inches……………….54 inches
20-22 inches……………….58 inches
22-24 inches……………….62 inches
24-26 inches……………….64-66 inches
26-28 inches……………….66-68 inches
28-30 inches……………….68-70 inches
31 inches and longer…………70-72 inches

The next calculation is string length. A general rule for recurve bows is to get a string 3-4 inches shorter than the overall length of the bow.  Since the bow is under tension, having too much slack in the string would make it pretty useless.

Now that you know what size bow to get, and what string to buy, the next question is what size arrows to buy.  This is another simple task as you just add 2 inches to your draw length.  For example, A guy with a 24 inch draw length will need 26 inch arrows. Arrows come in wood, fiber/carbon, and aluminium and each has their pros and cons. I tried all three types and found carbon to be my favorite.  As for tips, stick with field tips.  No need to use hunting broadheads if you’re just shooting recreationally.

Finally, you need something to shoot at.  You can buy a target at an archery shop or hunting/outdoors store or you can get creative and make one.  I’ve heard of guys shooting at feed bags filled with old scraps of cloth and shooting at a target hay bail is classic.  Regardless of what target you use, make sure you have a proper backstop.  The last thing you want to do is have an arrow go through the target and out the other side that could potentially kill someone.  Bows are weapons, and should be treated with the same respect as a firearm. Don’t shoot your bow if it has even 1% chance of harming someone.

How To Shoot A Bow

I have found that this tends to be the best way to understand how to shoot.  I wont just retype what they have to say here so make sure you check this out.

http://www.archeryworld.co.uk/shooting-the-bow

I’ll add some tips I’ve learned along the way.

  1. Inspect everything before and after every shooting session. This is the most important information I can impart to you about archery.  Every time you shoot check everything. Bow, bow string, arrow shafts, tips etc.  If you see something that looks off (wear on the string, creaking/cracks in the arrow shaft etc)  then replace the part immediately.

2. Wear long sleeves when you first start.  You WILL mess up when you first start archery.  The smack of the bow string on the forearm of the arm used to grip the bow can leave a nasty bruise.  Correct this by adding more of a bend that arm at the elbow.  You’ll get it right eventually.

3.  Practice and patience.  You’re going to suck at first and that is okay.  Like anything, the more you do it the better you’ll be.  I think you’ll find that the whole process of archery is quite soothing and relaxing.  I have spent many hours shooting can tell you that it really does calm you down and level your head.

Conclusion

This is in no way a complex introduction to archery, but it can answer any questions you may have before getting into it.  The best option if you’re interested is to visit a local archery shop.  I’ve found the guys that work there aren’t going to push you into buying something that isn’t right for you.  Many shops also have ranges that you can practice/take a class at.  Post below if you have any questions or comments.

 

-J. Nyx

Author: Jnyx

J. Nyx is a father of three and co-owner of akingscastle.com. He understands that there is something missing in the community and that you can be a traditional, masculine man in our current age as well as a dedicated leader of your family.

  • bem

    Good intro!
    If any of you are in the SE Pennsylvania area, this is an excellent shop:
    http://bnaarchery.com/
    Instruction available on all levels, indoor range, sales, service, etc.

  • Boothe

    If you want to get into archery on the cheap, visit your local pawn shops. You will often find very nice bows for a fraction of what they cost new. I found a beautiful vintage Herter’s recurve for $20.00 that is not only a great shooter, but is also a collectible.

    I often run up on good deals on arrows this way too. Yard sales are another good bet. I have purchased a number of nice compound bows dirt cheap at yard sales either because they were outdated or the owner lost interest. Also check estate sales and auctions.

    For targets you can’t go wrong with Morrell’s Eternity Targets. They are fibre filled and self healing. I have an original from the early 1990s that I still use today. They are a bit pricey, but if you intend to stay with archery over the long haul, it’s worth every penny.

  • The Champion

    Excellent article! For the Japanese, archery is more than just physical motion. It is also spiritual and philosophical. For more information on this subject you can check out Zen in Motion by Neil Claremon. In the mean time, here’s some serious inspiration:

    • UnreconstructedConfederate

      That dude is badass

    • bem

      This guy is bound to have a cartoon-caliber obituary…..

    • John Galt

      Obviously this validates the need for gun control.
      /sarc

      • bem

        Bow Control!!!!!

        • Assault arrows.

          • Boothe

            I know! Metal & Fibreglass assault bows too! Pretty soon some death merchant will take a bow, mount it on a stock and add a trigger mechanism. We’ll be freakin’ doomed then boys!

          • bem

            CONCEALED bows!!!!!!

          • Boothe
          • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

            That’s…weird. Looks like an industrial strength condom wrapped around a cock ring.

          • Boothe

            I understand it can be used for both those purposes as well as a weapon. I think it is also legal to own in NYC. It really looks like something that Hipponax could use. He will probably claim he needs one in extra large long though. 😉

          • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

            Any weapon legal to own in NYC will likely be utterly useless for self defense and more likely than not actually *assist* the bad guys in harming you. Like nunchucks and shit.

          • Red Pill is Life

            NYC – strict gun laws, yet lots of violent crime.
            Wyoming – relaxed guns law, yet very low violent crime rate.
            Wonder why…

          • Boothe

            I was thinking more along the lines of him using it as a condom first, then popping the ho’ in the butt with a paint ball as he sent her out the door. 😈

          • L’UltimoConservatore

            Not much can be said about it, after… THAT. 🙂

          • bem

            SWEET! a new way for me to put a hole in myself!

          • Boothe

            Just don’t pull it back then look inside to see how it works and you’ll be okay.

          • Shut up and take my money!

          • bem

            no pic? thought we had a pic….

          • I don’t follow your social constructs, shitlord!

    • They’re extremely neat trick shots, but it’s not much more than that, unfortunately. A few archers and weapons historians on YouTube explained the impracticalities of a lot of his coolest techniques.

      He’s spot on about quivers, though. Back quivers were for transportation between battlegrounds only, and tended to have oiled leather hoods on them so that rain wouldn’t get into the quiver and muss up the arrows.

    • TheLastConservative

      OK, that guy does some hilarious stuff.

      I think I like the motorcycle one best. Just because it’s ridiculous. 😀

  • UnreconstructedConfederate

    Hey bails? Do they make you itch like bales of hay?

    • No, but everyone time you shoot one with an arrow they yell at you.
      “Hey!”

      • UnreconstructedConfederate

        Oohh, I see 🙂 I don’t blame them I would yell too.

      • Ainigmaris Thales

        Also: “They are closee to the weapons…” Is that the Old English spelling of “close”?

  • UnreconstructedConfederate

    I remember reading about guys that made their own archery equipment that they used in SE Georgia at Ft Stewart and on the coastal islands for deer/hog hunting. I always admired their dedication.

  • Boothe

    In regard to hay or straw bales (“hey bails”?) a word to the wise: They have a couple of drawbacks. The large round bales will stop an arrow from most recurve bows. But with a compound bow a lot of times the arrow will penetrate so far that you either can’t recover it or it will tear the fletching off. Stacked square bails will work a little better, but you will have to reposition them periodically. They get “shot out” and your arrows will start going right through them. But with two layers of square bales you can just unstack them to recover any arrows that over penetrate.

    My preferred setup is my Eternity Target in front of a stacked straw bale backstop. The target takes most of the beating and the bales catch the occasional miss.

    • Ainigmaris Thales

      I think that is a valid concern, especially as you get into higher end, more powerful bows and arrows. I listen to the Joe Rogan podcast a lot, and he is huge on bow hunting right now. He talks about how some of these bow and arrow set-ups are so powerful they will actually go completely through a moose or an elk.

      • Boothe

        That is quite correct. With the thin shafts of modern carbon fiber arrows, modern broadhead blade design coupled with super fast bows, depending on where you hit the animal, over penetration is a legitimate concern. We’ve been shooting through white tail deer (and even mulies) with compatively “slow” compound bows for a long time already.

        • AkingsCastle

          Boothe, I limited the article to recurve for this very purpose. Compound bows and crossbows are a whole different beast.

          • Boothe

            No doubt! Transitioning from a recurve to a compound was interesting to say the least. I put quite a few arrows over the backstop and down through the woods.

    • bem

      And, if you cant aim for shit it wont matter anyway – f’rinstance: when I was a stupid kid messing abound with a bow in my back yard I not only missed the target but sailed that shit clear over the fence. The arrow eventually found purchase in my neighbor’s aluminum door. Worse still, I only missed her by about five feet. good thing she was old and deaf, really…

      • Boothe

        LOL! Yeah, that aim thing is pretty important to be sure. I never pulled a stunt like that because I grew up way out in the country. But I did sacrifice a lot of arrows to the forest gods. I learned to point shoot and never had my hands on a bow with sights until I was in my twenties.

        A friend of mine bought this tricked out Ben Pearson and asked me to come over to shoot with him. I out shot him with his new bow and I could tell it kind of pissed him off (I even shot into a couple of his arrows and tore them up). So he hands me this old Bear with no sights and was like “Okay smartass, let’s see what you can do with this.” I still out shot him.

        But I did finally confess that I had my first real bow when I was about seven. And I made my first hickory bow (with my dad’s help) when I was ten, so he wouldn’t feel so bad. I did notice that he never invited me back to shoot archery with him again.

        • bem

          “Be honest, and they will hate you.”

        • Art

          If he wasn’t a dumbass he would’ve asked you to show him how to do it.

    • Beartastico

      A gallon of elmers glue and a box of borax with water makes a substance consistent with silly putty. Put that a couple inches deep in the bale in beer cans or sheet metal and you will never damage your fletch again. I use a back catch of that about one beer can deep and it works beautifully.

  • Ainigmaris Thales

    Good article, I look forward to reading more. I listen to Joe Rogan pretty regularly, and he has been on a big archery kick for a while now. Listening to him talk about the “mindset” aspects of archery has really gotten me interested in it.

  • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

    What in the hell is wrong with becoming Sterling Archer? Dude fucks the hottest chicks, dresses sharp, drives fast cars, drinks all the time and gets to shoot at people for a living. Who in the hell WOULDN’T want to live that life?

    • Ainigmaris Thales

      The Sterling Archer life sounds like a blast to me.

      • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

        If you haven’t seen the show, you should. Shit is just funny as hell and it is not in the least bit PC. And by that I mean that it makes red pill men smile.

        • UWOTM8

          Except for Archer Vice…that was pretty rough…

          • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

            I avoided Vice actually.

        • Chip Baskets

          My biggest gripe with the show is how the land whale and Lana are by far the best fighters. They regularly beat up groups of bad guys.

          And ofc Lana stealing archers seed to have his baby without his permission.

    • Red Pill is Life

      Sterling Archer reminds us of James Bond…

      • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

        He should as he’s basically a cartoon form of him, only with some really hilarious adventures.

    • Boothe

      There is this little issue of turning into a cartoon character. The two dimensional lifestyle just doesn’t appeal to me. 😉

      • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

        Once you’re 2D you’ll never want 3.

    • Chip Baskets

      Tinnitus sucks though

    • Art

      Dog Kelly, that’s who.

  • Red Pill is Life

    There is nothing wrong with archery.
    However, if you live in the US (or any country where civilian are still legally allowed to hold guns) make sure to teach you kids to shoot firearms. It is much more practical than archery. It may save their lives one day…

    • Agreed. I don’t think J. Nyx was saying to take up archery as a replacement to learning how to shoot firearms. Rather, this is a good pastime to connect with our ancient roots and learn a skill that does still have some benefits in modern times; hunting for example.
      And who knows? If the SHTF and zombies take over, a bow and arrow is perfect for silent kills.

      • TheLastConservative

        I don’t know, pretty sure the zombies have taken over already.

        🙂

    • AkingsCastle

      Absolutely. Archery is more of a fun/hobby thing than anything I’d like to protect my home/life with. Having a gun is a must.

    • There is value to the simple skills, particularly in any survival eventuality. Being able to shoot a bow and fletch a simple arrow, or being able to craft and fling an atlatl (a Native American throwing spear design also found in most ancient cultures) can help keep you fed.

      Granted, snares and trot lines are more reliable and require less energy, but even so.

    • Reyngout

      True, but a bow is much quieter. It has its’ applications.

      • Zombie apocalypse, otherwise known as your local BLM rally

        • Reyngout

          Lol! Yeah, I’ve never actually seen one of those. I have guns and know how to use them, but been meaning to get a bow.

          • Beartastico

            Do it. Use bales of hay for pra

      • Beartastico

        I agree with that. Hunting with a bow is very rewarding for me. Dropping a deer at 150 yards with a scope just doesn’t do it for me. It feels lazy and not very sporting. Getting a heartshot with a bow at 35 yards from patience and discipline like my ancestors is priceless.

  • John Galt
    • bem

      we cant leave Jim behind….

      • John Galt

        He’ll figure it out. Just need someone to lead a trail of bread crumbs.

        • bem

          Yeah, he’s posted here before.

          • Jim Johnson

            Jak will have to step up on the article writing to accommodate the increased flow.

          • We’re trying to post one article a day. If we get a surge of quality contributors, then we’ll up that number but right now one a day is all we can manage.

          • Jim Johnson

            I’ll see if I can write something you would want to publish. How do you go about doing that?

          • cheeseburgercheeseburger

            all submissions must be in calligraphy.

          • bem

            in triplicate.

          • Jim Johnson

            Would sign language work?

          • Yes, sign language is acceptable.

          • There was an old Indian out in the deserts of New Mexico sending up little puffs of smoke for communication. Puff, puff, puff. He saw a flash and looked out across the desert to see a 5 mile high mushroom cloud. In awe he said, “Wow. Me wish me could say that.”

          • Reyngout

            A cowboy is riding along and comes across this old Indian laying there with his ear to the ground. The cowboy stops, and the Indian says, “Stagecoach pulled by six horses. Two in front are bays with white stockings.”

            Cowboy says “Wow, you can tell all that by listening to the ground?”

            Indian says, “No, just ran me over.”

          • Shoot me an email and we’ll get you set up.

          • Jim Johnson

            got it

          • You’re all set up. You should be getting an email shortly.

          • John Galt

            Vito. Tony. Help Jak find his motivation to produce more. I’ll wait in the car.

          • No! Not the face! Anything but my money maker!

          • John Galt

            We see your point. We need our cut
            .
            Break his legs Tony.

          • Can’t I just take a few punches to the gut and we call it a day? If you break my legs then I have to go to the hospital and that’s time wasted for all of us.

          • John Galt

            No medical insurance eh? We’ll send you to a 5 day insurance seminar instead. Most guys would rather just take a beating.

          • On second thought, just break my legs..

          • That’s ok. Quality over quantity. And one good article a day is still busting it.

          • Allister Collins

            I’ve got a good Red Pill, 3-part article on Men’s Style that I wrote if you’re interested. Of course, ROK didn’t want to publish it, so their loss could be your gain.

          • Email it to me and I’ll see if it meets our *ahem* stringent requirements.

      • Ainigmaris Thales

        Stop thinking about Jim’s behind, fag,

        • Jim Johnson

          I do my squats, I ride my bicycle, I go hiking……..

        • bem

          Better comments come out of his than yours.

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            Damn. Yeah. Wow. Okay, you got me on that.

          • Jim Johnson

            It is what goes into your ass that counts.

          • Um, it’s an exit not an entrance?

          • bem

            Please remove that question mark.

          • Make me gramps

          • bem

            Dont ask me to make you a grandfather….

          • Punctuation, schmuctuation

          • bem

            its for suckers….

          • League of Shadows

            I’m glad I found you guys. ROKs gonna turn into Men’s Health without yous. LOL

      • Were you just going to leave me?????!!!!!

    • UWOTM8

      I tried to leave a comment for him but it’s “awaiting approval”

      • bem
      • I dropped one for him. It seems to have gone through.

      • Red Pill is Life

        “Awaiting approval”
        Did you the name “Akingscastle” in the ROK comment section?

        • UWOTM8

          Maybe…..

      • Jim Johnson

        What is up with this? Did Roosh get some heat from Disqus or something? Maybe he fell in love with a naggy broad?

        • Ainigmaris Thales

          He issued a series of bans on many of the regulars over about a few days’ time. Mostly without explanation, but some with just some pretty weak explanation.

          • Jim Johnson

            I think he wants to change the image of ROK some. I have been noticing a change in the content in the past month or two.

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            I could understand that with some of the shit coming down in the world, sites getting kicked of the net and shit, but shit, just put out a post telling us to tone it down for a while and go into stealth mode, and most everyone else probably would have.

          • Jim Johnson

            Had he done that, it would fall on deaf ears, like that Cheech and Chong bit, Sister Mary Elephant.

        • UWOTM8

          I bet it’s either flak from Disqus or personal reasons, but I’m no expert. However having all the most dominant personalities disappear at once, with no explanation, was not a work of subtlety.

        • Bill the Butcher

          Maybe to much talk about the (((them))) in the discussion area. Roosh appears to be concerned about the major backlash after Charlottesville. A lot of people who’s income is dependent on the internet have lost their livelihood.

          • TheLastConservative

            I don’t know, Roosh seems to be overly concerned about a lot of things lately. I’d tell him to have a glass of wine or something but… 🙂

          • Petruccio

            A double shot of Polish Spirytus Rektyfikowany would help at 196 proof.

          • TheLastConservative

            Even that may not work. 😀

        • Reyngout

          Maybe Lindy West secretly murdered him and took over.

    • Red Pill is Life

      What happened to some other ROK regulars (or former regulars) such as Waldemar Pabst, jz95, Iattacku, EnglishBob etc? Are they likely to visit this site? Are all of them banned from ROK?

      • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

        With any luck Pabst won’t. The others I don’t know. It’s not like I can post to tell them about it so I have to wait on them to contact me first.

        • bem

          Wally followed me onto the RooshV forum, from which I was then banned.

          • cheeseburgercheeseburger

            LOL

        • Red Pill is Life

          Well, Pabst littered the comment section with Youtube videos on the other site…that annoyed quiet a few people, I guess.

          • bem

            Though I gotta say that spergy bastard’s Simpson’s Game was top shelf.

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            For fuck’s sake, bem. How many times do we have to go over this? Just because one of the multiple misfiring sperg neurons in his sperg brain happened to repeatedly generate random Simpson’s references is not a reason to praise the poor child, bless his sperg heart.

          • bem

            ayyyyy I qualified it pretty damn specifically!

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            He’ll still see it as a compliment, and that will encourage him, which will give us more random sperg crap all spergged out in 19 sperg posts in a row.

          • bem

            the spergiest sperg-face to ever sperg the sperg out his sperg-hole!

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            Eggs act lee.

          • Chip Baskets

            Three word name ends in lee?
            RACIST!
            ….

            yea yea die fire.
            Whatever
            Get over yourself

          • Marius Agrippa Regulus

            im quietly confident Pabst wont come here, he loves to wallow in defeat & play the victim over at ROK, actively doing nothing to improve himself or situation

      • Iattacku

        I posted before on this site. I won’t be as frequent since college started back up for me. And please don’t summon Pabst. He needs to stay on ROK

        • Reyngout

          The Pabst Bandit…

          • Iattacku

            Dude must have the necromicon. He keeps on reviving

        • Boothe

          Amen!

        • Ainigmaris Thales

          FFS, its college? What the fuck else do you have to do all day? Practice your beer pong skills?

          • Iattacku

            If I was a liberal arts major than yea. But as a stem major I will be studying.

        • Red Pill is Life

          Good to hear from you, bro. Good luck with you studies, too.

          • Iattacku

            Yea man. I’m taking calculus 3, numeric analysis, data structures, and computer organization. It’s gonna be a study packed semester

      • I’ve seen EnglishBob fairly recently. No idea if he’s been banned since, though.

      • Iattacku

        Jz95 was banned from ROK as well

      • Marius Agrippa Regulus

        EngilshBob still pops up from time to time, however we need to find a way to wise up uncle Bob Smith before he gets the ban hammer.
        jz95 has been banned for some time i think?
        and the Pabst Bandit still lives

        • Seth Falconer

          Bob Smith’s in the clear, I bet. He posts articles on ROK. A contributor. I don’t know if that makes you exempt.

    • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

      I sent him an email.

    • Murdoc34

      I cannot believe it. He sacrificed internet shenanigans for camping?

      Smart man. We can all learn something from this.

      • Jim Johnson

        I forgot my cell phone charger at home, had to save the batteries.

        • Boothe

          Good to see you here Jim! Looks like our one big disfunctional happy family is (almos) back together again. 😉

          • bem
          • Jim Johnson

            Figure out where Lolknee, Pabst, and that MGTOW guy who is into Thai pretty boys (forget the name) and I think we are set.

          • bem

            no lolknees, but would you accept a hipponax?

          • Jim Johnson

            I guess it will have to do. Hard to spell.

          • John Galt

            Wait. I thought the guy into Thai pretty boys was bem?
            My bad.

          • bem

            Lighten up – I didnt know he was your sister….

          • John Galt

            He was young and needed the money.

          • Jim Johnson

            I remember now, fatherofthree

          • bem

            PJClarke

          • Jim Johnson

            Well, on second thought

          • Petruccio

            Thank you. I couldn’t remember the sod’s name other than he was around 60, from UK, and had contempt for the Polish and other Slavic people.

          • AutomaticSlim

            You got banned @ ROK???

            Jeez Louise — whose going to make me laugh like an idiot now???

            BTW, PJC was freaking hilarious too…

          • bem

            Glad you made it here!

          • AutomaticSlim

            Thanks.
            Just found out about it…

          • bem

            It was nuts – over the course of a week we were all banned (granted, champ and I were screwing around overtime) – but GOJ? Galt?

            and yet Thales is still welcome!!!!

            mass hysteria!!

          • Seth Falconer

            Hey, Bem. Any I dea why they dropped the hammer on you?

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            Everybody likes Thales. He’s awesome!

          • Art

            Yeah, if you don’t believe it, just ask him.

          • The Champion

            Upvoted for mentioning me.

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            No! Nobody wants Padst here. Stop saying his name or you’ll summon him like Bloody fucking Mary.

          • I hate to say it, but I agree with you here

          • Iattacku

            Jim is gonna jynx it

          • La’darell Luthor

            Oh don’t worry, they’re all around, cept maybe the ladyboy fellow.

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            Just watch out for that one with all the AIDS.

          • AutomaticSlim

            Hahaha!
            Kersey!
            It was sacrilege for him to use the name of one of the greatest characters in film history.

          • Iattacku

            Oh yea I remember the guy who liked ladyboys. He had that Japanese username.

          • Seth Falconer

            Anybody heard from Hipponax aka six other names (((of roses)))?

          • WJ

            I miss the style advice from Lolknee

        • Consolation_of_Philosophy

          Welcome, Jim.

    • Jim Johnson

      Thanks

      • Ainigmaris Thales

        JIM!

        • Jim Johnson

          I’m back from the hot springs of Idaho, the eclipse in Oregon, and a nieces wedding. Good to get away every now and then.

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            I hear that, man. Sounds like a good trip, though.

          • Jim Johnson

            2000+ miles on our van, full of rowdy kids and a baby that hates sleeping in tents, what’s to dislike?

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            Whoa, I revise my earlier comment. That sounds like absolute living hell.

          • Jim Johnson

            Nah, we had a blast. You need something that sucks in your life (or someone that sucks) in order to appreciate the good.

          • Welcome back Jim…and before I forget.
            Banned!

          • Jim Johnson

            Thank you……I think

          • Anytime!

          • gdeejay

            Did you do any Mountainbiking while in Idaho (my neck of the woods)?

          • Jim Johnson

            I would have liked to, but this was with the whole family. Did a couple short hikes around Stanley and Challis.

          • gdeejay

            I was in Ketchum for the Eclipse. We did a couple of rides around there on Saturday and Sunday. GoJ has my contact info, I would like to ask you a question or two.

          • Jim Johnson

            That is just down the road, I am not a fan of the snobby Sun Valley area though. GOJ has my email as well.

          • Red Pill is Life

            Oregon must be beautiful this time of the year…

          • Jim Johnson

            Greener than Utah, and cooler. It is a shock to wake up with frost on your sleeping bag after a couple months of sweating in near 100 degree weather.

    • cheeseburgercheeseburger

      only a masochist goes camping for a few weeks

      • bem

        hmmmm… sounds like some other dikhead New Yorker I know….

        • Jim Johnson

          where is that dikhead? Haven’t heard from him in quite some time.

          • cheeseburgercheeseburger

            they are no archers in manhattan, I think there were some in the movie The Warriors, but that was the 1970s

          • bem

            CAN YOU DIG ITTTTTTTTTTTTT?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            Tell me, he didn’t just say that

        • cheeseburgercheeseburger

          they have a word for people who go camping for 2- plus weeks- POWs

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            Legit LOL’d. Nice.

          • bem

            not nice enough for an upvote though you cheap bastard?!?!!

          • UWOTM8

            I gotchu, fam

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            I laughed at (and upvoted) cheese’s comment. I didn’t ever read yours because… well, why the fuck would I?

          • bem

            I just see the one vote I graciously gave da cheese.

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            I don’t see any upvote but mine.

          • cheeseburgercheeseburger

            good thing O care didnt include an upvote tax…we’d be doomed

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            We all need to upvote each other’s comments on this site more. Except for bem’s comments.

          • cheeseburgercheeseburger

            that vote will cost you 0.03 cents under trump care

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            They can bill me.

          • cheeseburgercheeseburger

            oh, they will…knowing what i know now, woulda gone into politics…i can dream all sorts of insane taxes that never improve anyones’ lives

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            I remember reading about an actual tax on a tax. It was an obscure provision that only affected certain gambling businesses, but it was basically a tax they had to pay to one government entity that was based on another fee they had to a different government entity.

          • bem

            suks….

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            says the man who apparently gets taxed on “c”s

          • Art

            Hey coulda saved on the kay-ess by using an ex, like so: sux.

          • bem

            philistine!

          • Art

            Samsonite! LOL

          • John Galt

            Homeless hobos.

      • John Galt

        Voluntarily? Absolutely.

  • Ainigmaris Thales

    OT: Good Samaritans: Houston Flood Victims Tried to Steal Our Boat, Shot at Us (VIDEO)

    This is supposedly one of the Louisiana “Cajun Navy” guys that is over in Houston trying to help rescue people from the flooding. He alleges some of the people that they have been rescuing have tried to steal their boats, and other boats have been shot at by people waiting for rescue.

    No good deed goes unpunished.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/08/good-samaritans-houston-flood-victims-tried-steal-boat-shot-us-video/

    • John Galt

      The mayor of Houston assured everyone there is no emergency. Sylverster lied to us??

      • Ainigmaris Thales

        Mayors never lie.

        • Ainigmaris Thales

          Meanwhile, in Houston, local residents heroically rescue a pair of terrified televisions from rising flood waters.

          http://cdn.thegatewaypundit.com/wp-content/uploads/houston-looting-video-1024×538.jpg

          • bem

            If you leave the TV in the water it’ll be ruined! Use your damn head, man!

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            DID I NOT JUST SAY THEY WERE HEROICALLY RESCUING THE TVS BEM? DID I NOT JUST FUCKING SAY THAT?

          • bem

            there was a picture…..fuk would I mess around with words!

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            Good point. I withdraw my rage-filled rant.

          • cheeseburgercheeseburger

            those are really big water-proof samsung phones.

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            LOL’d again.

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            And thanks for all the upvotes on my beautiful picture, you bunch of fags. I handmade it myself from the internet.

          • Chip Baskets

            I’m sure they found those just lying around on some store shelves inside locked doors.
            They are doing the lords work.

          • Lou Skunt

            I sure hope they didn’t forget the all-weather tv covers for those units.

          • Lou Skunt

            I don’t know why, but this photo reminds me of the LA Riots… Although, it took Two people to carry One tv back then.

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/df9bd041c500b9e8f04174b248057a1118e14fff62bdc20b8eccd057f708affd.jpg

          • UnreconstructedConfederate

            They weren’t stealing that, you rayciss! They were delivering it to some Korean shopkeepers, they are clearly leaving the employees entry.

          • Jim Johnson
          • Lou Skunt

            Hey Jim, good to see ya!

          • Jim Johnson

            Good to be back (sort of). Just got back from vacation.

          • L’UltimoConservatore

            Maybe they’ve been working out since then. 🙂

        • John Galt

          Ray Nagin pick up the courtesy phone.

    • Red Pill is Life

      Lousiana “Cajun Navy” you say?
      They did a damn good job after Katrina ruined New Orleans back in 2005…

    • Ainigmaris Thales

      You do have to be careful about this, though, as it was just a phone-in interview from a guy claiming to be out there and seeing this. After a couple days in the dark with nothing to do, people start calling the TV stations and pulling dumbass pranks.

      • bem

        that was YOU on the phone last night!?!?!?!?!?

        • Ainigmaris Thales

          The repeated calls of just heavy breathing?

          No, that wasn’t me at all.

    • Red Pill is Life

      Actually, the people in question may be the ones who were moved from New Orleans to Houston after Katrina. Most of them returned to NO but I few stayed in Houston…

      • cheeseburgercheeseburger

        12 yrs w/o a hurricane…guess the weather control musheen is broken…

        • Ainigmaris Thales

          Bush Jr. lost the keys to the secret weather machine bunker.

          • cheeseburgercheeseburger

            and somehow they wind up in the evil Taylor Swift’s hands…

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            Taylor Swift is the fucking devil. Believe that.

      • Ainigmaris Thales

        People always say shit like that. Like Houston was some kind of crime-free utopia before Katrina. It wasn’t, there were plenty of criminals and thugs in Houston long before Katrina. Now, the population of rival gang members might have increased, but Houston had plenty of “no go” zones well before Katrina.

        • Red Pill is Life

          I know what you’re saying.
          However, probably even the roughest neighborhood in Houston is better than your average hood in New Orleans…
          Plus members the Houston PD are much tougher on crime than their corrupt colleagues in New Orleans.

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            Meh, Houston and New Orleans aren’t really that far apart in terms of violent crime. And there have been several studies that have shown that there was no real appreciable difference in crime in Houston before and after Katrina. There was a brief spike in some gang-related crimes, but those problems really just solved themselves, so to speak.

          • Reyngout

            I agree on the crime rate, but the Katrina refugee situation was a real shitshow. A couple of months after Katrina, there were approximately 1,500 “refugees” locked up in the Harris County jail. The strip clubs and liquor stores did some booming business though. The FEMA debit cards that were handed out were getting used there right and left… lol

          • EastsideProphet

            For sure – saw an older Dallas suburb go to hell practically overnight from NO LA refugees.

    • UnreconstructedConfederate

      Shooting at Cajuns sounds like a bad idea that would rank right up there with shaving a grizzly bears ass while locked in a phone booth.

  • Beartastico

    I’d like to add a little to this good article about archery. Hunting with a bow is something I strongly recommend to all decent men who enjoy hunting. A bow will teach you and/or your children discipline and patience. The odds of bagging a kill on your first bow hunt are slim to none in my opinion. A bow requires you to be silent due to its range and absolutely lethal on the first shot unless you want to go on a blood trail hike. For me personally it epitomizes both the harsh reality of ancestors gone and the exacting perfection of living a “one shot” existence. I do advise a compound bow and a large caliber pistol in the event you maim. Bow hunting is definitely something I strongly recommend to all.

  • Chip Baskets

    I want to build one of those super old Chinese(I think) lever action repeating crossbows.
    Super genius invention.

    • Art

      Look at the slingshot channel on youtube, that kraut dude does all kinds of stuff like that.

      Let him show you the features…

  • EastsideProphet

    Dear God, all the good commenters are here. I had tuned out of the other site a bit, came back, and it seemed like a whole ‘nother place.

    • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

      Wilkommen.

      • UnreconstructedConfederate

        That ain’t American…

      • EastsideProphet

        Honestly, from what I’m seeing, I like this site better. Got tired of the whining and joo-blame. Good Lord, man, quit crying , stand up, and live your life.

        • UnreconstructedConfederate

          Wait, you think the Jews don’t have quarterly meetings about how to fuck the world over? I mean,I bet they even have a secret handshake and everything.

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            I thought that was the communists. It’s so hard to keep all the various worlds’ evils separate.

  • Petruccio

    I may be late in this comment, but to all you long-time commenters who got banned from RoK, you should remember Robert Greene’s 48 Laws of Power. You were starting to outshine the master. Especially you Hipponax.

    • UnreconstructedConfederate

      Hipponax’s head is already big enough now without you egging him on…

      • Petruccio

        He’s gotten worse for the better when he transformed from lolknee to Hipponax. Now re-read my apparently poorly grammatically constructed sentence and it makes much sense. Too many adverbs and I must be awake six hours from now.

        • Ainigmaris Thales

          Hey, edit that, please. There is an IRL reason he made that change and he doesn’t want the connection out there.

          • Petruccio

            Better?

  • League of Shadows

    So this is where everyone is! What the hell is going on over at ROK. The best commentators are being purged!

    • Ainigmaris Thales

      Your guess is as good as mine.

    • UnreconstructedConfederate

      It sure has gotten quiet over there.
      I haven’t been yet banned from ROK so I don’t get to sit at the cool kids table.
      Just wait til Vinny Pringo finds out.

      • League of Shadows

        I feel like I should try to get banned now. But I would miss out on the opportunity to call out the 100th article on leaving America for the Philippines or the appropriate way to wear pocket squares……fucking pocket squares.

        • Ainigmaris Thales

          You got a problem with pocket squares, buddy?

          BANNED.

          • UnreconstructedConfederate

            Banning is gay

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            Gay is banning.

          • UnreconstructedConfederate

            I always knew there was something funny (not funny ha-ha, funny queer) about Banning.

        • UnreconstructedConfederate

          Those men’s fashion articles would have a guy looking like the Beibs who I believe would not only hold one but, he would put it in his mouth too.

          • League of Shadows

            So we can expect more articles on how to look like a Japanese pop star and movie reviews. Sounds illuminating.

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            Part of that had to be because they were just running out of topics.

          • League of Shadows

            I don’t know. There is still much to be written about guns, knives, fighting techniques, fitness, financial budgeting, career choices, politics, weekly events, cars, motorcycles, camping, hunting, fishing, tools, carpentry, fabrication, lost skill sets.

            When fucking pocket squares becomes a topic over the above mentioned suggestions it makes me wonder about the writers Roosh is attracting and what he decides to publish.

          • Ainigmaris Thales

            Good point.

          • UnreconstructedConfederate

            Surely looking like a Japanese pop star is one of many solutions for modern living.

        • AkingsCastle

          BANNED.

  • League of Shadows

    Any who practices archery gets my respect. Its one hell of a skill to be good at let alone master. It requires a lot of strength, patience, knowledge and yes, money.

    Its impressive to watch a good archer do his thing. Its takes a long time to get good at it, so those who are good at it demonstrate discipline.

    I’ll stick with guns, they seem a whole lot easier.

    • John Galt

      “I’ll stick with guns, they seem a whole lot easier.”

      From the latest FBI stats, a lot of Americans seem to have continued buying them despite the defeat of HC. I would recommend that anyone who thought about buying a M4 or AR15, to do so now as prices will not be this low again for awhile.

  • WJ

    Make a PVC bow for your kids! They’ll love them! Tons of plans are on YouTube. My little blue-eyed demons shoot theirs pretty much every weekend.
    Cheap arrows can be had at Walmart in November after archery hunting season ends!