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  1. TJ Mason

    Old sniper trick : use the tall finger on the trigger.

    It's also a good tip when using a saw - lay the index finger against the side of the saw rather than wrapping it around the handle, and you'll tend to cut straighter.
  2. TJ Mason

    Bow fishing

    There are all sorts of word-of-mouth stories about what laws apply to archery, and I've repeated a few of them on AIUK myself. But there's actually no law about distance from areas the public can access. You can shoot anywhere with the landowner's permission, but you have the usual legal...
  3. TJ Mason

    Compound shooting

    Right eye open, left eye kind of hooded so it's relaxed but tuned out.
  4. TJ Mason

    The 5 Stages of Archery Grief.

    That's the ONLY option in Yorkshire.
  5. TJ Mason

    AGB affiliations 2018

    I've usually received the Archery GB subscription renewals pack by now, but ain't seen noffink yet. Have I missed a memo? Does anyone know whether packs will be sent out this time?
  6. TJ Mason

    AGB director remuneration

    Seen the 2017 AGB accounts? Remuneration for directors increased from ?29834 in 2016 to ?139400 in 2017 - an increase of 467%. I can feel the benefit to the sport already.
  7. TJ Mason

    Demand down?

    Clubs in West Yorkshire, including mine, seem to be struggling to fill beginners courses this year. There's a lot more supply this year than previously, but it does look like demand has fallen sharply. What's the picture in the rest of the country?
  8. TJ Mason

    Stolen bow - Leeds - Hoyt Formula RX plus Formula Quattro limbs

    Please be on the lookout for a stolen bow. Darren Clarkson (Compkiller on this board) had his bow stolen from the equipment line at the Bowmen of Adel (Leeds) on the evening of Thursday the 10th of August 2017, while he was helping to look for a lost arrow. The bow is a Hoyt Formula RX with...
  9. TJ Mason

    Archery in the Grauniad

    Archery featured in the "How I Work It" section (page 90) of yesterday's Guardian magazine: One Eddie Pemberton described how he got into archery and the challenges and satisfactions of the sport. Brief, but...
  10. TJ Mason

    Reviving old-ish longbows

    Our club recently received a donation of two longbows, which belonged to the couple who founded the club. But these have not been shot for at least 20 years. They were probably made in the 1980s. Both bows appear to be in good condition and have been stored in bow bags away from heat, cold and...
  11. TJ Mason

    JNOC 2016 - 31st March cut-off for score submissions

    Please be aware that the cut-off date to submit scores for the Junior National Outdoor Championships 2016 is the 31st of March - earlier than usual. Details on the English Archery Federation website: English Archery Federation
  12. TJ Mason

    New-to-me bow

    So, I went to the NCAS-YAA Field Championships on the weekend of the 24th and 25th of October, shooting compound unlimited. Or rather, I went to the first day and had such a disaster that I didn't mind when something stopped me going to the second day. My shooting was shocking. Even without...
  13. TJ Mason

    Best month in...months

    There came a point where I kind of accepted that, barring a miracle, I wasn't going to get any further as an archer. Too much non-shooting stuff, too few opportunities to shoot, too little incentive to push myself. So I long ago stopped checking how my scores compared to my personal bests. Today...
  14. TJ Mason

    As if by magic

    So, it's the day before the club's annual open tournament on Sunday the 12th. And as club secretary, equipment officer and general dogsbody, I sat on my chuff all day and watched the tournament fairies put in six hours of work. Repaired several stands. Shortened the legs of three stands to put...
  15. TJ Mason

    Steak and slobbing about

    After an exhausting week I was in serious need of a lie-in and a lazy day. Unfortunately that meant I missed the National Clout Championships, one of the highlights of my archery year. Oh well, I'd have been craptastic the way I was feeling. Any road up, I finished a lovely slobbing-out day...
  16. TJ Mason

    Hoyt Pro Medalist T/D-3 limb fittings

    A guy on our current beginners course has bought a complete recurve kit online. Yes, I know. The kit is based on a Hoyt Pro Medalist T/D-3. Unfortunately, the lower limb twists spectacularly when the bow is drawn back - so much that the string keeps slipping off. I have an old pair of ILF...
  17. TJ Mason

    Junior club formation

    My club is planning to form a junior club (assuming this proposal is adopted at an EGM). Can anyone give me a Dummies Guide to forming a junior club within an existing GNAS/AGB club, please?
  18. TJ Mason

    Arrow collars - Amazing little blighters aren't they?!

    The collar remained intact on my X7 too. You can just about see it through the crack in the shaft:
  19. TJ Mason

    Mystery Northern Counties trophy

    (On behalf of Pete Gregory via Neil Crickmore.) The trophy pictured here is apparently some NCAS team trophy. Someone disliked its appearance though so wanted to bin it. However Pete chirped up saying it may be hundreds of years old for all they knew. The request then is: Does anyone know...
  20. TJ Mason

    OSB v arrow

    Does anyone know how OSB (oriented strand board) stands up to arrow strikes? I'm thinking of using it for part of some new H-frame stands I'll be building, since it seems to have the right mechanical properties, but will it hold up to the depredations of steel and brass points?