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AU Where Phil's football teammate's annoying baby bro grew up and oh no! turned hot.

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“Just so you know, my parents have taken in another kid,” Nick stated as they walked home from practice towards Nick’s house.

Phil nodded.  Everyone knew that the Furys took in a kid for a few months every year. Phil had gotten rather use to the string of faces that were Nick’s temporary family members.

“He’s little odd,” Nick added.

Phil arched an eyebrow at Nick.  "Odd?“

“You’ll see.”  Nick sounded resigned to this.

“When did he move in?” Phil asked.

“Friday night, why my parents weren’t at the game.”

Phil nodded.  "Sucks.“

“Yeah, but…” Nick shook his head. “Kid needed us.”

Phil smiled slightly.  "You’re starting to sound like your parents.“

Nick groaned. “I know!”  His head rolled forward in shame.

Chuckling softly, Phil let the conversation drop into other things like their first calculus test coming up.  It wasn’t long before, they were climbing the steps to Nick’s porch and entering his house. Phil set his gear down.

“Mom, Clint, I’m home!” Nick called out.

“There’s some fruit on the counter if you’re hungry,” Nia called from her office.

Phil left Nick behind him and headed toward the kitchen.  It had been far too long since lunch and food sounded good, before Nick and him started to study.  He entered the kitchen, his focus on the food, but paused feeling like someone was watching him.  He hadn’t heard Nick’s footsteps behind him.  He glanced at the table, expecting to see Nick’s new foster brother seated at it, but it was empty.

Phil grunted softly, grabbing a piece of fruit and going to open the fridge door.  

“Gaah!” Phil fell back as he finally spotted Clint, sitting on top of the fridge watching him.

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Guide: Archery

Disclaimer: I have been practicing archery since I was eight and became really involved with the sport / hobby since turning eighteen; despite my experience, I am by no means an actual expert but I do know a considerable amount and am capable of answering any and every question you all may have!

  • Types of Bows: recurve, long / flat / traditional, compound, crossbow, pistol crossbow, war, mongolian, takedown, priminitive, composite
  • Types of Archery: traditional, competitive, field, target, hunting, 3D, military
  • Types of Arrows: aluminum, carbon, fiberglass, wooden ( traditional ), bolts ( crossbow )
    • Types of Fletchings: straight, helical, flu-flu. Material: feather, plastic
    • Types of Points: target, bullet, blunt, field, judo, fish, broadhead, fixed blade, mechanical blade, small game, bludgeon ( stump ). Medieval: bodkin, war, crescent leaf, swallowtail, hunting. Some are push-ins and others are screw-ins, the material tips are made out of can also vary: plastic, aluminum, stone, flint, carbon, etc…
    • Types of Nocks: push/press-in, pin, overnock, convential. For crossbows, the nocks will be different as the arrow sits differently (such as: flat, capture, omni-nock, and half moon)
  • Types of Draws: mediterranean ( most common ), mongolian, pinch
  • Types of Quivers: hip, back, side, pocket, bow
  • Types of Gear: shooting gloves, shooting tabs, arm guard, chest guard, quivers, silencers, wrist sling, bow sling, finger sling
  • Types of Stances: square, open, closed

Anatomy of a Bow generally consists of their limbs, riser, bow string, grip / handle, ( arrow ) rest, and nocking point. Additional features ( mostly with compound and competitive archery ) also include: sight, stabilizer, long rod, side rod, limb bolt, clicker, shelf. Additionally, there are two sides to a bow ( a front and back ), the outer portion — or the part that faces away from you when you aim — is called the back and the inner portion is called the belly

Anatomy of a String: Sometimes, with some strings you will see three points of the string with different colours at the ends of the limbs and at the center, these are called servings. Top, bottom, and center.

Anatomy of an Arrow: Point ( tip / insert ), shaft, crest, fletching, nock


  • Anchor Point — A consistent part on the face where the draw hand comes back to.
  • Cant — This is a bow that is being tilted to one side or another, more commonly used by hunters.
  • Dry Fire — NEVER do this to your bows, this is VERY harmful to the bow and decreases longevity. A dry fire is when you pull the string back WITHOUT an arrow nocked then release.
  • Sky Draw — This is illegal and incredibly dangerous, don’t do this. This is the act of aiming your bow towards the sky and releasing. Do not pull a Katniss Everdeen. It’s not worth it. Only do this in places in a wide open and empty field or somewhere it is at least permitted.
  • Index Feather / Vane — There are commonly three fletchings to an arrow with two of three being one colour; the one that is the odd one out is called the index. This should be facing out / away from the bow’s arrow rest.
  • Nock — Commonly used and confused for notch ( similar to blood spatter vs blood splatter ). This is the slot at the end of an arrow; there is also an accompanying point on the string itself where the arrow sits on top of for a consistent level of shooting. Additionally, on some arrows, there is a nock nodule that typically lines up with the index feather ( this is used to easily nock an arrow into place without having to look down mid-aim or shooting, so typically hunting ).
  • Overdraw — The act of using a shorter bow compared to draw length, thus putting an overload of pressure on the limbs. It can also mean using a shorter arrow than meant to be used with draw length.
  • Poundage ( # ) — A bow’s weight at full draw. For instance, while the poundage of a bow says forty#, the bow isn’t actually going to weigh that much ( bows, in contrast, are actually really light ). 
    • Draw Weight — I see this used interchangeably with poundage but there really isn’t such a thing as a draw weight? Or, at least, it doesn’t have a specific function that I am aware of. 
  • Draw Length — This is the length of how far you can pull the string back to your anchor point; the length typically is about the half of your arm span from middle fingertip to middle fingertip. Measured in inches ( “ ).
  • Bow Length — The length of the bow unstrung from limb tip to limb tip.
  • Bow Arm / Hand — The hand that commonly grips the handle.
  • Dominant Eye / Hand — The hand that pulls on the string; and the eye that more accurately sees the target. Sometimes, the dominant eye and hand are not on the same side of the body but there are ways to get around this!
  • Spine Flexibility — When getting new arrows, it’s important to test the spine for any cracking sounds. If an arrow does that, you do not want to use it. Also checking for arrow hardness. 
  • Archer’s Paradox — The arrow flexing as it leaves the bow. Also, an arrow arches, it doesn’t go straight out like how a bullet might. 
  • Followthrough — Holding your posture / position after letting go of the string to when the arrow hits the target.

Other Information:

The correct way to draw / pull a bow is by using back muscles rather than your arms ( arms are used too but not as majorly as the back ), this helps lessens fatigue! And allows you to use the maximum poundage. In saying that, bows are not the same from person to person; for example, because I use a longbow ( 48″ ) and my arm span is shorter, even though my bow is 40#, I am actually drawing 35#. And unless you’re using a primitive bow or a bow that has a versatile grip, bows are specifically made to be used by one hand or the other ( so left or right ). And just like all bows aren’t the same from person to person, all arrows aren’t the same and don’t necessarily work with every bow, especially indoors versus outdoors, grain, shaft thickness / hardness, tip, weight, etc…

When aiming, it’s important to keep in mind: direction and force of wind, height of target in comparison to you ( is it higher or lower ), indoors vs outdoors, stable or moving target, terrain, distance, etc…

The best way to build up stamina and strength is to consistently do muscle strength exercises, practice with the bow often. I also recommend holding the string back for thirty seconds to a minute at least three times in a day.

There is A LOT of muscle memory involved! And like overtime if you don’t exercise or ride a bike, getting back into the sport can take a readjustment to get up to par. The elbow of your bow arm should be pointed out and not down at the ground ( this is to get your elbow out of the way so that the string doesn’t slap against your forearm upon release ), your back should be straight ideally, and your should have your weight evenly resting on your hips ( not shifted ).

Do NOT use wooden arrows with compound bows. It will more than likely explode in your face and cause bodily injury. Additionally try to use the right arrow with the right bow and bow poundage; it’s like using a gun, you wouldn’t overload it with ammunition it’s not meant to shoot, so don’t do that to your bows. Also, traditional and recurve bows tend to be more forgiving than compound bows because of the difference in anatomy; compound bows have wheels attached to the limbs and warping or twisting the string at all while pulling it back can cause the string to detach from the railing ( but in general, avoid twisting your hand, wrist or forearm as you draw back the string ).

If a bow creaks or makes any kind of sound while you draw it back, do not use that bow. Same with an arrow. It’s safer to avoid injury.

Do not fire a bow with anyone or anything in your peripheral or around the target. Be very aware of your surroundings.

War bows have the highest poundage, that I am aware of, that goes up to 180# and are made of a different wood. These are incredibly powerful and dangerous weapons, so I don’t recommend a war bow to shoot in your basic backyard unless you have a really great stopping tool / target. War bows also take the longest to train for and can’t just be used by anyone right off the bat compared to modern bows, because the heavier the poundage, the more back and arm muscle needed; so strength needed will be needed for this ( and this is why archers from medieval periods who used these bows were documented as to having thicker arm bones because they trained in their youth as to use such a bow ).

If you can, try to practice at archery ranges. Hunting with a bow requires a license; please check your city / state laws regarding archery and its restrictions ( some don’t allow backyard shooting ).

Lastly, bows ARE weapons. I know they are treated very much like toys but they are not! Even the toy bows that you see at medieval fairs and in stores, those are still dangerous. Actual bows should be taken seriously; do not have an arrow nock and at full draw while you haphazardly aim the bow in jest at your group of friends, claiming to be the next Legolas or Katniss. That is the quickest way of hurting someone, don’t do it. In saying that, television and all other mediums of entertainment are not wholly accurate depictions of archery; some of the moves they do are highly ridiculous and unrealistic ( Hawkeye, Arrow, THG, LOTR, etc… ). While there are good depictions out there and some decent moments, they should not be your basis of instruction. It’s of course okay to take inspiration from these characters but don’t treat what they do as fact and law.

Bow Types

Recurve Bow:

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Mongol Bow:

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Compound Bow:

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And there are many others out there. If looking for bows to fit a certain time period and culture, research it! If looking for a bow for a fantasy thing, or maybe sci-fi bows that shooting laser arrows, also research it. See what bow fits your idea, world or character. 

shadowrisetime  asked:

Weaponmaster + Bow and arrows

“Yet another classic.”

“The bow an’ arrow, while sadly obsolete in this day of gunpowder an’ fucking rockets, served as the primary method of ranged combat from the dawn of man well into the 1600s. There are multiple reasons, but the two biggest are it’s efficiency an’ it’s effectiveness.”

“Literally made from shit you can pick of in the woods, early bows were made of bent tree branches an’ strung with animal guts. As the centuries progressed, eventually we came ta crafted woods an’ waxed string. They’re pretty cost effective, an’ the range on ‘em is pretty friggin’ great, especially a compound bow or a recurve bow.”

“Despite their bein’ obsolete, there are still bows in use today, both for huntin’ an’ for sport. That said, most bows have what they call a “draw weight,” or how many pounds of force it takes ta draw it back to it’s most effective draw. Some bows can have a ridiculously high draw weight, endin’ with either broken strings from overcompensation or hurt hands or shots that either go wildly off course or fall short.”

~Friendly membly reminder that that if you use recurve bows and compound bows you are a fake archer and wrong. The only real archery done using 6'5 english longbow used during the Battle of Agincourt~

ancient-pistol  asked:

Since you are bored and stuck at home, why not take this opportunity to explain why I should buy a recurve instead of a compound bow

This is tough because I can give you, like, the fair answer, the honest answer, the arrogant recurve shooter answer or I can sum all of the those up as “well, it depends?” because it really does depend on what you want to Do. Hunt, compete, just fuck around in the backyard, SCA.


A Slow Shift

Description: Clint Barton x reader. The reader is a shop assistant and serves Clint, entirely oblivious to who he is. Complete and utter fluff.
Words: 2,163
Warnings: None.
Author’s Note: Okay, I’ve never written Clint before so be nice ;) Loosely inspired by a cute guy who served me at my local Archery shop a few days ago. He was trying so hard. Bonus points for trying even though my mother was right there though, that took balls.

Tagging: @thinkwritexpress @castihelloboys @winchester-with-wings @heismyhunter @kenzie-110101 @maha-pambata-is-my-patronus (If you don’t want tagging in Clint ones, let me know!)

You stared blankly at the clock, watching the seconds crawl by. You were entirely convinced by this point that they were slowing down - that or time worked differently in shops. Maybe it was a pocket reality where time went by at half speed… or maybe you were just bored out of your mind and your thought processes were getting ridiculously side tracked. One option was definitely more likely than the other.

Stifling a yawn, you leaned back in your chair. Of course, it was definitely a bonus that your boss had given you something to sit on, it wasn’t exactly a busy shop so standing would be feet numbing as well as mind numbing.

In theory, the store should be exciting. You wouldn’t admit it, but you’d taken the job to impress a (now ex) boyfriend and seeing as the pay was good, you’d stuck around. He’d been interested in taking up archery so you’d taken the job here, at an archery shop on some little industrial estate in the suburbs of New Jersey, but then he’d moved on. You’d dated him for less than a month and now you’d been working here for officially two. The perks were alright, after hours you were free to use the shooting range out back and you got a discount at the nearest café so you couldn’t really complain. Well, you could and you would, but it was only because today was a drag, most were far more interesting - you certainly got some characters to say the least.

You shook your head to try and wake yourself up and grabbed the clipboard next to the till. If no one was around at least you could do some stock checks. You paused, smirking to yourself as you thought about just how quiet it was. No one to see you vault over the till if you hypothetically wanted to…

You placed the clipboard in just the right spot and stood up, pushing the chair back quietly. Mentally, you counted to three and on the last number you went for it. You jumped, vaulting over the till with one hand, picking up the clipboard as you went. The way was clear so you landed cleanly but used your momentum to go straight into a forward roll, bouncing up at the end just short of hitting a shelf. Who said high school gym class never taught you anything?

Masking a smile at just how smoothly that’d gone, you straightened your uniform and grabbed the pen out of your top pocket. Clicking it down to bring the nib out you let out a brief sigh - back to the boring stuff. Turning on your heels to head for the accessory aisle, you were surprised to see a man watching you, barely concealing a snigger.

Your eyes went wide and you swallowed hard. Shit.

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