arrow back stop

anybody have any ideas about inexpensive fabrics that might stop arrows? i have seen arrow back stop netting online but it is prohibitively expensive. i am a back yard archer living in a city and i think my neighbors would feel safer in their yards if they thought my net might stop an arrow.

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TimF301 year ago

I'm just getting back into archery after a 30 year break and researching a backstop for my yard.

One thing to remember is the Ancient Mongolians wore loose fitting silk shirts for "armor" against arrows. The fletchings cause the arrow to spin like a bullet to help it fly strait. When the spinning arrow hit the silk the silk would wind up on the arrow and keep it from penetrating as deep.

I'm not saying use silk for a backstop but whatever type of fabric you use should hang loose enough to wind up on the arrow. A loose fabric will also have a lot of give to it and slow the arrow before it penetrates it.

cronkhite139 years ago
Go to a trucking company and ask for their old mudflaps. if you hang them up loose the arrow will just hit it and fall to the ground. works great if you just want to save some money.
Grayraven9 years ago
Try old rug as a back stop. Very tough and cheap. If you want to get clever you can build a frame from schedule 40 pvc. Drape the piece of rug over the top and use two spring clamps to pinch the outside edges together to hold it in place. You can shoot into this for a long time before you need to replace anything.
evilife (author)  Grayraven9 years ago
Thanks. Good idea. I think thats what I'm lloking for.
Rishnai9 years ago
FABRIC? If you just want to fool your neighbors, get a roll of metal screen. Depending on the tips you use and the power of your bow, there is no cheap fabric that'll stop it. Kevlar would be fun, but not cheap. You could try canvas, hung loose, but there are better ways. Building a plywood box as a backstop and putting sand in there is the proper way to do it. You want a "hillside" of sand, not just a level amount, so the arrow sticks in it and slows down. If you have a natural terrace and hillside to your yard, shoot into the base of the hillside like I do.
evilife (author)  Rishnai9 years ago
fabric. yes. i am shooting a 35lb recurve. archery suppliers sell a backstop netting which will stop arrows from up to 50lb bows but it goes for about $150 for a 10ft length.
i think an arrow could go through kevlar. Kevlar doesn't stop slow moving objects. I know a knife can go through Kevlar body armor unless you have SAPI plates installed. But SAPI Plates are ridiculously expensive to be using as a backstop for arrows.
Knives can go through kevlar, so an arrow may too.
Apparently, it depends on the weave - kevlar jackets are either stab or bullet proof. UK beat-police get issued with kevlar, and have to choose stab or bullet depending on exactly where they are patrolling.
True, they do make stab proof jackets...they're a lot cheaper, too.
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