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Throwing arrows are an incredibly fun and easy to make projectile. At their simplest, they consist of a notched shaft, fletchings, and a counter weight. With the aid of a length of string, these arrows can be thrown great distances. With a tailwind I have thrown them as far as 150 yards.

With about a dollar's worth of materials from the hardware store you too can be throwing these arrows in under ten minutes.

Watch the above video to see these arrows being thrown!

Why make these, you ask?

YOU CAN THROW A POINTY STICK OVER A HUNDRED YARDS!

If that doesn't sway you here are a few other reasons:

  • Throwing arrows are a simple project that requires only a few tools and materials you likely already have
  • The physics behind their flight is extremely interesting
  • You can play lawn darts on a football field with your friends
  • They are the perfect weapon for hunting low flying cumulonimbus clouds

So the real question is, "why not make throwing arrows?"

There is no legitimate or acceptable answer to that question. Keep reading.

Warning: These arrows can be dangerous. Make sure that you never throw an arrow when someone is standing in front of you. Never throw arrows into an area that you can not see.

 
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120100727 days ago
Could you use an Attle addle

Nice, will have to give the one a shot :D

Awesome my friend, just like the ancient ankule!!
Joe
www.nottinghamatlatl.com
JM19993 months ago

Have you expiremented with one of these to throw far?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woomera_%28spear-thro...

It is called by native Americans a Atlatl and by native Australians a Woomera.

The trick with these is the follow through, like a tennis raquet.

JM19993 months ago

Have you expiremented with one of these to throw far?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woomera_%28spear-thro...

It is called by native Americans a Atlatl and by native Australians a Woomera.

The trick with these is the follow through, like a tennis raquet.

JM19993 months ago

Have you expiremented with one of these to throw far?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woomera_%28spear-thro...

It is called by native Americans a Atlatl and by native Australians a Woomera.

The trick with these is the follow through, like a tennis raquet.

Mattakers3 months ago
"You can throw a pointy stick over a hundred yards!"

Now I have to make one
Camilo5433 months ago
Are these in any way accurate, even at smaller ranges such as at 20-30 yards?
I just made 2 of these, one 36 inchs of 3/8" poplar with 4 flights made of thin plastic and it flew very far, and my test arrow was 30 inch 3/8" poplar with 3 flights made of cardboard and this one flies well but needs to be thrown with more arc than normal, thanks for the instructable!!
Gregbot3 months ago

nice

Yoshinok (author)  Gregbot3 months ago

Thanks!

antagonizer3 months ago

We share the same hobby, sort of. I sling in my spare time and use something close to your set up called the cestrosphendon. It's a Greek dart thrown by a sling and can usually launch at around 200fps. You should check it out. Great instructable!

SMOKINACE993 months ago
Do you think you could make an atlatl, yoshinok?
Ultra-Indigo3 months ago
cool, but I still don't get the throwing set up
Yoshinok (author)  Ultra-Indigo3 months ago

How the string is wrapped on the arrow? Please let me know what it is you are having trouble with. I will do my best to explain it. Unfortunately I am on vacation right now and am not near my shop/arrows to take more photos.

obi wan kaoni3 months ago

what were to happen if i were to load one of these into my 60pound long bow? because this is insane cool

Yoshinok (author)  obi wan kaoni3 months ago

Well, you can easily modify a normal arrow to make it a thrower! With dowels of a 1/2" diameter they are probably too heavily spined to be shot from a bow.

This is really cool, I've never seen throwing arrows before!

Thanks! Any plans to make your own?

Wolfbane2213 months ago
like an atlatl!