Sunday, October 24, 2010

Turkish Archers Eye Worlds for Berths in Olympics

Turkish archers eye Worlds for berths in Olympics

All eyes are set on the World Archery Championship in July of next year, which will determine the Turkish team’s quota in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, as Turkey continues to seek its first medal in this sport.

Natalia Nasaridze, an idol in the field of
women’s archery during the 1990s.
The national archery team continues to work hard
for the upcoming international competitions.

All eyes are set on the World Archery Championship in July of next year, which will determine the Turkish team’s quota in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, as Turkey continues to seek its first medal in this sport.

Turks, ambitious and assertive in archery, came close to making it to the podium with fourth place showings in three previous Summer Olympics.

“The World Outdoor Archery Championships will take place next year in July in Torino. We will strive for Olympic quotas there. Our entire schedule is about that. The women’s and men’s national teams continue training at the facilities of Ankara’s Hacettepe University under the supervision of professors from the sports sciences and technologies department,” Turkish Archery Federation President Abdullah Topaloğlu told Sunday’s Zaman.

The national team continues to work hard for the upcoming international competitions and is currently training in Ankara in this year’s fourth training camp. “We keep on working to select the best athletes for the 2011 worlds in Torino. We want to take the best degrees in the Olympics. Making it to the top 16 or eight will be advantageous for our Olympic targets,” the Turkish national team’s coach, Alper Aytaçoğlu, said. Aytaçoğlu further noted that the quotas have not been announced by the International Archery Federation (FITA) but, according to their earlier experiences, the top eight can secure a spot in London 2012 Summer Olympics. Archery is featured in both individual and team categories in the Olympics. “Our squad is a rather young one. We have European champions. We began early to work for the next season. Important days are ahead. The target is 2012 London,” he noted. While recalling the close shots for Olympic medals, Aytaçoğlu added that they are working both psychologically and physically lest they miss a medal this time. Göktuğ Ergin, a Turkish archer who took part in the Summer Olympics, was among the athletes in Ankara, while Natalia Nasaridze, an idol in the field of women’s archery during the 1990s, will join the training camp later, the coach said. Nasaridze had made an Olympic record in the 1996 Olympics; however, she was unable to perform in the finals.
Eighteen-year-old archer Begünhan Elif Ünsal has entered Turkey’s sports agenda with her recent achievements and become a hope for an Olympic medal in London.
The successful archer became a bronze medalist in the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympics Games, won a silver medal in European Indoor Championship in the Croatian city of Porec and took a bronze medal in a European championship in the teams category.
Ünsal started archery eight years ago with her father’s support. “I began earning good degrees as a result of a year of work. Now I must develop my achievements,” the young archer told the Cihan news agency.
“I started archery at 10. My elder sister was an archer. Her coach left the city and then my father became an archery coach. I continued for two years. I got a medal in my second appearance at a national competition,” she said.
Ünsal aims to work more and win an Olympic medal. İstanbul, Antalya to host major archery events Federation head Topaloğlu said Turkey has always been among the top archery countries and that the nation is in top three in terms of organizational skills. To prove Topaloğlu right, İstanbul is set to host the World Cup finals, one of the most prestigious archery events in the world, in September 2011, while the southern city of Antalya is set to host World Archery Championship in 2013.
Topaloğlu further noted that they are happy with the growth of the sport across Turkey.
“Interest in archery is increasing nationwide. There used to be 100 to 150 athletes in national competitions, but this figure has risen to 300 to 350 in each category of the competitions nowadays.”
He also added that they provide equipment to the cities where archery is taking off.

Archery as a Turkish tradition

The sport was practiced in early Turkic states, but the greatest importance was attached to it during Ottoman times. Fatih Sultan Mehmet, the conqueror of İstanbul, concentrated archery activities and the production of bows and arrows in İstanbul’s Okmeydanı (Square of Arrows) district. Subsequent sultans expanded the district by adding additional facilities. Later, a bazaar was opened behind Beyazıt Mosque in İstanbul, where all the manufacturers of archery equipment gathered. Although the sport went into decline during the later periods of the Ottoman Empire and during the early years of the Turkish Republic, numerous attempts have been made to revive the tradition of Turkish archery.

Turkey became the 16th member of the International Archery Federation (FITA) in 1955. After the establishment of a national archery federation in 1961, Turkish archers began to represent the country at the international level. There was a brief interruption in the development of the sport in 1982, when the federation was attached to the Turkish Shooting and Hunting Federation. The Turkish Archery Federation was re-established in 1982, and Uğur Erdener became the head of the federation. Erdener would later manage archery throughout the world when he was elected president of FITA in 2005.

24 October 2010, Sunday

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Monday, April 12, 2010

Bear Archery Attack

Bear Archery Attack
By Jon E. Silks

While designing the 2010 Attack, Bear engineers focused their attention like a laser beam on the needs of bowhunters. Their aim was to create a true hunting bow inspired by real-life hunting situations. All the components, technologies and performance characteristics had one purpose -- to kill. Bear describes their new Attack as "the Perfect Killer."
The Attack is loaded with features, including Max Pre-Load Quad limbs, perimeter weighted E-Cam, Dual Arc Offset String Suppressors, Bear Logo grip, Zero-Tolerance Limb Pockets and pre-stretched Contra-Band HP strings and cables.

Pre-Loaded Power
One of the things that will undoubtedly catch your attention when you first lay eyes on the Attack is the profile of Bear's Max Pre-Load Quad limbs. Even at rest, they reach a markedly past parallel position. At full draw, they are just plain radical! Bear engineered the 12-inch Gordon Composite limbs with an extreme pre-load made possible by a uniform distribution of stress across the limb's structure. Sophisticated computer modeling programs allow engineers to identify and eliminate any potential stress "hot spots" before the limb is ever actually made.

Once the final design was formulated, limbs were precision CNC ground to spec and thoroughly tested. A set of four limbs is chosen for each Attack based on deflection values to ensure uniformity and consistency. At full draw, the limbs move far past parallel while utilizing the inherent stability and performance characteristics of traditional upright limb pockets. Past parallel limb angles distribute the force from release in equal and opposite directions. The opposing movements of the limbs cancel out leftover shot energy, thereby greatly reducing hand shock, bow vibration and audible shot noise.

Bear's new, perimeter weighted E-Cam was designed to produce maximum efficiency and a super smooth draw. The single cam and idler wheel both ride on sealed, stainless steel ball bearings to reduce friction and increase efficiency. Friction is further reduced with Bear's proven asymmetric cable groove, which has a radius on one side to allow the cable to move in and out freely. Letoff is advertised at 80 percent. A set of modules offers draw lengths from 25-30 inches, in half-inch increments. Pre-drilled holes in the cam are clearly marked for proper placement of the adjustable draw stop. Both cam and idler wheel are CNC machined from aluminum and dark green anodized.

Bonus Features
Several other features play a supporting role in the success of the Attack. First, the pivoting Zero-Tolerance Limb Pockets serve as the connecting point at the critical limb-to-riser interface. The bow's overall alignment and ultimate performance depends on this one component. The pockets pivot as the limb bolt is turned, which maintains proper pocket-to-limb alignment throughout the weight adjustment range. A system that utilizes a pivoting pocket rather than a moving limb is generally considered more consistent and precise; and therefore superior.

Next on the list is the Bear Logo overmold grip, which is made from a proprietary synthetic material. The grip produces a neutral wrist position and adds warmth for your bow hand on cold days afield. Bear's Dual Arc Offset String Suppressors are mounted to the riser and match the curvature of the pre-loaded limbs as they reach out to the string. The arm of the suppressor is offset from the actual suppression module to increase the cushioning effect and reduce string vibration and noise. The effectiveness of the string suppressor accessory was studied with high-speed photography and tweaked to obtain maximum performance.

The Bear Attack performed well in testing with much improved shock and vibration characteristics as compared to the Truth II. A slight bump felt in the handle at the shot was extremely short lived and no notable vibration was detected. As you might expect, the shot noise followed suit with hunt worthy output. The grip, while slightly deeper front to back than I normally prefer, was comfortable at full draw. Bear also hit the mark with a smooth draw cycle, as the attached draw force curve affirms. Overall, the Bear Attack is a solid hunting bow with excellent shooting characteristics and performance results.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Archery History: The First Compound Bow

March 24, 2010 1:42 AM

Holless Wilbur Allen changed the face of archery forever when he decided that he could make a better bow by sawing off part of the limbs of a recurve bow and attaching pulleys to the new ends. In the early 1960s this mechanic decided to try improve the current design of bows by using the pulley’s mechanical advantage to pull more weight than normally possible.
As Holless was experimenting with different ways of using the pulleys, he discovered that by using one with an offset axle (eccentrics), he created one of the biggest advantages of compound bows, let-off. When coupled with a cam shape instead of a round pulley, the draw length, weight and force curve could be changed and improved.
On June 23, 1966 Holless applied for a patent “Archery bow with draw-force multiplying attachments”; in December of 1969 it was granted. Holles joined forces with a current bow manufacturer, Tom Jennings, and the first compound bows began to be manufactured.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010