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    • James Harvey
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      So my little fella has been shooting his little PVC long bow so much lately I thought he deserved something a little nicer. I spent the last couple of days making him a little 3′ mollegabet bow. I was hoping to do a post with pics of him shooting it but he couldn’t have been less interested in it, he just wanted his ol’ faithful.

      However an afternoon spent shooting in the yard ended in tears, I’ll let the pics speak for themselves. These were taken off my SD card in the exact order I’m posting them 😉

    • Stephen Graf
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      That’s quite the shiner! I guess old faithful must have let him down. From the angle of the shot, it appears he was about to arrow a goose. Did it fall on him? Do tell in more detail.

      I’m all jigged up to make some cool pvc bows for my nieces/nephews. I’ve made a few, including a horsebow that came out pretty well. I gave it to the local shop that hosts a kids night twice a month. It gets shot a lot…

      Hope your boy feels better! Looks like the soda helped 8)

    • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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      That’s a beauty. Glad it wasn’t worse. A couple of school mates were shooting one of the guys bows when we were kids. The target kept falling down, so, yep, they took turns sitting behind the target to hold it up. One guys leaned around the target to announce that he wasn’t ready yet and got smacked just on the outside of the eye socket. The arrow deflected outward and he was alright. Just a “dummy” for life. Scary stuff. I’m glad you son was no worse for the wear. best, dwc

    • Doc Nock
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      Scary indeed… going to fill us in and end the conjecture??

      Could be the bow broke…or that prior shot of looking to shoot straight up…? Nah…Dad wouldn’t have allowed that but kids can be QUICK!

      Funnitest part (if there is one) is seeing kids in shorts and no shirt this time of year…oh, yeah, you’re upside down in seasons, huh? 🙂

      Looks like a sweet treat set things right… that’s a GOOD sign!

    • James Harvey
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      Doc Nock wrote: or that prior shot of looking to shoot straight up…? Nah…Dad wouldn’t have allowed that but kids can be QUICK!

      And quick he was! I took the photo before saying ‘stop’, which is where I went wrong. The arrow went straight up, hit the gutter and came straight back down, nock first into his inquiring little face.

      I actually thought it hit him right in the eye. It is that time of year!

    • Doc Nock
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      Wow, Jim… nobody could make up stuff like that!!

      He probably thought living upside down as you are down there, it’ j ust hit North America or Europe or something… Never the rain spout…

      When growing up, we all had stick bows…all there was… and guys would get better ones as they got older and shoot them up to see them disappear and then come down and we’d scatter under the trees!

      Then it hit the paper…some kid elsewhere did that, and it stuck (field point) into his head…his dad cut it off, wrapped it and let it stay in his head while rushed to hospital. Brain surgeon reported in the article had he pulled it out, the kid would have died quickly. As it was…kid had a bald spot for a while…but he recovered…

      Guess who never shot an arrow up in the air again? Yup!:shock:

      That is a pretty scary story… but thankfully, it came out alright and I bet your boy learned a very valuable lesson as well!

      Praises for good fortune all around! Thanks for sharing…might save some other kid from trying such a thing. At that age, there is no experience and NO FEAR!

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Chicks dig archery scars.

      or so I’ve been told…

    • Doc Nock
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      Smithhammer wrote: Chicks dig archery scars.

      or so I’ve been told…

      I really think I don’t want to know how you might know that, Bruce…:shock:

    • Cameron UnruhCameron Unruh
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      Steve Graf wrote: I’m all jigged up to make some cool pvc bows for my nieces/nephews. I’ve made a few, including a horsebow that came out pretty well. I gave it to the local shop that hosts a kids night twice a month. It gets shot a lot…

      Steve – I made a nice PVC bow for one of my great nephews and it started a chain reaction in which their folks have called to put in birthday requests for bows. Now all the kids have bows – actually I may have one more to go.

      Jim – so glad it was just a shiner! Your son looks like a tough little guy and a happy guy!

    • RalphRalph
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      Ummm. I’m curious what words of wisdom mom had for dad in that deal. 😀

      Glad your boy is OK.

      Not a bow but I launched gumball sized steel ball straight up in the air from my wrist rocket and that %$#@*& thing left a hell of a knot on my noggin.

      Like Doc say “neva again” 🙂

    • James Harvey
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      R2 wrote: Ummm. I’m curious what words of wisdom mom had for dad in that deal. 😀

      Ralph, mom was sitting watching and LAUGHED when it came down and clunked him in the cheek! I think she snorted “Good shot!” before she realised he was crying.. so somehow I ended up the good guy! In marriage, I find it’s the little victories that count most 😉

    • RalphRalph
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      It all started with the vows. Glad all is well!:D

    • Doc Nock
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      ausjim wrote: In marriage, I find it’s the little victories that count most 😉

      Good one, Jim! Too bad more people don’t realize that point early on…we might have less single parent families!

      Now that the back story is known, this is one for the tally books and some good humor amidst the initial dread…

      With those rubber tips on there, I was trying to figure out how he got hurt… but now that it all worked out and is known, it is a great story for years to come…

    • Stephen Graf
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      Ain’t kids grand? Give those wee little wonders a big hug for me!

    • Patrick
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      Ouch! That’ll leave a mark. 😆 (glad the results can be laughed at)

      Cute kids!

    • David Bartlett
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      “If nobody died, we can fix this!”

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