Archer proves Mythbusters wrong on Robin Hood shot

MYTHBUSTERS declared it couldn't be done, but 15-year-old archer William Cashman has split his own arrow.

William was taking part in his regular Saturday morning shoot with the Great Eastern Archery club in Lismore when he pulled off what is known in archery circles as a 'Robin Hood' shot.

Shooting from 50 metres, William said he was already having a good day before it happened.

"It freaked me out at first... I thought I'd broken someone else's arrow," he said.

"I wasn't aiming for the arrow. I was aiming for the centre of the target and the other arrow got in the way."

Williams Once In A Lifetime Robin Hood
Williams Once In A Lifetime Robin Hood

William took up archery about two years ago because he wanted to try something different to team sports.

TV's Mythbusters have twice tried to see if they could replicate Robin Hood's famous arrow splitting feat, but with no luck.

However, they were trying to be true to the Middle Ages with wooden arrows and feather fletching, and also trying to split the arrow right down the middle.

William's arrows are made from a carbon fibre with a metal tip.

Club secretary Chris Soulsby said he has seen the Robin Hood shot achieved several times, mostly from younger archers who use arrows with a wider shaft.

William's arrows will now be framed and hung in his bedroom.


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