Long Bow


Longbows were larger-sized versions of typical bow and arrow weapons. A team of bowmen could rain down a hailstorm of arrows onto enemies.

Type of Weapon: Archery
Range: 228 m – 274 m
Length: 208 cm
Draw weight: 34 kg – 36 kg
Draw length: 25 cm
Arrow length: 81 cm
Fletching length: 15.25 cm
Projectile velocity: 193 km/h
Rate of fire: 15 – 20 arrows/min
Uses: Fires faster and further than short bows
History: The Welsh were notorious for their bowmen

Longbows were larger-sized versions of typical bow and arrow weapons. While the accuracy of a single longbow would diminish over great distances, a team of bowmen could rain down a hailstorm of arrows onto enemies.

Longbow range and arrow velocity can vary with wind. Rate of fire varies with skill. Figures based on longbow fired by host Dan Snow in Battle Castle: Conwy. Statistics provided by weapons expert Kevin Hicks, who appears in the show.