A Danish archer has once again proven he is the master of extreme archery with a feat that might seem impossible. On June 1, 2022, Lars Andersen successfully fired seven consecutive arrows through a keyhole in a door. He used a traditional bow to shoot the seven arrows about 30 feet away. Andersen received a Guinness World Record for “most consecutive arrows fired through a keyhole” and posted a video of the feat on his YouTube account last month.
As shown in the minute-long video, the keyhole was less than a centimeter wide, leaving just a few millimeters of room for his arrows. Andersen notes in the caption of the video that he shoots featherless carbon arrows to ensure a full pass. He uses a traditional Turkish bow handcrafted by father-son duo Metin and Onur Simsek, who own and operate Simsek Bow in Bursa, Turkey.
Andersen, who is approaching his 50s, already holds the title of ‘the fastest archer in the world’ and, according to his website, he was the first person in modern times to shoot 3 arrows in 1.5 seconds. He is passionate about historical archery and has amassed a number of YouTube subscribers. Whether he’s firing quick shots, hitting moving targets while running, catching arrows fired at him and hitting back with them, splitting his arrows on a ranged blade, or performing a variety of other tricks, Andersen slowly tries to bringing historic archery back from the history books in the face of what he calls “Hollywood archery”.
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He points out in a 2015 video (which received 60 million views) that traditional archers did not use rear quivers because they were clumsy to shoot and slowed down archers. Instead, archers would often hold multiple arrows in their drawing hand and shoot through them quickly. They also fired arrows from the right side of the bow rather than the left side, which further reduced the time needed to shoot. He cites Syrian history which dates the practice to at least 5,000 years ago and a book titled Arab archerywritten by Nabih Amin Faris and Robert Potter Elmer.
“It’s the best kind of shot and there’s nothing beyond power or accuracy,” write Faris and Elmer.
Andersen is also a painter and writer. He’s only been involved in archery for just over a decade, but during that time he’s been training a lot in what appears to be some sort of archery gym.
“Historical archery includes many different methods and many are forgotten,” Andersen wrote in his 2015 video. “But archery can be so much more than we usually think!”