Instinctive Archery Trick Shot with two swinging bottles

I’m sure Josh Thompson spent more than just one shot in creating this video.

Nevertheless it’s really amazing to see the end result.

I mean, it’s hard enough to hit one swinging target I wouldn’t even come up with the idea of trying to hit two with the same projectile.

Below you can see a still picture of the arrow as it’s about to hit the first bottle into the second.

As far as I can judge this video is not fake or rigged. Instead some nice longbow shooting skills and a fair amount of luck was involved for it to happen.

In Josh’s own words:

 By far the hardest shot I’ve ever made with my longbow… timing is EVERYTHING!!

Yeah, we’re probably talking a second split into less than hundreds for it to happen.

YouTube: Instinctive archery trick shot – double swinging bottles.

Perfectionist – and Josh’s spotter if he had one – will say that Josh was about half an inch to the right in both bottles…so there’s room for improvement. I’m pretty impressed with both hits, they are very small targets.

For more of his trick shots, like hitting a golf ball at 500 yards with a .223 Rem. Savage Rifle, you can check his YouTube channel.



Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with an European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatic firearms, optics and sound suppressors. Owning the night would be nice too.


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  • bobinmi

    This is a parlor trick that can be accomplished by anybody flinging an arrow by the end of the day with enough takes.

    • TVOrZ6dw

      What skill isn’t the result of much practice?

    • Bradley

      I doubt it. Most people could probably try all day without doing it. I don’t know what the case is here, but there are certainly people who can do things like this without just getting lucky. Bill Hayes cuts swinging cards with a slingshot at completely stupid distances, and he doesn’t miss a whole lot.

    • Anonymous

      Have you ever “flung” an arrow from a longbow?
      If you not, then you have no say on what it takes.

      • RealitiCzech

        Please, I can do this all day long, backwards, on horseback, with Polish knights chasing after me.

      • bobinmi

        I have been shooting a longbow or recurve for almost 20yrs. When he shoots a 280-290 indoor round with barebow equipment I will take him seriously. Until then I remain unimpressed. That being said, I love watching guys like Byron Ferguson who do shows and have to make these shots under pressure.

  • Phillip Cooper

    The better question is, what sort of powder is used in these arrows? Primers?
    What was the barrel length they were shot out of?

    -erases “firearm” out of the header-

  • Russell

    You must not know who Byron Ferguson is.

  • Gary Kirk

    Didn’t 22Plinkster used to do these kind of things as well as his 22 stuff

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Today on Last Week On Reddit…

    Can’t wait till next week they show the guy in the desert doing the same thing with a 1911.