Throwing the Tomahawk at a Moving Target

I had been thinking about doing this throw for awhile now, and finally took the time to put my thoughts into action. I had the idea that the block needed to be mounted on a board so it wouldn’t spin and the board needed to be mounted a certain way, etc… too much trouble!! Finally, Night-Hawk and I decided to do a simple test to see if it was worth the effort to proceed with the plan. I happened to have a chain hanging from a tree limb that was used for one of those 1-man hammock chair swing things. That seemed like a perfect place for our test. We then simply nailed a short section of  chain to a small Sycamore target block that I had and attached it to the main chain with an S-hook. That’s it! We then let it rip and let the ‘hawks fly. It was a blast. I even stuck a few ‘hawks from 2 and 3 rotations with the block swinging. We decided that having the swinging target able to rotate was a good thing. That way we could use both sides of the target.  After doing this test we decided that the set-up need not be any more complicated than this.  During the recent holiday weekend we tested the set-up with a few other friends and all seemed to think that this was a great new innovation. Because the target is constantly moving we had many more misses than throwing at a stationery target. This results in the ‘hawks getting beat up and dirty and even handles breaking at a much higher rate than normal. “Buyer beware”. The moving target will certainly challenge the integrity of your tomahawks. It seems that a smaller lighter ‘hawk is more suited for this as you need to be more responsive to where the target is at any given instance and have a quicker throw. I use the amazing Beaver Bill Mouse Hawk, because it is lighter with a shorter but full size handle which makes it very sturdy but quick to throw. Really any of the “Thin-Line” models work for this because of their superior “sticking” ability. With the target spinning and the ‘hawk trying to penetrate the grain at various angles, you need all “sticking” power you can get.  We came up with several ideas for various competitive games to use with the moving target that we are going to try out. Mean time, give this a try, you will really enjoy it! Now have fun!

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