• They had a good army partly because of their bows, which could shoot 1/3 farther than Middle Eastern and European bows at that time (they were more difficult to pull).
  • The bows had a composite structure of the bow and a jade thumb-ring that gave the archer an advantage.
  • At the opening of battles the Mongols would shoot a volley of arrows from a distance to destroy some of the opposing army before they even came into physical contact.
  • Iron was very important to the Central Asian nomads for weapons, stirrups..etc.
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