cock feather

cock feather

n
(Archery) archery the odd-coloured feather set on the shaft of an arrow at right angles to the nock. Compare shaft feather
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So they lay still, and in a minute more up came a smart stranger dressed in scarlet and silk and wearing a jaunty hat with a curling cock feather in it.
This can be achieved by placing your arrow on a flat surface with the cock feather up.
I believe that the added attraction of a Jungle Cock feather with its stark black feather with a white spot in sharp contrast is very visible, whereas yellows, brown and orange flies are not - especially as the multi-coloured autumn leaves flow gently past.
The girls will be armed with semi-automatic weapons and wear the No 1 dress of the Royal Scots, including the Glengarry with cock feather.
When a long-standing friend reminded me of a valuable gift he'd brought me back from India many decades ago - a fly with a Jungle Cock feather - I felt a little embarrassed as I had to tell him that although I had used the fly, a huge fish had taken such a liking to it that it broke the leader
Each charcoal-colored carbon shaft sported two bright red hen feathers and a snow-white cock feather.
The Pro Fletcher by BPE is made of high-impact polymer, but offers infinite adjustment; fletching with cock feather up, down, or any other configuration, plus three, four, five, or six fletch.
When using a shoot-through rest with a four- or five-inch fletch and the cock feather down, a lot of precaution has to be taken on the setup to avoid contact.
Jack was one of the first archers I knew who shot with a multi-pin sight and cock feather in on his three-fletched arrows, believing they straightened faster out of the bow.
He also recommends shooting the cock feather at twelve o'clock on a three-fletch arrow to gain additional clearance.
I've now stopped worrying about nock alignment--cock feather up or cock feather down, it makes no difference.
If you're shooting a rest that requires you to point the cock feather down, you will gain some extra clearance with the riser by going to a rest that permits you to point the cock feather out.