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.
And with no fletching contact, I stopped worrying about nock alignment; cock feather up or cock feather down, it made no difference.
I learned that the coloured feathers had a meaning -- of the three feathers, the one coloured different (cock feather) faces the archer, while the others face away.
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.
Finger shooters using flipper rests should turn the nock so the single colored fletching (called cock feather) is pointed straight out from the bow.
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. A ruby red nock crowned each arrow.
You may still need to turn the nocks on your arrows so their fletching straddles the drop-away launcher (cock feather up) or misses the harnesses if the cable guard doesn't produce excellent clearance.
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.