This video from Bogdan Landzhev shows a technique for quickly letting loose LARP safe arrows. Without a doubt it is quick. Bogdan isn’t the only person who uses the idea of holding arrows in the hand to improve speed. An old friend of mine (hi Keith) was using it at an event last year – it worked very well.
One of the inspirations for this kind of archery comes from work done by Lars Anderson who is experimenting to re-create ancient archery forms. Here’s a video of Lars in action – it certainly should make you think about how to employ archery in LARP.