I still have the molds for the silver award birds, I could make more of
them if you want, although they'd still be in the $100 each range.
(Handmade sterling and all that.)
On Nov 13, 2005, at 8:33 PM, James Koch wrote:
> Actually there was no trouble collecting sponsorship money. We had
> originally made a number of the popinjays and after the first year we
> decided to award two, one to the top sighted crossbow shooter and one
> the top unsighted crossbow shooter. This simplified choosing the
> since it eliminated the fancy math. This also doubled the cost of the
> prizes to over $200 per year. I was paying over half of it, and I just
> didn't want to continue doing so since the same people kept winning and
> none of them was me! Plus, I didn't feel right collecting the $10
> year from the other sponsors when so few people were competing.
> From the beginning I was in favor of allowing hand bows to compete,
> several people involved in creating the rules were vehemently opposed
> this. Ironically most of these people never submitted scores as far
> as I
> can remember. So we made it crossbow only.
> We discussed other target faces, longer ranges, wooden birds on a
> and etc. & etc. However, it was decided that it should be shot on a
> round range using the standard 60cm royal round target since this would
> place the minimal burden on the people who set up and run the range.
> I'd also have preferred a longer distance, but this would have been
> more intrusive since it would require another butt, and a marshal to
> out an extra 10 or more yards to do the scoring.
> I'd be happy to see the shoot revived, but without the prizes. I now
> a much improved crossbow and would be able to provide a bit of
> In fact, the rules could be stated so that a person shooting three
> rounds in a day could simply submit the three 40 round scores to the
> vogelschutzen. This would just require the shooter to tally the 40
> rounds both ways 1 through 5 and 1 through 10.
> Jim Koch (Gladius The Alchemist)
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