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From: Lord Godwin FitzGilbert de Strigoil <archergodwin@...
Sent: Tuesday, July 24, 2007 3:33:23 PM
Subject: [SCA-Archery] Good arrows and bows
I'm a staunch believer in this: "no handshock = matched equipment"
I must disagree. My research in building bows indicates to me that certain materials and designs either increase or decrease the likelihood of handshock, i.e.
recurves tend to have less handshock than a longbow, bamboo has less than oak, composites have less than self bows. Is it possible to *reduce* handshock by making sure your arrows are matched in spine and weight to your bow? Absolutely, and it might even be possible to reduce it enough in an oak longbow that is negligible, not even really noticable to you once you're used to it, and of course I agree that having arrows that are too heavy *or* too light for your bow can cause more handshock, but I've never shot a true longbow that didn't have some handshock. Believe me, I'd love to find one, I have CTS, so for me handshock *hurts*. If your bow gives you no shock whatsoever, I'd love to try it sometime and find out how you made it.
Morgan Blaidd Du,
mka Morgan Wolf
Damn Vicar Archery and Stuff
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