This could lead to an interesting discussion.
The Society target archery rules allow the use of both non-period handbows and crossbows. If one wishes to limit crossbows to period only, then one would have to limit handbows to period only. This would mean no take-down bows with bolt on limbs and no built up risers with cut-outs with built in arrow rests. This would greatly reduce the number of archers shooting at our events. All handbows are not required by the Society target archery rules to meet period requirements. Kingdoms may make stricter rules regarding equipment such as requiring only period gear.
However, they can not reduce the rules and allow compound bows and aluminum or fiberglass shafting or plastic vanes.
The SCA target archery rules do not differentiate between period and non-period bows. The period versus non-period division of bows is either a kingdom rule or an IKAC rule. There is no SCA definition of "period gear".
All equipment should be consistent with pre-17th century archery in looks and function. The
construction, use, and knowledge of period-style equipment and its safe use are among the primary
goals of SCA archery. However, the use of modern equipment is permitted provided it meets the
equipment standards spelled out below."
Nothing in these rules shall be interpreted as preventing a Kingdom or branch from making rules
requiring the use of period style equipment in a period division or a specific competition. The rules
allow the use of modern style bows, but do not require that all competitions allow their use."
Does the East allow modern recurves with take-down bolt-on limbs and center-cut risers? If so, they are not requiring period style bows.
The use of period style gear should be strongly encouraged at our events. However, it is not required.
When the SCA target archery rules were written (I was involved in this) requiring only period style gear would have greatly limited the
number of people that could afford to purchase or make it at that time. However, since that time the book "The Bowyer's Bible" with its information on lumber yard board bows is now available for building inexpensive longbows. Eastern style "Horse bows" with fiberglass limbs can be purchased for a reasonable price. And just recently the use of PVC water pipe, "The Impossible Bow", for building inexpensive period looking bows is being tried by some archers. So I think that is reasonable to consider that we more strongly encourage the use of period style gear. We should never completely restrict the use the use of modern gear. For this would discourage new archers, that do not yet have period gear, from participating in archery in the SCA.
Adjustable rear peep sights on crossbows were used in late period and that is why they are
allowed in the period crossbow division.
I think this can become a worthwhile discussion of the goals of SCA target archery. However, let us all please keep it polite.
From: William Davis <willied0296@...>
May 16, 2013 6:56:22 AM
Subject: [SCA-Archery] Crossbows vs Others
|I know this has been hashed out numerous times, in numerous places, but this again brings up a point. Why are crossbows allowed to use peep sights, rifle stocks, pistol grips, and modern trigger releases, while aside from modern lamination, handbows are still required to meet period requirements (no mechanical releases, no sights other than elevation marks on the riser, and even the elevation mark issue gets argued in places)? That said, one other question, is this perhaps
strictly an EK thing, or does the above apply in other Kingdoms as well?|
I'm sure there are those who will find some way to justify it,
Let the fireworks begin.