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19352Re: [SCA-Archery] Ranging

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  • Jeffrey Webb
    Jan 1, 2006
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      I just re-read your last post after reading the many on this issue and I realise that we are in agreement and I criticized your post in error. Please accept my apology. I read so many all at once and they seemed to meld together, sorry.

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Kinjal of Moravia
      Sent: Sun, 1 Jan 2006 05:34:46 -0800
      To: SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [SCA-Archery] Ranging

      In any kind of marksmanship there is a difference between 'sight
      allignment' and 'sight picture'. I was taught that, of the two,
      allignment was far more important -- which translates into absolute
      repeatability of form and draw. Playing with finger placement or
      even knock points would seem to be 'going in the wrong direction'
      where skill development is concerned, and I find it difficult to
      believe that in ancient times, people who learned archery at age six
      would pursue any training that would not lead to a 'zen' type goal
      of instinctive sighting. My grandfather shot with his eyes closed --
      I know what is possible.

      I am also certain that evidence can be found that people throughout
      time have played with various techniques in order to offset the
      development of skill only developed through long practice. After
      all, the machine pistol was developed in Germany because they didn't
      have time to train proper marksmansmanship. It works! -- but that
      doesn't make it either 'common', nor desireable for recreationists.

      However -- in medieval times a man survived by his wits, and if the
      only way he could should was using both feet and hands, he would
      have. If he lost a finger he would adjust somehow. So, while
      barring artificial aids to shooting are a legitimate way of
      equalizing the field, any 'natural' style that gets the job done
      should be allowed in competition -- even holding the string in your

      Just a worthless opinion, of course -- someone stole my thumb ring
      and I can't shoot at all now.


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