24655Re: Judging distance
- Mar 31, 2008George, you know that I respect you as an archer and all (at least I
hope that you know this), and I know I most likely won't be endearing
myself to anybody (well, hardly anybody) with this, yet it needs to
be said. So, here goes...
This has been a discussion on range-finding implements, both modern
and not-so-modern (optical or otherwise). Just replace "range-
finders" with "modern recurve bows/longbows".... Just remember, even
though SCA rules do not expressly forbid the use of modern-design
Traditional bows (especially take-down bows), they do not "add to the
realism involved with researching or reenacting our period" -- since
Dacron, fibre-glass and "action wood" were not known in the Middle
I personally do not like to see anyone using brightly-painted shafts
while portraying a Norse persona, since it seems such a shaft would
only serve to alert the "victim" (target) of its imminent fate, yet I
would still allow the use of such brightly-painted shafts if I were
the line-Marshal; some folks simply like their shafts to be
personalized in such a way which is so very non-period in nature.
What rankles is the blanket exclusion of something simply because the
person "in charge" doesn't like it -- not because the rules forbid
Now, if the shoot were to have rules expressly forbidding the use of
(modern) range-finding devices, including anything incorporating a
magnifying lens of any kind (excluding, of course, prescription eye-
glasses) and/or ranging marks on the bow....
Also, the statement that range-finders "would not have been available
to archer in period": Just what documentation is there to show that
they were not available to archers "in period"? This question is not
lightly asked, nor is it asked sarcastically; there are people who
really want to know.
Just my fourteen cents (adjusted for inflation).
--- In SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com, "Oakes, George" <goakes@...>
> As a Ranger at Large in Trimaris,
> I would not allow such a device as it has no reference or would not
> been available to archer in period. While the rules do not expresslyrealism
> forbid it, I still would not allow it as it does not add to the
> involved with researching or reenacting our period.Archery@yahoogroups.com]
> just my two cents, other rangers may agree or disagree, and that is
> there place to do so.
> Ranger Gavin
> From: SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com [mailto:SCA-
> On Behalf Of Lord Godwin FitzGilbert de Strigoilmodern
> Sent: Sunday, March 30, 2008 3:50 PM
> To: SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [SCA-Archery] Re: Judging distance
> Any opinions on the use of optical range finders or other less
> equipment to judge unknown distances at SCA competitions? Their use
> is not expressly forbidden by SCA rules.
> Yep, strong opinion:
> NO, not allowed.
> I don't even like the marking of bow limbs. :|
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