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31868Re: [SCA-Archery] An Introduction

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  • Ld.blackmoon
    Jul 31, 2012
      just so you know ,  fita isn't your only option, another very good book for learning proper technique is the boy scout archery booklet.
      there are several groups out there that  teach or instruct proper form. ( you might even find some good sources online )
       find the one your most comfortable with, and practice till it becomes " natural " ; )
      as to limiting an adult male to a 20 # bow , it's up to you, but I would only recommend that if the person was recovering from an injury, or was very slight of build ,  as it is very , very easy to overdraw a 20 # bow , and a new archer really doesn't want to experience an arrow shattering next to their faces , from pegging the bow : (
      30 #  is plenty low enough for most guys and many gals . ( and has the bonus in many kingdoms of being legal for combat archery ,  ( check your kingdom rules ; ) 
      so it doesn't have to sit in a closet when you move to a heavier bow later on )
      and just from the expense involved , having to buy a 20 # , a 30 # , a 35 # , and then the # you actually want to shoot , can get outrageous, especially with all the new and replacement arrows...
       while it is good to practice form with a light weight bow , some people like a flatter trajectory , and if your planning on some day hunting , you will need to check your state for poundage requirements
      ( okla. requires a 40# bow minimum to hunt )
      the one thing I will add is that it is better to get the information 1st, then shoot , once you develop bad habits , it's hard to change them : /
      oh and be aware , the horse bow may not qualify for " period " in your kingdoms royal round , you will need to check with your kingdoms rules . ( although they are fun to shoot ; )
      I make self bows, and wood laminate bows ( no fiberglass, just woods and glue ) as well as shooting an old Ben Pearson recurve .
      best I can suggest is , shoot what you can afford, what's comfortable for you, and then work towards finding what type of period equipment you might like to build or buy in the future ; )
      oh and just because i haven't seen anyone else post this for you, check your kingdom rules, and state laws , but many people find that a period style crossbow is another way to participate in the archery community.
      and there are several places that will sell you parts, or even completed crossbows at decent prices .
      so you might want to see how your kingdom feels about crossbows as well ; )
      again good luck and favorable winds
      Be Safe , Be Happy, Have Fun .
      ----- Original Message -----
      Sent: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 9:35 PM
      Subject: Re: [SCA-Archery] An Introduction


      On 01/08/2012, Daibheid an Senchaid <daibheid_an_senchaid@...> wrote:
      > Greetings Archers,
      > I am Ruaidri ua hAirt, a moderately long-time SCA participant but an
      > absolute newcomer to archery - period or otherwise. My local group does not
      > have an Archery Marshall, nor any active archers (that I've been able to
      > discover), so I'm really at a loss as to how to begin participating or even
      > locating the proper equipment, for that matter. Any and all guidance will
      > be gratefully received.
      > YIS,
      > Ruaidri ua hAirt
      > Shire of Dragonsmark


      I suggest that the first thing that you do, is to try to find a local
      Target Archery, archery club, that is affiliated to FITA, and, if you
      can find such a local archery club that is sufficiently close to you,
      undertake a formal beginners course, so that you can hopefully be
      taught to shoot properly and safely, and so that you are properly
      advised as to an appropriate bow to buy.

      Far too many people, especially in the SCA, in the absence of proper
      training for archery beginners, are not taught how to shoot properly
      and safely, or, how to choose an appropriate bow, and pose risks to
      themselves and others.

      As an archer for several years, outside the SCA, before joining the
      SCA, I have seen too many archers, both within and without the SCA,
      who are overbowed - have bows with unjustifiably excessive draw
      weights, which pose the risk of permanent damage to the archer.

      This is just one particular point that has been raised repeatedly, in
      this state's Target Archery governing body, and, at a national
      (Australia) level, by state and national coaches of the body
      officially recognised as governing Target Archery.

      Once an archer gets a shoulder injury from drawing a bow that has too
      greater a draw weight, depending on for how long the archer has been
      ignoring the pain (pain should not be ignored, in archery, but, some
      archers think that they know better than their bodies, and, suffer for
      it, for the rest of their lives), the damage can be permanent.

      I believe that a bow with a draw weight higher than the Combat Archery
      limit of 30lb, is unjustifiable in the SCA, where the maximum target
      distance shot in the IKAC, is 40 yards, or, about 35m.

      I have shot 70m; 77 yards, with a 35lb American Flatbow (one of my
      bows), and, with my wife's 30lb American Flatbow. So, a 30lb bow is
      adequate for Target Archery, up to 70m. Shooting 90m (100 yards), I
      had to use a higher draw weight, but, up to 70m, a 30lb bow is quite

      A bow for an adult beginner, is usually best not exceeding 20lb in
      draw weight, until the archer has settled into archery and has
      sufficient experience to have established a reasonably stable draw
      length. The draw length affects the draw weight of a bow, and, may
      cause the draw weight made by the archer, to be different to the draw
      weight specified by the bow manufacturer; the draw weight usually
      being specified for a standard draw length of 28". These are just some
      of the aspects involved in a formal and accredited Target Archery
      Instructors training course, which I have undertaken.

      If you buy a takedown recurve bow, you can start with light limbs,
      and, replace the limbs as you need, without having to replace the
      whole of the bow, or any other part apart from the limbs.

      Depending on where you want to go, in archery in the SCA, apart from
      you wanting to (at this time, as it can change) limit yourself to
      shooting a recurve bow, if you do not need an arrow shelf or arrow
      rest, and, are wiling to shoot off the hand, once you get a bit of
      experience, and are ready for a 30lb bow, I suggest considering the
      Samick SLB 50 horsebow, with a 30lb draw weight.They are relatively
      inexpensive, and are reasonably popular, and, apart for being a good
      bow for Combat Archery (so I am told), qualify as a Period Bow, in the

      I am a person whose preference is the English Longbow style bow, but
      not many people shoot a pure English Longbow style bow, here, in the
      SCA. I have not yet shot with anyone else with the same type of bow,
      in the SCA, in this state.

      So, I strongly recommend that you seek out a local Target Archery club
      that is affiliated to FITA, and undertake a formal archery beginners
      course, before shooting in the SCA, for your own safety, in addition
      to protecting the safety of others.

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