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Re: [SCA-Archery] Another holy cow at which to shoot, target faces. :-)

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  • Brad Boda d'Aylward
    AAhhh! What were the measurements of the rings?? 100 yrds at a 40cm target is nuts. 60cm ..........maybe. No that s insane also. Brad Subject: [SCA-Archery]
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      AAhhh! What were the measurements of the rings?? 100 yrds at a 40cm target
      is nuts. 60cm ..........maybe. No that's insane also.

      Brad

      Subject: [SCA-Archery] Another holy cow at which to shoot, target faces. :-)


      >Hi all,
      >
      >I was reading through Grimley's The Book of the Bow, and noticed the
      >earliest reference I have found to the "modern" target face composed of
      >four concentric rings with gold at the centre and red the next ring.
      >The passage is on page 95 and quotes the rules for the shoot held on 14
      >May 1673.
      >
      >"... The Lancashire Bowmen held their meetings weekly, and it was on
      >14th May 1673, that the first shoot for the Silver Arrow at Scorton in
      >Yorkshire was held. This Match is still held annually. 'Such person,'
      >said the Articles, Rules and Regulations of the first meeting, 'as in
      >his due order and place, shall first pierce or break the Captain's
      >prize, or any part thereof with his arrow, that is to say, so his arrow
      >shall be within the circle, dividing between red and gold, shall have
      >the Silver Arrow from the rest, and shall be esteemed and adjudged
      >Captain of the Archers.' The target contained four rings 'aptly
      >distinguished with colours, wherof the innermost circle being gilded or
      >yellow, shall be for the Captain's prize.' Shooting was at 100 yds.,
      >two dozen arrows being shot, two arrows at each end."
      >
      >Interestingly enough the same page also has the earliest reference to a
      >"curse jar" I have seen:
      >
      >"... by a clause in their rules that 'if any one of them shall that day
      >curse or swear in the hearing of the Company, and the same be proved
      >before the Captain and Lieutenant, he shall forthwith pay down one
      >shilling, and so proportional for every oath; to be distributed by the
      >Captain for the use of the poor...'
      >
      >Some things never change, eh?
      >
      >Michael O'Byrne
      >
      >
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