- I will first state my bias right off the bat. I am not in favour in
adding any more bureacracy and regulations than is absolutely
necessary. I darn well don't want to start making up narrow
guidelines on what constitutes safe and unsafe equipment
because somebody sued MegaCompany for MegaBucks
because their coffee was too hot and they scalded their lips.
Does anyone have any evidence that our current unofficial
guidelines are not working and people have been injured on the
range as a result of this? If not, IMHO, we are trying to fix a
problem that doesn't exist.
In five years, I have seen one old lemonwood bow blow up but
only the owner was hit by the pieces and he was not hurt. I have
seen a few other equipment failures but nothing that resulted in
anything dramatic. I have seen one crossbow misfire sending
the bolt skittering along the ground but this was because the
person shooting it was not familiar with how the safety worked
and not because the crossbow itself would have failed
I am far less concerned about being injured by equipment failure
than I am about being injured by human failures. But even here,
I think that our guidelines handle most of the issues already. We
run safe ranges but occasionally someone forgets the normal
A marshall has the right to ban the use of any equipment he
considers unsafe. An archer has the right to appeal a decision.
Guidelines are already in place in most kingdoms and common
sense can take care of the rest.
- Your guess is right for a modern fiberglass bow but wrong for a wood
bow. The fracture follows the grain, which is seldom as straight as we
like thus causing the sharp pieces to fly sideways. I've watched both
break and far prefer the modern failure.
At 11:50 AM 3/4/2005, you wrote:
>The solution to this is to simply space archers on the line so that they--
>are as far apart as practical given the number of people and the space
>available. It is my guess though that since the force vectors in a drawn
>hand bow are forward and back and vertical, very little energy will be
>imparted to the pieces of a breaking bow to the sides of a shooter. This
>is not true of a crossbow.
>Jim Koch (Gladius The Alchemist)
> >At 08:03 AM 3/4/2005, you wrote:
> >On Fri, 4 Mar 2005 00:08:32 -0500, James W. Pratt, Jr.
> ><cunning@...> wrote:
> > >
> > > Does this mean wood bows are inherently unsafe and should be banned? I
> > > have personly seen three wood bows explode one cause an injury(to my head
> > > chirurgeon report and all).
> > >
> > > James Cunningham
> > > The Devils Advocate
> >And the answer to the devil's advocate would be:
> >Those who shoot a traditional wood bow need to take extra care in the
> >storage, transport and use of their bow, inspecting it often for
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