Re: [SCA-Archery] Re: Equipment Failures
Michael, that is most unusual. What you are saying is the
exception rather than the rule around here (The East Coast).
BTW on the subject of FITA and NAA tournaments: I suggest that any
who wish to participate do so. You DON'T need an expensive "Olympic
style" recurve with those equally expensive carbon "knitting needle"
arrows to participate. The tackle that we shoot in the SCA will
qualify.You won't stand as good a chance against these other bows, but
you may surprise yourself (and them) at how well you will do. (Unless
they've changed the rules within the last few years) I have shot in NAA
shoots with my simple longbow with wooden arrows. It's a very different
game than what we play. I've been to quite a number of these shoots and
I can't recall having ever seen a newbie on the line. Most have had
extensive experience with some form of archery before they make the
astronomically expensive purchase of the average "Olympic style" tackle.
I did see quite a number of familiar faces from NFAA, IBO, Zwickee Stump
shoots and the archery clubs,there to try it out, but no out-and-out
newbies. The marshalling on the line and scoring are MUCH stricter and
regimented than an SCA line. I HAVE seen an NAA line officer remove an
archer from the line that had what was deemed unsafe equipment (bad
string). BTW They don't like back-quivers, it's not against their rules,
but they always mention them as a potential safety hazard and a
NAA is different, those that haven't already, should try it.
One thing we need to remember is that FITA almost never sees new
archers. Their inspections are not meant to determine the safety of the
equipment. By the time a National Archery Association archer gets to a
tournament, they have been shooting for months if not years. They have
been to the local shop many times, and probably shoot a couple times a
week to practice. Any safety issues will have been taken care of long
Not true! :-)
We ALWAYS have archers entering their first FITA or Vegas styled
tournament who have only had their Olympic recurve for a few weeks. I
had my Olympic recurve for exactly "1" week when I entered my first FITA
tournament and had shot my bow a grand total of 3 times. While there is
a big difference between how good I shot then versus today, I still see
new archers entering their first tournament much greener than I was back
- 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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