Re: Distance shooting [was: Re: [SCA-Archery] Re: Ludicrous and beyond]
- My point was not that the lucky shot didn't happen but rather that the
archers of the period did not routinely shoot at, and hit, such fine
targets. Did they try for it? I'm sure they did. Did they
hit? Probably. About as often as you hit that golf ball. Should we leave
the impression that this is an achievement which should be
expected? No. This is a long term development sport. We don't need to
give people used to instant gratification any more reasons to quit.
As an archer, I am behind this completely. As a coach and administrator
responsible for development of archers and an archery program, I have to
look at what gets, and keeps, people involved.
At 09:43 AM 4/27/2005, you wrote:
>Now wait a minute. I have personal hit a golf ball at 100 yards. I am sure--
>medieval archers did hit an eyeslot at 200 yards. It probably took them
>more than the 40 arrows I shot at the golf ball. Have any of you heard of
>the golden "BB" theory... a "BB" placed just right can take out a tank. The
>Abrams main battle tank has plastic grease caps on the tread wheels, a smart
>sniper was shooting them off and in short order the tank ground to a halt.
>Impossible shots do happen! My bet is on 160 as an out of reach score for a
>very long time. How is that for hedging my bet!
> > I will agree with this concept. I have heard way too many folks out
> > there talking in terms of "medieval archers could hit an eyeslot at 200
> > yards" nonsense ant thick we should do the same. I suspect these are the
> > same people who think Errol Flynn's "Robin Hood" is documentation.
> > Carolus
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