RE: [SCA-Archery] Re: Need help-primary sources for period shoots
- I play this game all the time. It is fun and quite a challenge because the
target is low to the ground and, as stated, at unmeasured distances.
It isn't as hard to marshal as you would think, as the distances are usually
not too long (how far can you throw a knot of rags with such little mass?)
and shooting is at the ground, so over-flight distances are short. The
range is set up somewhat like a bowling green, with a safety perimeter
around the entire range. Spectators may only view from the two sides
perpendicular to the shot directions (e.g., view from the west and east
sides of the range and allow shooting only north and south).
The difficulty is also that shooting is at the ground, so arrows tend to
bury quite well into the turf - but everyone has just one arrow to keep
track of and a good hook reduces the search time. Also, keep the target
small - if you have a large target, the first arrow sticks and flips it over
so the arrow shaft ends up on the on the ground opposite the shot direction.
Subsequent hits will tend to flip the target over again, more often than not
jamming the nock of the first arrow into the ground and snapping the shaft
in two. Funny little phenomenon, but amazingly (and sadly) frequent.
May the archery Goddess require few sacrifices from your quiver!
From: SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com [mailto:SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com] On
Behalf Of Kinjal of Moravia
Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2005 6:13 AM
Subject: [SCA-Archery] Re: Need help-primary sources for period shoots
--- In SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com, Lord Caedmon Wilson
> While not necessarily documented, men throughout history have beenall
> basically the same...we like to challenge each other to see who isThere is a "challenge" that I have seen mentioned several times,
though hardly 'documentable'. -- a "walking home shoot". It would
require a large field and spectators would have to amble along. A
target 'ball' of rags (or animal skin) is through down the field.
Each member of the 'hunting party' shoots a single arrow. Hitting
the ball gets 2 points -- otherwise 'closest arrow' gets 1 point.
Then the 'winner' throws the ball again, and all repeat. Thus, each
shoot is at a different range and setting (artificially strewn if on
a playing field.) Yes, a marshall might have a fit finding a
suitable area at an event, but ...
what a challenge!
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- I would like to thank the people who responded to my initial inquiry
regarding period archery target competition documentation: Michael,
Shadhra, Padraig, Allan Bluehood, Caedmon, Kinjal, James Wolfden,
Laebeth, Robert Runewald, and Charles Connor. My apologies for the
delay in responding. I am now returned from the premier session of
the Northshield Academy of Swordless Martial Arts (though it may be
called something else next time, the equestrian community objects to
the swordless part:)) and in a much saner frame of mind.
I took note of the novelty competitions described and will keep them
in mind when I sponsor a novelty shoot in the future. I also
appreciate a quick source for interesting target faces.
I look forward to checking out the books that people recommended
(Payne-Galwey (Crossbows) and Chinese Archery). I am afraid I did not
have sufficient time to peruse them before the event.
I had previously explored the images in the Files folder, but did not
observe closely enough to see the target on the right border of the
xbows image. Thank you for (re)directing me to this.
I expect that this is the beginning of a long-term project, once I get
some other obligations out of the way.
As always, this group is a wealth of support and information.
Barony of Jararvellir, Northshield