Crossbow Speed Rounds
- Shooting a modified Barnett with an Excalibur trigger, Cirion the Left
Handed watched me doing a speed round and suggested something very similar
to what Njall spoke of. He (and now I) plants the arrows slightly to the
left of the planted left foot. Drop the stirrup onto the toe (this takes
practice), cock the bow, right hand to the mid-stock while left hand palms
the arrow with the cock feather away from the wrist. Slide the arrow into
place on the string as the right hand starts raising the weapon to shoulder.
Drop left hand under the forestock, continue the upward motion and come on
line. Release when the sight picture is correct.
Sounds complicated, but it goes quickly and with practice becomes automatic.
Ragnar Kittelsson uses 2 fletch bolts, an ankle quiver, and feels that the
right hand is best for loading. His results are similar to mine. I should
add, though, that I am demonstrably ambidextrous, thus using my left hand is
no big deal to me.
Caedmon protests his disaffection with speed rounds, but I have watched him
put out a bouquet with both handbow and crossbow. He looks like a praying
mantis on speed! :-) I would also point out that the "heavy" crossbows we
use in SCA are light by comparison to the siege bows and ballistae of the
period. I also think that the RR and IKAC rules are fine the way they are
for those who wish to participate. Keeping things simple is always
Sorry to be so long winded in these posts, I get tired of the gritching and
biping over the differences and especially when some dingbat claims that
crossbow is not archery. Yes, I have someone in mind. Never mind who.
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