If I had known more about period crossbows when I wrote the period
rules for the IKAC I would have written them differently. There is a
bit of a problem in the timed ends between the light draw crossbows
that can be cocked by hand against the hip, etc and those heavier draw
weights that require some form of mechanical assist. Mechanical
assists such as: Both feet over the prod. Stirrup. Belt hook. Lever.
Goat's foot. Craniquin. Windless. Etc. Those crossbow shooters using a
more realistic draw weight and an assisted draw can not get off as many
shoots in a speed end as the low weight bows cocked by hand. I would
not suggest there being a minimum weight limit for period crossbows.
But, I would suggest that bows in a period equipment shoot use an
assisted draw. This would help to reduce the sometimes unrealistically
high number of bolts that are sometimes shot. It would help to level
the playing field a bit.
On Thursday, November 10, 2005, at 12:44 PM, James W. Pratt, Jr. wrote:
> Greetings All from James Cunningham
> In preparation for next year I would like to know what the group thinks
> should be included in a period equipment shoot. The IKAC has a period
> division which has the main restrictions of self nocked arrows and no
> shelf(full offset). The IKAC rules are what I normally use for period
> equiment shoot. I would like to hear what other people have used and
> other recomendations I can get from this list.
> James Cunningham
> ELB shooter/ Crossbow Maker