I have shot period with a variety of bows (they keep breaking :-)) for
the last few years. I don't see fiberglass as an advantage in general.
On longbows with a fiberglass back you'll get better fps, but I see that
as more of an advantage when shooting long distances. At 40 yards, I say
no significant effect.
With recurves, has not fiberglass been an accepted alternative to
glue/sinew backing for some years? A totally period composite recurve
could take two years or so to make, and then if you could even find fish
bladder glue. A self long bow can be made in a day.
I'm currently shooting a tri-wood laminate d-section off my hand. The
laminate gives me an advantage in fps over a selfbow, in general. Same
category as a selfbow because it's all wood and no fiberglass.
I am biased being a left hander, but I see shooting in a period style
as being more important than the materials the bow is made of. Meaning
that I agree with allowing folks that are shooting off the hand to use
bows made for the opposite hand, of wood/fiberglass in period div.
I agree that as long as the fiberglass presents a period appearance it
should be allowed, i.e., no "bright" colors.
As long as the no cut in shelf rule is enforced, and/or the archer is
not shooting off of said shelf, I think the fiberglass should be
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