Crossbows and "Modernness"
- Here's my couple of pence worth. I started shooting crossbow because a
friend heard I was having problems with my shoulder from an old injury and
gave me a hideous Powermaster. It was painted (chipping) black and the prod
was so tired that I could almost throw the arrows faster. I replaced the
prod with one made by Gladius, designed and fabricated a rear sight (with
much help from a machinist friend), and shot well enough with it to be
placed my first time on the Pennsic Champions team. Next, I procured a
Barnett, made the leather medallions and such, and continued shooting. Then
I acquired one of Cirion's modified Barnetts with a full wood stock
surrounding the tiller.
From a distance, it does not look especially medieval or modern. I am still
working on a medieval styled clap-lock weapon for demos and when I stand in
court as Baronial Champion. I also own, though am selling to a person who
has fallen in love with it, a crossbow from New World Arbalest, which was
specifically purchased for times when I wanted to look "period" and to shoot
at events encouraging others to look "period" and just because I was looking
to become more medieval myself.
I understand the desire to keep modern appearances off the lines, but wish
to be "inclusive" rather than "exclusive". For that reason, I figure if it
ain't got wheels, a front sight, and I can't see through the sides, I will
probably allow it.
I have the goal of my archers having fun and being safe. That's all there
is to it for me.
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