Re: advice in learning crossbow
- Welcome to an adventure that can eat all your spare time, money, and your
very essence (bhaw-ha-ha).
Seriously, if I tell you something of my own journey, it may help you. I
was a moderately skilled recurve shooter, as I framed it, a fair country
archer. I had injured a shoulder years ago and eventually started to have
problems pulling my bow. My best friend had an old Powermaster crossbow
which he gave me on the grounds that I practice with it and see what I could
do with it. First things being first, we cut down some arrows and I started
shooting. I was hooked! I am a pretty good shot with firearms as well as
my archery, but something in my soul just stood up and yelled "AT LAST!"
The next thing I did was refinish that old Powermaster and design a rear
sight that would be SCA legal and help determine elevations for various
distances. Another friend who works in a machine shop helped bend the metal
and away I went again. I also had been experimenting with my arrows (I
fletch my own) and had found what worked best for me in that bow. In short
order, I was shooting well enough to be considered for the Archer Champions
Then came the next step, as Nigel mentioned. I purchased another crossbow,
a used Barnett Wildcat II. I made the necessary adaptations to render it
SCA legal in the Midrealm and started shooting it as my primary weapon. I
continued to be on the Champions team when I was able to go to Pennsic, and
somewhere in this time was inducted into the Greenwood Company. I kept
experimenting with my arrows, too.
At an unusually flush time, I bought a more period style crossbow and
started shooting it and using it for demos and some events. Experimented
with the bolts for it, too, and found the combination that worked best for
Next up, I was handed a modified Barnett with an Excalibur trigger and a
period looking (sort of) stock. That is my primary weapon, now. I also
have half completed a period style "clapper lock" weapon for the demos,
court appearances and the other times I wish to look fully period.
I sure hope this helps you out. Feel free to contact me here or off list if
there is anything I can do to help you.
Forester Padraig MacRaighne
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