Re: [SCA-Archery] christmas help...
- My lady, archery is a wonderful pastime, and I applaud your idea to gift
your husband this way. However, I would like to interject a word of
caution here, since you say you know nothing about archery. Perhaps
your husband knows these things, but just in case:
I am concerned that you mention "sharpening" in regard to the
arrowheads. The kind of arrowheads that need sharpening are used only
for hunting. The most common kind are called broadheads, and look sort
of like two or three triangular razor blades welded together.
Arrowheads of this kind should NEVER be used on a normal target range,
and they should NEVER be used by beginning or out-of-practice archers.
They are very dangerous. Even if you never miss, broadheads will often
go right through the bales of hay or excelsior on a target range, and
sometimes through the backstop netting, and they do a lot of damage to
them in the process. Most ranges ban them outright, and many cities
prohibit their use within city limits. Sorry to sound like the voice of
doom here, but I feel that's a lot better than being sorry later.
Target arrowheads, on the other hand, have points sort of like those
stubby pencils they give you at libraries. They are purposely blunt so
that a bale of hay can stop them, and not be cut to pieces in the
process, and so they can be easily pulled out of the target. They can
also be handled with almost no risk of injury. These are the kind of
arrows your husband needs for target practice.
If in doubt, call the archery shop and describe the arrows to them. If
they are tipped with broadheads, chances are that the shop can put
target tips on them for you.
Your husband will also need a shooting glove, tab, or release. The
archery shop will also know about these things.
>my husband showed me an old compound bow (that needs new strings) and a box of brand
>new (not sharpened) arrows. He said he'd never used the bow or arrows before but always
>wanted to. I thought to surprise him for Christmas and take care of that for him. Alas I know
>ZILTCH about archery! Is it safe to assume I can take the arrows and bow to a shop and
>they'll take care of it? I'm asking because I've never been to a shop and I'd like to have a little
>information. Been looking online for awhile now about sharpening arrows but to no avail....
>any hints about price, kinds of tips, anything at
>all would be very much appreciated!
>from Sunny San Diego