Re: [SCA-Archery] Looking for Bow / Quiver / Arrows
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----- Original Message ----
From: kirsa_debteri <Chibi_Yuri@...>
Sent: Sunday, August 5, 2007 3:08:02 PM
Subject: [SCA-Archery] Looking for Bow / Quiver / Arrows
hi there everyone !
i'm kinda new to this list and I am interrested into traditionnal
archery in the sca.
After trying out archery at my local group, I found myself more
interrested into it, at the point that I would like to buy out decent
gear to practice.
My mundane location is Montreal, Quebec, Canada. I was wondering
first if it is possible, at your knowledge, to find any good
traditionnal bows there ? My personna is mongol and even if possible
i'd probably invest in a mongolian bow. am I better off on the
The biggest problem I've seen with buying used equipment, especially off of the internet, is limb twist. Often, people have left their recurve laying on it's side for months or years, which often results in the limbs being slightly misshapen. It isn't really noticeable unless you know what you're looking for, but when you string and pull it limb twist can cause the bow to unstring, which, as I'm sure you can imagine, a *really bad thing*, and potentially painful/dangerous one, when it happens while you're at full draw. So, I recommend NOT buying used equipment off of the internet, and any equipment you do buy, new or used, internet or in person, should be carefully inspected by your local Archer Captain or a reputable Archery Pro-Shop before you use it.
or maybe one of you there would like to sell their equipement or know
someone that would ? what would you recommand doing to someone who is
fairly beginning in this field ? what is better, find a used one
maybe not mongol or can i go now for the real thing new ?
For someone fairly new, I'd recommend buying a more modern bow, especially if you want Asian Composite (Mongol style), because the fully period ones take about 6 months to make properly, whereas a modern material bow, one backed with fiberglass instead of horn, can be done fairly quickly, 3 or 4 weeks. I'd also suggest getting a bow that is 28# draw weight, if that weight isn't too heavy for you, so that you can use it for combat archer as well. Yes, combat archery draw weight limit is 30#, but if the marshall checking your gear out pulls an inch farther than you do with the scale, you'd be over limit if you had a bow that was exactly 30#.
am I going to shoot a lot more pounds with practice ? I went up to 35 lbs to my
knowledge now, without much practice, but will it increase a lot ?
Whether or not you move to a higher draw weight is entirely up to you. Bear in mind that the more you shoot, the more you'll get involved with the long shoots, so a heavier bow might not be ideal. Just because you can pull a 35# bow now doesn't mean it won't start to hurt your shots and your shoulders after 10-12 ends of 6 (shooting 60+ arrows is not uncommon in SCA archery, even shooting 120+ is not rare). You also need to find out your correct draw *length* as that makes a BIG difference in the draw weight (about 2-3# per inch after 28, IIRC)
if that can give out any help, i'd eventually like to get into combat
archery. if you know any details about mongolian bow/quiver/arrows,
i'd be very much interrested !
I can, but again I don't want to turn this list into a commercial, and I'm sure it wouldn't be appreciated by others on the list, so again, please feel free to contact me privately and I'll answer everything i can.
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