Re: [SCA-Archery] Target faces
From: Joe LaTorre <latorrej@...>
Sent: Thu, March 10, 2011 12:15:36 AM
Subject: [SCA-Archery] Target faces
You may recall a discussion a couple of months ago about encouraging
the use of more period target faces. Sir Jon Fitz-Rauf raised the
point, and there were a variety of responses. After this discussion,
no one is suggesting that the five-color face be banned, but rather
that we see what we can do to foster more period-looking archery.
One point raised was that the current five-color face allows
competitions such as the IKAC, in which scores from across the country
can be compared. In addition, since the five-color face has been used
since the creation of the IKAC, this year's scores can be compared
with all past years.
It was also pointed out that we don't know enough about competitions
that were shot in period to make a true "period" competition.
I have come across a target face that might address some of these
issues. It can be viewed at the website of one of its manufacturers:
Scroll down to the targets labeled "FITA Official Field Faces." These
targets consist of a center gold area surrounded by four outer rings,
all black. Sizes include 60 centimeters, same as our current five-
color standard IKAC target.
I now have these targets, and like them. They allow us to continue
scoring the RR and IKAC as we currently do. But the simpler color
scheme replicates shooting at a small mark set against a larger
background field, as illustrated on p. 15 of Sir Jon's recent article
on medieval and renaissance targets and contests (Yahoo group files).
Lorenzo, keeper of the IKAC, has agreed to accept scores shot on this
face in this year's IKAC competition. He was concerned about accuracy
of scorekeeping for the outer rings, since you can no longer go by
color. I see the point. At Sir Jon's suggestion, on my target faces I
have written a small "4,3,2,1" in four directions out from the center
to help in scorekeeping. I think that, after one gets used to these
targets, that will no longer be necessary.
We have begun shooting these targets at my local branch practice. I
intend to bring them to our March Crown Tournament to allow a wider
experiment. If the archers on the line are willing to try them, I will
put them up for the shooting on Saturday to get feedback and any ideas
about how to make them more useable.
After that, I will report back to the list about how they are received.
I have found two supplier so far (Maple Leaf Press doesn't seem to
http://www.gnsarchery.com/Maple-Leaf-Target-Faces.html $0.99 each
$14.99 for 25, plus shipping
I bought from GNS, but it looks like the Gun Source is a better deal
(who orders just one target?).
I hope others will be interested in taking a look at these targets and
trying them out.
Joseph de la Tour
I can see these being certainly more period in apperance.