Just to add my tw cents, I am a long bowman and I welcome
shooting against anyone. It dose not matter to me if they
are shooting recurve or crossbow. If I get out shot that
is the sign for more practice.
Eddmund of Tit-y-Don
--- In SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com,
"James W" <jameswolfden@...> wrote:
> So once again the crossbow debate comes up.
> To me, the most important thing to understand is that
we are a medieval recreation society that does archery not
a sport archery society.
> Are crossbows period? Of course, they are. Just like
longbows and recurves are. All three should be allowed on
> While the longbow might be favoured by those with an
English or Scottish persona, many of the European nations
would have favoured the crossbow. If some person with a
Genoese persona shows up on the line with crossbow because
that is what he would have used in period, should we deny
him the chance to shoot because everyone else is shooting
modern recurves and his crossbow gives him an advantage?
> IMHO, dividing us into different divisions at events
takes away from the game we play and changes it into a
sport archery. There are already sport archery clubs out
there for that.
> Currently, I am the Baron of Lions Gate and, as such,
I have champions/defenders in various disciplines
including combat, rapier, and target archery.
> I don't want and I doubt most Baronies,
Principalities, and Kingdoms want a longbow champion and
recurve champion and a crossbow champion. That is what
divisions and restrictions would eventually do. If
crossbowmen weren't allowed to play in the tournament,
they would be asking for their own championship and the
same respect and honour giving to the bowmen. Once the
crossbowmen had their own championship, the period longbow
shooters would ask for their parity because, hey, anyone
can shoot well using a modern centershot recurve with limb
marks on it so aren't they at the same disadvantage that
lead to the division of handbow and crossbow.
> I would sooner have a tournament that included
archers and crossbowmen and everybody whether they were
novice or experienced had a fun and enjoyable tournament
where the best archer won the day.