ANST - Measuring Bows
psobaka at mail.myriad.net
Tue Aug 26 05:35:11 PDT 1997
We went over this on the missle combat list not long ago 30# at 28' can be
checkby just about any one with a bow scale and ruler and scince the draw
leigth is standard the marshels can tell if some one is deliberately
breaking the rules. For instance I pull 26" and am next to you, you and you
pull 32" you get killed and I run out of arrows and pick up yours. If my bow
is 30# at 26" and I start shooting your arrows and pulling them back to the
full draw mark I have gained about 6 to to 15 lbs for draw weight1/5 to 1/2
again as much force and no one can tell I cheating. If I get killed and you
use my arrows and try to pull to your normal anchor you get called for over
drawing the arrows when in fact you are probly still under drawing them for
>Which reminds me...
>I think that measuring all bows at 28 inches is one of the least
>functional things I have seen the SCA do to archery. It is no mystery
>to any archer that people of different sizes have different draw
>lengths. The helm changes the draw length too.
>All decked out in my gear my proper draw length is 19 inches. On a
>30lb (at 28") bow that gives me 15lbs. Poo.
>Yes, I can overdraw off the the side, but that ruins the aim. What
>good is range if I can't hit the target?
>What makes sense here is to have folks cut their arrows to their draw
>length (duh!, just like you do when making a real set of arrows) and
>then measure the draw length off the arrow. Simple enough.
>"But they could cheat by switching arrows!", some say. Yeah, so? They
>can cheat NOW by switching BOWS. At least this gives folks less
>incentive to cheat.
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