ANST - Measuring Bows
jtc at deliverator.io.com
Wed Aug 27 08:51:12 PDT 1997
> On Wed, 27 Aug 1997 06:27:45 -06:0, you wrote:
> >> >Yes, I can overdraw off the the side, but that ruins the aim. What
> >> >good is range if I can't hit the target?
> >> The solution to this is practice with the helm on.
> >Ok, next time you take a rifle to the range, hold it over your head
> >to shoot. Think you'll miss a lot? Well, gee, you just need more
> >practice that way!
> Aw. common Savien, that's apples and oranges.
> >As with the rifle, practice improves aim, but if you are holding the
> >weapon in a goofy way the aim will never be very good.
> Gee, that's exactly what I thought when I was being taught how to
> hold an epee. Imagine my surprise when the goofy way turned out to
> be the right way for fighting with that weapon. :)
Yes, you use the grip that hundreds of years of practice have taught
us works best. I just want to do the same with my bow.
> It's the nature of the beast. Archers in period would not be
> required to wear helmets so they have more anchor points to draw to.
> If you want to be anal about being period [not saying you are, mind.
> ] try to draw the way the Roman Archers did, straight back to the
> middle of the chest - very ineffective.
How about if I follow the French and English method and draw back to
my face? A lot of folks in period did things poorly. Others did
things well. I would rather copy those who did well.
> What I was trying to get across was that combat archery and target
> archery are also apples and oranges. Perhaps just as different as
> fighting with rattan is different than rapier fighting.
As an experienced archer, I simply do not agree. They are different,
but only as different as, say, rapier with foils and rapier with
> You can do
> both,. but you have to practice both. Practice target archery for
> IKAC and other archery events; practice [SCA]combat archery for
> [SCA]combat. Sorry I wasn't that clear in my first post.
Then let me be clear. The current methodology cripples smaller
archers. I do not think that anything we gain from this so-called
standardization is worth that loss. My opinion was not formed by
discussing archery by e-mail, but by shooting in wars, bow hunting
(but NEVER with a compound) and target shooting. I will only step
back this position when:
1. I am convinced that the current method prevents a significant
risk of injury
2. I am shown that I can shoot just as far and accurately with a 28
inch arrow and draw as with a 19 inch arrow and draw, both at 30
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