ARCH - History repeat itself

Michael J. Harkness mharkness at
Wed Apr 11 06:43:38 PDT 2001

I agree with HL Gilbert Ost Westley,
the best way is to have lexan clear shield put on the helmets, if the
fighter wants more eye protection.
This is a dangerous sport we are in.  Broken legs, arms , I do agree eye
protection may be needed. I wear combat glasses under my helm. I would not
like to lose an eye or see anyone for that matter.  Bulbous nocks are NOT
the answer to this question, bulbous nocks may fall off during flight or any
number of reasons. I have seen only ONE injury due to nock penetration in
the 16 years that I have been fighting in the SCA. That one was caused by
the Archer falling on his own quiver with the nocks pointed out. Everyone
should know any number of things can happen in the fighting we do. I have
tested bulbous nocks and I have found that using them is no help at all in
keeping bounce back down.
Lord Talon of Blackoak

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Subject: ARCH - History repeat itself

Attention combat archers!!!

There is a move a foot to require you to have some sort of bulbous nock or
other ABD on your arrow or bolt.  If this happens every combat arrow  and
bolt in this Kingdom will have to be redone.  And many crossbows will at a
minimum have to be reworked.

I am for eye safety.  Current SCA rules allow the participant to use one of
several forms personnel eye protection.  Personnal eye protection is the
answer, not making the arrows harder to use.

I ask you to join with me and express your displeasure at this movement to
your Regional Archery Marshal, Kingdom Archery Marshal, Kingdom Earl
Marshal, Crown, the Board of Directors and Society Officers.  Consult your
Black Star for current address.

We may not be able to stop this railroad, but at least we can make it known
that _we_are_not_happy.

HL Gilbert Ost Westley

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