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Archery in the SCA takes two forms: Target and Combat Archery
Target Archery consists of target shoots with longbow or recurve (not compound) at a series of standard ranges. Arrows must be wooden with feather fletching.
Combat Archery usually mixes “heavy” fighters, armed with traditional SCA weaponry such as sword and shield, with archers, who are armed with bow and arrows or possibly siege weapons. Combat is typically held at camping events, where different scenarios are used to mix the two fighting forms.
The Barony participates in Inter-Kingdom Archery Competitions from time to time, and archery practices are held regularly. (Please see the Ynys Fawr Events Calendar)
There are important safety rules governing this sort of combat.
All fighters participating in combats involving archers must have legal mesh on their helm so that arrows cannot get through the bars. Bows used for Combat Archery are permitted to pull of no more than 30lbs at 28 inches for both longbows and recurves. Compound bows and crossbows are not permitted.Blunts on arrows must be the approved Kingdom standard, which is “Riverhaven Mk II” blunts. These must be securely taped to the arrow shaft — gluing is discouraged and taping across the striking surface of the blunt is not permitted. Shafts must be wooden, no more than 8mm (5/16″) diameter and bound in fibre tape. For further detailed information speak to an Archery Marshall or contact the Baronial Knight Marshall.