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Re:bow question 8 Years, 2 Months ago Karma: 6  
Saying that safe bow use really is down to the user. Pat (TaFKaRM on this forum) used to use a much heavier pull bow than that perfectly safely as he knew what he was doing. Even moreso than a melee weapon safe bow use is down to the user than the bow itself.

Like Shaun I use(d) a recurve Hunting-style bow although mine was 34lb at the same draw. It is worth noting though that, when playing my archer, I tended to operate at very long range and only drew the bow back to about 20" draw if shooting from close range (shooting with the bow horizontal, from the hip as it were). I wouldn't say I knew what I was doing though

On the few occasions my bow was used by others I forgot to remind them of this and some complaints were made . I once shot Andy Goodman in the face at full draw from about 30ft. away which looked quite painful for him - although that was during time out so it doesn't count .

Most Larp archers I have seen prefer to shoot from relatively short distances (20-40ft. is not unusual) so I would strongly urge using a bow with lower poundage. When I drag Run-with-Wolf out again it is very likely that I shall try and obtain a 28lber so that accidents don't happen. 25lb would probably be sufficient and would ensure that you are compliant at the larger fests. From a safety point of view the quality of the arrows is actually more important than the poundage of the bow. I prefer old-fashioned flat-heads with a good layer of soft foam to these new-fangled ball-ended ones despite the latters better flight characteristics but again that is very much personal preference and I have never personally witnessed an archery related injury on an event with either arrow type.

If you see other archers on events ask if you can have a few test shots with their bow and get a feel for what is comfortable for you - there are many different styles and what suits one person may be almost unusable in another's hands.

And don't even look for a nice reproduction of a long bow - they don't come in anything like a low enough poundage.

As a complete aside Mike F. use to have a lovely "bone" bow where the body had been decorated with foam and latex to look like dragon bones. No idea where he obtained it but it was the most 'fantasy' style bow I have seen and made for a very impressive prop.

Oh yeah, and crossbows really do suck. I've been tempted to build a rifle sized one with a decent poundage to see if it could be viable but it's a project near the bottom of a very long list. The only Larp crossbows I have ever seen (admittedly only about 5 different types) have been so pitiful that the bolt barely goes 20ft and can be plucked from air quite handily by a reasonably spritely pensioner let alone parried with a sheild (or a hanky, spoon or small twig). They do fulfill the "Rule of Cool" though - especially the dueling pistol model .
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