Combat Archery will take place during the Armored Field Battles (Monday), Bridge Battles (Thursday) and the Castle Battles (Friday).
ATTENTION ALL PENNSIC COMBAT ARCHERS!
ALL Combat Archers at Pennsic 43 are REQUIRED to have read the information below as pertinent.
It is your responsibility as a Combat Archer to check, sort and repair your ammunition BEFORE bringing it to
Knowledge of these Regulations will help ensure a safe and healthy war for all; failure to take the time and effort to understand them is both unsafe and unacceptable for not only yourself but to others on the field.
Few changes have been made this year to existing Pennsic standards in an attempt to standardize these regulations for the benefit of the entire CA community over the next decade. Any changes which have been made are the result of that same attempt at safe standardization and/or Royal negotiation and are in bold italic print when possible.
–► Play safe and fair. We have a specialized weapons form that requires specialized skills, understanding and accommodations – play responsibly.
–► Help clear the field after battle – many hands make light work.
–► Attend Missile Day! It is a day for building our CA community, for putting names with faces, and for sharing talents. Bring some fighters too; all are welcome and will be included!
–► Thank the marshals, both CA and otherwise. They give freely of their time so YOU can play.
–► Lastly, consider becoming a marshal-in-training. You can find no better place to "see it all" than Pennsic. As our community grows, so too must its CA marshallate and you are welcome to be a part of that growth. Come to Inspection Point to volunteer!
Combat Archery Equipment Specifics
Loops in bow string ends made by compressed metal / plastic clips are not allowed.
Ensure that the string is not showing excessive wear.
Measure the draw weight of the bow with a calibrated scale to ensure it is within appropriate specs.
The handbow must be designed/constructed to draw @28" or it cannot be used in SCA combat.
Check the bow itself for cracks or gouges, as well as for significant limb twist that could make the string leave the tips
Loops in crossbow string ends made by compressed metal / plastic clips are not allowed.
No combat archery "Pistol" type crossbows are permitted.
No combat archery crossbow will be permitted to utilize a mechanical advantage cocking lever sometimes calld a "Goat's Foot".
No Chinese repeating crossbows, nor repeating crossbows of any other type, are permitted in combat archery.
Ensure that the string is not showing excessive wear
Check that the lock mechanism releases smoothly under simulated pressure
Check that the lock mechanism is solid and will not accidentally release.
Ensure the stock has no failures between the bow and lock
Measure the draw weight (in inch-pounds) of the crossbow with a calibrated scale and ruler to ensure it is within appropriate specs for the combat ammo being shot.
Check the prod for cracks or gouges, as well as for significant prod twist that could make the string leave the tips
DO NOT cover the entire head of any style Baldar head being used on fiberglass shafts with tape. The type of head must be inspected by observation to insure the proper head is being used and the condition of the head. This cannot be done if the head is completely covered with tape.
Neither Fellwalker nor solo Tennis Ball ammo will be permitted at Pennsic.
NO form of plastic or feather fletching will be permitted on fiberglass shaft ammo.
Fiberglass-shaft arrows and bolts must be equipped with a Society approved anti-penetration device (APD).
Solid-style nock ASGARD (APDs) anti-pentration devices are permitted to be used ONLY if the nock remains solid. Cutting any type of slot into the solid nock is not a Society approved modification and will not pass inspection.
Absolutely no wooden shafts are permitted or metal in ANY part of the ammunition construction.
Fiberglass-shaft arrows/bolts must be covered from behind the blunt, to the front of the Anti-Penetration Device (APD), in a sturdy tear-resistant tape, such as strapping, electrical, or duct tape.
Grab both head & tail and pull "away" with moderate force. If either head or APD moves longitudinally, the ammunition fails.
Hold the shaft and APD close together and attempt rotation of the APD using minor torque as not to overly stress any existing glue seal. If any rotation of the APD occurs, the ammunition fails and needs re-securing.
Hold the shaft and head close together and attempt rotation of the collar using minor torque so as not to overly stress any existing glue seal. If greater than slight rotation of the collar upon the shaft occurs, the ammunition fails.
"Slight rotation" has been roughly defined by previous Pennsic KEM's to mean no greater than 1/8" lateral movement around the shaft.
If ammunition is a type with foam, check that the foam tip cannot be forced more than 1/2" into a legal faceguard. If penetration COULD occur more than 1/2" inside a grill, the ammunition fails.
Check the shaft for signs of cracking or other failure. Check that ammo is properly labeled and taped.
The shafts of combat arrows and bolts must be constructed of Sil-o-flex (or approved equivalent) tubing with the following specifications: 100 PSI pressure rating and either 1.25 inches exterior diameter or 1 inch interior diameter.
Arrows - A tubular (Sil-o-flex or equivalent) combat arrow has a maximum length of 28 inches. This is measured from where the bow string touches the nock to the base of the approved tip. The 28 inches length is the maximum length; a shorter length may be used for those having a shorter draw length. A nock may be cut into the tail end, but may be no deeper than 1/2 inch. Wooden knocks MAY NOT be installed or used.
Crossbow Bolts - The maximum length of a tubular (Sil-o-flex or equivalent) combat crossbow bolt is 28 inches as measured from where the prod string touches the bolt to the base of the approved tip.
There is no minimum length for a crossbow bolt. Past history has shown crossbow bolts around 14 inches fly well and work on most crossbows.
There are only three (3) approved tips for use on tubular (Sil-o-flex or equivalent) combat shafts:
Modified Baldar Blunts, Rubber Stoppers (6.5 size) and tennis balls heads.
Modified Baldar Blunts
Any classic style of Baldar Blunt can be used in this manner, whether 1 or 2 piece mold or designed for fiberglass or wood.
Older or newer style "egg" shaped Baldar Blunts are NOT approved for use on tubular (Sil-o-flex or equivalent) combat shafts.
The modified Baldar Blunt must be slipped 1/2 inch over the tubular (Sil-o-flex or equivalent) shaft.
Baldar Blunts should be modified by separating / cutting the fins from the outer collar, but the outer collar must remain intact.
Fiberglass-reinforced (strapping) tape is the only material approved for securing the Modified Baldar Blunts onto the shaft and one of the two materials used for securing the rubber stopper into the shaft.
Electrical tape may not be used for securing Modified Baldars.
A rubber stopper, size 6.5 should be used (preferably with a ¼” inch hole in the center to allow greater compression into the shaft).
The stopper must be inserted 1/2 inch into the shaft.
It is suggested to use the white/off-white rubber stoppers that are gum rubber because they are softer and compress better than the neoprene.
Resilient Foam: The Society Definition is: dense, plastic, closed-cell foam such as ethyl polymer.
Both rubber stopper and Baldar Blunt heads must have resilient foam padding secured on the tip.
Rubber stopper heads must also have a side wrap of foam.
Resilient foam approximately the diameter of the stopper must be secured to the tip so that there is at least ½" and at most 1-1/4 inches thickness after taping with fiberglass-reinforced (strapping) tape.
Round disks of foam are strongly suggested instead of square pieces which have caused problems with the square corner of the foam and some helmet grills.
The resilient foam must be secured with several pieces of fiberglass-reinforced (strapping) tape that will cross each other on the top of the foam. Each piece must start from at least 1" down the shaft, go up over the tip and then back down the other side of the tubular (sil-o-flex or equivalent) shaft at least 1".
Side Wrap - (Required for Rubber Stopper ONLY; Modified Baldar Blunt does not require a side wrap.)
The side wrap of resilient foam must extend from the tip of the padding to at least ½" over the tubular (Sil-o-flex or equivalent) shaft and be secured with fiberglass-reinforced (strapping) tape.
The side wrap of resilient foam must be wrapped around the padding/stopper/shaft so that the ends meet without a gap and secured with fiberglass-reinforced (strapping) tape.
The side wrap must be secured to the tubular (Sil-o-flex or equivalent) shaft with several pieces of fiberglass-reinforced (strapping) tape that will cross each other on the top of the resilient foam.
The total diameter of the final head assembly must be at least 1½ inch.
It shall not be possible to force the head of any combat archery ammunition more than ½" into a legal face guard.
A nock may be cut into the tail end, but may be no deeper than ½".
No wooden nocks, wooden plugs, corks, pool noodles, tape or anything that closes off the end of the tubular ammo will be permitted and are not legal to be used with tubular (Sil-o-flex equivalent) ammunition at Pennsic.
Additional Ammunition Notes
REGARDING Fletching: NO form of plastic or feather fletching will be permitted on fiberglass shaft ammo.
Tubular shaft ammunition is NOT permitted to have any slit cut into the shaft to insert any type of fin or fletching.
Tubular shaft ammunition may have duct tape fletches as long as they are under 1/2" wide and securely attached.
Ammunition cannot be more than 10% yellow (as yellow is reserved for Siege).
If an equivalent material to tubular ammunition standards/Sil-o-flex is used in construction of tubular ammunition, it is required that documentation proving that the material used conforms to specs in the Society rules for tubular ammunition be provided at inspection.