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Combat Archery

Combat Archery Marshal-in-Charge

Master Erik Erikson the Scout

Deputy Marshal-in-Charge

Lord Jibril ibn Ammar al-Fayyad

The Combat Archery Inspection Point will open on Wednesday, August 2, at 9 am. Hours are generally 9 am – 4 pm, until the first day of battle. Check at Inspection Point for any changes to hours.

See Combat Archery Equipment and Ammunition Inspection Specifics


We need volunteers as inspectors and scribes. If you (or someone you know) wants to help, please come up and get trained!

If you plan on helping out as a Scribe or Inspector, please show up the first day we are open (Wednesday, August 2, if you are on site). It takes a bit of time and effort to get volunteers signed in and to go through the orientation process. Last year we had the vast majority of folks check in on the first day and it really worked well.


  • Scribes write down information given to them by the people inspecting the bows, crossbows and ammunition.
  • Anyone that can print legibly can go through a very short orientation of the forms used and where to write things.
  • You will be issued a "Scribe" badge that will allow you to come up any time during inspection of combat archery, sign in and help.
  • You only come up to help when you want and you will learn more about inspecting combat archery gear and ammo than most regular fighters do.


If you have never worked at the Combat Archery Inspection Point, you have missed a great experience learning and working with some of the most knowledgeable combat archery folks in the Society. Show up and we will take care of the rest. You will not only learn how inspections are done for the ammo used in your Kingdom, you will learn about the many different types used around the Society.



  1. All armor inspections shall occur at the Armored Inspection Point.
  2. All initial combat archery weapon and initial ammunition inspections shall occur at the Combat Archery Inspection Point during posted hours (usually 9 am - 4 pm daily).
  3. The Combat Archery Inspection Point will be open the same hours as the main (Armored) Inspection Point. Any changes in the inspection hours will be posted outside the Inspection Point as early as possible and will supersede the hours posted in the Pennsic Event Guide.

    • The owner of combat archery equipment/ammunition does NOT have to be the person that brings it to Inspection Point to be checked. Anyone may bring combat archery bows, crossbows and ammunition to be inspected.
    • The person presenting the equipment for inspection will have their site token number recorded as "point of contact" for the gear being checked.
    • If there is a problem with any of this gear on the field, we will find the point of contact to direct us to the owner.

      With this in mind, there is no reason to wait until the last minute to get your combat archery gear inspected. Get it done as early as possible.

  4. There will be no re-inspections of cleared ammunition once a battle has started. There will be no re-inspections between parts of a multi-part battle (such as traditional Castle Battles).
  5. Immediate post-battle, on-field re-inspections of all ammunition are likely, weather and logistics permitting.
  6. All arrows or bolts must be inspected for a specific day's use, and be marked with the "color of the battle".
  7. After each battle involving combat archery, the arrows/bolts need to be re-inspected for the next official Pennsic battle.
  8. All combat archery ammunition must have a printed label (not hand written) with the owner's name and kingdom affixed to it. The label must be in English utilizing a legible/readable font and be completely covered with clear wrapping/shipping tape. No reinforced or strapping tape may be used to cover the label.
    • If the combat archery ammunition is group ammunition, the group name can be used in place of the owner's name. If the group name is used, a point of contact for within the group is required. Specifying the kingdom is mandatory on all labels.
  9. It is strongly encouraged to get your Combat Archery ammunition inspected AT LEAST one day before any battle since showing up on the day of the activity will likely result in insufficient time to have equipment inspected.
  10. Inspections will officially cease 45 minutes prior to the posted start time of any battle so that the marshals have time to get ready for the battle. Marshals not fighting may volunteer additional time but are not expected to.

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