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Combat Archery seems to be one of the most regulated activates in armored combat. This site will attempt to keep pace with the seemingly never-ending changing of combat archery rules and standards. There needs to be a source for the most current information to help combat archers keep their equipment up to date, to keep current with the rules and standards of the moment and to share better ways of doing things.
The 35-Foot Spear site is an ongoing project that probably will never be finished. Many people have worked on the rules and standards to make it as simple and safe as possible.
This year at Pennsic 42 the Middle Kingdom Earl Marshal and I went over the newest and most current combat archery rules for the upcoming update of the Midrealm Armoured Combat Fighter and Marshal Handbook. The rules were approved then.
The decision was made that these rules would go into effect 1 September 2013. That is after the normal combat archery season and in plenty of time before any in Kingdom or out of Kingdom Events.
The new rules will likely be located in Appendix A, which has been the Combat Archery Rules section in previous Handbooks.
to view the rules, you can click on this link or click the link on the lmenu bar to the left under Combat Archery Rules > Middle Kingdom.
You can also check in the main page section FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) to see if your answer is there. Such as “What is the status of the program to become a Combat Archery Marshal?”. There you will find the list and current status of the Combat Archery Marshal program.
Master Erik Erikson the Scout
DEM Combat Archery
Midrealm-specific Combat Archery construction standards updates
1. Taping of Fathead Blunts onto Fiberglass Shafts
In the July 2012 Pale under Deputy Report Combat Archery there was a change posted. The change involved changing over from using electrical tape for the cross over pieces to utilizing fiberglass-reinforced tape. Originally the standards stated that you use (3/4 inch fiberglass-reinforced tape).
I have had discussions with combat archers in our Kingdom who asked why we had to use 3/4 inch wide. They pointed out that only about 1/2 of an inch of the tape makes contact with the surface of the Fathead Baldar blunt and the rest doesn't.
After playing around and testing different widths of the fiberglass-reinforced tape I agree with them totally. So, the standards will go from (3/4 inch fiberglass-reinforced tape) to using at least (1/2 inch fiberglass-reinforced tape).
I have been asked if it is allowed to put electrical tape over the crossover pieces of fiberglass-reinforced tape. The reasons given for wanting to do this make sense so at this point , I have no problem doing this as long as the electrical tape is RED. The electrical tape must be over top of the fiberglass-reinforced tape, not underneath. Please note that electrical tape on the top of the blunt is optional, NOT required.
So, here is the new standard with the minor change.
Everything remains the same except the fact all new ammunition must utilize the fiberglass-reinforced tape rather than electrical tape for the crossover pieces. You don't have to rework your ammunition if the electrical tape is intact. When the existing crossover pieces of red electrical tape fail inspection because more than 1/2 of the width of any piece of electrical tape is cracked or broken, you must replace the crossover pieces with fiberglass-reinforced strapping tape.
The following bolded wording is a minor change that affects the construction standards for securing a Fathead Baldar Blunt onto a fiberglass shaft. This change takes effect immediately upon construction of new fiberglass ammunition or upon repair of existing fiberglass ammunition.
Taping the Fathead onto the Fiberglass Shaft (Revised Method) January 26, 2013
- The Fathead Baldar is further secured onto the Fiberglass Shaft with red electrical tape.
Using a continual piece of 3/4 inch RED electrical tape start right below the Fathead Blunt collar and do a complete wrap around the shaft, stretching it slightly.
After the first wrap around start a slight spiral going from the shaft and onto the collar of the blunt using the same stretching it slightly technique.
There is a ridge/collar up from the end of the blunt. Use this as the reference line in which you don’t go above it, but do tape around it at least a full turn.
- Start a piece of crossover tape (at least 1/2 inch fiberglass-reinforced tape) at the bottom edge of the tape you used for the first tape wrap around the shaft. You will take the crossover tape up from the bottom, over the top and down the other side to the same reference point. You will fold one side of the bottom section of the tape edge of the crossover tape onto the shaft. Repeat for the other side.
Repeat the process to put on your second piece of crossover tape utilizing at least 1/2 inch fiberglass-reinforced tape.
- (Optional) If you desire to put electrical tape over the two crossover pieces of at least 1/2 inch fiberglass-reinforced tape, you may as long as the electrical tape is RED. The electrical tape must be over top of the fiberglass-reinforced tape, not underneath. Please note that electrical tape on the top of the blunt is optional, NOT required.
- Take a piece of red electrical tape and do a wrap around the junction of the fiberglass shaft into the blunt. Do two tight wraps with the tape with one half the width on the shaft and the other one half of the tape width on the collar of the blunt.
For those of you using the previous method you will have noticed that the electrical tape on the crossover pieces needs reworked sometimes after just one use. The fiberglass-reinforced strapping tape goes 20 or more times without the tape being damaged to where it fails inspection. The Fiberglass-reinforced strapping tape takes much more abuse and is much stronger.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding these construction changes, please contact me
In the May 2012 Pale under Deputy Report Combat Archery how to mark your ammunition with labels was gone over. The question came up as how to mark group ammunition. This slight modification clears that up and will be the standard.
Most of you will notice no real change unless it is group ammunition. Here is the final version.
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.
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.
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