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Old 07-08-2018, 10:15 AM
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So just came back from two glorious days of a medieval fair, running the archery range and having a general good time.

Unfortunately, due to a bit of a fail with planning, it wasn't made clear that when the range is in place, there needs to be a huge f*cking dead zone behind it for safety reasons. Yes, we roped off the dead zone, but we STILL had problems.

There were two main issues with where we were:

1) We were right near the toilets (there were at least four blocks around the ground, so THAT wasn't the issue, but it was the closest ones for some of the other groups including ours)

2) NONE of the groups located near us had archers as part of their membership. (Closest were the Dutch group who shoot muskets and a cannon)

Several times over the space of two days, we had to yell "HALT" during a round because some twit would walk through our dead zone or juuuust outside of the rope, but still essentially in the zone. (to give you an example, we roped off about 50m out and we had someone who would walk 51m out) Inevitably, this was to have easier access to the toilets, because going through the general grounds was far too much for them apparently. -_-

The WORST ones however, turned out to be the HEMA guys (basically people who will wear full armour and beat the absolute crap out of each other), who figured that since the public were only shooting low-poundage bows, it was perfectly fine. Er, no. If you see bows pointing in your general direction with pointy arrows on them, it doesn't matter how low poundage they are, you DO NOT WALK THROUGH A F*CKING ARCHERY RANGE!

Thankfully, the public weren't sucky about it, because whenever we would call "halt," we'd turn around and start snarking about the twit who was stupid enough to wander through the dead zone (usually along the lines of "Ladies and Gentlemen, as you can see, this person is clearly tired of life. Unfortunately our insurance sucks, so this is why we call halt.")

LARP arrows are a different story though - there was archery tag next door to us and they were actually fairly cool with the arrangement. We also made a deal with them that if their arrows landed in our dead zone (which was fairly rarely), they weren't to go jumping in here, we'd go and get them. Likewise, if any of ours landed there, they'd chuck them back over. No dramas.
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Old 07-08-2018, 11:37 AM
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You need to get some arrows tipped with cotton wool. Not for reduced damage on impact, but for remotely cleaning out the ears of the idiots in question, so you can yell at them more effectively
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Old 07-09-2018, 10:54 AM
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You need to get some arrows tipped with cotton wool. Not for reduced damage on impact, but for remotely cleaning out the ears of the idiots in question, so you can yell at them more effectively
We actually have that kinda - a LOT of our members have LARP arrows. Part of our show at one of the fairs we're at involves half the club shooting those towards the other half who are riding in on hobby horses. The side who get the LARP arrows have to be shooting bows that have a draw weight of 30lbs or less, because shooting LARP arrows from a warbow (80lb+ draw weight/poundage) HURTS.

Hmmm...this gives me ideas
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Old 07-10-2018, 05:20 PM
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I don't care how "light poundage" the bows are, any arrow can find a gap in the armor. Remind these idiots that King Harold was wearing armor as well and look what happened to him...
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Old 07-14-2018, 05:53 AM
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I'm a member of several rifle/pistol ranges and we have the same problem all the time. Your crew are shooting low power bows at most of these ranges we're shooting high power rifles. At one range we own past the top of the ridge and the range is fenced with 8-foot chain-link topped with barbed wire yet idiots climb the fence to see what is going on. Luckily no one has been shot but there has been a few close calls. Far too many people are out there trying to win a Darwin award but when then win their family will blame everyone but the winner.
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Old 07-15-2018, 12:32 AM
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A bit , but last time I was at a Renn Faire, my son and I tried out the archery range. I've shot arrows before, but couldn't hit the broad side of a barn.

There was an excellent instructor at this range. She told us how to stand, how to hold the bows, to look at the target and not down the arrow, etc. Thanks to her, I actually managed to hit the target with all four arrows (not the bulls-eye, but within the circles, which is still a big improvement!)

Back OT, it's amazing how blase some people are about there own lives. It takes a Speshul Kind Of Stoopid™ to walk through a live shooting range!
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Old 07-15-2018, 05:10 AM
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A bit , but last time I was at a Renn Faire, my son and I tried out the archery range. I've shot arrows before, but couldn't hit the broad side of a barn.

There was an excellent instructor at this range. She told us how to stand, how to hold the bows, to look at the target and not down the arrow, etc. Thanks to her, I actually managed to hit the target with all four arrows (not the bulls-eye, but within the circles, which is still a big improvement!)
We do very much a similar thing (and I got unceremoniously roped into that on my first day despite never having done it before ) at our range. Everyone enjoys themselves though

(And this year, we trialled a kids range through one of the other groups run by a member - his group had a boffer fighting arena and a "kids" range where the kids had to hit a shield using a plastic bow and LARP arrows.)

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Back OT, it's amazing how blase some people are about there own lives. It takes a Speshul Kind Of Stoopid™ to walk through a live shooting range!
Surprisingly, this year it wasn't the public so much as it was other re-enactors. We have had general idiots walking through the range before though.
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Old 07-18-2018, 11:50 AM
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The side who get the LARP arrows have to be shooting bows that have a draw weight of 30lbs or less, because shooting LARP arrows from a warbow (80lb+ draw weight/poundage) HURTS.
Can't imagine it'd be a pleasant experience if you were to get hit in the knee with one.
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