Modifications to the combat archery rules for Pennsic 42

The Pennsic 42 Combat Archery Marshal-in-Charge reports that changes have been made to the combat archery rules of the 2013 War.

From the Pennsic 42 Combat Archery Marshal-in-Charge

At Pennsic 41, there were two suggestions that were strongly recommended, and notification was given that they will be official rules for Pennsic 42.  These involved owner’s labels on all ammunition and slits in tubular ammunition.

The following rules will be the standard for Pennsic 42 and have been approved by the Marshal-in-Charge.  Please utilize whatever method you prefer to pass the word to the combat archers in your Kingdom as soon as possible.  This should give folks a heads up for what to expect at this year’s Pennsic.

It is hoped that any additional changes for Pennsic 42 will be minor in nature. (So hope we all)

Disclaimer:  Every attempt will always be made to try and ensure that the online rules posted for Pennsic combat archery as well as the Pennsic Booklet reflect the most current rules.  Due to a variety of circumstances this doesn't always happen.  The Pennsic Combat Archery Marshal-in-Charge (working with the Pennsic Marshal-in-Charge) reserves the right to make any modifications as necessary.  If any changes are made, every attempt will be made to notify the people in charge of each Kingdom's combat archery program so they can notify those in their Kingdom as soon as possible beforehand.  If the situation is such that changes must be made at War then that is also within the scope of the Pennsic Combat Archery Marshal-in-Charge.

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.

It is suggested that the label be put at the opposite end from the head, being that spray paint inspection markings are usually done towards the head end.

Note:  This rule will aid in inspection, increase the ability to establish ownership if there is a problem and assist in getting ammo back to the owner.

A message was sent out before Pennsic 41 to all Kingdom DEMs for Combat Archery letting them know about the change for Pennsic 42.  Also, this same message was passed on to the combat archers when they came through Inspection Point at Pennsic 41.

Tubular shaft ammunition is NOT permitted to have any slit cut into the shaft to insert any type of fin or fletching.

The tail end of the shaft may still have a nock cut into it up to ½ inch in depth.

Note:  This rule is to address concerns about the foam fletching pulling inside the shaft when stepped upon, allowing the edges of the slits to overlap and thus creating a profile that may potentially go through a legal helmet grill.  A solid, intact piece of Sil-o-Flex (or equivalent) is stronger than a shaft that has slits cut into it.

At Pennsic 41 an easy and efficient fix was found that will enable most tubular ammo with slits cut into the shaft to be reworked and used.  This fix has only been tested on ammunition that followed the approved fin construction standards.

If you elect to rework your tubular ammo that has slits in it, the following should work.  Rework only one piece of ammo, then take it out and shoot it, ensuring that it flies safely before choosing whether to rework the rest.  Does it fly safely or does it tumble end over end? The examples we saw at Pennsic flew straight with no wobble and actually flew a little further than they did before.

To make this modification/rework you need a one-inch wood dowel and a ratchet-style PVC cutter to make the cut.  Put the wood dowel into the tubular shaft until it is just short of the part of the slit furthest away from the end.  The dowel gives strength to the shaft where you are making the cut.  Put the cutter blade just ahead of the dowel.  Squeeze two or three times and you have a very clean cut taking off the part of the tube that has the slits in it.  Depending on the location and length of the slit, you should be shortening the shaft between 3 ½ and 3 ¾ inch.

If you don’t want to spend the money for a cutter you would only use once, there will be one or two cutters and dowels available for use at the Pennsic 42 Inspection Point. We will show you how to do one or two and you can then go to work.  If possible please don’t show up when we are really busy – priority will go to those getting ammunition and equipment inspected.

It is very possible that you will be able to modify your tubular ammo so that they no longer have slits and thus be able to use them at Pennsic 42.  Don’t forget – preliminary testing so far has shown that the tubular ammunition that has been modified in the manner described above should fly as well, if not better, than before the modifications were made.

If you find another method that works for you, please share it.  We will be glad to learn of it.

Shafted Ammunition:  DO NOT cover the entire head of any style Baldar 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 completely covered with tape.

Note:  For Inspection purposes you must be able to see one side of the Baldar completely clear of tape.   For instance, marshals need to be able to tell whether the head a legal two-piece classic Baldar or an illegal-on-fiberglass one-piece Baldar.  They also must be able to tell whether the head is the approved “Fathead Baldar” or the illegal CUBB 1 that was experimented with.  Both are the same color and the only difference that can be easily seen is the CUBB 1 is made up of two sections while the “Fathead Baldar” is three sections.