So I am really interested in making the most compact bow i can out of heat flattened pvc(almost like a Mongolian bow, which maybe inspires Peter Jackson's wood elf bow)..and I'm wondering how short a bow is too short, or whatever knowledge on short bows you've seen or made. I'm assuming that a smaller bow should use shorter arrows...so obviously a 28 in. draw wouldn't be sensible, thus complicating its passage through Troll..So maybe its just a silly idea..and with that being said ....i am semi interested in a ballista construction but I could only find a post from 2013 where even THE Magnus was interested in their legality, and it was to be discussed at that Rags council..but i wasn't able to find the resolution...it also appeared that the ballista shouldn't be able to fire any further than one could throw the jav...weak. AND last but not least, for all my wannabe ninjas, is a "shuriken" rock in reality a 2.5in thick x 4in diameter totally coreless disc?
Many thanks for any guidance!!
*also if anyone knows an easy way to tell if metal is armor grade thickness without calipers or a millimeter ruler, that would be most excellent and appreciated
1. You're going to want a 28" draw unless for some reason you really can't use it. This is for 2 reasons: a)Weapons checkers are trained and set up to check draw weight at 28", they'll have to overdraw your bow to check it, and b) the people shooting back at you are using arrows built for 28" draw bows. You want to be able to accurately shoot their arrows back at them or you're not going to have much fun arching. Horse bows are pretty compact, probably will be your best bet. Or a youth recurve.
2. There are no standing rules for ballistas, and as such they have to be approved by the weapon checkers at a given event. Chances are very high that they will fail, because it is the checker's job to err on the side of safety. The reason they can only shoot as far as a jav can be thrown is for safety. High speed= lots of force. I've seen people knocked out by taking a javelin to the temple before.
3. "Shuriken" would basically be a rock, yes. No corner can fit through a 2.5" hole, has to be made of all foam with cloth cover. Only does damage to unarmored head.
4. For metal, you need to know the gauge beforehand. Typically 18ga is a safe thickness to work with. If you don't know the gauge, you have to use calipers to get an accurate assessment.
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You are awesome MacDimm! Thanks for your insight, despite my questions being kinda irrelevant to the overall game...
If anyone IS interested, "Fitz's Throwing Weapon Tutorial" from Caliston Armory is an Amtgard site with cool techniques for making "legal" throwing axes and knives(rocks)...I'm foolishly fond of the shuriken I made with their technique, because at the end of the day, a rock is a rock. While these obviously look cooler than nerf balls, it seems rocks will always remain a weapon for peasants...oh well, rabble on!!