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March 2015
Updates to the Marshal's Handbook, Section VII.D - Weapons Standards, Fiberglass Spears
 
Old Wording:
5. Mandrake style rubber 2" tips (black and red) are to be considered an equivalent to 3" tips for use on fiberglass spearshafts up to 9' in length as of March 1, 2011. Mandrake tips must be attached as per the instructions and all included foam discs must be used as directed in the included instructions. Tips may not be taped or attached in such a way that the mechanical properties of the tip are altered significantly.

6. Shafts may be spliced using a fiberglass rod or tube with a sidewall of .125 inch (3.2 mm) of the same or equivalent material, having an outside diameter of 1 inch (25.4 mm) and a length of 8-12 inches (203-304 mm). Only two splices will be allowed per spear shaft. Each end to be spliced shall be cut square and clean of cracks or frayed fibers. The rod shall extend at least 4 inches (101.6 mm) into each spliced end. One or both of these two methods shall secure the splice:
  • Epoxying both ends of the fiberglass rod before insertion.
  • Epoxying one end of the fiberglass rod before insertion and thoroughly taping the splice over with fiber tape.
7. The butt end of the shaft shall be smooth and free of cracks or frayed fibers. The butt shall be taped over or otherwise sealed. If a weapon is completely taped, a marshal may require that one section be untaped enough to determine that pultruded fiberglass has been used in the construction of the shaft.

8. Total spear length shall not exceed 12 feet (3.658 m).

New Wording:
5. Mandrake style rubber 2" tips (black and red) are to be considered an equivalent to 3" tips for use on fiberglass spearshafts up to 9' in length as of March 1, 2011. Mandrake tips must be attached as per the instructions and all included foam discs must be used as directed in the included instructions. Tips may not be taped or attached in such a way that the mechanical properties of the tip are altered significantly
 
5. Shafts may be spliced using a fiberglass rod or tube with a sidewall of .125 inch (3.2 mm) of the same or equivalent material, having an outside diameter of 1 inch (25.4 mm) and a length of 8-12 inches (203-304 mm). Only two splices will be allowed per spear shaft. Each end to be spliced shall be cut square and clean of cracks or frayed fibers. The rod shall extend at least 4 inches (101.6 mm) into each spliced end. One or both of these two methods shall secure the splice:
  • Epoxying both ends of the fiberglass rod before insertion.
  • Epoxying one end of the fiberglass rod before insertion and thoroughly taping the splice over with fiber tape.

6. The butt end of the shaft shall be smooth and free of cracks or frayed fibers. The butt shall be taped over or otherwise sealed. If a weapon is completely taped, a marshal may require that one section be untaped enough to determine that pultruded fiberglass has been used in the construction of the shaft.

7. Total spear length shall not exceed 12 feet (3.658 m).

January 2015
Updates to the Marshal's Handbook, Section VII - Weapons Standards

E. 2. Throwing Weapons
Old version:
Thrusting tips shall be used on any tip that can be reasonably assumed to contact a fighter when the weapon is used or thrown. Tips shall be no less than 2 inches (50.8 mm) in diameter/cross-section and have 2 inches (50.8 mm) of resilient material in front of the rigid tip of the weapon, thereby providing progressively resistant give.

New version:
Thrusting tips shall be used on any tip that can be reasonably assumed to contact a fighter when the weapon is used or thrown. Tips shall be no less than 1.25 inch (31.8mm) in diameter/cross-section and have 1.25 inch (31.8mm) of resilient material in front of the rigid tip of the weapon, thereby providing progressively resistant give.

G. Combat Archery Ammunition (paragraph 7. a. Heavy Ammunition - Tubular Ammunition)
Old version:
G. 7. a. i. The shaft must be constructed of Siloflex Equivalent with a pressure rating of 100PSI, 1.25 inches (31.8 mm) exterior diameter or 1 inch (25.4 mm) interior diameter.

New version:
G. 7. a. i. The shaft must be constructed of Siloflex Equivalent with a pressure rating of 100PSI or greater, 1.25 inches (31.8 mm) exterior diameter or 1 inch (25.4 mm) interior diameter.

August 2014
Viscoelastic polymers (i.e. Zoombang) can be considered the equivalent of heavy leather worn over .25 inch (6 mm) of closed-cell foam.
 
Update to Siege Handbook Section III C. 3. - Siege Ammunition Materials (additions are underlined):
 
Old Wording
Section III C. 3.
Siloflex must meet the following standards: for pipe that is black in color, it must be manufactured to ASTM D2239 or D2737; be made from PE3408; be sized 1"ID (2.5cm) if D2239 or 1-1/4"OD (3.2cm) if D2737; and have a SIDR rating of 15 or lower or have a SODR rating of 17 or lower. For pipe that is yellow in color, it must be manufactured to ASTM D2513; made from PE 2406; be 1"IPS (2.5cm); and have an SDR of 11. (Please note that shafts made from yellow Siloflex may not be covered with tape, and the markings must be visible)
 
New Wording
Section III C. 3.
Siloflex must meet the following standards: for pipe that is black in color, it must be manufactured to ASTM D2239 or D2737; be made from PE3408 or PE3608; be sized 1"ID (2.5cm) if D2239 or 1-1/4"OD (3.2cm) if D2737; and have a SIDR rating of 15 or lower or have a SODR rating of 17 or lower. For pipe that is yellow in color, it must be manufactured to ASTM D2513; made from PE2406 or PE2708; be 1"IPS (2.5cm); and have an SDR of 11. (Please note that shafts made from yellow Siloflex may not be covered with tape, and the markings must be visible)
 
October 2013:
New version of the Marshals' Handbook posted
 
November 2013:
Update to Handbook: Remove item #16,under Weapon Standards, Section A.
 
VII. WEAPONS STANDARDS
A. General
16. Weapons under 48" (1.22 m) or greater than 7' 6" (2.29 m) in length may have either a thrusting tip or a butt spike, but not both at the same time. The madu was not a weapon of individual combat during the SCA's period of study, and therefore it is excluded.

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