SCA Archery and Thrown Weapons activities are open to participants of all ages.
SCA archers use materials and methods available to period archers. This includes a focus on natural materials such as wood and feathers in our bows and arrows. Archers use recurve bows, crossbows, and longbows. Certain types of modern equipment like compound bows, and accessories like stabilizers and sights are not allowed in our archery activities to keep the playing field more level and medieval.
Throughout the time period that we recreate, archery was used for hunting and in wartime. In addition to shooting at traditional archery “bullseye” targets to score points, SCA archery competitions are often designed to mimic situations faced by medieval archers. These might include shooting at painted targets of charging warriors, or shoots where archers must hit targets representing the small slotted windows on a fortress.
Thrown Weapons – In addition to archery target competition, you can find additional target weapons styles at many Society events. Particiants throw common medieval weapons such as axes, knives, and spears at solid wood targets.
In both activities, marshals are present to inspect equipment, run the range, and ensure that everyone participates safely.
You can see pictures and details about these activities at
the SCA Newcomers’ Portal
Deputy Marshal for Target Archery & Thrown Weapons
William E. Moore, Jr. (Edward Harbinger)
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