Weight of a Bow. ?

Lawrence W. Thrasher Jr's picture

On the Weapon Data Table 3/3, the physical weight of a Bow is listed as Varies, but I can't find any information on how to find this. So, how is the physical weight of a bow determined?

Balesir's picture

I don't see anything "official", but my 60lb longbow weighs almost exactly 2lbs, so you could start there. Maybe add/subtract half a pound per 20lb draw weight. Shortbows aren't very different in weight, to be honest, since they tend to make up in thickness and such what they lack in length; my 60lb 'Mongol' bow is a foot shorter than the longbow but only a couple of ounces lighter.

Lawrence W. Thrasher Jr's picture

I've never been able to find any info on Bow Weights within HMG either. I like your approach for bow weights but I might suggest that all bows (Hart Bow included), regardless of draw weight, have a minimum weight of 2 lbs. With an increase of 1/4 of a pound for every 5 lbs of draw weight over 60 (thus , making for a 120 lb draw weight long bow coming in at 5 lbs). A Hart Bow would then have its final weight be reduced by 20%. Again, to a minimum weight of 2 lbs.

Balesir's picture

Tweak and adjust to taste, as always, sure. Based on un-measured feelings, having handled bows of a range of weights, 5lb seems rather heavy for any bow, though - and longbows have been made up into the 200lb range in recent years (and yes, there are people who can shoot them; I could go higher than 60lb in fact, but I have found that you don't really get improved cast with heavier traditional bows - modern bows are another matter). Lighter bows do definitely get lighter, but how much is a moot question, and the weights are fairly rough and ready anyhow. Setting 2lb as a minimum wouldn,t break anything, I'm pretty sure.