Projectile weapons are weapons that are commonly hurled, shot, or otherwise propelled away from oneself toward one's foe for the purpose of damaging said foe.
They may be further divided into two categories:
- thrown or missile
- projected or flung
Thrown Weapons in the SCA
A missile weapon is a weapon which throws missiles. This means that, generally, it does no harm in and of itself (being in simpliciter a delivery mechanism) but projects, in some way, a missile so as to do harm at a distance.
In general they come in four varieties, all of which employ methods to store energy, so that it can be accumulated and then released to fling or cast the projectile.
- A "bow", where the weapon tends to be long and pointy, the energy is stored in the equivalent of a bow-string, and on release the missile flies and (all being well) hits the target.
- Energy is stored by twisting a cord or series of cords, which apply rotation to an artificial arm (much as muscles apply rotation to a cricket-bowler's arm) and project a generally roundish missile (a rock, bomb or dead and diseased cow) a distance.
- A mixture of chemicals to produce an explosive mixture, which is placed at one end of a tube. A ball or bullet is then introduced into the tube, and when the explosive is ignited, the ball is thrown out.
- Centrifugal force is used to accelerate an object to high speed and then allowed to escape a sling.