Bimroe and Calcifer go to Malibu

Bimroe and Calcifer go to Malibu

greenchicken
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20 Nov 2006, 01:31 #1

Sam and I enjoyed two amazing days at the Malibu shoot. Ran into Sal and John but Sam wanted to run the course alone so we didn;t get to spend too much time together. Sam hadn't touched a bow in months so he was a little nervous about his performance in front of othert. Not that he had any reason to be, as usual he out shot his dad.

Anyway....

First meet Calcifer. This was truely a break through bow for me being my first non-board bow. An Ash stave from Marc St Luis. Also it was the first bow in along time that did not have Tim Baker's hands on it at anytime in it's construction. And it is also the first bow that ended at my desired draw weight without have to pike it (44#). I am very proud:




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Now meet Bimroe the Heretic (one drunken arrow to the person who can explain the name).

This was also a Marc stave. Beech. Seneca style with natural dyes. Came out nice but at 30# it was too weak for me but sam fell in love with it.










And now Bimroe and Calcifer are off to Malibu for the final shoot at range first started in 1938.

















It was a great great great day and the idea that we will never return has not fully sunken in yet. But such is life, how long could so much prime ocean front land remain available to a bunch a throw backs with bows.
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20 Nov 2006, 02:55 #2

Phil

Looks like you and Sam had a great weekend both new bows look great. See you soon .

Greg
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20 Nov 2006, 05:16 #3

Phil, your bows look great. You are really coming along, and it is so encouraging for me to get to see!

It came as a blow when I got home from my trip and saw that Malibu was having its last shoot. Often times, you hear rumors for years before the hammer falls... I went to several "last shoots" over the years at the Valley West range in Valencia, for example... It took them like three years or more before they really were gone...

Now Malibu is suddenly gone... Sigh. I have been shooting there almost since I started shooting 3Ds... Maybe nine or ten years...? Can't say for sure.

I already had plans to attend Yuma... So bummed I missed Malibu's last hurrah. That is a place I will always miss... A BUNCH of my arrows are out in those bushes...

Losing a range like that is almost like losing a friend. Strike the "almost".

I hope you don't mind if I tell you a few of my favorite memories from the Malibu range...

Once, years ago, our group of wheel bow shooters (and me with my recurve) were just up the hill from the long elk shot next to the Conex (I always looked forward to that long, tough shot on the 2 1/2 hour drive to that shoot). There was a wedding party going on at the house opposite us on the next hill (with the elk target between us). Someone had thrown one of those cheap, stackable plastic deck chairs down the hill aways, and I commented aloud that it made an attractive target. Well, there was a large group of trad guys shooting the elk below us, and suddenly there came a volley of arrows winging up at the chair from out of sight down in the valley... You could hear the feathers hiss... It was really cool. One poor soul volunteered to go up and get the arrows... It was as thick with brush and as steep as it gets on that range... Which is saying something! And that is one anecdote that showed me - never throw down a gauntlet in front of trad archers...

Then there was the time we were shooting a deer target by the front gate and a real deer jumped up... I had a fantastic thrill of exhiliration as I simultaneously reached for a broadhead arrow while trying to remember if the deer tag in my pocket was good for that zone and unexpired... (No, and yes)...

The time my wheel bow friend made both arrows through the steel target only to find out the bale they used behind it was rotten and both arrows blew through and broke on the ground behind the steel anyway (he never came back to Malibu... Ha ha)...

Always shooting the lion target from way back behind the proper stake (which was far enough), as soon as you could see it... Watching the arrows fall across the canyon (some into the target)...

Buying a new bow right before the tournament, at the range, and trying to learn to shoot it as I went... Losing most of my arrows and not worrying about it because I saw the tent of the guy who had sold them to me for so cheap before... Only to come down from the hill and find out he didn't have anymore... Ha ha.

And the last shoot I was there, a month or two ago - the "Iron Man" shoot. They should call it the "Iron Arrow" shoot... You keep scoring until you lose or break your designated arrow... after that you shoot for fun, but no points. I lost my arrow on the second target... Ha ha. Ended up with five points for the whole day... Ha ha ha. Was back looking for my arrow for about forty minutes... Only got about 60 yards back in that jungle. The bushes kept untying my shoes and tearing them off as I plowed on. Came back with a dozen found arrows (none mine). Found some more on other targets - found seventeen on that one side of the hill alone...

Sorry Phil... Got carried away. Truly a sad passing in So Cal archery.

Ken
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20 Nov 2006, 05:23 #4

Hey, this one escaped my notice! Looks like a great time Phil! Good to see you and Sam having a good time. That little seneca bow looks fantastic!

Tom
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20 Nov 2006, 05:24 #5

P.S. isn't Bimroe an Israeli athlete? A track/field guy?

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20 Nov 2006, 06:08 #6

Not even close Tom.

And Ken, thanks for all those stories. I only found Malibu about a year ago which makes it even more painful. Kind of like breaking up with a girl friend before you start getting tired of each other.

I have lost many an arrow in that brush. I used to spend a lot of time looking for them until a rattle snake jump out at me. AFter that accept the arrow is gone unless I can actually see it.

Sam and I went there with a dozen arrows each and after two days we came back with a total of 6 arrows.

But the two loses were ceremonial. Up on that great LION shot (which BTW is no longer a lion) Sam and each took one arrow and in honor of Malibu launched it off into nowhere.

So other than SIMI what other ranges are in this area???
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20 Nov 2006, 08:08 #7

Hey Phil I saw two of your arrows on the table when I was leaving. I'll give them to you when I see you next. I hope those weren't the ceremonial arrows.
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23 Nov 2006, 04:30 #8

It's sad to see archery ranges and camping sites go... Destined to be repeated over and over. I really feel we should be BUYING our ranges, so they can't be taken away. Remember Badgers "Archers' Heaven" thread...?

Phil, here is a link to a site with maps to the various ranges in So Cal. Valley West would have been close to you, but they lost their range last year. Maybe they will have another one, and Malibu, too, someday...

www.socalarchery.com/

Ken
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