I'm not 100% sure that I should even join this forum, as I don't make or shoot crossbows, but I would like to do the latter, for fun. The problem is, after searching through the internet and finding medieval arbalest vendors, I can't seem to find anything else about this hobby (other than history, which is actually pretty cool). How does one get into something like this? Would the SCA be a good place to contact? Is there a broad list of societies or guilds (such as fencing clubs) that might be able to help me get into a hobby like this? I would buy something and practice on my own, but not having a place to shoot it or even knowing how to maintain and care for it, I'm a little hesitant. I apologize if the question is redundant or ill-informed, but I have little knowledge of archery in general, much less crossbows.
It's a great forum, and I really enjoy reading all of the informative posts.