RE: Updates from the USA Fencing SEMI Committee - September 2017

Discussion in 'Armory - Q&A' started by jjefferies, Jun 19, 2019.

  1. jjefferies

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    The thread was closed for some reason. But never quite understood the following:

    <6. Use of Solder lugs and shrinkwrap to Terminate Weapon Wires. The US SEMI has determined that this method of connecting weapon wires to the socket violates the rules, and therefore is not an accepted practice. Referees have been informed to reject weapons using this method of connection, and can result in appropriate penalties.>

    Would someone explain the basis of this decision regarding "solder lugs". Is it an issue with possible cheating?
     
  2. brtech

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    m.5.2.e Both the wire and the insulating sheath must go right up to the socket

    When you use a lug, neither the wire nor the sheath run up to the socket

    We generally don't like connections that are under things we can't see. I have had someone present me a weapon with lugs where there was no solder - a wire was wrapped around the lug post and shrink tube held it in place.
     
  3. posineg

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    I have had new shipped blades presented to the fencer where the shrink tubing was wrapped around the lug and the connection, though tight gave a intermittent due to the wire not actually having a good contact.

    Is the rule to prevent cheating or insure good contact?
     
  4. brtech

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    We don't know what is in the minds of the people who wrote the rule. When we discussed it in SEMI, there was no dissension: the rule is clear and the violation presented by the lug and the shrink tube is clear, so we never needed to get down to why.

    An important principal is that a rule is a rule. Some rules really are obsolete, but they are still rules, and we enforce them. We sometimes have a difference between US rules and FIE rules, but armorers enforce whatever rules govern. There is always some judgement required, and we do try to keep in mind intent of the rules (fairness and safety) when we have to make judgements,
     

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