Bows must have a draw weight of less than thirty pounds when drawn to 28".
Crossbows must have a draw weight of less than thirty pounds at the string draw length.
Cosmetic changes to a box or crossbow may alter the draw weight of the weapon.
All bows and crossbows must be rechecked after any cosmetic changes and after a limb or string has been replaced.
Projectile weapons will fail if:
- The string is frayed, too thin or loose in the nock
- The bow or crossbow is cracked, damaged or worn
- The bow or crossbow has any sharp or protruding decoration.
- The crossbow's catch is worn so that the bow may fire accidentally
- The crossbow's bolt retaining mechanism is worn, damaged or missing or could cause damage to the bolt or string.
Projectiles will fail if:
Projectiles must have protection at the top of the shaft, to prevent the shaft from penetrating the padding (a disc of leather or a two pence piece is suitable for this).
- The metal head has not been removed from the shaft
- The area of padding at the point of impact is smaller than an eye socket (fifty millimetres)
- There is insufficient furniture foam padding at the point of impact
- The arrow or bolt head is not securely bonded to the shaft or is damaged
- The impact face is dirty or has become hard or damaged
- The shaft is constructed of inappropriate material or is flaking, cracked or damaged
- The head has latex within one quarter of an inch, or gaffa tape within one inch of the impact face
- The flights are unsuitable or damaged
- The nock is missing, damaged or insecurely attached or incorrectly aligned