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Permitted Bows and Crossbows

 

In Artemisia, there are three classifications for bows and crossbows.  They are: light bows, heavy bows, and heavy crossbows.  There is no designation for 'light crossbows' -- all crossbows are assumed to be 'heavy' (in order to simplify the types of bolts allowed on the field).  Each of these are described in more detail below:

 

 

Light bows have a maximum draw weight of 30 pounds for 28" of draw, measured from the center of the bow riser.

No compound bows, non-period sights, or metal strings.

Light bows in Artemisia can be used to shoot the following SCA-approved arrow types:

 

 

Heavy bows have a maximum draw weight of 50 pounds for 28" of draw, measured from the center of the bow riser.

No compound bows, non-period sights, or metal strings.

Heavy bows are required to have 6 inches of red tape marking the upper limb, near the tip, if there are any shafted arrows on the field.

Heavy bows can be used to shoot siloflex arrows only.

 

Crossbows have a maximum energy rating of 1000 inch-pounds (ips), which is determined multiplying the draw weight at the lock point by the distance between the lock point and the position of the string at rest.

No compound crossbows, non-period sights, metal strings, or strings made of elastic material such as bungee cord or surgical tubing.  Fiberglass fence posts may not be used in the construction of prods.

The use of crossbows that have a period appearance is strongly encouraged.  Modern rifle stocks, air rifle stocks, pistol grips, etc., are not acceptable. 

All prods must be covered with rawhide or chap-weight (4oz) leather or an equivalent material, or have the bow limbs tethered with rawhide or paracord or similar material, so that in case of breakage the limbs of the prod are tethered to the body of the bow. 

Heavy bows can be used to shoot siloflex arrows, or Fellwalker bolts: