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Fellwalker fiberglass-shafted crossbow bolts are
allowed to be used in 1000ip crossbows on a per-kingdom basis. Fellwalkers
are a package deal; you may not substitute any other blunt or APD. They
can be used only with crossbows.
All Fellwalkers must be inspected before every use by a marshal. Archers are responsible for re-checking the safety of all arrows at the time of use.
For Fellwalker bolts arrows, the shaft and rear APD
are a solid color, and the blunt is a solid contrasting color. Any color
bands for identification should be place directly behind the blunt. This
is so a person being hit can tell if they got hit with the business end of the
You are also required to have your SCA name, kingdom, and
year/month of construction written on your arrows. Computer-printed return
address labels work well for this, but be sure to cover the label with a wrap of
clear packing tape to keep it readable.
An illustration of a Fellwalker bolt
Specifications: All shafts shall be constructed from a 12" length of .25" minimum diameter solid fiberglass rod. The shaft shall be spirally or longitudinally wrapped with fiber-strapping tape leaving only 1 inch at the tip and .25" at the rear of the shaft uncovered. The tape should be strong enough so that if the shaft should break, it will still be held together.
All blunts shall be of the Heavy Modified UHMW Blunt design. This consists of a not less than 2" long by 1.25" diameter core of UHMW Polyethylene, drilled to a depth of 1" to accept the shaft. All cut edges of the UHMW core shall be rounded off. The shaft should be friction fit into the core and the core secured by at least two strips of .5" wide (minimum) good quality strapping tape. These strips shall cross over the face of the core and down the sides, and onto the shaft for at least one inch.
The striking surface of the blunt shall be covered with no less and no more than 1 inch thick by 1 3/8" diameter closed cell foam. The sides of the blunt centering on the join between the UHMW and foam tip shall first be wrapped with 1/8" thick closed cell foam (2 wraps of 1 1/4 "wide x 10" long strip of standard 1/16" mailing foam), then covered by a layer of strapping tape (a single wrap of 1.5" wide tape is recommended). Padding on the face of a blunt which has compacted under use to less than
3/4" in thickness must be replaced.
The assembled blunt shall be secured by at least two strips of .5" wide (minimum) good quality strapping tape. These strips shall cross over the face of the blunt and down the sides, and onto the shaft for at least 1". It shall be secured to the shaft by another strip of tape that wraps around it as well as the base of the blunt and the shaft.
The APD disk shall be a disk of no less than .5" inch thick by 1.25" diameter UHMW Polyethylene rod, drilled .25" deep to accept the shaft. All cut edges of the UHMW disk shall be rounded off. The shaft should be friction fit into the APD and the core secured by as many strips of .25" wide (minimum) good quality strapping tape are required to completely cover and attach the disk to the shaft, leaving no gaps between the strips of tape. These strips shall cross over the face of the core and down the sides, and onto the shaft for at least 1" past any additional foam or taper used in front of the disk. It shall be secured to the shaft by another strip of tape that wraps around it and the shaft.
The assembled bolt must additionally be covered with either duct, gaffers or electrical tape. Fletching is allowed and may be of any standard method approved for SCA combat arrows (feathers, vinyl vanes, card, foam, etc.).
here for a fellwalker bolt construction page.