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Elswood Bowmen The friendly St Albans archery club Crossbows

We don’t currently have any crossbow shooters, but welcome them if they comply with the Archery GB rules of shooting.

Relevant extract below.

210. Crossbow

(a) A crossbow stock may be made from any safe material and must be fitted with a mechanical trigger. Prods, which may be made of any material except metal, shall not exceed 900mm in length when the crossbow is strung.


(b) The draw weight at the string latch shall be no more than 95lbs (43 kg). The draw weight and draw length must be clearly marked on the prod. The clean draw length, measured from  the string to the string latch shall be no more than 300mm


(c) The bow must be fitted with a bolt retaining clip.


(d) A string may be made of any non-metallic material.


(e) Bolts may be made of any material and of such design as not to cause unreasonable damage to the target. Bolt length is minimum 12 inches, maximum 15 inches. Three fletchings, feather or plastic, shall be fitted.


(f) Telescopic or magnifying sights are not allowed.


(g) The following are permitted:

(i) Foot stirrups attached to the bow.

(ii) Stabilizers.

(iii) Palm rest.

(iv) A butt hook that does not rest directly on top of the shoulder and is no more than 150mm in length.


(h) The length between the back sight and the front sight shall not exceed 720mm.


(j) All crossbows must be drawn by hand. The use of cocking aids, gloves or fingerstalls is not permitted.


(k) Pistol crossbows are not permitted.


(l) Crossbow and the Law. When travelling on public transport or walking in a public thoroughfare it is essential that the prod be removed and the stock and prod be carried in a case or cover.

If your crossbow doesn’t comply or you just want to shoot with other crossbow users; have a look at the links below.


The National Crossbow Federation of Great Britain http://www.ncf-crossbow.co.uk/


National Field Archery Society  http://www.nfas.net/home.asp


crossbows4u http://www.crossbows4u.co.uk/#/where-to-shoot/4530957155