Weapon Safety

Weapon Construction Standards at Legion of Dreams Events

Melee (hand held) Weaponry
The weapon core should be made from glass reinforced plastic or carbon fibre rod and ’rounded’ at the weapon tip to stop penetration through the foam. The core must be securely fixed to the foam using a strong adhesive. Metal or wooden rods are not suitable under any circumstance.

For smaller weapons below 1m in length, 12mm of foam must be between the core of the weapon and the striking surface. 5mm of foam must be between the core and other surfaces.

For longer, two-handed weapons and above, 16mm of foam must be between the core of the weapon and the striking surface. 6mm of foam must be between the core and other surfaces.

Any ‘hard’ decoration or other embellishment must only be fixed on the pommel, grip or hilt. These should not be attached to a ‘hard’ surface (weapon core, etc.) but be backed with foam. The decoration must not have any sharp edges or jut out more than 5mm from the weapon.

The weapon tips (where the core ends) must be reinforced with leather, nylon mesh or a thick piece of rubber to avoid penetration. This reinforcement should extend 25 mm above and below the tip and 10 mm to either side.

Flanged mace heads can be constructed of sheet foam to a preferred thickness. Ball mace heads should be constructed of open cell polyurethane foam, such as sponge furniture foam.

Water-based adhesives and double-sided tape are not suitable for holding together interactive adventure weaponry.

If the density of the foam used in the weapon is too high (too hard) or too low (less protection from the core) on a particular area of the weapon (e.g. mace heads, staves, etc), the weapon may be unusable in our events.

Thrown (not crossbows/bows) Weaponry
There must be no ‘hard’ areas on any thrown weapon.

They must not contain any solid support/core.

The weapon must not be of a great weight as it would have too much momentum.

There must be no ‘protrusions’ that could enter an eye socket.

Bows and Crossbows
Anyone seen using a crossbow/bow without due respect and extreme care will have the weapon taken off them and may also be removed from the event.

No composite bows may be used on any event.

The maximum draw weight for a Bow is 30lbs at 28″.

The only mass-produced crossbow that is suitable for our events is the Barnett Phantom pistol crossbow with a draw weight of 35lbs. There are now suitable crossbows produced specifically for the LRP market. Please contact the organisers for details of suppliers.

These weapons will fail a weapon check if: the bow string is frayed/worn; the shaft/body of the bow is cracked/split; the bow string is working loose from the securing notches; the securing catch on the crossbow is worn/not functioning adequately.

Arrows and Bolts
As well as checking before the start of the Event, we ask that you check these before and after each use as they may have become damaged in flight or within your quiver.

All arrows must be made using Port Orford cedar staves, glass fibre or carbon fibre shafts.

All arrows must be fitted with standard nocks and feathered (soft) flights to allow the arrow to fly true and avoid the splitting of the shaft.

All metal heads MUST be removed.

The maximum length of the arrow is 30″ from the rear of the padding to the dip of the rear nock.

The point of impact must be greater than an eye socket (approx. 50mm).

There MUST be at least the following protection at the tip of the shaft (‘the business end’): a piece of thick rubber or a 2 pence piece; at least 50mm of Plastazote foam; at least 50mm of soft furniture foam; (optional) A rubber ‘blunt’ on the shaft is an extra safety feature

The impact end of the arrow or bolt must not be covered with latex and must be no closer than 1/4″ to the point of impact.