Crossbow Competency Test






Basic Criteria for Competency


Technical Safety


Technique Competency


Usage Safety




Test Procedure

  1. Demonstrate a reasonable familiarity with the working principles of, and thus the points of potential mechanical damage to, the bow.

  2. Demonstrate the ability to load your bow, and fire ten bolts at designated targets. For at least some of these shots, the target will be the administrator holding a shield at different heights and ranges. Typically, this test must include the administrator requesting at least one illegal shot (e.g. inside minimum range, head-shot, etc.) and the candidate refusing.

  3. Examine the following pieces of equipment:
  4. Fire an arrow at what you judge to be the highest safe declination which will not cause the bolt to deviate from a safe flight.

  5. The administrator will ask at least five of the following questions. Incorrectly answering any one requires correction at the end of the test, but is not an automatic failure. Incorrectly answering two questions will fail the applicant.


This page last updated: 10th August 2004

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