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when is it safe? 2 Years, 4 Months ago Karma: 1  
Back in my distant past (I stopped counting when I could do it in decades!) I saw people using crossbows that fired corks. I've also heard that nerf pellets are used quite often
When is it safe to use stuff like this? What kind of draw do you need on the crossbow?
(Looking for a small but handy winter weapon)
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Re:when is it safe? 2 Years, 4 Months ago Karma: 20  
Nerf darts are great. The Dogs (scortch in particular) has been known to use a nerf blowpipe to good effect. . . some sort of crossbow arrangement with Nerf Darts would I am sure be safe enough up unless you modify the darts they distort and fly funny before they get enough oomph to hurt anyone (barring accidental eye shots obviously but swords have similar risks). Ripping the guts out of an existing gun and prettying it up might be all that is required.

Corks I have used before with a crossbow from Labyrinthe. . I was not impressed. . . . they don't fly well and are harder to notice hits with even more so than nerf darts.

LRP crossbows using bolts of similar construction to arrows are generally crap. Because you lack the control of a bow (i.e. modifying the poundage depending on the target range) they end up being underpowered with crap range. I've used one briefly as an archer Mage to essentially make my touch stuff "range" over a shield wall but beyond that they are of limited use.

I reckon with your creativity something with Nerf Darts might be your best bet.

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Re:when is it safe? 2 Years, 4 Months ago Karma: 1  
okay, now for the technical question: how much do nerf darts weight?
And would adding something like a bit of rubber (as in a pencil rubber (more rigidity)) put it over the limit? I'm thinking of something about four inches long which will help the dart maintain accurate flight.
I'm also wondering if I can get some rifling going but that's going to require a bit of experimentation.
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Re:when is it safe? 2 Years, 4 Months ago Karma: 20  
There is no weight limit per-se (Nerf darts are almost negligible in weight) but the higher the weight the more force you are going to need to get them to fly. A tiny bit of extra weight (a small ball bearing in the end of the dart is a potentially unsafe mod that is often mooted) might help but the darts themselves are pretty good.

Pencils or wood might mean you need more padding at the front in the same way as arrows or bolts ruining the concept of a fully safe (and very cheap) projectile.

Check out some of the nerf modding sites (There are lots out there) as there are various things you can do to improve range and accuracy with them like putting blobs of hot glue in the ends . .

Sticking as close as you can to "stock" darts might be useful and given the range we were getting out of the blowpipes they have plenty of potential.

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