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Weapon Problems

Foil Problems

Condition Possible Cause
Non-Valid Light Is Constantly On
  • Body Cord not plugged into foil or reel
  • Broken wire in foil, body cord, or reel
  • Tip jammed in barrel
Intermittent Non-Valid Light
  • Possibilities
  • Broken wire in foil, body cord, or reel
  • Loose handle
  • Loose barrel
  • Loose tip screws
  • Loose screws in the body cord plug(s)
  • Loose body cord plug to guard socket connection
  • Loose sockets in guard socket
Cannot Score
  • Internal short in the foil
  • Tip is broken or missing
Can Only Score Non-Valid
  • Opponent's metallic jacket or body cord "A" conductor is bad or broken
  • Body cord conductors are reversed
Will Not Pass the 500 gram Weight Test
  • Weak pressure spring
  • Barrel dented or out-of round

 

Epee Problems

Condition Possible Cause
Cannot Score
  • Broken wire in epee, body cord, or reel
  • Blade wire broken at guard socket
  • Contact spring too short
  • Contact spring bent
  • Internal short in epee
  • Body cord wired incorrectly (e.g., "A" and "C" conductors switched)
Will Not Pass the 750 gram Weight Test
  • Weak pressure spring
  • Barrel dented or out-of-round
Will Not Pass the 0.50 mm shim test
  • Contact spring is too long
  • Bent contact spring
Scores a Hit on the Opponent's Guard
  • Broken "C" conductor in the opponent's body wire or reel
  • Loose "C" socket in the opponent's guard socket
  • Opponent's guard is "non-conductive"
  • Contact spring is too long
  • Non-conductive substance on epee tip
  • Broken shaft in epee tip
Scores a Hit on a Grounded Strip
  • Broken or disconnected ground wire
  • Non-Conductive strip
  • Contact spring is too long
  • Non-conductive substance on epee tip
  • Broken shaft in epee tip
"Air" Touches
  • Intermittent internal short of the wires due to a loose barrel
  • Metallic flake inside the point
  • Presence of an "A-B" "switch" (e.g., loose wires in the guard socket)

 

Sabre Problems

Condition Possible Cause
Non-Valid Light Is Constantly On
  • Body Cord not plugged into sabre or reel
  • Broken wire in foil, body cord, or reel
  • Absence of short in the sabre
Non-Valid Light Lights Intermittently
  • Broken "B" and/or "C" conductors in the body cord
  • Sabre is not assembled tightly
  • Loose body cord plug to guard socket connection.
  • Loose body cord screws
  • Loose sockets in guard socket
Cannot Score
  • Opponent's metallic jacket, mask and/or gauntlet/over-glove are non-conductive
  • Opponent's body cord "A" conductor is broken
  • Opponent's mask cord is broken
  • Broken body cord "B" or "C" conductors
  • Non-conductive coating on sabre blade
  • Sabre blade isolated from guard
Hit Scored Against Blade
  • Guard is improperly insulated and being held against lame.
  • Handle is un-insulated and glove is damp.

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