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Offline Powder Keg

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Crossbows
« on: June 08, 2010, 11:37:53 AM »
Any interest :D :D :D?
Wesley P
A Gismo ??? If it has a flywheel or spins and is made with small parts. I'll take one! If it makes noise, moves, or requires frequent oiling and dusting it's a better deal yet. It's especially right if its shiny and bright; but if it's dirty and dull it wont mater at all...

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Re: Crossbows
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2010, 12:50:13 PM »
Got this book ..

http://www.amazon.co.uk/European-Crossbows-Survey-Armouries-Monograph/dp/0948092203

Some interesting history, and medieval methods of manufacture.

Got it from the Royal Armouries bookshop in Leeds, UK.

No longer in print, but there is a book about Springalds on the RA site .. which I might get ...

http://www.royalarmouriesshop.org/acatalog/Springalds_and_Great_Crossbows.html

Was skiving at work, wandering about with nothing better to do. Saw first mentioned book, and bought it.

Never been to war with a crossbow ... or without one for that matter.     :D
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Re: Crossbows
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2010, 01:47:45 PM »
Hi Dave

Was archery practice still compulsory when you was a lad / back in ye oldy day  :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

Rob  :beer:
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Re: Crossbows
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2010, 03:02:25 PM »
Rob

Yup!, or at least it was.   :D  :D

Surprise eh?

Not compulsory, but 'twas available for a few if you wanted to do it.

Never appealed to me much. Slamming arrows into a target, only to have to pull 'em out again. (Pointless....  :lol:  :lol:)

I don't like any  'sport' that involves moving ...

I greatly admire molluscs and the like ... they've got the right idea, just amble about eating and watching the scenery.

That's it..... Me...... An Olympic Standard LIMPETTER !!!!

Gone a bit  :offtopic:   your fault , leading me astray, ... again ..

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Re: Crossbows
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2010, 03:31:41 PM »
Any interest :D :D :D?

Lots. You building one?  :dremel:

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Re: Crossbows
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2010, 05:14:04 PM »
Rob


I don't like any  'sport' that involves moving ...

I greatly admire molluscs and the like ... they've got the right idea, just amble about eating and watching the scenery.

That's it..... Me...... An Olympic Standard LIMPETTER !!!!


I'm with you there, Dave. I could only think of three sports I could do lying down (well, four, but this is a family site). Swimming uses a lot of energy and whizzing downhill on the luge is cold and dangerous, so I chose target shooting. Relax, then gently move one finger. Perfect!

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Re: Crossbows
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2010, 10:13:27 PM »
I'll get a few pictures up. I'm building/modifying a crossbow to bowfish with.
Wesley P
A Gismo ??? If it has a flywheel or spins and is made with small parts. I'll take one! If it makes noise, moves, or requires frequent oiling and dusting it's a better deal yet. It's especially right if its shiny and bright; but if it's dirty and dull it wont mater at all...

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Re: Crossbows
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2010, 09:52:09 AM »
Dont you have to aim elsewhere to hit the fish :clap:

Turns me off that game Andy waiting an eternity people fafffing about and its only 40 yards away, 20mm drop off from zero.

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Re: Crossbows
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2010, 06:40:16 PM »
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Re: Crossbows
« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2010, 06:06:09 PM »
Digging up an old post, i have a couple of crossbows that were given to me, there's a story that came with the bows.....

During the second world war there was a fireman from Wath or Swinton (i forget) he was stationed in London during the blitz and recovered some nice Oak from the windowboards of a bombed building, he used them to make these two bows whilst waiting for the next callout...

After the war had finished and rationing was still on the go, he would take one out and hunt rabbit and other small game to put meat on the table for his family...

i took one to work to try out on nightshift, i fitted a string, cocked it, placed a bolt in and from the safety of our cabin, i fired it at a large pine corebox, my mate was behind me...

The fifty year old string broke and the bolt went sideways, we both made a dive under the table as the bolt bounced off all the walls!!!

It will never be fired again... THEY'RE SODDING DANGEROUS!!!!!!!!!!!! :bugeye:

The bows...(very crude but probably effective had the strings been waxed!!)








the bolts and strings..



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Re: Crossbows
« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2010, 05:54:21 AM »
You can buy new lengths of prepared bow cord from any archery supplier fairly easy, they're a consumable item and need changing every few years. Its about time I replaced my recursive bow one as its past five now...

As to the original poster, some interest but not got any immediate plans to construct one. They can be a big lary when shooting outside with them, as if you miss, the bolt can bounce back up off the ground and end up in unfortunate places...

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Re: Crossbows
« Reply #11 on: November 17, 2010, 12:31:22 PM »
What's the bow made from, Ally?

Ally can snap with fatigue and when it does the half length flies backwards with great force.

Fit a modern fiberglass bow instead, they just crumple slowly.

I have two crossbows, one I made in school, metal in metal work and the stock in woodwork.
Imagine that today, 15/16 yr olds making weapons in school !!!
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Re: Crossbows
« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2010, 06:59:19 PM »
What's the bow made from, Ally?

Ally can snap with fatigue and when it does the half length flies backwards with great force.

Fit a modern fiberglass bow instead, they just crumple slowly.

I have two crossbows, one I made in school, metal in metal work and the stock in woodwork.
Imagine that today, 15/16 yr olds making weapons in school !!!

Hi Darren

One of the bows is a very strong type of dural and the other is fibreglass..

I don't actually use them (swore never to shoot them again after the last episode :loco:  )


You're right, i can't imagine the powers that be letting even the teachers make anything like a crossbow today!!


Cheers, John :thumbup: