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    Looking for a Scottish Border Reaver Crossbow

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    Looking for a Scottish Border Reaver Crossbow

    Post by Basilisk120 on Tue Mar 16, 2010 9:43 am

    For the SCA I have a Scottish Border Reaver persona. So I was looking for information on what type of crossbow they would have used. I have found a couple of references to Border Reavers using small crossbows called Latches. But they have pictures of everything else just not the crossbow

    Any pictures or descriptions would be great.



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    Re: Looking for a Scottish Border Reaver Crossbow

    Post by John Waller on Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:55 am

    Check out Tod's Stuff http://www.todsstuff.co.uk/crossbows/latchet-crossbows.htm
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    Re: Looking for a Scottish Border Reaver Crossbow

    Post by Basilisk120 on Wed Mar 17, 2010 9:10 am

    I had forgotten about that bow. Now if I could only afford it.
    Someday I may be good enough to try to make something like that.



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    Re: Looking for a Scottish Border Reaver Crossbow

    Post by Ivo on Thu Mar 18, 2010 5:52 am

    I don't think it's really that hard(unless of coarse you are making a super precise reproduction of some highly decorated piece owned by a famous whoever )

    Throw the pics from Tod's page into Mr SAM's topic of Medieval Crossbow Pictures and see what he can do...make sure that at the end you include a little question about the trigger mech on this one(ask about different versions of this type of trigger too). ...perhaps this topic will one day become filled with pictures of your work.




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    Re: Looking for a Scottish Border Reaver Crossbow

    Post by Basilisk120 on Thu Mar 18, 2010 9:59 pm

    Yeah, the metal work would be a bit of a challenge, may be incentive to buy a mill and a welder. I have a forge so that would help. Someday, after I get some more straight forward crossbows under my belt.

    But Todd does a raise the bar with the quality of his work



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    Post by Geezer on Mon Mar 22, 2010 6:54 am

    Geezer here concerning latches. According to my varied sources, the term 'latch' or 'latchet' comes from latch-bow or lock bow... named for obvious reasons. Crossbows have locks. In fact, Scots reiver 'latches' probably came in a number of patterns, but if you went for some variation of the skinny-Spanish patterns, like the Padre Island bow, or the ones in the Valetta Armory at Malta, you wouldn't be far wrong. Since the reivers were usually mounted for a quick getaway, you'd probably want to span your bow with a 'gafa' or goatsfoot cocking lever. Geezer.

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