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    Looking for a Scottish Border Reaver Crossbow

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    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 Looking for a Scottish Border Reaver Crossbow Icon_mad

    Any pictures or descriptions would be great.



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    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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    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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    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 Looking for a Scottish Border Reaver Crossbow Icon_biggrin )

    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). Looking for a Scottish Border Reaver Crossbow Icon_wink ...perhaps this topic will one day become filled with pictures of your work. Looking for a Scottish Border Reaver Crossbow Icon_smile



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    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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