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    Why did George Stevens glue a layer of linen to the prod and then wrap the prod in black tape?

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    Why did George Stevens glue a layer of linen to the prod and then wrap the prod in black tape?

    Post by Dennis Greenaway on Sat Feb 18, 2017 9:51 pm

    Why did George Stevens glue a layer of linen to the prod  and then wrap the prod in black tape?
    I read this in his book and have the hunter crossbow of his, and that is how he his the prod.  I shoot steel prods and wondered if I should consider doing this to my prod.

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    Re: Why did George Stevens glue a layer of linen to the prod and then wrap the prod in black tape?

    Post by Andy. on Sat Feb 18, 2017 11:54 pm

    Am assuming to contain steel fragments and prevent harm to the shooter in case of breakage.

    I have used heat shrink tube in the past over both steel and glass prods for the same reason, but have recently used heat shrink woven mesh tube on a restored Horton Safari magnum to remain faithful to the factory finish.
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    Re: Why did George Stevens glue a layer of linen to the prod and then wrap the prod in black tape?

    Post by Geezer on Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:31 pm

    Yes, I assume GS wrapped prods from fear of breaking, with many dangerous shards.  Medieval archers, simply laid a 'sicher' safety cord of plaited cord or leather down the back of the prod, to prevent its breaking and flying. Some modern makers, like Alchem and Slobows fit a bit of heat-shrink tubing around the center 6 inches or so, in case the prod fails.  In fact, I've had a lot of experience with commercially made prods from the above makers, plus Darkwood Armory, and can count the failures of steel prods on one hand. And in no case was anybody hurt. A friend did break an aluminum prod in my shop once... it was only @ 65 lb, and resulted in a bandaid.  But if you're not sure of your prod, particularly if it's a strong one, I think heat-shrink tubing would be a good idea.  It won't add much weight or reduce velocity by much, and isn't unsightly.  I say go for it.  Geezer.

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