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    Chinese crossbow with auxiliary string?

    Post by HeroSK Today at 1:05 am

    Hi,

    Below crossbow is said to have excavated from the Tomb of The First Emperor, Lintong, Shaanxi Province Qin Dynasty, circa 210 BC has an auxiliary string according to some sources. What would be purpose of such a measure?



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    Re: Chinese crossbow with auxiliary string?

    Post by c sitas Today at 8:19 am

    Hello Hero,Welcome. No expert here. Two things come to mind though.The short string could be used as a portable basturd string. Another is it could be used to lesson the recoil of shooting lighter bolts. When shooting real light bolts , not enough energy is pulled from the bow , some times,  the penalty is a broken bow. I could see this as a help to stop the limbs from over reacting and blowing up the bow. Kind of like an anti dry fire .

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    Re: Chinese crossbow with auxiliary string?

    Post by Andy. Today at 3:26 pm

    c sitas wrote: I could see this as a help to stop the limbs from over reacting and blowing up the bow. Kind of like an anti dry fire .

    I thought this too.

    Maybe the extra string is a shock absorber/damper of sorts?

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    Re: Chinese crossbow with auxiliary string?

    Post by c sitas Today at 4:31 pm

    Andy, Like I said,I'm no expert but that does make sense to me. After all , when  bow blow up,usually the main string is the first thing to let go.
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    Re: Chinese crossbow with auxiliary string?

    Post by Geezer Today at 6:31 pm

    Given that the 'xtra' string runs thru the bridle passage, I dont think it's intended to be functional at all.  More likely it's an extra brace to keep the prod (lath) in shape while the bow is on display. I don't think the bowstring is original, and this 'xtra' string probably isn't either. I was wrong once... could be again.  Geezer.

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    Post by c sitas Today at 9:26 pm

    Geezer, I remember that you thought you made a mistake once , but, you discovered you did not,eh!Like I mentioned , I'm no expert, just trying to make sense of a picture.Still a very cool lookin piece.You don't think they drilled the extra hole in the the museum , do you?
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    Re: Chinese crossbow with auxiliary string?

    Post by Geezer Today at 10:08 pm

    It looks like that 'auxiliary string' goes thru the hole that accomodates the bridle (binding that holds the prod in place) It's not likely any reputable modern museum would drill holes in one of their prize artifacts.  Though I've seen plenty of old crossbow bolts that had holes drilled thru to mount them on wire displays.... so you never really know.  Geezer

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