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    Looking for some help Identifying this crossbow

    Post by Hjoken on Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:57 pm

    I picked this one up at a auction recently mostly for a display piece.Now I am curious if anyone might know its make or anything about it.The caps at the end of the stock and bottom are a platic/bakelite and it seems as it had been fired(wear marks on the top) I would not mind actually restringing it and trying it out.My plan is to take it to a archery shop to confirm usability before I did tho.Any info/ideas would be appreciated!

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    Re: Looking for some help Identifying this crossbow

    Post by Geezer on Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:28 pm

    This bow looks like a home-built, probably made from published in the 1950s in a do it yourself magazine called 'Popular Mechanics'  Later the plans appeared in a compendium of Popular Mechanics plans called The Boy Mechanic.   The plan called for a steel prod cut from automobile spring, and bolted into the stock from the front.  Roller lock runs on a center- axle, Not in a close-fitted cylindrical socket.  These are pretty rare, much less common than old Powermaster bows.  Geezer.

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    Re: Looking for some help Identifying this crossbow

    Post by Andy. on Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:10 am

    Could be an old German like this...

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/ANTIQUE-VINTAGE-GERMAN-CROSSBOW-Hand-made-with-arrow/322359053119?hash=item4b0e18cb3f%3Ag%3A2OYAAOSw2xRYUCdH&_sacat=0&_nkw=vintage+crossbow&_from=R40&rt=nc&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1312.R1.TR11.TRC2.A0.H0.Xvintage+cross.TRS1
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    Re: Looking for some help Identifying this crossbow

    Post by Geezer on Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:54 am

    Despite the claims on ebay, that one also is likely a bow handmade from the Popular Mechanics plan.  Note the roller nut situated in a huge cavity.  You won't see that sort of error on factory made pieces.  There ARE German/Swiss 'zimmer armbrust' made for indoor shooting that bear a substantial resemblance to these two bows, but they have a clap-type lock, not a roller.  I could be wrong, but this time, I think not.  Geezer.

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    Re: Looking for some help Identifying this crossbow

    Post by Hjoken on Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:03 pm

    I took the xbow into a local shop and they advised against stringing it due to unknown nature of the steel.I may try another shop for a 2nd opinion.
    Thanks for all the replies so far. I came across this post in my search and it looks somewhat similar :
    http://thearbalistguild.forumotion.com/t33-crossbow-restoration-project



    If this was made from a magazine they sure did a nice job of it.

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