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    Post by Vintageairguns on Fri Dec 03, 2010 8:35 am

    Hello my names is Peter, I live on the Isle of Wight.
    I just happened upon this site, and I am very glad I did.
    I have bought several crossbows at auction some if not all in need of some TLC.
    I do hate to see basically our heritage thrown in a cupboard and left to rot!
    Having a passion for restoring vintage air guns, it wasn't to long before I bought some dilapidated original crossbows.

    The smallest crossbow I have is a boys practice type? only about 14" long and not powerful from around 1900.
    The largest I have is a Victorian target crossbow which is around 5' long.
    Oldest one is a small hunting crossbow around the 16th cent.

    I am not up on all the proper wording for parts of the crossbow yet, so please bear with me if I get the wording wrong!
    I have just bought some material which is Ivory substitute from which I hope to make several prods.
    What brilliant videos of the string/cord? Making, that has certainly helped me in making them, as I only had pictures from Sir Ralph Payne-Gallwey "The Crossbow" and guess work to go by.
    Making them by hand without a machine of some description leaves you with very sore fingers, and as it transpires wrong!



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    Post by Basilisk120 on Fri Dec 03, 2010 9:35 am

    Hello and welcome and all that.

    Any chance that we could see pictures of your collect? Those bows sounds really interesting, and for that matter vintage airguns are interesting as well.

    Can't wait to hear more from you as you update us on how the restorations are going.



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    Post by Vintageairguns on Fri Dec 03, 2010 9:54 am

    Hi!
    I will break out the camera, take a few shots of the crossbows.
    My latest acquisition is a bullet crossbow which has been through the wars, badly rusted, the peep sight has been broken off, and no string of course!
    Probably as the strings are such a pain in the butt to make!



    Vintage air guns are a bit off topic really, but in case your interested my site is http://www.vintageairguns.co.uk/
    I hope to add a Crossbow library at some point in the future.
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    Post by Vintageairguns on Fri Dec 03, 2010 12:12 pm

    A few photos of my crossbows
    http://s286.photobucket.com/albums/ll84/Vintageairguns/

    AND,
    These are not my crossbows but just a few photos I have come across and kept for my own personal studies.

    http://s286.photobucket.com/albums/ll84/Vintageairguns/Antique%20crossbows/
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    Post by Scott on Fri Dec 03, 2010 2:42 pm

    Hi Peter,
    I just joined too, I bought some old airguns from you a few years ago
    Cheers Scott
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    Post by Vintageairguns on Sat Dec 04, 2010 4:05 am

    Scott wrote:Hi Peter,
    I just joined too, I bought some old airguns from you a few years ago
    Cheers Scott

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    Its a really small world!

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    Post by jake-owa on Sat Dec 04, 2010 7:28 am

    Hello Peter, I am new here as well but let me extend you a warm welcome. Those are some amazing looking bows you have there. I loved perusing the airgun shots as well, some very cool antiques there. I really dig the old bamboo aircane.

    Enjoy the forum, I have found it to be a great resource of information as I am sure you will.
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    Post by Ivo on Thu Dec 16, 2010 3:30 pm

    Hello Vintageairguns,

    I haven't been on in a while, checking in occasionally and have missed your introduction, but to welcome a crossbow enthusiast is never too late. Very Happy

    The Photobucket gallery you've compiled is simply outstanding! I know the styles, but some are just wild...always a pleasure to see something unique.

    Aside from archery it just happens that air guns are my second passion, despite my lack of knowledge I decided once to try my hand at making a few...unfortunately with no success due to lack of skill and entry level information at the time. To this day I occasionally peek into the subject of airgun manufacture, but find myself just as unbearably alone as I did when I just starting researching crossbows. Perhaps my excitement is a bit too much for the moment, but have you considered starting an airgun building forum? I've considered hosting several topics on this forum when first designing it, but just like with all hungry kids...my mouth was bigger than my stomach... Smile Smile Smile ...

    All in all - Good to have you with us and I'm awaiting your answer, as I'd love to help out in case you decide to put together a portal of your own.

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    Post by Vintageairguns on Fri Dec 17, 2010 5:41 am

    Hi Ivo,
    Building an air gun!
    The problem there is the amount of bits and pieces involved some of which you cannot manufacture not unless you have the specialised equipment.
    You can cobble together something from various bits and pieces, I made a bulk fill Co2 .45 cal rifle out of bits.
    Stock from one thing the reservoir from a paint ball gun, the barrel was bought at a gun fair, the Brass loading port which held the breach and barrel was really the only thing I had to make other than adapting parts to hold it all together. ( vintageairguns home made items )
    At present I have my hands full with the new vintage airgun site, still having a few teething problem, I hope to add a crossbow section to it, so a building an air gun is at present not on the books.
    Somebody did bring out a book on how to build a PC air gun, but that was sometime ago, I don't think it was a great success due to the amount of work involved, again It also involved a considerable amount of machining.
    So unless you have a Lathe, a Mill, pillar drill, CNC capability's forget it, far to complicated.
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    Post by kiwijim on Sat Dec 18, 2010 12:45 pm

    Hi Peter,
    Welcome to forum.
    Your photobucket album of antique crossbows is fantastic ! I really enjoyed flipping through it. Cheers! Very Happy
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    Post by Ivo on Mon Dec 20, 2010 1:40 am

    Vintageairguns wrote:Hi Ivo,
    Building an air gun!
    The problem there is the amount of bits and pieces involved some of which you cannot manufacture not unless you have the specialised equipment.
    You can cobble together something from various bits and pieces, I made a bulk fill Co2 .45 cal rifle out of bits.
    Stock from one thing the reservoir from a paint ball gun, the barrel was bought at a gun fair, the Brass loading port which held the breach and barrel was really the only thing I had to make other than adapting parts to hold it all together. ( vintageairguns home made items )
    At present I have my hands full with the new vintage airgun site, still having a few teething problem, I hope to add a crossbow section to it, so a building an air gun is at present not on the books.
    Somebody did bring out a book on how to build a PC air gun, but that was sometime ago, I don't think it was a great success due to the amount of work involved, again It also involved a considerable amount of machining.
    So unless you have a Lathe, a Mill, pillar drill, CNC capability's forget it, far to complicated.

    Looks good, and .45 cal. sounds sick!

    I'm in the market for some machinery, I've saved up for a Smithy 3-in-1, but after speaking with my neighbor who builds custom motorcycles I started looking at some used dedicated machinery. Perhaps, if I don't find anything this year, I'll just go ahead and order that 3-in-1. As for cnc Smile , I have a crossbow project that is composed of 50% water-jet cut parts, 25% milled parts, 20% composite/castings, and 5% so I hear you... Smile

    About that PCP Airgun building book, believe I've exchanged a few e-mails with the author, and was promised to be contacted once he gets more copies...that was probably like five years ago. cyclops

    It' all good.

    Good luck with your site, great design, a forum just makes it a tad bit more fun...all in good time Smile

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    Post by tghsmith on Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:15 am

    hello, I find this really interesting, I also have an interest in air weapons, currently working on a 1/48th scale r/c model of the USS VESUVIUS,, about 5ft long, I chose this size so the main tubes could be made funtional..
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    Post by Vintageairguns on Mon Dec 20, 2010 8:19 am

    tghsmith wrote:hello, I find this really interesting, I also have an interest in air weapons, currently working on a 1/48th scale r/c model of the USS VESUVIUS,, about 5ft long, I chose this size so the main tubes could be made funtional..

    I will be giving you a clear berth on the boating lake then! Wink


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