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    Post by Jen on Tue Jul 19, 2011 7:14 am

    Hi all,
    I came across the site whilst researching crossbows for a low budget feature film I'm working on. I still know very little, so please forgive the awful errors I make and huge gaps in my knowledge.
    In essence, we would like to have a modern pistol crossbow, ideally with a red dot site, to use as a non-functional prop. I'm here because I wondered if any of you would be able to offer advice about the crossbows available and where to get hold of one. In a perfect world, perhaps someone might be willing to loan or hire a crossbow to us.
    We are fully insured, shooting in the North-East of England in the next few weeks, and would need the crossbow for five days. I'd really appreciate any help you can offer, and hope I haven't caused you any offence.

    Many thanks.
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    Post by Wilhelm on Tue Jul 19, 2011 8:36 am

    Jen,

    An inexpensive version of the prop you are looking for might be available on ebay.com - I have definitely seen some pistol crossbows there before. They do not have red dot sights, but that is not a difficult modification to make.

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    Post by Ivo on Tue Jul 19, 2011 11:54 am

    Hello Jen,

    What genre are we talking about? drunken

    If a prop crossbow is all you need, lots can be done here...you are at a crossbow building forum after all. Wink I actually shoot small skits with my film student/musician friends sometimes and one that we're planning right now will feature a crossbow I'm building (not a prop, so I'm on the set cheers ). So designing, building, and loaning you a cool little pistol crossbow prop won't be a problem within the given time frame. It will load and shoot like a real pistol crossbow, just wont be as powerful ("moderately safe" so to speak Smile ). I also got iron, red dot, and scope sights just sitting around...so it's not a problem either. If you're interested, but don't want to leak anything prior to the shoot...more than welcome to send me a PM or e-mail me. I'll be happy to chat with you about crossbows and movies. Very Happy

    And then again, you can just get one from E-bay or a whole list of online sellers that will be more than happy to set you up with a little pistol crossbow, if that's what you want. I'm not sure where you can loan one, except maybe ask around in the archery shops. Either way, you got nothing to lose, only to gain and we are happy to help.

    Best of Luck,

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    Post by Lightly on Thu Jul 21, 2011 11:43 am

    I DO have this one,
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/swifthoundbows/4953660252/in/set-72157624743944691/lightbox/

    But, I fear that it is more medieval than you might wish...

    As Wilhelm says, a red dot sight may be added to any bow...

    Good luck in your search!


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    Post by Jen on Thu Jul 21, 2011 5:15 pm

    Thanks all of you, you've been most kind and tolerant of my total lack of knowledge. Particularly Ivo, your offer of a loan is much appreciated. In return I'll let you in to a little secret - it's called 'The Stagg Do' and it's a comedy about... a stag do. Obviously weapons can only add to the fun and frolics, but we're in the UK, and y'all (I realise a little too late) are not, so I shall fend for myself from here on in, armed with your useful advice.

    Thanks again. Jen
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    Post by Ivo on Mon Jul 25, 2011 12:43 pm

    Thanks all of you, you've been most kind and tolerant of my total lack of knowledge

    That's the reason this forum was created - to help people get acquainted with this form of archery and the equipment involved.

    In return I'll let you in to a little secret - it's called 'The Stagg
    Do' and it's a comedy about... a stag do. Obviously weapons can only add
    to the fun and frolics

    I was tempted to ask if it was a comedy....Good for you, consider me a fan. Smile I like writing horror stories, twisted dark comedies, and looking forward to some sci-fi thrillers where weapons do indeed play some unexpected roles. I wish I had our stuff up on youtube to show, but it's scattered on FaceBook instead...perhaps it will surface with time on here as well.

    ...but we're in the UK, and y'all (I realise a little too late) are not...

    I looked up the shipping rates for United States Post to England and they aren't that bad, being in the range of $13-16 for packages up to 4lb. However the costs of shipping an item back will probably fall in the $50 range...kind of a rip off in my opinion.

    As for pistol crossbows ... A nice one would be this little lever action bow...

    http://thearbalistguild.forumotion.com/t26-levers-cranks-and-other-spanning-devices#87

    The modified multishot crossbow is wicked and the guy's accent hints that he might be from your neck of the woods. If you want, drop him a note on Youtube and perhaps he will be willing to work with you guys.

    In any case, good luck...hope everything turns out good and you have fun. I'm sure we'd all love to see your film. Very Happy

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