Crossbows - Everything about Building, Modding, and Using your Crossbow Gear

Latest topics

» Medieval Crossbow Replica
by bartek Wed Dec 07, 2016 1:24 pm

» Prod construction
by actionbow Wed Dec 07, 2016 1:10 pm

» Hello from MD
by bigcountry_ky Mon Dec 05, 2016 7:40 am

» How to make a miniature medieval crossbow
by El Zurdo Sun Dec 04, 2016 3:31 am

» A real miniature crossbow
by El Zurdo Wed Nov 30, 2016 11:19 am

» Intesting Mechanical Bow can pre-cocking and locking
by stm2010 Sun Nov 27, 2016 10:29 pm

» Invitation
by Vee Sat Nov 26, 2016 11:42 am

» Chu Ko Nu (Zhu ge nu) chinese repeating crossbow making process from china
by El Zurdo Fri Nov 25, 2016 2:51 pm

» Miniature medieval crossbow crafts
by El Zurdo Fri Nov 25, 2016 9:10 am

» Why use a Crossbow?
by Xamllew Mon Nov 21, 2016 8:49 pm

» Minimum bolt weight steel prod
by Armymedic Fri Nov 18, 2016 5:01 pm

» where or how to ask a question
by WINCAR Fri Nov 18, 2016 1:51 pm

» roller nut difficulties
by Gnome Fri Nov 18, 2016 9:13 am

» The serious build
by hullutiedemies Tue Oct 25, 2016 3:35 am

» Hello from arkansas
by Onager Lovac Tue Oct 18, 2016 8:06 pm

» Wham O Powermaster
by Onager Lovac Tue Oct 18, 2016 8:05 pm

» Folding Stock Bullet-bow Project
by Xamllew Wed Oct 12, 2016 6:23 pm

» New member here!
by Xamllew Tue Oct 11, 2016 6:36 am

» Finnish Crossbow Forum
by hullutiedemies Fri Oct 07, 2016 6:54 am

» Ordo pro balistari
by John Edgerton Mon Sep 26, 2016 1:24 pm

» CNC Improved Chinese Trigger Xbow- Gnome style
by jaeger22 Tue Sep 20, 2016 1:12 pm

» xbow build.. trying to finish..where does the time go
by Onager Lovac Wed Sep 14, 2016 3:30 pm

» An afternoon at the range
by Gnome Sun Sep 04, 2016 10:00 am

» I am back with new project
by stm2010 Tue Aug 30, 2016 2:35 am

» European medieval an renaissance archery contests and target
by Lightly Sun Aug 28, 2016 4:08 pm


    Just bought my first crossbow

    Share

    Nice John
    Fresh Blood

    Doesn't mean
    I'm new to crossbows


    Fresh Blood Doesn't meanI'm new to crossbows

    Posts : 11
    Join date : 2012-03-25
    Age : 69
    Location : Derby UK

    Just bought my first crossbow

    Post by Nice John on Sun Mar 25, 2012 3:01 pm

    Hi I'm from deepest darkest Derbyshire and have just become the owner of a replica 15th Century tournament crossbow and am itching to use it correctly. I hope to find lots of advice and ideas I can use here on this forum. Many thanks in advance.
    John

    Ivo
    Admin
    Admin

    Posts : 1041
    Join date : 2009-11-25
    Age : 28
    Location : NJ, USA

    Re: Just bought my first crossbow

    Post by Ivo on Mon Mar 26, 2012 9:50 am

    Hi Nice John,

    Welcome to the forum! Smile

    Got any pictures of your new bow?

    Ivo




    * *
    ~ "I don't have any special talents. I'm only passionately curious."
    * * *
    ~ "All Genius is Simple"
    * *

    Nice John
    Fresh Blood

    Doesn't mean
    I'm new to crossbows


    Fresh Blood Doesn't meanI'm new to crossbows

    Posts : 11
    Join date : 2012-03-25
    Age : 69
    Location : Derby UK

    Re: Just bought my first crossbow

    Post by Nice John on Mon Mar 26, 2012 9:54 am

    I do have one but not sure how to get it into the reply, I'll have a little play.

    /Users/jsgrant/Desktop/tournament-crossbow1copy.jpg

    Nice John
    Fresh Blood

    Doesn't mean
    I'm new to crossbows


    Fresh Blood Doesn't meanI'm new to crossbows

    Posts : 11
    Join date : 2012-03-25
    Age : 69
    Location : Derby UK

    Re: Just bought my first crossbow

    Post by Nice John on Mon Mar 26, 2012 9:56 am

    Well that didn't work - I'll check to see if there is a 'sticky' or some such thing telling you how to do it.

    Will come back later.

    John

    Nice John
    Fresh Blood

    Doesn't mean
    I'm new to crossbows


    Fresh Blood Doesn't meanI'm new to crossbows

    Posts : 11
    Join date : 2012-03-25
    Age : 69
    Location : Derby UK

    Re: Just bought my first crossbow

    Post by Nice John on Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:50 pm

    Well I've read the instructions and to be very honest about the whole thing I' none the wiser. Talk about being totally inept when it comes to things computerish........ . I need to ask a teenager or my grandson. Will keep on thinking unless some one can tell me in very simple language what I have got to do to post images.

    Thanks in anticipation.

    John

    Ivo
    Admin
    Admin

    Posts : 1041
    Join date : 2009-11-25
    Age : 28
    Location : NJ, USA

    Re: Just bought my first crossbow

    Post by Ivo on Mon Mar 26, 2012 10:34 pm

    No worries, got you covered. Smile

    Exactly why I did a tutorial video on it a while back.

    >>>Link

    You just upload an image from your computer with the appropriate button and then copy/paste the generated image code into your message where you want the image to appear...video takes care of where and how. Good luck.

    Ivo




    * *
    ~ "I don't have any special talents. I'm only passionately curious."
    * * *
    ~ "All Genius is Simple"
    * *

    Nice John
    Fresh Blood

    Doesn't mean
    I'm new to crossbows


    Fresh Blood Doesn't meanI'm new to crossbows

    Posts : 11
    Join date : 2012-03-25
    Age : 69
    Location : Derby UK

    Re: Just bought my first crossbow

    Post by Nice John on Tue Mar 27, 2012 6:42 am

    [img][/img]



    Wow it looks like I managed to upload a photograph of my first (bought) crossbow. Many thanks for the video link.

    John

    mac
    Master Weaponsmith
    Master Weaponsmith

    Posts : 560
    Join date : 2010-12-23
    Location : Near Philly USA

    Re: Just bought my first crossbow

    Post by mac on Tue Mar 27, 2012 7:04 am

    John,

    That's a handsome looking crossbow. Who made it? I think we would all be pleased to see some details of the decorative work, if you can bring yourself to do battle again with the image hosting software.

    Mac

    Nice John
    Fresh Blood

    Doesn't mean
    I'm new to crossbows


    Fresh Blood Doesn't meanI'm new to crossbows

    Posts : 11
    Join date : 2012-03-25
    Age : 69
    Location : Derby UK

    Re: Just bought my first crossbow

    Post by Nice John on Tue Mar 27, 2012 7:15 am

    Thank you for the compliment - I don't deserve it. All the credit must go to the folk at Replica Crossbows, I believe it is one gentleman with an unpronounceable Polish name (well I couldn't pronounce it, I daresay he has no problems at all!)

    Rather than try to upload again here is a link to their site it has lots of photographs of the products.

    http://replicacrossbowworld.com/gal.html

    Regards

    John

    Geezer
    Master Crossbowyer
    Master Crossbowyer

    Posts : 882
    Join date : 2010-01-12
    Age : 68
    Location : Austin, Texas, USA

    Re: Just bought my first crossbow

    Post by Geezer on Tue Mar 27, 2012 8:23 am

    John, that's a very handsome crossbow, similar to some in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. I'm sure you'll have hours of satisfaction shooting it. Geezer

    stoneagebowyer
    Crossbow Junkie

    I live here!


    Crossbow JunkieI live here!

    Posts : 490
    Join date : 2011-01-12

    Re: Just bought my first crossbow

    Post by stoneagebowyer on Tue Mar 27, 2012 8:25 am

    I think my post vanished when Geezer hit his send button. A very handsome weapon indeed. I hope you can post some observations on how it performs on the range.

    Dane

    Geezer
    Master Crossbowyer
    Master Crossbowyer

    Posts : 882
    Join date : 2010-01-12
    Age : 68
    Location : Austin, Texas, USA

    Re: Just bought my first crossbow

    Post by Geezer on Tue Mar 27, 2012 1:37 pm

    Yes, I'll admit it. I have a specially designed posting program that deletes others' posts. Clever devil, aren't I?
    Geezer

    stoneagebowyer
    Crossbow Junkie

    I live here!


    Crossbow JunkieI live here!

    Posts : 490
    Join date : 2011-01-12

    Re: Just bought my first crossbow

    Post by stoneagebowyer on Tue Mar 27, 2012 1:53 pm

    You are pure evil, Mr. Watson Smile

    Dane

    stoneagebowyer
    Crossbow Junkie

    I live here!


    Crossbow JunkieI live here!

    Posts : 490
    Join date : 2011-01-12

    Re: Just bought my first crossbow

    Post by stoneagebowyer on Tue Mar 27, 2012 2:09 pm

    John, btw, I have been trying (still without luck thus far) to find information on medieval crossbow competitions, such as they held in the days of city crossbow guilds in differnet parts of Europe, and still being held in Italy. The targets are pretty facinating, and look to be small cross sections of logs with an addtional even smaller log or sapling that juts out of the center of the main round.

    I just recieved a book by Jans Sensfelder, Crossbows in the Royal Netherlands Army Museum. He discusses such companies or guilds of crossbowmen, and states that at one tournament in Munich, where the targets were between 121mm and 181mm (4.76" to 7.12"), at a distance of 115 to 126 paces. That is some shooting! Another German competition in the 1400s had 12" targets to begin with, and they became smaller as shooters were eliminated, and were placed 110 to 135 paces.

    Pretty amazing, I think. How much fun would it be to have such an event today? I am workiing on having one at my shooting club, perhaps even this October.

    Better go practice.

    Dane

    Nice John
    Fresh Blood

    Doesn't mean
    I'm new to crossbows


    Fresh Blood Doesn't meanI'm new to crossbows

    Posts : 11
    Join date : 2012-03-25
    Age : 69
    Location : Derby UK

    Re: Just bought my first crossbow

    Post by Nice John on Tue Mar 27, 2012 4:04 pm

    Dane

    I would really enjoy watching / taking part in such a competition. I'm finding it difficult to find clubs etc that will even accept crossbows in their premises such is the attitude towards them. But persevere I will it's early days yet.
    The more I read the various articles on this site the more I want to have a go at making my own bow.

    John

    stoneagebowyer
    Crossbow Junkie

    I live here!


    Crossbow JunkieI live here!

    Posts : 490
    Join date : 2011-01-12

    Re: Just bought my first crossbow

    Post by stoneagebowyer on Wed Mar 28, 2012 2:59 am

    John, I highly recommend you contact http://www.englishwarbowsociety.com/. They have to face much the same issues as crossbow shooters, not being able to shoot at clubs because of the power of the bows and prejudices against them, etc. I imagine you will find like minded, cool people who would help you find a friendly shooting facility near you, too.

    http://www.primitivearcher.com/smf/index.php/topic,7943.0.html is a link to the Primitive Archery and Atlatl Society. Again, in England, and they seem a fine bunch. They too may help you.

    Dane

    Nice John
    Fresh Blood

    Doesn't mean
    I'm new to crossbows


    Fresh Blood Doesn't meanI'm new to crossbows

    Posts : 11
    Join date : 2012-03-25
    Age : 69
    Location : Derby UK

    Re: Just bought my first crossbow

    Post by Nice John on Tue Apr 03, 2012 3:33 am

    I took my bow to a local supplier and was met with "Oh we don't like to let steel prod bows use the range they are too prone to breaking and can be dangerous."

    How true is this? Have I bought a bow that can't be used on a regular basis? Or was he trying however gently towards purchasing a modern bow?

    Thanks for your thoughts.

    John

    Geezer
    Master Crossbowyer
    Master Crossbowyer

    Posts : 882
    Join date : 2010-01-12
    Age : 68
    Location : Austin, Texas, USA

    Re: Just bought my first crossbow

    Post by Geezer on Tue Apr 03, 2012 6:37 am

    John: Geezer here concerning steel bows. I have been making crossbows for over thirty years, that's hundreds of crossbows, and perhaps a third of those have got steel prods. To this day I don't know of ANY steel bows that have broken on my bows. We have bent a lot of aluminum-alloy bows and broken a few, (though none with any injury beyond a nicked finger that required a bandaid) but NONE in steel.
    Does that mean steel prods can't break? Certainly not, and I have heard a rumor of at least one home-made heavy steel prod at a European meet that broke with disastrous results. I get all my steel prods from two professional sources: Alchem and Darkwood. You might ask them direct about breakage... As I recall, Jim Koch at Alchem once told me that had some problems in his first few years of manufacture, so maybe they broke a few.
    In my personal experience, a properly made steel prod is no more likely to break than fiberglass or wood, and less likely than aluminum. If you put a leather 'sicher' strap down the back of your steel prod, you can reduce the risk of catastrophic failure to close to zero.
    On the other hand, I can say the prejudice against crossbows, particularly in English speaking countries is widespread. I run into it all the time... just part of the job.
    Geezer.

    Nice John
    Fresh Blood

    Doesn't mean
    I'm new to crossbows


    Fresh Blood Doesn't meanI'm new to crossbows

    Posts : 11
    Join date : 2012-03-25
    Age : 69
    Location : Derby UK

    Re: Just bought my first crossbow

    Post by Nice John on Tue Apr 03, 2012 9:27 am

    Geezer: Many thanks for taking the time to put my mind at rest - I will look into adding a sicher down the prod.

    Thanks again
    John

    stoneagebowyer
    Crossbow Junkie

    I live here!


    Crossbow JunkieI live here!

    Posts : 490
    Join date : 2011-01-12

    Re: Just bought my first crossbow

    Post by stoneagebowyer on Tue Apr 03, 2012 9:29 am

    I think it is pure nonsense from this fellow. Wooden bows are far more likely to break, but injuries are very rare even then with wood splinter flying everywhere. I would say a shattered carbon arrow is much more dangerous than any catastrophic bow failure in any material. Keep looking for friendly ranges, John, and do contact the two organizations I linked to find like minded people who may help you find a good venue.

    Sponsored content

    Re: Just bought my first crossbow

    Post by Sponsored content Today at 6:01 pm


      Current date/time is Fri Dec 09, 2016 6:01 pm