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    Cocobolo pistolbow unique trigger design

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    Cocobolo pistolbow unique trigger design

    Post by actionbow on Tue Sep 18, 2012 2:20 pm

    This bow is about 80lbs @ 6" and was made to shoot shoot those cheap Chinese two fletch darts that come in dozens. The trigger is a new design for me. Its basically just a wheel with a slot for the arrow and a notch for the string. Its a dangerous trigger design but I have added an anti dry fire mechanism which will not allow the bow to be fired unless the arrow is pushed back into a solid click point. It works flawlessly. I can load an arrow and pull the trigger or bump the string and it just stops with about 1/4" travel making a very reassuring tick sound. Once the arrow is pushed back its ready to go. It has never misfired or dry fired as a result and I think an extra safety would just get in the way of the elegance of its current operation. The bow is (belly to back) cocobolo, Osage, tonkin cane, action bamboo and thick bowtuff glass all glued with ea40 in my recurve 16" form.

    It shoots fast, dead straight and quiet. I can stand 50' away and confidently hit a 5" target with a decent arrow. This has been the real problem. The aluminum arrows get destroyed with the PVC fletches flying off about every other shot. I then pin and glue them which gives me a pretty decent arrow. My best results have been adding a short section of wood into the darts and some tape to widen the fletches. I made a 9" broad head arrow which is my favorite to shoot. It goes through 10 layers of cardboard and sticks into the plywood backing. The trigger is so smooth and easy to pull it feels like the string isn't even cocked. I am very happy with this bow and could see taking small game up to turkey size with it provided I can get close enough.

    Thanks for looking and let me know if my drop ox link works here...
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    Re: Cocobolo pistolbow unique trigger design

    Post by kenh on Tue Sep 18, 2012 6:37 pm

    Really nice design, and an interesting lock too.
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    Re: Cocobolo pistolbow unique trigger design

    Post by actionbow on Wed Sep 19, 2012 9:20 am

    I had my doubts about the lock style but it really works like a charm. I had the idea when making the last chukonu. I thought, if only there were a little wheel to keep the string from wearing out over the wood catch edge...

    Without the anti dryfire mechanism I think the string would jump the bolt but as it is it guides the string right into the bolt's center giving it nowhere else to go. It is the smoothest trigger I have ever constructed.
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    Re: Cocobolo pistolbow unique trigger design

    Post by actionbow on Thu Sep 20, 2012 5:20 pm

    Pistolbow grouping from 50 feet. Not too shabby.
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    Re: Cocobolo pistolbow unique trigger design

    Post by olrono on Thu Sep 20, 2012 10:31 pm

    This is the nicest pistol crossbow I have seen! And having such a good trigger release to boot!
    I nominate this as the "first picture in the crossbow gallery"! Wink
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    Re: Cocobolo pistolbow unique trigger design

    Post by actionbow on Thu Sep 20, 2012 10:35 pm

    Aww shucks! Thanks. I am really happy with it. Also, I can't stop shooting it which tells me it's a good one. cyclops
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    Re: Cocobolo pistolbow unique trigger design

    Post by olrono on Thu Sep 20, 2012 11:03 pm

    I really don't know if they will make a "gallery" or not, but I down loaded your page of all your photos of it to my own personal gallery collection. I really don't construct crossbows, but I come here to admire them. Very Happy

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