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

Latest topics

» Draw length VS. prod length on wood prods
by OrienM Yesterday at 12:05 pm

» Medieval stirrup crossbow
by Dark Factor Yesterday at 10:37 am

» Typical dimensions of late Gothic composite bows
by Dark Factor Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:37 pm

» Reciprocating Saw?
by stuckinthemud1 Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:59 am

» Skane Lockbow replica (and making of)
by Dark Factor Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:03 am

» Help Needed with Bullet Crossbow Prod
by Crossbowmen Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:43 pm

» Leaving the prod strung?
by JacobL Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:37 pm

» Crossbow for a 8 year old kid
by Daniel Levesque Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:11 pm

» Chinese carpenter make bed crossbow, earlest repeating crossbow and chu-ko-nu
by c sitas Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:49 pm

» Linen or Hemp String
by kenh Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:47 am

» New member
by Geezer Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:00 pm

» Why the ratchet in Greek gastraphetes can hold on the string force?
by Dark Factor Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:20 pm

» How to calculate potential energy in a compound system?
by Alan Case Mon Feb 05, 2018 8:02 pm

» Nut from a pool que ball?
by chaz Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:46 am

» Great Machines
by rickraedeke Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:32 am

» Crossbow Legality Help (Canada)
by JacobL Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:31 pm

» Adding a steel sear insert?
by fester Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:53 pm

» MISFIRES! ...String passing underneath bolt!
by Anatine Duo Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:18 pm

» Best diameter delrin for nut ?
by Geezer Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:08 pm

» Opinions on this Thing?
by JacobL Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:45 pm

» Ideas and designs for a Crossbow Inside A Pipe?
by JacobL Tue Jan 09, 2018 6:38 pm

» Airsoft Crossbow, Back, and Far Better
by JacobL Tue Jan 09, 2018 6:13 pm

» Hemp cord and nut drilling?
by kenh Sat Dec 23, 2017 12:10 pm

» Making a tickler
by Geezer Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:41 pm

» has anyone checked out the sling shot channel lately?
by Andy. Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:11 pm


    My First Pistol Crossbow

    Share
    avatar
    riverwindflutes
    Fresh Blood

    Doesn't mean
    I'm new to crossbows


    Fresh Blood Doesn't meanI'm new to crossbows

    Posts : 29
    Join date : 2012-09-06
    Age : 53
    Location : New Jersey Pinelands

    My First Pistol Crossbow

    Post by riverwindflutes on Sun Oct 14, 2012 10:07 am

    [img:d09f]http://thearbalistguild.forumotion.com/[/img][img:d09f]http://thearbalistguild.forumotion.com/[/img]

    This is my first medieval style pistol crossbow, think it has around a 30 or 40 pound pull, let me know what you think, has anyone else made one like this ???, The tiller is made from poplar, the prod and the bolt holder are made from schedule 40 pvc, prod and trigger are bound with hemp, needs a little tweeking but shoots great and it's a lot of fun, and boy do the bolts shoot far !!!
    avatar
    kenh
    Crossbow Junkie

    I live here!


    Crossbow JunkieI live here!

    Posts : 755
    Join date : 2012-08-03
    Age : 69
    Location : Living Aboard a Sailboat in Fort Myers, FL

    Re: My First Pistol Crossbow

    Post by kenh on Sun Oct 14, 2012 12:23 pm

    Nice job! Seems a bit "chubby" forward of the action, but that's just my taste I suppose.

    How about some dimensions? Width and length of prod, thickness of prod stock, dimensions of tiller and action, etc.

    I'm putting together a pistolbow based on a 17th century Malay matchlock pistol stock.
    avatar
    Todd the archer
    Crossbow Junkie

    I live here!


    Crossbow JunkieI live here!

    Posts : 581
    Join date : 2010-02-25
    Age : 55
    Location : sellersville,pa.

    Re: My First Pistol Crossbow

    Post by Todd the archer on Sun Oct 14, 2012 1:52 pm

    Here is one the "Backyard Bowyer" put together.

    http://youtu.be/OWheHsz8G2M?hd=1



    Todd
    avatar
    riverwindflutes
    Fresh Blood

    Doesn't mean
    I'm new to crossbows


    Fresh Blood Doesn't meanI'm new to crossbows

    Posts : 29
    Join date : 2012-09-06
    Age : 53
    Location : New Jersey Pinelands

    Re: My First Pistol Crossbow

    Post by riverwindflutes on Sun Oct 14, 2012 1:55 pm

    Here's a link to the website i got the plans from, I modified mine just a little bit, all the dimentions are there, If you decide to make one please post some pics so we all can see.

    http://backyardbowyer.com/mini-crossbow-tutorial/
    avatar
    kenh
    Crossbow Junkie

    I live here!


    Crossbow JunkieI live here!

    Posts : 755
    Join date : 2012-08-03
    Age : 69
    Location : Living Aboard a Sailboat in Fort Myers, FL

    Re: My First Pistol Crossbow

    Post by kenh on Tue Oct 16, 2012 6:35 am

    Thanks for the link. I'll definitely be trying some PVC prods.

    His technique should make light draw 28"-30" prods as well.

    I sent him a question about the possibility of baking the PVC in an oven rather than using surface heat -- "bake at 475F for 35-40 minutes...". Also the possibility of using a two-piece mold cut from a 2x4 to flatten and curve the soft PVC rather than flattening the whole piece and then individually re-curving the tips around a pot.
    avatar
    riverwindflutes
    Fresh Blood

    Doesn't mean
    I'm new to crossbows


    Fresh Blood Doesn't meanI'm new to crossbows

    Posts : 29
    Join date : 2012-09-06
    Age : 53
    Location : New Jersey Pinelands

    Re: My First Pistol Crossbow

    Post by riverwindflutes on Tue Oct 16, 2012 4:41 pm

    I have tried to email him several times with no success, his videos are a couple years old, and am not sure if he is still making pvc bows, I also made a recurve long bow using the stove top and bend around a pot method, it's ok and will shoot an arrow but is a little miss shapen, I made the prod for the pistol crossbow using a heat gun with better luck, I'm pretty sure you can bake the pvc in an oven and then put it in a mold that would definitly give you a more consistent shape, but you have to do it quickly because it sets up pretty fast, flattening it first then trying to curving it around a pot is a bit of a pain, and sometimes takes several tries to get it right because as soon as you reheat it, it wants to puff up and return to its original round shape and is quite floppy, I also made a pvc prod around 28" long for my medieval crossbow but dont thing it will shoot more than 20 or 30 pounds, maybe if i recurve the ends I could get a little bit more out of it, was also thinking of stacking the pvc and making each one a few inches shorter than the 28" similar to how a car leafspring is stacked but havent tried it yet, Just a word of warning, pvc does put off gasses that may have carcinogens and should not be inhaled directly, but I think this is only dangerous if you are doing this process often. Please post some pictures and let us know how you make out.

    Sponsored content

    Re: My First Pistol Crossbow

    Post by Sponsored content


      Current date/time is Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:58 am