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    Medieval Battle Crossbow Circa 1400

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    Medieval Battle Crossbow Circa 1400

    Post by Taxus on Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:09 am

    This was my first proper build of a Medieval style crossbow . It's a simple design meant to represent 'munitions grade' bows as used by soldiers and townsmen for local defence from around 1400, not long after the introduction of steel bows.





    I went with a relatively low power bow and used an axle for the nut for simplicity so this is more medieval style as the draw weight is too low for a proper battle crossbow.



    It draws about 170lb at 5 1/2 inches.
    The tiller is 34 inches long and is made of European Ash and the nut made of buffalo horn (since replaced with antler)
    The steel bow/prod came from Todsstuff and is very similar to medieval bows and tapers in width gently to the tips. Also has hand forged rolled ends.



    Looking back it's a bit bulky in the tiller, and could do with being a bit narrower around the bow socket, but I've had good results shooting it in terms of range and accuracy.
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    Re: Medieval Battle Crossbow Circa 1400

    Post by shiloh on Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:39 am

    "Looking back it's a bit bulky in the tiller, and could do with being a bit narrower around the bow socket,..."


    I think it looks awesome, and probably lots of fun to shoot. What did you use to make the string?.

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    Re: Medieval Battle Crossbow Circa 1400

    Post by ferdinand on Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:58 am

    Great job! Nice and clean looking crossbow!
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    Re: Medieval Battle Crossbow Circa 1400

    Post by Todd the archer on Thu Jan 31, 2013 12:00 pm

    Nice, something about it's basic simplicity makes it beautiful.



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    Re: Medieval Battle Crossbow Circa 1400

    Post by Taxus on Thu Jan 31, 2013 12:51 pm

    Thanks for comments everyone.

    Shiloh, the string is made from 8/2 linen thread,and also my first attempt at making a string.

    It is good fun to shoot, and probably as close as I'll get to shooting a war crossbow!

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    Re: Medieval Battle Crossbow Circa 1400

    Post by chaz on Fri Feb 01, 2013 5:57 am

    Taxus,

    Your bow has a very artful simplicity to it ,,,,,,, well executed ! Did you makes bolts as well ?

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    Re: Medieval Battle Crossbow Circa 1400

    Post by Taxus on Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:21 am

    Thanks Chaz. I find the miltary style of crossbow one of the most interesting, though there seem to be very few handheld bows of this type that survive to this day.

    I did indeed make some bolts too, here is a photo of one of the military type bolts I made to go with this bow..



    12 inches long, ash shaft and 250 grain bodkin head.

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    Re: Medieval Battle Crossbow Circa 1400

    Post by chaz on Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:36 am

    Taxus,

    Nice job ! How long is the bolt and what diameter ?

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    Re: Medieval Battle Crossbow Circa 1400

    Post by Taxus on Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:59 am

    The diameter is 1/2 inch, length 12" and overall weight 38g.

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    Re: Medieval Battle Crossbow Circa 1400

    Post by chaz on Fri Feb 01, 2013 8:06 am

    Nice.......ought to do the job !

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