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    Anybody know what happen to Jayhawk Archery of Goddard Kansas USA??

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    Post by Bighead on Mon Jan 06, 2014 9:32 pm

    In 1969( in 9th. Grade) I made a nice crossbow with a kit from this company. I brought my wood and used their kit . I still have the direction .
    The bow was 7178 T6 aluminum alloy,bowstring was 650 pound test galvanized steel cable. Tigger unknown . Funny I ended up
    working for Alcoa Hard Alcoa . One of our alloy is 7178 . Thanks in Advance. (Mike) Bighead
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    Post by Gnome on Tue Jan 07, 2014 6:01 am

    Welcome to the forum, Mike. I'm also curious about what happened to this company- I did some searching a few years back and came up with nada. My first crossbow that I've had since I was a kid was built by my brother from one of these kits. I imagine, that like a lot of mom&pop outfits, it may have ceased to exist when mom&pop couldn't or didn't want to do it anymore.
    The one I have still functions, though no longer with the original steel cable, and no longer anywhere near the original 80 or so pound pull- my aluminum prod got softer and took more set with use, instead of cracking and breaking and putting my eye out like many did, or so I hear.
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    Post by Geezer on Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:43 am

    Geezer here, concerning Jayhawk Archery.  Years ago, when I started making medieval crossbows, I bought my aluminum prods from Jayhawk Archery, then located in Oklahoma.  After a few years of production, I got a notice from the mom and pop outfit that was Jayhawk that they were going out of business.  As I recall Pop died, and mom was doin' poorly, as the old folks would say.  (This would be @ 1983 or 84)  They were looking for somebody to buy their tools, sales lists, etc. I couldn't afford to buy them out, but I did buy the rest of their in-stock prods. Eventually, I heard from the new owners of Jayhawk, but in the interim I had started making my own aluminum prods.   Nowadays, I buy my aluminum prods (it's 7076-T6, in 190 thousandths of an inch, in case you wonder) from Darkwood Armoury in Mississippi. Their prods should drop right into you old Jayhawk kit-bow, though they're not made with a hole through the middle. You'll have to do that yourself.  Geezer.
    ps: there was another company making a similar product in Petaluma California.  No doubt they're long-gone as well.  Geezer
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    Post by Bighead on Tue Jan 07, 2014 8:42 am

    You guys are the best . I know I will love this site with members like this.Bighead
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    Post by Dartknight74 on Fri Jul 11, 2014 9:51 pm

    Made my Jayhawk crossbow in Jr. High Wood Shop... aluminum bolts were unheard of then... handily shredded the cedar target arrows which were readily available....lol. Wish I still had it.

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