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    Post by blangas Sun Oct 30, 2011 12:59 pm

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    Hey all, this is my first post on this forum, but I have been visiting this site quite frequently in my quest to build a smooth functioning crossbow. Let me begin by stating what an impressive place this is, not only in terms of the wealth of information and level of craftsmanship, but also the respect and willingness to help fellow members is of the highest level.

    Okay, onto the build. I have always been fascinated with crossbows and whilst I do not hunt, the idea of building one from scratch is very appealing. There are a few reasons for this, for me at least, the main one being that these weapons have recently been prohibited in the state I live in. So of course being told that I can't have one just makes it so much more desirable and deliciously wicked to own.
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    The goal here with this build was not to get too crazy with my first effort, and make a modern pistol type crossbow that works smoothly and is also pleasing to the eye.
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    Thanks must go to weapon collector on youtube, as the basic design comes from his series of videos. Stock is simply 2 pieces of 18mm ply with a strip of 3 mm sandwiched in the middle to form the rail groove. However I did chisel this out a little wider to take the aluminium angle I used for the rails. I just like the idea of polished metal ( with rail snot applied ) for rails rather than timber. Red dot scope is an NC Star cheapy and prod is an Ebayer but both perform admirably. I have 1 of the 50lb fibre glass prods as well, however I much prefer the steel both in operation and looks.

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    Trigger and nut have had a few more tweaks from their pictured state and operate quite smoothly with a little graphite lube, however I wouldn't use this type on any higher poundages.

    I am reasonably pleased with how it turned out, but of course hind sight is 20/20 and there are few things I would do somewhat differently. So on to bigger and better things! I think a medium size maybe 120-130lbs could be the next project. First crossbow -first post ,Australia. - Page 2 2860157027
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    Post by Ivo Thu Feb 23, 2012 8:57 pm

    Welcome to the forum CoonDesign,

    blangas wrote:....

    Here's a link to that prod
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-50-lb-Crossbow-Metal-Limb-Prod-Replacement-w-String-/120490957034?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c0dd218ea

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    Google also helps > "Crossbow pistol replacement prod"

    I was asking blangas about it earlier too actually, becasue his is not like some of the ones I handled. Smile

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    Post by engineerit Thu Mar 29, 2012 3:55 am

    Hey blangas nice work on the crossbow looks sweet with the new paint job. Recon i could pick your brain for a few details?

    Was wondering how the little red dot sight goes, worth getting one do you recon?
    Also ive got the same limb for my next build just wondering what draw length you went with.

    thanks for the help in advance

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    Post by blangas Thu Mar 29, 2012 4:42 am

    Hey engineer , thanks , the paint certainly does a good job of covering up the defects in ply.
    The Red dot scope is fine just don't leave it switched on, the cheap ones like this don't have an auto shut off ( learnt this the hard way ). Don't expect anything super accurate, but for the light draw of this prod and the short distances I shoot it, I find this scope more than adequate. You can get them from ebay or optics planet I think has the best choice.
    As for the draw distance, I am away from home at the moment and can't check but I think it is 5". If you use weapon collectors template for his pistol xbow as a guide it works out just right for this prod.

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    Post by Gnome Fri Mar 30, 2012 5:21 am

    Blangas,

    I forgot how much I wanted to experiment with this little prod, I ordered a half dozen yesterday. I've got some crazy ideas cooking, a few of which I'd better work the bugs out of in miniature, in addition to a couple straight-up pistol bows. I really liked the last bow you posted, got anything new going on?

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    Post by engineerit Sat Mar 31, 2012 3:00 am

    Gnome wrote:Blangas,

    I forgot how much I wanted to experiment with this little prod, I ordered a half dozen yesterday. I've got some crazy ideas cooking, a few of which I'd better work the bugs out of in miniature, in addition to a couple straight-up pistol bows. I really liked the last bow you posted, got anything new going on?

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    Post by blangas Sat Mar 31, 2012 7:47 pm

    Hey Gnome,
    I have been thinking about my next build for while but haven't got anything set in stone as yet. I really like that 15th century tournament bow posted by nice John recently and it has inspired me to try a medieval type bow.

    But of course I will have to jazz it up a little, maybe make some sort of medieval /modern hybrid with some pointy aluminium and brass bits. But then again I love the pistol bows and I still have another 50lb prod sitting there waiting to be flexed...
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    Post by Gnome Tue Apr 03, 2012 8:49 am

    I know what you mean, I see these beautiful medieval bows folks are turning out and I start there with good intentions, but can't seem to help putting my own spin on the design. I am going to focus on simplicity, and build quality, though. I am using a tickler intstead of a modern trigger, and am not doing another thumbhole stock this time! I"d suggest we could have a "who's crossbow is cooler" contest, but I make it a rule never to engage in any competition if there is a good chance I'll lose.

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