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.
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.
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.
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.