crossbows than the famous (or infamous) Cho Ko Nu Chinese Repeating
The peoples of Asia in general and China in particular
were building crossbows with sophisticated metal lock crossbows and high
powered (300#) bamboo leaf-spring prods well before the time of Christ.
For those who might be interested in such things, the Asian
Traditional Archery Network www.atarn.net
has a wealth of information just waiting to be mined. Here are just
a few topics:
Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD)
Bronze Lock Plan
Disassembled original photographed
against 1/4” grid paper for easy scaling and dimensioning.
Discussion of Building and Firing A
Replica Han Crossbow
Dynasty (1368-1644) Manuscript of Building and Using A Crossbow
The Han Dynasty lock made a comeback
during this time. They also used European lock mechanisms...