Repeating crossbow plans

Please check your email. The bow was made either of one stout piece of male bamboo, about 3 ft. The trigger consists of a little piece of hard wood. HERE we have surely the most curious of all the weapons I have described.

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The lever that works the crossbow. You will also be receiving the weekly Make: From this description, it will be understood how simple and rapid is the action of the crossbow. The interesting and unique feature of this crossbow is its repeating action, which though so crudely simple acts perfectly and enables the crossbowman to discharge ten arrows in fifteen seconds. By pulling back the lever a little farther than reoeating in this sketch, the crossbwo end of the trigger will be pressed against the surface of the stock of the crossbow.

The trigger works in an upright slot. The trigger, as its lowest extremity is pressed against the surface of the stock by the action of the lever lifts the bow-string out of the notch.

The arrow is then discharged and the crossbow returns to the position shown in fig. For the same reason, the width of the magazine-inside-was slightly in excess of the diameter of the arrow. The magazine in which the ten or twelve small arrows are laid one on the other when the weapon is made ready for use. When bows, and crossbows which shot one bolt at a time, were the usual missive weapons of the Chinese, it is probable that the repeating crossbow was very effective for stopping the rush of an enemy in the open, or for defending fortified positions.

The effect of a continuous stream of a thousand arrows flying into a crowd of assailants-in so short a space as fifteen seconds-would, of course, be infinitely greater than that of only two hundred in the same time, especially as the arrows of barbaric nations were often smeared with poison.

By a slight alteration in the construction of the crossbow it was sometimes made to shoot two arrows, instead of one, every time its bow recoiled.

Repeating Crossbow Plans

Sign up for the Make: The length of the arrow was from 12 in. They had no feathers, so that their freedom of movement might not be impeded as they dropped one by crossbod from the magazine when the crossbow was being used.

Welcome to the Make: The lever is hinged to the stock of the crossbow and its magazine by metal pins, fig. All that need be done to shoot off the arrows contained in its repeeating, is to work the lever to and fro as slowly or as quickly as desired.

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Our editors will review your materials and follow up with you via email as soon as possible. The effective range of these Chinese weapons was about 80 yards; their extreme range from to yards.

In the latter case, the bow-string passed through a hole in each end of the bow, fig. The piece of wood along the upper surface of which a groove is cut. Newsletter Stay inspired, keep making.

Send this to a friend Your email Recipient email Send Cancel. Subscribe to Make Magazine Today! When the lever is fully pulled back the trigger pushes the stretched bow-string upwards out of the notch that holds it, B, fig.

DIY repeating crossbow

The bamboo arrows, though short and light, were well made and had steel heads that were heavy in proportion to the length of their shafts. At the moment when the bow-string is thus secured, an arrow falls from the magazine into the groove cut out in front of the notch.

The Chu-Ko-Nu is a 2,year-old Chinese repeating crossbow featuring a shot magazine. Sign In Don't have an account? It is even possible to discharge a dozen arrows in fifteen seconds.

It will be seen that an arrow cannot drop down from the magazine into the plzns along which the bow-string travels till the latter is in the notch above the trigger, as shown in A, fig. In the meantime, keep making stuff!

Though the antiquity of the repeating crossbow is so great that the date of its introduction is beyond conjecture, it is to this day carried by Chinese soldiers in the more remote districts of their empire. The magazine had a thin crossbod down its centre which divided it into two compartments.

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