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beaverbutt8
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Chinese crossbow
Oct 11th, 2005 at 3:10pm
 
Hey guys,

can you tell me anything you know about making a chinese "repeating" crossbow??

Thanks


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Re: Chinese crossbow
Reply #1 - Oct 11th, 2005 at 3:16pm
 
1. Draw back crossbow string.
2. Put bolt in groove of crossbow.
3. Aim crossbow.
4. Shoot bolt at target.
5. Repeat! Grin

I'm just fooling around, but is there such a thing as a repeating crossbow?
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Reply #2 - Oct 11th, 2005 at 3:17pm
 
Yeah, the chinese used it, it's a little crossbow with a wooden prod. It has a lever that is attatched to the string that you cock ( i think ). Thats all i know
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Reply #3 - Oct 11th, 2005 at 7:21pm
 
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Reply #4 - Oct 11th, 2005 at 7:37pm
 
Maybe this can help.

www.chinahistoryforum.com

After that go to 'ancient chinese arsenal' , next enter the word 'repeating crossbow' in the 'search forum' box.
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Reply #5 - Oct 11th, 2005 at 10:54pm
 
I have seen pictures of the chinese repeating crossbow.  It has a magazine on top of the bow string.  After each shot the shooter would pull back the entire magazine with the bow string.  The action would load the next arrow.  It is not very strong and has very limited range.  Most repeating corssbowmen would use poisonious darts to make their weapons lethal.
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Reply #6 - Oct 11th, 2005 at 10:58pm
 
From looking at the thing, it appeared as though it had a draw wieght of no more than 30 lbs  Tongue AND THEY DARE TO CALL IT A CROSSBOW!  Angry Angry 

Just kidding. I still like the idea of a "repeating" crossbow. 2 seconds to reload beats 30  Tongue
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Re: Chinese crossbow
Reply #8 - Oct 12th, 2005 at 11:48am
 
that's very neat - love the chap's reconstruction.
Integral cocking lever that automatically loads next bolt.

Put it this way at 30lbs draw weight I'd use a slim solid steel dart, very very sharp, good penetration. Nice piece of kit.
The mediaval equivalent of a bolt action carbine.
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Reply #9 - Oct 12th, 2005 at 2:14pm
 
What about accuracy??? How the H#@* do those darts fly in a strait line if they're unfletched??  Undecided

BTW, the display picture of the guy who reconstucted that that is... quite amusing  Grin Grin Grin
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Reply #10 - Oct 12th, 2005 at 5:42pm
 
i think english was talking about this a while back. Haha i wonder where he got himself off to? i am happy there is not more tech english brawls going on, but i miss all the cool things he made. Smiley
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Reply #11 - Oct 12th, 2005 at 7:50pm
 
Chinese repeating crossbow is not as accurate a single shot crossbow.Because the bolts are unfletched,they have weighted points or spiral cut along the bolt body.
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Reply #12 - Oct 12th, 2005 at 8:11pm
 
I miss english too.  I remember when I would have an idea, he would be the first person to point out the problems and suggest what he would have done. Cry Grin
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Reply #13 - Oct 12th, 2005 at 8:54pm
 
Heh, yea, i made that sucker once. I didn't have that serious engineering attitude towards the crossbow as the guy in the links had, i just took whatever scrap wood was lying around, cut out rough details with figure saw. Had to correct the design as i went, but it turned out as a working crossbow.

And the lever mechanism gives a rough 3:1 advantage when cocking the bow, so you can use a 90lbs prod and be pulling back something like 30lbs. Still not much of a warbow, but better than just plain 30lbs. Mine has been used with bows from 29lbs- 60lbs.

Rate of fire is simply amazing- 1shot/second. A real machine gun. Accuracy is an issue, though, but sacrifices have to be made. And i used it in LARP (live action role playing game), where ranged weapons rarely get used at distances exceeding 25m- a devastating machine it proved to be.

Now just imagine some , say, 200 crossbowmen with these babies- 2000 missles in 10 seconds. Now that is some serious target saturation!  Shocked


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Reply #14 - Oct 12th, 2005 at 9:23pm
 
Nice crossbow  Cheesy

What kind of wood do you use for the prod??  ???
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