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Tod of www.todsworkshop.com discussing and demonstrating a powerful medieval military crossbow, spanned by windlass. Rate of fire tested and, for the first time, distance!
Draw weight 1250lbs = 567kg
Bolt weight 3.1oz = 88g
Spring steel bow prod. Steel fittings. Ash stock. Linen string.
Slow motion: https://youtu.be/MMoL_SBD6gw?t=408
Distance test: https://youtu.be/MMoL_SBD6gw?t=605
1st bolt 227yds = 207.5m
2nd bolt 235 yds = 214.8m
For the record...
The shooting was done on a private estate and when actually shooting the road was closed, we had spotters out and no people or moving vehicles were there when we were shooting. The (unoccupied) parked vehicles are around 30m off the shooting line with two lines of trees between them and us, which I felt to be safe.
Music: Angevin 120 loop by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
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https://todcutler.com for budget medieval knives
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