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14th century crossbow

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This crossbow is made after several 14th century originals and images. It is made of a high quality wood and is provided with a steel bow and a string made of animal skin. The crossbow is decorated with brass and is delivered including one arrow. It length is 68 cm, its width is 77 cm, it has limbs with a length of approx. 38 cm and it weighs approx. 3,5 kg. It can be drawn easily by putting the foot in the stirrup at the front of the bow.

This crossbow is made for decorative ends, it has a draw weight of approx. 20 pounds.

This item is designed for decorative purposes.

We do not sell this product to customers under the age of 18. Click here for more information on the European arms acts.

This item is produced in limited quantities only. This means that every piece is unique. Sizes & finish may vary lightly from piece to piece.

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I intended to buy this crossbow for LARP and re-enactment: which has a poundage limit on crossbows of 30lbs draw weight. At a stated 20lbs draw weight, this crossbow seemed like the perfect choice.
However, I can tell you, that whilst fully functional, the draw weight of this crossbow, to me at least, is very powerful - feeling kill-capable and, though being reasonably strong, being just able to draw it. Thus I don't recommend this crossbow to anyone doing LARP, but for target practice, long-range shooting with a LARP head or just as a prop, it is fine and sturdy crossbow.
The wheel can sometimes get stuck after a shot, but nothing a good push won't set back into place.
My biggest complaint though - despite knowing it from the image, as I'm sure others have realised, is that so-called 'stirrup' is in fact a just below palm-sized ring impossible to get your foot through; serving little purpose other than decoration and to hang the crossbow up on a hook. However, this issue can be easily resolved by loading it 'old-school' - by placing both your feet on the bow (it's steel, it can take it) and drawing it in that manner.
All in all: its a powerful and sturdy crossbow for its worth, and if you can handle its strength and lack of a stirrup, it makes a great weapon for target practice.
(NOTE: it comes with three unfletched but rather bodkin-point bolts, not one - but these bolts don't seem to get past the holding-mechanism to fit flush against the string, thus endangering their capacity to be shot safely and accurately, and have thin wooden holdings unstrengthened by horn or metal, so they could, potentially, shatter if shot)
A good crossbow, a good buy: just not entirely what you'd expect. See for yourself...

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