793Re: Crossbow Questions
- Sep 28, 1999Greetings:
I can say with some confidence that black Barnett pistol crossbows are
not period. In fact, other than one specific purpose built crossbow
that I know of, I know of no pistol type crossbows available for sale
that even *might* be period.
That being said, I saw once a pistol-ish crossbow that was built based
on medieval chinese plans or artifacts, and the maker mentioned also
having documentation for a pistol type crossbow found in a greco-roman
period Egypitan tomb burial. (Which would be *way* pre period for us,
but it does give you precidence.) Unfortunately, I don't remember who
the maker was, or any of the rest of the information that would enable
me to track the citation down.
(All I really remember are the specifics of the bow, and the maker's
comments, combined with the impression that my bullsh*t alarms were not activated.)
As an interesting postscript to the handicapped archer thread, the
pistol crossbow in question was built for a wheelchair archer who
couldn't fit a standard bow tiller in around the chair bits.
Alberic. (Who thinks he *may* just remember who built the thing...hummm....)
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