Twin crossbows? ( WAAAYYY off this topic )
- ok .....( put your hypothetical thinking cap on ) ;)
If the space on the line was available....
and you had more than one crossbow....
( say four, five, six or more..... )
Could you cock and load multiple crossbows
each with one bolt,
and shoot each crossbow in turn, then pick up the next
and so on.... ( for a speed round? )
Please, understand that this is REALLY hypothetical.
I'm not suggesting that anyone do this.
I would imagine that you could have a skilled crossbowman
shooting while an assistant loaded in a period siege.
- Jim: That was exactly my scheme, I've got enough bows to do it, at
least until I sell off one or two of the midrange ones. I've done it in
practice, and providing you have an exceedingly clueful loading crew, it
works fine, but you're limited to getting off the number of bolts you
have bows to launch. (Most of my "permanent collection" require
mechanical help to span, and are a strictly one shot proposition in
speed rounds.) If you had a number of lighter crossbows, and enough
bodies to have one handing you a bow as another cocked a different one,
you could probably get off a fair number of bolts. (or one designated
"hander" and a loader for each bow.)
However, given the triggers on most "period" style crossbows, I'm a
little leery of encouraging this sort of insanity. Fortunately the cost
of a suite of bows to do it is a limiting factor, but I'd be worried
about somebody bumping into the sear bar on transfer, or getting their
hands through the string in a rush, and so doing themselves an injury.
(Most of my big bows have guarded set locks, so they're not nearly as
"hair triggered", even though they are *literally* "hair triggered". )
I guess this is a case of me wanting to play, because I know *I'm* safe,
but doubting anybody else's ability to keep from doing something dumb.
(Mundanely, I teach metalsmithing. Teaching a hands-on course that
involves blowtorches, molten metal, and heavy machine tools will make
*anybody* a bit cynical on the "clue factor" of the generic American.)
So the short answer is that it is possible, has been done, and is lots
But I'm not sure if it should be encouraged...the cynical range
officer's hackles are starting to bristle at the thought... The one
time I tried it (in practice), it was allegedly legal, but that's been a
while. (?6? years?) (It's actually hard to be accurate when doing it, as
every shot is done with a different bow, of different poundages, and
with different sight pictures. (And in my case, with different bolts for
some of them as well.))
(The "sick idea" of the original twin crossbow post was using the twin
for the last two, and actually trying the "crew served archer" stunt at
a real event.)
If you manage to get away with it at a real event, let me know, eh?
(The guardhouse lawyer in me just *loves* precedent...)
JimHart ConalO'hAirt wrote:
> From: "JimHart ConalO'hAirt" <ohairt@...>
> ok .....( put your hypothetical thinking cap on ) ;)
> If the space on the line was available....
> and you had more than one crossbow....
> ( say four, five, six or more..... )
> Could you cock and load multiple crossbows
> each with one bolt,
> and shoot each crossbow in turn, then pick up the next
> and so on.... ( for a speed round? )
> Please, understand that this is REALLY hypothetical.
> I'm not suggesting that anyone do this.
> I would imagine that you could have a skilled crossbowman
> shooting while an assistant loaded in a period siege.