It’s easy to be fascinated with crossbows. There’s something about this medieval weapon that makes us spend hours online devouring crossbow plans & pictures. If you’re like most people, plans and pictures are better than pure text especially if you’re just starting to read about them. This is the reason why we decided to put up this guide using plans & pictures.
Parts of a crossbow:
As you can probably see, a crossbow is really very simple. Let’s take a look at each part.
- The prod that holds the string or creates tension that launches the projectile depending on the design.
- The stirrup where you can place your foot when drawing back the string.
- The string that launches the projectile.
- The bolt which is the projectile.
- The trigger that releases the hold on the string to launch the projectile.
- The stock that serves as the body of the crossbow.
- The crannequin that draws the string.
- The nut that is a part of the trigger mechanism.
Some of these parts are not used anymore in modern crossbows. The basic parts nowadays are just the prod, stirrup, bolt, trigger and stock.
They’re used for war.
The crossbow was a favorite weapon during ancient times. How can you go wrong with a weapon that has the accuracy and stopping power needed to win wars? They can also easily pierce through body armors. This is the reason why it tickled the fancy of Leonardo da Vinci as a military engineer when he came up with a design for a giant crossbow in the late 1400’s.
They’re used for hunting.
Even rifle purists can’t deny the fact that crossbows are very powerful and accurate. This is why more and more people are discovering the benefits of using them for hunting. You will need the accuracy to hunt smaller bucks that are around 200 yards from you. On the other hand, you will need the power to take down these animals:
If you need to take down larger animals, you would need crossbows with a high draw weight. For example, a 225 pound draw weight was used to take down the elephant while a 200 pound draw weight was used to take down the bison. The weight of the bolts should also be considered. The heavier bolts and draw weights, the better. You may also need to get really close for maximum power. In fact, the elephant was probably shot at around 30 yards. This is why it’s not recommended for beginners.
But don’t worry; you can start regardless of your age or sex. Yes, even if you’re a 5 year old girl.
Using a 150 pound draw weight crossbow, she was able to take down a relatively big buck.
If you plan on hunting animals with your crossbow, it’s best to know the animal that you’re planning to hunt. You have to know the “kill zones” to make the kill humane.
You can make your own crossbow.
There are a lot of ways on how to make your own. While they won’t have the power to take down a bison or an elephant, they’re still very powerful and you can use them for target practice or hunting small animals.
This one was made using pencils and a few rubber bands.
This one was made using wooden skewers.
This was made of wooden blocks and this would require more work because it’s more powerful.
Hopefully, you learned a lot with these crossbow plans & pictures. Now that you know the basic information about them, you can go ahead and start making your own!