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A crossbow, also known as horizontal bow, is a type of weapon based on the bow and consisting of a horizontal bow-like assembly mounted on a stock. It shoots projectiles called bolts or quarrels. The medieval crossbow was called by many names, most of which were derived from the word ballista, a torsion siege engine resembling a crossbow.
Historically, crossbows played a significant role in the warfare of East Asia, Europe, and the Mediterranean. The invention of the crossbow in ancient China caused a major shift in the role of projectile weaponry. The traditional bow and arrow had long been a specialized weapon that required a considerable training, physical strength, and expertise to operate with any degree of efficiency. In many cultures, bowmen were considered a separate and superior caste, despite usually being drawn from the common class, as their archery skill-set was essentially developed from birth (similar to many horseman cultures) and was impossible to reproduce outside a pre-established cultural tradition, which many nations lacked. In contrast, the crossbow was the first projectile weapon to be simple, cheap, and physically undemanding enough to be operated by large numbers of conscript soldiers, thus enabling virtually any nation to field a potent force of ranged crossbowmen with little expense beyond the cost of the weapons themselves. In Europe, crossbows became widely used in the Early Middle Ages, and this led to the ascendancy of large mercenary armies of crossbowmen (best exemplified by the Genoese crossbowmen), and the eventual demise of the heavily armored aristocratic knight, as armies became progressively dominated by conscripts equipped with increasingly powerful ranged projectile weapons.
In modern times, crossbows have been largely supplanted by firearms in most roles, but are still widely used for shooting sports, hunting, and when shooting in relative silence is an important consideration.
I bought this brand new for an out of state hunting trip that never happened. I've only fired it a few times when sighting it in. 3 of the 4 arrows have never been fired.
The quiver attaches to the bow. You'll have to buy a cocking device. I misplaced the one I bought with the bow. They're only...
Location: Molalla, OR
Item: Crossbow Pistol, new in box (never opened). I have another one and this came as part of an SHTF box so putting up for sale here.
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Quick Questions related to the storage of crossbows. Is it preferable to remove the string for extended storage duration or is there no harm in storing one while its strung?
I thought it would be acceptable seeing how they come strung in the box (Atleast mine did). Any input from someone with...
Have a crossbow with no bolts and a chainsaw that i have had for a little over 2 years but have never used. Chainsaw is a ryobi 2 stroke motor and the crossbow is a jaguar cross bow shot about 6 times until i lost all the bolts for it. 75$ each is my asking price. Message me or comment if you...
***** Now asking only $650 ******
I have a Excalibur Matrix 380 for sale or trade. It has little use on it.
It's a "Big Game/Hunter Grade" crossbow that ia amazingly well built. It can be used to hunt all big game in the Americas and is often used to hunt deer/elk, moose/grizzly bear and even...