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Had to buy this 16th Century German Crossbow called a schnäpper

Article about: Update Gents, after 7 months of restoration the bow is fully funtional agian, having a new double string, missing parts have been handmade by a blacksmith and, the string was made by a bow e

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    Update Gents, after 7 months of restoration the bow is fully funtional agian, having a new double string, missing parts have been handmade by a blacksmith and, the string was made by a bow expert who makes his own middle age type crossbows and long bows.
    i will post pictures of the bow when ill pick it up coming sunday!
    Here a preview

    cheers,
    Ger
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    Very cool looking weapon you've got there and thanks for sharing!..
    It's a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers.



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    Looking good!
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    Always looking for Belgian Congo stuff!
    cheers
    |<ris

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    Beautiful weapon nice to see something so different

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    Quote by Adrian Stevenson View Post
    Never even seen one of these before. Interesting bit of kit. Thanks for showing it.

    Cheers, Ade.
    +1 - Very Cool

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    Just picked up the crossbow!
    One pleasant suprise was the statement from the string builder:
    I have not done exactly what you asked concerning the strenght of the double string!
    After doing some research, and talking it thru with the blacksmith, he decide to do following:
    Make a string thats not on Museum strenght, but capable of shooting a projectile!
    So.....I've tried to fire it and it realy works!!!
    Im delighted, i wasnt willing to risk a breakdown of the bow, but he insured me that it was possible.

    So i will make detailed pics of the bow tomorrow and i will explain whats been made and replaced.

    Well Gents i now have a Crossbow made in the 16th century that is capable of shooting again!!!
    This bow has unleashed a revolution on the battlefield, being capable of penetrating a harness at 400 yards, and having a very high fire rate, i think 3 shots a minute is no problem.
    I just have to take another look!
    Ger

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    Hi Ger,

    Here's a couple of accessories to go with your new bow. Please try not to damage the apple too much.....
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    Superb to see that it's been brought "back up to fighting speed" again after all these years! Great job!
    William

    "Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."

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    Well Gents here are the pics, i have made a temporary visor with a wooden ball, this should be one made of bone or Ivory.
    I just bought an old bone bead that will arrive this week, then its finished!
    Enjoy the pics!
    Ger
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    Ger glad you have it back in 1 piece & all ticky boo.."working".. It looks awesome sat on the table looking through the sights...An excellent piece of history you have there..Thanks for the top dollar photos too. Cheers Terry.

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