Buying a Good Medieval Crossbow

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Buying a Good Medieval Crossbow

Post by Wolfblade » Fri Mar 16, 2012 8:04 pm

A bit of a shot in the dark, but could any of the esteemed archers of this forum provide me some pointers in purchasing a proper functional crossbow built in medieval fashion?

I've seen the models on By-The-Sword and the like for around $200, but I'd like to know whether these are actually decent, and whether I should simply save the money for a piece from say, New World Arbalest.
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Re: Buying a Good Medieval Crossbow

Post by Lightly » Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:03 am

I am not unbiased! And, I am the Journeyperson to David Watson at New World Arbalest. Of course, I recommend that you save and buy one from us! We do authentic designs, and we have a lifetime guarantee.

I hope to make a "Zombie Bow" available in the next year, which, will be one of our patterns, (the western 2C) but, with a few extras. In my copious spare time... Heh!

But, I have been asked so often.... so, it may be time to whip up a few, see how they fly...

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Re: Buying a Good Medieval Crossbow

Post by majorhavoc » Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:39 am

Here's the link to the maker Lightly works for.

http://www.crossbows.net/index.php

To my untrained eyes those period crossbows look very well made and seem like a bargain for $220 to $415 before various upgrades.

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Re: Buying a Good Medieval Crossbow

Post by gallowglas » Sun Dec 02, 2012 6:10 pm

I can vouch for Lightly's work. I purchased one that she had made. The work is good and the communication with the company/maker is excellent.

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Re: Buying a Good Medieval Crossbow

Post by ninja-elbow » Mon Dec 03, 2012 2:42 pm

I was going to say "New World Arbalest" but ... well ... see above. :)

I do not own one yet. I know some old SCA friends of mine that have one or two. Well liked. Some would say "the only game in town", but when I say that I mean that in the most positive way.
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Re: Buying a Good Medieval Crossbow

Post by azrael99 » Sat Dec 08, 2012 11:26 pm

well thank a lot. i was wondering where i could find one of those,

i really love their design and they look affordable.

200Lb crossbow would be great. i want one.
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Re: Buying a Good Medieval Crossbow

Post by Wolfblade » Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:27 pm

So pleasant to return and find this thread had finally been answered! :mrgreen: Looks like New World Arbalest will be going on my list for when I finally have the funds.
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Re: Buying a Good Medieval Crossbow

Post by Stonedog » Wed Dec 12, 2012 8:53 am

Buy the components from Alchem or another like company and build your own....it's fun, gets you the crossbow and you can be proud of doing it!

Plus, it saves you money!

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Re: Buying a Good Medieval Crossbow

Post by gallowglas » Sun Jun 16, 2013 3:14 pm

Rather than start a new thread.

This is the crossbow I got from New World Arbelest. My husband finally finished the display/storage for it. It is a little weird since the only place that had a spot to hang it was by my bed.

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Re: Buying a Good Medieval Crossbow

Post by Ad'lan » Sun Jun 16, 2013 3:59 pm

Seems an eminently sensible place to keep it, cross bow quarrels are on the quintessential Medieval ladies grocery list from the Paston Letters.

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Re: Buying a Good Medieval Crossbow

Post by gallowglas » Sun Jun 16, 2013 4:47 pm

It shoots fine.

I am having a blast shooting it.

Crossbows are different from rifles in that it jumps rather than kicks.

My neighbors sent their friend to shoot it and they are somewhat handy, as it my husband, so they are discussing making on, or a slingshot crossbow.

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