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Even the most modern crossbow is reminder of the history of this fascinating weapon. Though as a modern archer you may have very different goals than ancient crossbowmen, the technology is remarkably unchanged across many thousands of years. We've provided you with a little information on crossbow design and variations here: maybe you're already an expert or maybe you'll learn something interesting about crossbow history. When you're done, head to our auction pages to find you own crossbow, whether you're looking for a modern hunting bow or a collectible.
Crossbows Through the Ages
Crossbows consist of a horizontal bow mounted on a stock. While very light crossbows may be drawn by hand, heavier versions use windlasses to pull the bowstring back and secure it until the archer is ready to fire. Pistol crossbows can be held and operated by one hand, while other variations like recurve crossbows have increased accuracy and power. Compound crossbows operate similarly to compound bows, using a lever system of pulleys and cables to bend the limbs.
Crossbows have existed for many centuries across the world. Though their design varied from culture to culture, evidence of crossbow use has been confirmed in ancient China, the Middle East, parts of Africa, and among Inuit tribes in North America. In Medieval Europe the crossbow was primarily a hunting weapon until it replaced long bows in battles. The long bow had comparable accuracy and a faster shooting rate, but took years to master whereas uneducated troops could be trained on crossbows within a week.
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