The history of my weapons
Originally a weapon was needed to fire Hostess King Dons at passers-by and look cool while doing it. I had always been enthused by crossbows and this sounded like a good application for one. This proved to be a sound theory. I have seen foil wrapped cakes go over 90 feet with a splat factor that is extremely satisfying. In later years I experienced a much juicier event when I loaded it with an ear of corn and fired. It spiraled like an arrow and left a trail of kernels and husk for 100 feet. To my surprise, some cobs can be a very worthy projectile. But most of it flies like corn. All of them are enjoyable.
I have been experimenting with these weapons for 13 years and have had countless hours of fun. The first time I shot a combat arrow at someone, he was running away yelling, "Youíll never hit me". I hit him dead in the butt, and sent him to ground face first. Earl never again volunteered for target duty. So I had to turn my aggression towards inanimate objects such as that abandoned van at work. The lovely sound of a 1íí arrow piercing the rear door was only surpassed by the sound of shattering glass. My favorite target however, is a 3 foot Tin Knight. When struck, sometimes the arrow would pass straight through, and other times the Knight would fold around the arrow, and tumble another 10 feet, leaving parts behind. This target also wore out quickly.
As the potency of the weapon increased, so did the reluctance of Marshals to let me shoot at their precious foam and tight bail targets. This led me to make a less damaging and coincidentally more accurate ammunition. I called it a Blunt Tip Arrow, although it would still punch through my backstop made of 50 layers of corrugated cardboard glued and pressed together at 110 yards and land beyond. I am now forced to add 3/4" plywood to the back of the cardboard to stop my arrows. The thud I get when it hits, is solidly pleasing and audible to all.
The first weapon that I ever built cost me almost nothing. All the steel parts were made from Armoring scraps. I used 1/4íí bolts because they were laying around (Donít do this. They donít do the job well and caused my stock to split.). And the rest of the materials, I had, or my friends had, in the form of scrap from some odd job. The only thing I really had to buy was ammunition supplies, and NEW rope. (Itís safer that way). The first one was made with a saber saw, a drill, a hacksaw, a hammer, and an abused pair of tin snips (they didnít start out that way). And the trigger system is still in service today on my most powerful weapon.
I mostly use this weapon for target practice (..........mostly), I take it out and shoot it at different stuff to see what happens or to a large field (2 acres or more) to see how far it will shoot. Iím always looking for some different kind of ammunition to shoot and am often modifying weapons to shoot it. I have always had fun and have never been hurt.
I have been asked many times if I was going to sell plans or weapons. Enough times to actually make this book and weapons for sale. Now that Combat Siege Weapons are growing more popular I am sure that more people will want them, and this book will save you countless hours of experimenting.
These days I am working on fine tuning my arrows, to fire correctly from my new recurve weapon. I am predicting that it will shoot over 300 yards.
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