Dealing with personal issues and looking for job has taken its toll, so my time or interest for this project has been kinda of gone. Feeling better now and accepting my fate as unemployed for now made some time for crafting.
Well here's where we got at first:
Just a simple cheek rest and arrow rest besides little fine tuning here and there. Also cut of the excess material on bolts and this is how it looks like on top:
Then we get to the reload mechanism. Well where should I start from... It makes the weapon look pretty weird to be honest and unfortunately is full of issues. Didn't finish it yet, but not sure if I will even. First off here are the pics:
So the good things first:
-It does make cocking it easier, at least with low poundage (tested with rubber).
And the downsides:
-Ruins the ergonomics, very little space around the pistol grip and the arms pulling the string lessen that space even further.
-Major difficulties having the loading arms staying apart from each other instead of being squashed against the body. Properly made metal arms would help with this, but still unsure if it would help all that much.
-I thought it could be used by pressing the stock against the ground and using your body mass to pull down the string. Sure it works, the lever just hits the ground before the weapon is spanned, forcing you to tilt the weapon forward.
-Looks pretty weird.
So I'm pretty unsure if I should put time and effort into trying to fix something that may never work or just leave it be as it is now, without the whole cocking mechanism thing. It would make it pretty useless though, because cocking it without any sort of aid is painful and I could just go back and use the original Cobra pistol crossbow body. Another design that worked in theory but not in practice, I guess this happens when building stuff!