From Dusk Till Dawn: The repeating crossbow

Discussion in 'Zombie / Prepping related stuff' started by JoergS, Jan 11, 2014.

  1. JoergS

    JoergS Administrator

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    OK, my PVR has a great auto recording function and this morning I found an uncensored Full HD rerun of Tarantino's "From Dusk Till Dawn" on it.

    Using the frame by frame function, I was able to grab some nice stills.

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    Looking at the weapon, I now believe that it is nothing else but a Chinese made "Eagle 3" aka "Man Kung" aka "Python" crossbow:

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    I reviewed it here:

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4o4ejPnXpio[/ame]

    Of course they used the wooden stock version, and altered it heavily.

    Most importantly, they added a pump action slide to the underside of the weapon.

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    It is supposed to cock the crossbow, which seemed to be as easy as cocking an ordinary pump gun (the teenage Juliette Lewis had no problems) - in reality, the 150 lb draw force would be a serious issue (read: impossible to do even for strong men).

    While the weapon has six arrows mounted to the top of the weapon, these seem to be entirely for reserve (quiver) purposes, unconnected to the repeating action. They stay the same throughout the whole movie in any case.

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    When the slide is moved all the way to the front, the next arrow is fed from below up into the groove, right into the shooting position - just like your typical semi auto firearms magazine would work.

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    Of course if you really look at these pictures, you will immediately see that this "magazine" would not even have room for two arrows. The fiber glass prod would simply be in the way.

    CONCLUSION:

    This whole thing clearly is a movie prop. I believe it is still a functional crossbow, maybe with a very weak prod in order to make the filming more safe. But the repeating action is entirely fake.

    I made a functional repeater from the very same weapon as a base, but I had to add a magazine that was attached ON TOP of the weapon (the only direction where there was nothing in the way), and also I had to keep using the direct string draw method - pump action is just not powerful enough.

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jSOSTGjql8[/ame]

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxblFtlL1YI[/ame]

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBSQgrOKE-4[/ame]
     
  2. coyote-1

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    That crossbow was, once upon a time, the Barnett Wildcat:

    http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1117248

    I found a broken Wildcat on the street, and have gotten a new prod for it (need the foot stirrup now).
    Barnett has of course moved on to higher tech stuff. But the basic design is good enough that it lives on in these cheap offerings.


    As for the movie, I've never seen it. But being a Quentin flick, no doubt there's a foot fetish scene in it of some sort lol
     
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  3. Couldn't you use a gear setup to "amp up" the power when you pump the weapon to reload? That might make a pump action repeater viable. Just a thought, can't wait to see this thing evolve. Epic work as always Bossman.
     
  4. coyote-1

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    That would make the pump very long, or you'd have to have a ratcheting handle that you pump many times for one shot.
     
  5. A little bulk added for the gear housing but it wouldn't change the length of draw.