Homemade "emergency/survival" Slingshot Crossbow

Discussion in 'New project ideas' started by Woodfist, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. Woodfist

    Woodfist New Member

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    Hi!<br><br>I would be interested in a homemade "emergency/survival" slingshot crossbow.<br><br>Here's a few keypoints of what it would have to be like:<br><br><i>- extremely lightweight<br>- compact / small pack size<br>- easy to deploy<br>- easy to cock (without additional tools or if injured)<br>- sturdy<br>- easy to maintain<br>- powerful enough to safely hunt with (at least small animals like rabbits, possibly deer)<br></i><br><br>I was thinking of aluminum as material and make it foldable somehow.<br>I am currently working on the design. Any ideas that could help?<br><br>Kind regards
     
  2. You may wish to make a smaller and lighter verson of Joerg's wnech operated slingshot cannon. The only problem with what you want out of a sling x-bow is the one handed cocking. Crossbows need to be quite strong to effectively take game. Though a wench system would compensate for this.
     

  3. Achso_42

    Achso_42 Senior Member

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    one foot/one hand could work for the cocking
     
  4. You can draw a 200 pound crossbow with only one hand and one foot? Impressive.
     
  5. Woodfist

    Woodfist New Member

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    I read that 80 lb is enough to hunt small game and - if you get close enough - even deer and pigs.<br><br>I own the Cobra MX-80 selfcocking Crossbow (you can google it) and I am pretty sure you could cock it with just 1 hand if practiced.<br><br>And apart from that with a clever mechanism you could cock a crossbow up to 150lb with 1 hand. Needs a bit of thinking of course...<br><br>But I am on it <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">
     
  6. 80 poounds is good for small game if you get close, but on those "pistol" sized crossbows because of the shorter accelleration they have crap power. One bounced off a tin can and hit my woman in the chest, thankfully without enough power to harm her. Those self cocking jobs are cool, remind me of a break-barrel pelet rifle, you can probably cock one with one a couple fingers and setting it against your thigh.
     
  7. Phluffy the Destroyer

    Phluffy the Destroyer New Member

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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but when you buy one of those crossbow pistols in the box, don't you have to attach the actual bow to the end of the pistol yourself? It seems to me that if you simply discarded the bow and made a replacement piece that you could attach your slingshot rubber to, then you're in business. <br><br>But Joerg has done a couple of bolt shooting slingshots and has some plans in the blueprints forum. This one is the one I'm going to try making when I get some more tools.<br><br><a href="/t2155-the-magnum-spy-pistol-tutorial">http://theslingshotforum.forumotion.com/t2155-the-magnum-spy-pistol-tutorial</a> <br><br>It needs a tool to cock the string, but as long as you are physically able to insert the tool, you can use the weight of your body against any solid object to cock it...
     
  8. Flipper

    Flipper New Member

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    I don't know about you Mike but my 80# pistol crossbow has no trouble going through thick metal tins and even sticking into bricks. My only problem is that the string wears pretty fast.
     
  9. Sorry when I said "those little pistol crossbows" I was refering to my fifty pounder, it bounces off a cheap wooden cupboad door.
     
  10. Flipper

    Flipper New Member

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    You need to move up in the world man! 80# will do the job
     
  11. Achso_42

    Achso_42 Senior Member

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    I use tape around my bowstrings so they don't break.
     
  12. Tysonspapa

    Tysonspapa New Member

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    I think if you shoot with a pistol crossbow at a Hog you better Run for your Life. These creatures are nasty.
     
  13. <table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>Tysonspapa wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">I think if you shoot with a pistol crossbow at a Hog you better Run for your Life. These creatures are nasty. </td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br><br>Oh very much so, my aunt had a hog ranch when I was young. I have ran from more than one of those mean critters in my youth and I didn't even shoot at them first.</span>
     
  14. MaddyMax

    MaddyMax New Member

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    <table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>Achso_42 wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">I use tape around my bowstrings so they don't break.</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>try dental floss. i made nockpoints with it. worked great and was lighter than the real ones to clip on. but putting dacron around the bowstring would be better i think.</span>
     
  15. <table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>MaddyMax wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
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    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>Achso_42 wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">I use tape around my bowstrings so they don't break.</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>try dental floss. i made nockpoints with it. worked great and was lighter than the real ones to clip on. but putting dacron around the bowstring would be better i think.</span>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br><br>Dental floss works quite well! Dacron is preferred (it is VERY durable) and will last the longest.</span>