I decided to widen my channel to other muscle operated weapons. But they must be either entirely home made, or at least inexpensive and upgraded at home so they are really bad ass afterwards. After watching the boys over at Zombie go Boom testing Daryl Dyxon's Bowtech Stryker 380, I realized that modern top of the line crossbows are overengineered, overpowered and way too slow to reload to be serious weapons of self defense. So I decided to buy the cheapest halfway serious crossbow on the market. http://www.bogensportwelt.de/SET-PYTHON-I-150lbs-in-5-Varianten 89 Euros, 2 bolts included! Fiberglass recurve prod, cast iron skeleton shaft, iron sights, 150 lb. Perfect. I expected a piece of crap, but I was really happy with the power and accuracy when the thing arrived! Nice quality, too, for the price. But here is what happened after some sighting in... A perfect Robin Hood hit! From 7 meters. Why such a short distance? Because this will be a Zombie killer, not a deer hunter. I need to hit a brain, reliably. 10 meters is the max distance you can expect. Any longer distance is a waste of bolts. The power is sufficient to penetrate a coconut, but the bolt stays intact - just what I want. I can cock this back with the stock pressed against my chest. With some more padding and gloves, this will be even comfortable. I plan to add a five shot magazine and convert this to unfletched, front heavy bolts - that is the type of weapon I want. Reloading time should be well under 10 seconds.