Slingshot crossbows from the 1880s! First ones ever made?

Discussion in 'Slingshot Crossbows' started by Gabe1983, Jun 24, 2015.

  1. Gabe1983

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    The following scans are from the 1880 book, "The American Boy's Handy Book: What To Do and How To Do It" by Daniel Carter Beard. Keep in mind, this book was written less than a scant 40 years after vulcanization was developed and perfected by Charles Goodyear and Thomas Hancock and therefore, the weapons described here may in fact represent the very first slingshot crossbows ever devised. It's remarkable how much they resemble some of the weapons Jörg and others have made in modern times (great minds think alike, eh? ;)).

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    Here's a ball-shooting version (supposedly, it's accurate enough to snuff a candle at 50 paces!):

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    And yes they even had pistol versions, too!

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    I went ahead and included the passages about the "spring shot-gun," even though it's not technically a sling weapon, being powered by a whalebone spring, because I think this idea could be adapted for rubber.
     
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  2. FIAAO

    FIAAO Failureisalwaysanoption

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    Wow, cool stuff! Ill have to have look at it later
     

  3. TheDaddy187

    TheDaddy187 Administrator

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    interesting...

    the handgun one at the end is a bit like a nerf gun lol
     
  4. BeMahoney

    BeMahoney Builder of things

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    Look at what exactly? - I can´t see anything...

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    Cellphone provided...

    Yes, indeed cool stuff!
     
  5. uberfreak9

    uberfreak9 Lord Of Crows

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    I found it fascinating that a whalebone was used as a spring in the "elder stick"
     
  6. CEZ

    CEZ New Member

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    Wow, that's ancient.
    Hunting Apparatus:D
     
  7. pelleteer

    pelleteer Middle Aged Delinquent

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    Cool! I 'm gonna have to pick this up on amazon. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. :cool:
     
  8. Will

    Will Thread Hijacker

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    This is a great book!! I still own this baby somewhere, been read so many times that the spine is replaced by duct tape. It was a favorite of mine when I was a kid
     
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