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The Crossbow   >  Chapter 46   >   The Bullet Shooting Target Crossbow with Barrel   > p.219

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Chapter XLVI

The Bullet Shooting Target Crossbow with a Barrel -
as Now Used in Belgium

Fig. 159, next page, represents one of these powerful and highly finished crossbows and explains its general mechanism.

It is an adaptation of the sixteenth century slurbow shown in Chapter XXIX, which discharged a bolt.

This weapon is, however, constructed for bullets, which it shoots with great accuracy and considerable force up to fifty yards.

The bore of its steel barrel is 5/8 in. in diameter. Its spherical bullet is equal in weight to 3s. 9d. in silver coin of the realm.

The steel bow is 4 in. longer - and 1/4 in. wider and 1/8 in. thicker at its centre - than the bow of the crossbow last described, its power being proportionately greater.

It will be seen that the barrel has a slot cut for some distance through its centre to allow the bow-string to travel to or fro.

Fig. 158.-  Section of the Barrel of a Bullet Shooting Belgian Crossbow.
Fig. 158.-  Section of the Barrel of a Bullet Shooting Belgian Crossbow.

The bullet and part of the bowstring are also shown.1

When the bullet is in the barrel upon the stretched bow-string, its upper and its under surface each fit, for a depth of about 1/8 in., into the grooved halves of the barrel. The impact of the released bow-string comes, therefore, against the centre of the bullet when the crossbow is discharged, fig. 158.

1 The barrel and the bullet are here given larger than full size so as to indicate the position of the latter clearly. The bullet is shown distinct from the barrel for the same reason. The bullet should fit exactly, but not so closely that it will not roll down to the bow-string when it is inserted in the muzzle of the barrel.


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