The bow was made either of one stout piece of male bamboo, about 3 ft.
6 in. long, or of several flat strips lashed together.
In the latter case, the bow-string passed through a hole in each end
of the bow, fig. 174, p. 240. The bow-string consisted of animal sinew
twisted into a cord of suitable strength.
Fig. 175. - The Magazine of the Chinese Repeating
Crossbow with Its Sides Removed.
It will be seen that an arrow cannot drop down from the magazine
into the groove along which the bow string travels till the latter is in
the notch above the trigger, as shown in A, fig. 174, p. 240.
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