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Justin Pasternak




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PostPosted: Fri 15 Dec, 2006 3:37 pm    Post subject: Repeating Crossbows         Reply with quote

Where repeating crossbows used in Europe for Hunting and Warfare?
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PostPosted: Fri 15 Dec, 2006 9:28 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The only repeating crossbows I'm aware of are Chinese, and weren't used until I believe the 19th century. I am unaware of any European versions.
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PostPosted: Sat 16 Dec, 2006 11:15 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I also don't thin kI've ever heard of any European repeating crossbows before the 20th century. The Chinese repeating crossbows, though, seems to have been in place by the time of the Ming dynasty--before the 17th century. I'l ltry to look out for primary source quotations on this.
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PostPosted: Sat 16 Dec, 2006 7:44 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Lafayette C Curtis wrote:
I also don't thin kI've ever heard of any European repeating crossbows before the 20th century. The Chinese repeating crossbows, though, seems to have been in place by the time of the Ming dynasty--before the 17th century. I'l ltry to look out for primary source quotations on this.


I would definately be interested. It's a very fascinating weapon!

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PostPosted: Sat 16 Dec, 2006 7:54 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The Chu-ko-nu (Zhuge Nu) was invented prior to 250 BC I believe, from the few sources I have read.

See the links below or do a google search and you'll find quite a few useful links.

http://authors.history-forum.com/liang_jiemin...ugenu.html
http://www.atarn.org/chinese/yn_xbow/zhugehtm.htm

The Japanese copied the Chu-ko-nu and called it the Dokyu. See attached pictures, from George Stone's "A Glossary of the....." book.

I have no other information about the Dokyu and searching via Google provides no useful information.

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