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Gary Teuscher





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PostPosted: Sun 01 Feb, 2009 3:29 pm    Post subject: Composite Crossbows         Reply with quote

Is anyone aware if Composite Crossbows, those used in europe roughly in the 12th-16th centuries were in any way built in a recurve fashion?

I.E. the bow does not bend back to straight but past straight?
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Lafayette C Curtis




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PostPosted: Sun 08 Feb, 2009 12:15 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I don't know about European crossbows, but many Chinese crossbows had prods that were definitely built in a recurved fashion--especially if we accept the theory that at least some Chinese crossbow designs were basically just ordinary hand bows lashed onto the end of a tiller.
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