Completed Crossbow

must be able to move freely within the metal bands.

The bow is put together as follows: one band is attached to the left side of the bow; then the bow is slid into its slot in the stock and the other band is put on the right side.Lastly, the wedges are spread with glue and driven into the appropriate slot to hold the bow in place.

The diagram for the trigger assembly should be self explanatory. The trigger is cut from 1/8" thick steel or brass, and holes are drilled in the trigger and stock for the trigger pivot screw. All parts of the trigger that will touch the bowstring are well rounded with a file or grinder.

The assembly procedure for the trigger is as follows: the upper block, with the bottom rounded to accept the spring, is smeared with glue and upper barrel section

{/j bowstring slot

pushed Into the trigger slot. Then the trigger, with trigger spring attached, is pushed Into the slot and the trigger pivot screw Is added.The lower block is spread with glue and pushed in place under the spring. Lastly, the trigger stop block Is added.

This completes the trigger assembly. Now, the upper section of the barrel is attached; a screw holds the rear, and a thin metal strip l/2"wide holds the front section together. The completed crossbow Is then stained and varnished, if desired. Any design of homemade sights can be attached,leaf, peep sight, or any commercial rifle sights.

After the bowstring is strung,you can test the thing with a variety of ammo. Regular arrows can be used,but the feathers may need to be trimmed to fit the barrel. The best ammo to feed it is 1/2" steel ball bearings, but you can even use nuts, bolts, marbles, etc. When shooting any kind of round ammo, cotton wadding is tucked in to hold the pellet in place

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