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Heavy Crossbow

Heavy Crossbow

Regular price 6.800 CZK
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This style of crossbow is based on depictions and examples from the 15th century. By this period, crossbows have overtaken bows in popularity throughout most of Europe, due to their ease of use, convenience and impressive power.

Like all of our crossbows, the Heavy Crossbow has a polycarbonate bow with several draw weight options. 13,5 kg (30 lbs) for games with a pound limit, 15 kg (33 lbs) as a safe standard and 20 kg (44 lbs) for scenes with heavy combat. When using appropriate bolts, this amount of power remains reasonably safe even at short distances, with the exception of the 20 kg version, which should always be used from a safe distance. The crossbow is built to accept standard size IDV Bolts, which we offer in our store and we recommend their use. We also offer handmade quivers of quality leather with a wooden bottom to fit those bolts. The quivers are available in 3 colors and with 3 styles of decoration.

The body of the crossbow is made out of sturdy beechwood and treated with wood stain and linseed oil. You can choose between four woodstain hues and three styles of stirrups. The string and the rope securing the bow are made out of hemp. The rail on top of the body is made out of stainless steel, while the rest of the steel components are made out of regular steel. The nut mechanism  is made to automatically lock into position when drawing the string.

There are two ways in which we ship the crossbow, either assembled, or without the bow attached. Sending the crossbow fully assembled is more expensive, because it dramatically increases the size of the package and therefore incurs extra costs in shipping and packaging. If you order disassembled, the length of rope needed to attach the bow is included in the package. The attaching process is explained in our Crossbow video.

Specifications
Total length: 90cm
Bow length: 76cm
Recommended bolt shaft length: 36cm
Weight: 2500g
Draw weight: 13,5kg (30lbs) / 15kg (33lbs) / 20kg (44lbs)

Maintenance

To prevent unnecessary strain on the bow of the crossbow, it should be unstrung every time it is put to storage and strung again for use. It’s not necessary to unstring it in the evening of an event, but you should definitely do so at the end of it. The stringing is very easy thanks to the relatively low strength of the bow and the simplest technique is shown in our Crossbow video.  

It likewise shouldn’t be kept primed, unless you’re expecting to shoot in the next dozen or so minutes. Priming obviously puts a lot more strain on the bow than merely stringing it and if you leave it primed for hours on a regular basis, it can lose power.

It is important to keep the rail of the crossbow lubricated to shoot at optimal power. This is especially important if you’re using bolts with rubber wings, as rubber grips on dry metal very strongly. The best lubricant for the rail is vaseline (petroleum jelly), which should be applied regularly directly onto the metal and especially to the leather reinforcement of the string. The leather will soak up the vaseline over time and keep the rail slippery. If your bolts seem to fly worse than before, it probably means you need to lubricate the drive.

The nut mechanism should be oiled regularly to prevent rust. This can be done with any appropriate protective oil.

Care Instructions - LARP weapons

Avoid cutting the weapons with sharp objects, likewise do not hit hard or rough objects, like rocks, benches or trees. Try to avoid substantial blows to edges of armor, especially things like swordbreakers. Also, pay attention to the potential sharp edges of your own gauntlets, as some can cut into cross guards or other parts of the hilt when fencing. Make sure to avoid long term compression of the eapons, especially during storage. Our cross guards are made of hard rubber and do not mind blows in combat, they bend slightly but return immediately. The cross guards however can get deformed with extreme bending over longer periods, when they are for example put under luggage in the trunk of a car or in a chest.

If you tear the foam of the weapon, you can repair it with a high-quality flexible superglue. We personally recommend Loctite Super Attak Power Flex gel, which fills up and strengthens the crack in about 10 minutes. The color of the weapon can be restored or changed with paints made for plastics. A broken core unfortunately cannot be repaired. FAQ

Care Instructions - LARP blasters

The locks on the blasters are not connected to the mechanism itself and they don’t move when shooting. They are solid steel, much like most of the barrels, so while accidentally shooting someone will be harmless, hitting them with the blaster definitely won’t be. Therefore be careful when brandishing it in crowded situations.

While the blasters are relatively hardy, don’t expose them to needless stress, like dropping them on the ground or using them to stabilize a table. Also don’t use them to parry blows. The lock might tear out, if there’s unreasonable leverage on it and it’s very likely to damage any larp weapon it gets hit with.

The most important part of the maintenance of our blasters is keeping them well oiled and lubricated. This prevents rust and ensures that the mechanism operates smoothly. You can use any kind of anti-corrosive technical oil, the seal in the piston is leather, which doesn’t degrade in oil, like rubber does. I personally use Silkal, which is silicone based. To oil the lock, simply spray it and use a rag to wipe excess oil. You can also wax the lock to make it more rust resistant, but I find that oil works sufficiently well. If you get any rust spots, you should be able to easily clean them with an abrasive sponge. FAQ

Care Instructions - Leather products

Our holsters, munition satchels and sword-belts are made from high quality vegetable tanned leather and the staining and subsequent oiling is done with natural agents, and as such they necessarily require some maintenance. Let’s elaborate intelligibly:

Best method of caring is to actively use the products. The more you use them, the better. This is especially applicable to belts because they are worn in the most “personal” manner.

If your product spends some time (namely circa month and more) stored somewhere, please make sure you use leather conditioner (readily available in your local shoe or DIY stores) before taking the product on an event again, because after that
long while of idleness, the material may be prone to undesirable cracks. The conditioner usually comes with a handy manual, but putting a small amount of it on a cotton cloth and then rubbing the whole product should do the trick.

Other instance in which some level of care is greatly advised is if your product gets wet somehow – during rainstorm, while crossing wild rivers and/or streams, after falling overboard, whilst fighting some terribly drooling monster or celebrating something by ingesting liquids of various origin after a day well-spent – we advise to let the product dry naturally and then, once again, thoroughly rub it with an above-mentioned leather conditioner.

The metal fittings, both brass and especially steel should be protected from oxidization by applying an appropriate mineral oil regularly. In case they do rust, you should clean the spots as soon as possible with an abrasive sponge and reapply the protective oil.

Finally, please do note that leather of all kinds tends to get ever so slightly darker with time and both from usage and maintenance. FAQ

How long does delivery take?

We currently manufacture our larp weapons to order and we usually do not have any of them in stock. Your weapons will go into production only after you order and pay. How long the production takes depends on how busy we currently are. We try to make and send the weapons as quickly as possible, but we cannot guarantee the precise completion of your order. We are currently averaging 20-40 days between order and shipping for meele weapons and 30-50 days for range weapons.

The exception are weapons from the Ready to Ship category, which are usually shipped within 3-5 workdays.

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