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The Crossbow

Chapter IV

The Bolts Used with Crossbows

Fig. 9.  - A Store of Crossbow Bolts, Shafts and Heads

Fig. 9.  - A Store of Crossbow Bolts, Shafts and Heads

The crossbowman is aiming at a target to the left of the picture.

As the result of numerous experiments with crossbow bolts of different weights and shapes, I have found that bolts of seasoned yew, weighing from 2 1/2 oz. to 2 3/4 oz., and measuring about 12 in. in length by 1/2 in. to 5/8 in. in diameter, fly the straightest and furthest; bolts of these dimensions being similar to those to be seen in museums and intended for use in the military crossbow which had a strong steel bow.

The light bolts which I have tried, weighing from 1 1/4 oz, to 1 1/2 oz., did not in any instance, however true their flight, carry nearly so far as the heavier ones,

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