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Awesome Crossbows

Building Leonardo DaVinci’s Crossbow Machine Gun

Building Leonardo DaVinci’s Crossbow Machine Gun

While best known for his paintings, Leonardo DaVinci also invented many imaginative machines. Among his ideas was a crazy weapon that could fire 16 crossbows in a row. How to Make Everything took DaVinci’s drawings and built a real-world replica of the weapon. It works surprisingly well, but loading the thing seems like a precarious process.

Making a Tiny Spring-powered Crossbow

Making a Tiny Spring-powered Crossbow

Maker Maciej Nowak is back with another awesome miniature weapon. This time, he shows how he created a tiny crossbow that’s powered by a spring and a length of skinny sailing rope. The crossbow has an aluminum body for strength and fires skinny projectiles made from wooden skewers and nails.

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Firing a Camera from a Crossbow

Firing a Camera from a Crossbow

The guys from Corridor Crew are always on the hunt for new and unique camera perspectives. On a quest to shoot a scene from the point-of-view of a missile, they worked on rigging a powerful crossbow to fire an Insta360 X3 camera. The trick was to keep the camera’s weight from breaking the crossbow bolts mid-flight.

Making a Triple-Arrow Wrist Crossbow

Making a Triple-Arrow Wrist Crossbow

A triple-decker crossbow seems like an odd idea, though we guess it could improve your chances of hitting your target. The video game Hood: Outlaws & Legends features a wrist-mounted version of such a device, and now, thanks to Black Beard Projects we have a working, real-world version of this unusual weapon.

Making a Triple-Arrow Mini Crossbow

Making a Triple-Arrow Mini Crossbow

MR Custom Crafts created this miniature working crossbow with a design inspired by Batman. Powered by a rubber band, it can fire three tiny arrows at the same time, though we’re not sure of practical use for such a weapon unless you have three foes standing side-by-side, or you’re trying to hedge your bets on your aim.

Shooting an Apple Off Your Own Head

Shooting an Apple Off Your Own Head

Shooting an apple off of someone else’s head with an arrow is a classic archery trick. But this crazy sequence is the first time we’ve ever seen someone shoot an apple off her own head. The clip comes from a 2015 episode of America’s Got Talent, and the woman behind the crossbow is Silvia Silvia.

Making a Mini Compound Crossbow

Making a Mini Compound Crossbow

Unlike other miniature crossbows, builder M.N. Projects‘ palm-size weapon features an impressive upgrade to its mechanism. It has a pair of rotating cams with a spring drive mechanism, enabling more powerful and longer launches of its tiny, but dangerously sharp metal bolts.

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Making a Mini Spring Bow

Making a Mini Spring Bow

M.N. Projects shows off a nifty little weapon he machined from aluminum. It has a set of hinged arms which are attached to springs that store up energy when the bow is drawn back. We certainly wouldn’t want to catch one of those metal-tipped arrows in an eyeball.

Joerg Sprave’s Archery Extreme

Joerg Sprave’s Archery Extreme

There’s nothing quite as joyous as the grin on Joerg Sprave’s face and his manaical laugh when he fires up one of his over-the-top homebrew weapons. In this clip, he shows off a few of his creations, a couple of commercially-available crossbows, and the real reason you came here, an insane drill-powered machine bow at 7:15.

Rapid-Fire Mini Bow

Rapid-Fire Mini Bow

Weapon enthusiast Joerg Sprave shows off another really cool build. Dubbed the “Sliding Legolini,” this compact bow reloads and repeats with every draw. It can fire at a rate up to 140 arrows per minute, though it only has a 4 bolt capacity. Now, Joerg needs to build a magazine for this thing.

Mini Reverse-draw Crossbow

Mini Reverse-draw Crossbow

Crossbow maker Raduka shows off a truly impressive build – a miniature version of a reverse-draw compound crossbow, capable of firing dangerous little projectiles with tremendous power. All of the parts appear to have been shrunk down from a full-size weapon, and it works just like the real deal.

How to Make a Mini Crossbow

How to Make a Mini Crossbow

DaveHax shows us how to create a tiny, but still dangerous crossbow using a plastic bottle cap, a couple of popsicle sticks and a rubber band. The ammunition? Toothpicks, Q-Tips or flaming matchsticks. Daryl Dixon approves.

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Mini Bow and Arrow Tutorial

Mini Bow and Arrow Tutorial

Dave Hax teaches us how to craft a clever mini bow and arrow out of common household items in this tutorial. We wonder if this is the weaponry the Brotherhood without Banners would use in mini Game of Thrones.

Blade Driver Crossbow

Blade Driver Crossbow

This isn’t the first saw blade shooter we’ve seen, but Patrick Priebe’s hi-tech approach to the idea is equally, if not more impressive than our favorite unconventional weapons manufacturer’s take.

TAC 15I/TAC10I Crossbows

TAC 15I/TAC10I Crossbows
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PSE updates its TAC 15 with the TAC 15I Tactical Assault Crossbow, which integrates the trigger, stock, and grip in the barrel; also new: the TAC 10/10I, a compact version of the TAC 15.

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