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#1 Maverick Master

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Posted 22 January 2006 - 03:33 PM

i did search but couldn't find anything, so i was wondering if anybody has ever tryed doing this. I'm thinking of using pvc and elastic and possibley other things to tried this. When i'm done i'll try to get up pics and ranges if it works.
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Posted 22 January 2006 - 05:08 PM

If you aren't getting any potential energy from the arms of the bow (they aren't flexing), instead getting the potential energy from an elastic cord, something like a speargun might work better. There's no advantage to having the elastic cord farther out from the end of the barrel.

That said, I've seen a homemade crossbow made from glued together legos and a bungee cord. It worked pretty well.

Surgical tubing should work for the propulsion, or bungee cords. With a home made plunger and sufficient tubing, it could work well. Be sure to balance the elastic on each side, so it puts less strain on the plunger tube.

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Posted 22 January 2006 - 06:31 PM

Are you going to use a plunger at all? I think no plunger would be cooler. It would be like a homemade Bandit. I used to have one that would shoot normal nerf darts. It was really cool, and got decent range.
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Posted 22 January 2006 - 07:03 PM

Could you be talking about more or less making your own copy of the Nerf Crossbow? Because if you are thinking about that, I'm actually more or less working on that project right now. It wouldn't be hard since it's just a really huge, really basic Nerf gun. It wouldn't be too complicated; plunger tube, trigger system, barrel. Make it big, strong parts, heavy spring, and you could even outperform a real Crossbow. I'll start putting together some drawings and see if I can get them up here.
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Posted 22 January 2006 - 07:14 PM

I have made a crossbow for padded wepons combet before, it has a #25 draw and shoots real bolts that have been padded. Are you wanting to do something like that? If so I can help you out.

Edited by headwound, 22 January 2006 - 07:15 PM.

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Posted 22 January 2006 - 09:12 PM

if you do make one are you wiiling to sell it
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Posted 22 January 2006 - 11:18 PM

On the Nerf crossbow idea, I don't think it's too hard. Boltsniper has proved that you can make a homemade springer (the GNS). You can always buy a spring just as heavy as the real nerf Crossbow's. So it shouldn't be too hard. My current quest is seeing how well some reinforced nitefinders hold up with some heavy springs I saw at the hardware store...I'm almost positive that something will snap, and whatever goes first is what I will want to focus on with the complete homemade version.

I have made a crossbow for padded wepons combet before, it has a #25 draw and shoots real bolts that have been padded. Are you wanting to do something like that? If so I can help you out.

I know it's a little off-topic, but I've also been thinking about that. For my game, I'm just using padded homemade arrows on a 30-draw fiberglass bow. If you have a picture of your crossbow I'd love to see it.
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#8 Maverick Master

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Posted 23 January 2006 - 07:09 AM

Right now my plans are to not use a spring but if i have to then i can swich to heavy springs too.
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Posted 23 January 2006 - 07:16 AM

I know it's a little off-topic, but I've also been thinking about that.  For my game, I'm just using padded homemade arrows on a 30-draw fiberglass bow.  If you have a picture of your crossbow I'd love to see it.


I have personally seen these in action, and they are pretty good. He also makes a double crossbow of similar design.

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Posted 24 January 2006 - 09:30 PM

I have personally seen these in action, and they are pretty good. He also makes a double crossbow of similar design.

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I found that page a few times googling LARP crossbows (hoping to find homemade crossbow pics or a how-to)...while I've heard from a friend who's seen one that they're very good, I'm still not wanting to pay 130$ for one. For those out there who LARP, it looks like this:
Longsword+Wooden Shield+Leather Armor/Garb= no more than 25$ if you make the stuff yourself (I've made plenty)
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Crossbow= $130
LARPing is a 'cheaper' hobby, like nerfing, so paying for a crossbow is kind of a leap (though, if you're in a game that uses more authentic armor, you might be shelling out 250$ for chainmail and stuffs).

As for a homemade crossbow, I think that it would cost only ~10-20$ if you are willing to sacrifice the 'realistic' look for a surgical-tubing-and-PVC incarnation with some brown duct tape. So if you have something like that, or ideas, just PM me.

Again, Admins, I'm not sure about this tangent, especially on a nerfing board. So if you have any problems, speak up, I don't mean to cause trouble.
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Posted 25 January 2006 - 07:32 AM

I'm just fighting the urge to post the lightning bolt video.

But yeah, you should probably specify what kind of crossbow you're talking about seeing as we have a Nerf Crossbow that looks like a rifle. If you're talking about real crossbows, then get the fuck out of here and find a board for that. No one here has done it.

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Posted 25 January 2006 - 08:59 AM

talio;
Actually; could you post the lightning bolt video, I've been wanting to see it.

bloodmoon;
I'll pm you when I can with some pics and stuff.

Edited by headwound, 25 January 2006 - 06:25 PM.

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Posted 25 January 2006 - 04:26 PM

talio;
a actually, could you post the lightning bolt video, I've been wanting to see it.

bloodmoon;
ill pm you when I can with some pics and stuff.

Can you use some capital letters and maybe punctuation? You are inconsistent at best. Thanks.
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Posted 01 February 2006 - 04:38 PM

Im new here and I'm 13. my friends and I have found the "Bandit" crossbow (availible at dicks sporting goods) makes an exelant nerf crossbow and has amazing ranges. I'm curently building one. I will post again later with results.
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Posted 01 February 2006 - 09:31 PM

I just finished the crossbow. My digital camera is out of baterys but I have the results:

max range: 120 ft
effective range: 80 ft
accurate range: 65 ft
ROF: 15 rpm
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Posted 01 February 2006 - 09:41 PM

With what type of ammo?
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Posted 03 February 2006 - 09:10 PM

My crossbow shoots micros and megas (the sonic darts) ;)
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Posted 04 February 2006 - 12:50 PM

I really should check the boards more often, considering the last time I was on here was before this topic started.

Even though this is a bit late, repeating rubber band guns make good trigger groups for a homemade Nerf crossbow. Also, this is late to add to this thread; however, it does have the Lightning Bolt video! That thing unfortunatlely is no longer with us, nor is most of my Nerf stuff, but na ja.
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