Practical Gde To Man Powered Pa

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  • Edition: 00
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2007-10-17
  • Publisher: FRWHEEL
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For more than ten thousand years, people have used a variety of non-explosive weapons to fire small stones and carefully rounded bullets of clay, glass, and even steel and lead at prey and enemies. Richard Middleton explores in detail the many ways, old and new, that projectiles can be fired without the aid of modern technology. The "man-powered" weapons and ammunition here include a variety of crossbows, blowpipes, and low-pressure and high-pressure handguns, and the special ammunition each requires. There are specifics on ammunition and velocities, as well as a lively personal narrative filled with humor and a spirit of experimentation. In the last few years, there has been a surge of interest in primitive weaponry-from archery equipment to homemade musketballs. This unique book provides essential, absorbing information to everyone interested in man-powered weapons and ammunition. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Richard Middleton is a member of the Society of Archer Antiquaries

Table of Contents

Introductionp. viii
Ammunitionp. 1
The fibreglass bullet-shooting crossbowp. 15
Yew-wood bullet crossbowp. 31
Catapultsp. 53
The hand stonebowp. 83
Blowpipesp. 95
Low-pressure airguns: the theoryp. 105
Low-pressure airguns: the practicalp. 125
High-pressure airguns: the theoryp. 142
High-pressure airguns: the practicalp. 161
Compounding and complexityp. 180
Velocity measurementsp. 189
Notes and referencesp. 207
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