Lots of people want to build their own bow, arrows and archery supplies.We have a free plan,which you can get from our website ,for building a flat bow and a traditional English long bow. The flat bow is particularly easy to build and is a very accurate shooter. The long bow was used very successfully by English archers in winning many battles hundreds of years ago prior to the invention of guns and gun powder.
We also give you free plans for archery gear including arrows and at our website vintage plans
We also have free plans for crossbows which are amazingly accurate weapons and the Chinese antique repeating crossbow is a particularly interesting item. Chinese soldiers carried this bow for hundreds of years, and used it right into the 20th century unbelievably. This amazing bow has a magazine which holds many bolts(arrows) and these could be fired in rapid succession by pulling on a lever which cocked and fired them very quickly one after another.
A group of archers could send a positive cloud of arrows (which often had poisoned tips) at enemy soldiers which was to say the least discouraging for them when they tried to advance. Just a little prick from a poison arrow could be very quickly fatal.
We have also free plans for a wonderful more modern repeating crossbow which works much the same as a slide action gun, and fires several arrows one after another in rapid succession. We also have free plans for a more modern crossbow which is a great crossbow for hunting as well as for target shooting or just for fun. You can download these plans and many more free at vintage plans