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This is why I keep a cauldron of bubbling hot oil perched above my front door. Side note: crossbows are subject to a lot of restrictions and regulations in various countries.


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  1. “Side note: crossbows are subject to a lot of restrictions and regulations in various countries.”

    Any US states have restrictions?

    • Lots of restrictions on hunting in US states.
      Looks like you can’t carry a locked and loaded cross bow in California.

      • “Lots of restrictions on hunting in US states.”

        Sorry, I meant simple possession, as in, competition.

        Just going to the range, etc…

  2. That ain’t a Trebuchet. (The sounds of squeaking wheels and mules snorting and whips cracking) This is a Trebuchet.

    • If you find one and when you’re done with it (yeah, I know), please send it the hell up here to Canada!

  3. It was a 70’s fad I think to have things like suits of armor, crossed swords and spiked ball-n-chains on plaques, and cauldrons used as planters. I’ve always enjoyed pairs of stone lions and canons personally. But to each their own.

  4. ” Bring yer pretty face to me axe.”
    I have a few medieval weapons in the collection. Or at least working, real weapons, and not wall hangers. Of course, being a Blacksmith, I can and have made swords and axes. As well as the carriage for a 12 pound gun. Found a civil war era cannon for sale years ago and me being me, I refuse to have any weapon not in functional, working order. Built the caisson and have the horses to pull it with as well. Perhaps I should build a Trebuchet as well. Only problem will be raising and training enough oxen to pull the dang thing.

  5. what’s the proper term for a plurality of swiss pikemen?
    asking for a friend who’s almost out of hardtack and pemmican.

  6. Reading these comments suddenly reminded me of Monte Pythons Holy Grail. Bring out yer dead!

  7. You can take my trebuchet when you pry it from my cold, dead hand….

    Actually, you’re gonna need a 3/4 ton truck with a receiver hitch and a 2″ ball. I used pressure-treated wood and this thing is so heavy. I tried to capture a period correct recreation so the wheels are not very street-worthy…..

  8. Depending on how that bucket is loaded that thing should throw a 14lb bowling ball 250+ yards if you built the rest of it right.

    Pro tip: Selling these things at a Renaissance Festival is a money maker but the people who run such a shindig take a dim view of parking lot sales.

    Pro-Pro tip: Either calculate how far the one you build will theoretically throw in advance or find a bowling alley that’s going under so you can get cheap ammo. Even bright pink balls are easy to lose when these things chuck them farther than you expect. Smooth “triggers” make a bigger difference than you’d likely expect but when you get the release just right with a smooth trigger… wooah boy, now youre cookin’ with gas. The first time you get it all near perfect the jump in range is damned impressive.

    [Also, if you’re ever out near Terryall Reservior, just west of Terryall in Colorado and find a bunch of bright colored 14lb bowling balls in the woods, I’d appreciate them being returned for “reloading” purposes. I’ll even pay you for them.]


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