Saturday, September 24, 2011

A Tribute to Robert Blair

OK, I wanted to make a handheld version of the sling-x-bow with rollers.

Of course flatbands, and also of course with pulleys. This design requires more attention to make the bands stay safely on the rollers, as the draw will be much more irregular than that of the crossbow, with the strirrup and the two handed draw.

So I shaped the rollers liek hour glasses, and added guides for the bands. Works pretty good. The thick round pieces of dowel in front of the rollers help to make the bands stay on the pulleys after the shot.

The result very much looks like a flatband version of Robert Blair's ComBow! So I officially bow my head to the master.

Performance is, as expected, about 15% better than using conventional frames. It is a lot more bulky, though.

Painted it "camo" style just like the crossbow, so I can compare both weapons. Video tomorrow!



15 comments:

  1. Looks like, in concept, to be a horizonal version of your 'V' square metal slingshot with rollers. I wonder how accurate it will be with such a slender hand-grip. Unusual, but pretty to see with that great cammo paint job.

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  2. if i was given choice to buy your slingshot (i dont know whats this design called ) and the combow at the same price i would chose yours

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  3. I did not know who Robert Blair is. But I looked him up and instantly recognized his Com Bow. I always wanted one of those as a kid. I think yours is a very good rendition. What kind of velocity do you get?

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  4. id like to see it doubled in length. and attached to your arm lol.

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  5. Tosh Togo, the handle is a very slightly modded (just the cut off for the nut at the bottom)"Lead Launcher" handle. It is made from 18mm Multiplex.

    I know that it looks kind of thin, but believe me, this is one of the best handles for hammer grip shooting I ever came up with.

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  6. That looks absolutely destructive!!!!!

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  7. Not bad, good when the idea does not stand still and moving forward)

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  8. Hallo Jörg,
    bin schon sehr auf das Video gespannt. Sieht lecker aus. Viel Spaß beim ausprobieren.
    Viele Grüße aus dem Hunsrück
    Muß mich auch noch im Forum anmelden.

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  9. good job jorg !!! i can't wait any time to watch the video ;-)

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  10. Looks pretty powerful, but I guess that its predecessor is more fun because of the trigger mechanism. Though this one might be more comfortable in longer shooting sessions because there's less preparation for each shot.

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  11. nice just watched the video, I cant believe the power you're getting out of that :)

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