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Practical Guide to Man-Powered Bullets, The

Richard Middleton

US$ 39.95

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"Catapults, Crossbows, Blowguns, Bullet-Bows and Airguns" Contains practical advice and mechanisms readers can use to design and make simple weapons to shoot bullets accurately with no power source outside that of the body. The author draws upon twenty years of personal experience making and shooting bows and arrows and creating catapults and similar devices. People have long been shooting small stones and carefully rounded bullets of clay, glass, steel, and lead from weapons without using gunpowder. And the bow and arrow has been man's choice all over the world and throughout history at times when modern firearms have been unavailable or unsuitable. In America, there is currently an explosion of interest in making primitive archery tackle-wooden bows, flint arrowheads, natural fiber strings. The author has made and shot flint-tipped arrows from many bows of his own making. He first noticed, twenty years ago, that no one has written a book on catapults, and he started to keep records of his own experiments in that and other related fields, leading to this book, which explores many of the ways, old and new, in which people have shot bullets by force of their own muscles. 6 X 9, hardcover, illus, 256p. About the Author: Richard Middleton has always been fascinated by long- and crossbows and is a member of the Society of Archer-Antiquaries. He has made his own catapults, slings, bows, and blowpipes and has studied the velocity and trajectory patterns of their missiles. Born and educated in England, he now lives in New Zealand.