Late Roman Arcuballista

Late in the Western Roman Empire they developed a hand spanned crossbow called an arcuballista, that consisted of a wood or composite bow on and a short stock with a hand grip on the butt end and used a rotating nut trigger system.  The design is taken from two stone reliefs of the weapon.

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  • This bow is hand spanned
  • Ash stock and slider
  • Antler nut
  • Modern linen covered composite bow
  • Linen string
  • Range – around 130m/145yds

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