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Step 3: The Trigger Mechanism

The trigger mechanism is a little tricker then the other steps, but still kinda easy. the trigger mechanism is about 3" long (from top to bottom). the trigger is pointed on one end to fit the notch. the side supports are about 2" long and 1 1/2" wide, I used 1/4" thick molding. we used a 5/16" bit, but just make sure that the bolt is a little smaller than the hole in the trigger. the trigger should be able to pivot on the bolt. Drill two small holes near the bottom of each support where you will screw the supports to the stock later.

To place the trigger mechanism, assemble it by placing the trigger between the two supports and threading the bolt through the two supports and the trigger. Place the supports close enough to the notch, and high enough on the stock in order to allow the trigger to pivot freely, with the pointed end of the trigger resting in the bottom of the notch. mark the location of the supports with a pencil, then drill through the existing holes in the supports into the stock. attach the supports on the stock with screws

I wanted to prevent the trigger from releasing accidentally (and potentially hurting my older brother =) LOL), so I wrapped two long rubber bands around the front of the trigger supports to the back end of the stock. This holds the trigger down until I press down on the end.
<p>It would have been very simple and very helpful if you would have put a pattern of the stock in jpeg or pdf format so that a person could simply print it out and trace it onto the wood.</p>
its cool, but maybe use wood tension not rubber bands for this beatiful thing. i mean why do all the work for this when you can glue 2 rulers together, add a clothespin and rubber band and ba boom.<br /> anyways, good job
The elastic ruins the whole thing, it is now technically a slingshot, and not a crossbow, as the &quot;bow&quot; does absolute nothing. That aside, the rest of it looks good.
<p>To all the people who disagree with the name, it's technically a &quot;slingbow&quot;. Slingbows are nothing new except for the people here who don't know any better. Just do a search for Joerge Sprave and you'll see all about slingbows.</p>
yeah thanks for the feed back, this is my first big project. i will try to improve my futre projects<br /> <br /> <br /> Wolfman<br /> <br />
This isn't really a crossbow so much as a crossbow-shaped slingshot. Good job though.
yea i guess your right. but i dont think i should change the name.
<p>To all the people who disagree with the name, it's technically a &quot;slingbow&quot;. Slingbows are nothing new except for the people here who don't know any better. Just do a search for Joerge Sprave and you'll see all about slingbows.</p>
My trigger mechanism failed so i just used two pegs with a gap in between them to fit the arrow.
This might go farther if you braided several rubber bands together instead of just one.
That is a very good idea, im going to try that. thank you for the imput.
was surgical tubing ever a thought?
well, its a good idea but may be to thick
You're very welcome. I tried to make a simple crossbow awhile back with fiberglass rods and PVC pipe, but i gave up. It was really heavy, but it shot about 20 feet.
OMFG dude!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!O.O&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; thats tha best c/bow ive ever seen!!!!!~!!!!!!!!!!!!!<br /> nice job on tha trigger thing.=P <br /> it wouldve been&nbsp;cooler if&nbsp;it&nbsp;uses torsion/tortion(however its spelled=P)to propell tha projectiles/ammo.but nice job!
thanks, i really want input about my project. so i might be able to change it.<br /> <br /> thanks greymatter<br /> <br /> wolfman<br />
&nbsp;Mine shoots wooden skewers 5 - 10 meters using rubber bands. It's actually an inefficient design so I should change it. It's too hard to reload and is prone to failure in the rain and only lasts for a few days of&nbsp;continuous use.&nbsp;
&nbsp;Nice firing mechanism anyway
yeah it is not very good. i am not very good with wood. thanks for the imput.<br /> <br /> <br /> wolfman
if you hot glue a nail onto the end of the bbq skewer will go much further and stick into walls and trees i made a bow type thing by just gluing a rubberband across a bbq skewer and using a bit of copper wire to guide the arrow and it shot above trees
That looks clean and nice (thats tight).
thanks

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