80lb break-action pistol xbow test
Following on from Watchrider's review, I bought the same model (though a different make/brand name, it's still exactly the same as WR's) and
thought a destructive testing extra was called for...
Assembly from out of the box was easy enough, but you'll need plenty of swearwords and three hands to get it strung. But with that finally done, and
dinky laser-dot sight mounted and finger-switch taped-up to a comfortable grip position it's time to break things!
First thing before firing commenced was to take a soft-lead pencil (8B pictured) and thoroughly cover the bolt shafts and points, and also the
flight-track, the string 'serving', and any other points of friction on the xbow itself.
After half a dozen shots to get the laser zeroed and finger-button mounted in just the right place, it was time to put holes in stuff
First up is a block of pottery clay 4"(100mm) thick and makes for a good substitute for ballistics gel to test bolt penetration of an average-clothed
The red dot of doom marks the target..
..and two rapid reloads later..
The bolts have gone straight through the plastic-wrapped clay and almost clean out the other side. Bolt 1 penetrated 8"(200mm), and bolts 2 & 3
7"(180mm) ...that's your leg, that is!
Next up was a panel of ABS plastic, about 5mm thick propped against the clay block, that once formed the seat of an office chair, and is the same
material used for things such for motocross and other lightweight sports body armour
...thats gonna hurt! The first 2 bolts passed through 4"(100) through and into the clay, whilst the 3rd shot broke a hole in the plastic and buried
itself up to the fletches in the clay brick
And finally...a material I've been itching to test out, the HDPE chopping board. I'd previously posted an idea in the 'Body Armour' thread about
using this stuff and just had to see what happened when fired at from close range. Well, here's the answer..
The board is 5/8" (8mm) thick, and 3 bolts fired at 80lbs-draw from a close range of 20ft made 3-4mm deep holes, no penetration, or distortion to the
back face of the board, nor any sign of blunt-force impact on the clay brick it was held up against. In fact, it riccocheted all 3 bolts, and when
retrieved, found that 2 of the bolts were buckled and unuseable!
In short...its well worth the cash. It's sturdily built, surprisingly quick to cock and reload once you get the hang of it, destructive enough for
household defence, and small enough to weild in a confined space, such as corridors and hallways.
The addition of a basic laser-dot sight with mountable finger-button, and allen-screw x/y zeroing (£6 from ebay) make it even easier to use by being
able to take snapshots without the need to bring the weapon up to aim by iron sight
[edit on 24-3-2009 by citizen smith]