Shooting a HEAVY medieval longbow against a HEAVY medieval crossbow to look at the speed of shooting and the level of accuracy each of these classic weapons can achieve.
How many shots will the longbow get off against the crossbow?
Which is more accurate?
These trials are very set around a chat between Joe Gibbs, longbow archer and Tod from Tods Workshop, crossbow maker; where we range through training regimes, tactics, power, effectiveness, uses etc…….
Joe Gibbs was shooting a 160lbs Swiss mountain yew longbow, 80g approximate arrow weight
Tod was shooting a 860lbs windlass crossbow, 80g approximate bolt weight
Distance was 25m
You can see Joe shooting this bow against a period accurate breastplate using period arrows here https://youtu.be/DBxdTkddHaE
Check out Joe in this film shooting 170lbs…https://youtu.be/0-2KLuAH4GY
For medieval crossbows from Tods Workshop, check out https://todsworkshop.com/collections/historical-crossbows
For budget medieval daggers, knives and maces check out www.todcutler.com
Filmed and Edited by Mike Chernett