Lancehead F1 “Limb-less” Crossbow

The mention of a crossbow immediately conjures up the image of a bow-like contraption on a rifle-like frame. It is not clear when the term ‘crossbow’ was coined, but it is clear the name represents the form of the weapon, i.e. a bow cross onto (something). However, the ‘bow’ thingy on a crossbow is not called a ‘bow’; they are referred to as limbs.

That brings us to a curious question. Can a crossbow, sans the limbs, be called a crossbow? That’s up for debate and not the topic for today. The topic for today is this: the Lancehead F1 “Limbless” Crossbow. It looks almost like a rifle, except that it shoots bolts, not bullets, and it still uses the same principle as a bow and arrow/crossbow.

Technically, it is only “limbless” by appearance. There are actually limbs, just that they are not what you imagine them to be. The “limbs” are ultra-tough carbon steel micro-limbs, packed alongside the body as opposed to the traditional perpendicular manner. It is a rather complex piece of weaponry that really is nothing short of a marvelous invention.

Without the limb, the Lancehead F1 looks like a hunting rifle – albeit one that is admittedly rather odd looking. This being a crossbow means it has a Picatinny rail for a scope as opposed to a bow sight.

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Lancehead F1 “Limb-less” Crossbow

The benefits of the lack of “limbs” are obvious. For starters, snagging will be a thing of the past. Tight tree stands, thick bushes, and even narrow shot angles are no longer obstacles. Already, I am appreciating the lack of traditional limbs. Besides, it looks absolutely dope.

You can learn more about the Lancehead F1 and also see it in action in a review video by Joerg Sprave, aka The Slingshot Channel. You can also learn more about Lancehead F1 on Lancehead’s website.

The Lancehead F1 is sold as a package for $1,999. Not going to lie. It is not cheap, but it is a major innovation in the crossbow’s history and perhaps most importantly, the world’s first hunting-grade crossbow.

All images courtesy of Lancehead.

Hat tip: YouTube (JoergSprave).