The mention of 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 cleared 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 called referred to as limbs.
That brings us to a curious question. Can a crossbow, sans the limbs, called a crossbow? That’s up for debate and not the topic for today. The topic for today is this: the Lancehead F1 “Limb-less” Crossbow. It looks almost like a rifle, except that it shoots bolts, not bullets, and it still uses the same principle as bow and arrow/crossbow.
Technically, it is only “limb-less” 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.
The benefits of the lack of the “limbs” are obvious. For starter, 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 look absolutely dope.
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 crossbow’s history and perhaps most importantly, the world’s first hunting-grade crossbow.
All images courtesy of Lancehead.
Hat tip: YouTube (JoergSprave).