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Dean Castle Arms and Armour

Ranged Weapons and Projectiles

Crossbow bolts

Description:

These steel-headed military crossbow bolts have a quadrangular section and are mounted on a wooden shaft with fragments of wooden flights. The four-sided heads are ground in spirals in order to allow the bolt to spin in flight, using the same principles as a rifle bullet. Crossbow bolts are heavy, dangerous projectiles that are capable of piercing through flesh, bone and metal, and can even prove fatal at 250 yards. Compared to arrows, crossbows bolts were able to inflict more damage at long range.

Materials/Media:
Steel; wood
Dimensions:
L: 380mm
Source:
Dean Castle
Digital Number:
RI_DC_0000633-6
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council