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Welcome to SwiftHound Bows'  catalog.

We specialize in finely-crafted, elegant medieval crossbows, from the 14th to 16th centuries, with an eye for medieval enthusiasts and collectors.

Custom orders are welcome, and invited. 

Our bows are modeled after crossbows from different regions and times, and some are copies of famous bows that were commissioned for, or gifted to, royalty and nobility.

We have crafted bows for target competition, hunters, reenactors, movies, and television, as well as youth bows, and custom orders with engraved lockplates, or carved bone insets.

We build bows anywhere from 50 to 200 lb. draw: that's 250 to 1800 inch-pounds of power (Inch-pounds equal draw length x draw-weight, thus 100 lb. x 8 inches = 800 inch/pounds.

For recreational shooting or combat-games, such as those played by Society for Creative Anachronism and some LARP clubs, we recommend a bow of @ 70 lb. at 7.5 inches of draw for approximately 525 inch-pounds.

For target-shooting up to @ 50 yards, we recommend a 125 lb. steel prod (bowstave).

For hunting deer, javelina, or the like you'll want at least 150 lb for 1200 inch-pounds. For bows over 100 lb. draw we'll want to reinforce the lock socket with bone, (otherwise, the lock socket's wood will compress, and the nut will wallow in the socket) and the steel prod will cost a bit more.

As a note of caution: Bows over 150 lb. draw will be harder to draw than lighter bows and tend to break more bolts. They shoot faster and flatter, they're more accurate, however, they are not as much fun to play with as the lighter bows. Should you have a shooting mishap in your backyard and hit your neighbor, the consequences will be dire. Any bow and arrow is potentially dangerous if used unsafely, but strong bows are deadly. So don't buy a strong, hunting-weight bow if you aren't planning to hunt. And remember, it's always possible to refit your bow with a stronger or lighter bowstave. Be reasonable and be safe.

Please enjoy a look through our Gallery and Crossbow Styles , for the types of bows we make, and examples thereof.

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Each of our crossbows offer several standard options as well as upgrade options for an additional fee. You may also view our line of crossbow accessories.

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You may order a crossbow through our secure online form with all options and accessories. We accept payment through pay-pal or mail in check only at this time.

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