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DIY: Make your own self-igniting flaming arrows in case of siege
Electronic Products ^ | 05/12/2014 | Grace Noto

Posted on 05/17/2014 7:51:52 PM PDT by null and void

How to create medieval weapons with modern tech

Do you have a castle that you need to storm, or a siege you need to lay upon your enemies? Are you sadly bereft of the medieval weaponry it would take to accomplish those tasks?

Well don’t despair: luckily, you live in the age of the Internet, which means somebody knows how to make things like self-igniting flaming arrows for all your siege needs, and that somebody is completely willing to share that information with the world:

First things first: materials. As a denizen of the modern age, you only need four things to create self-igniting fire arrows—a ball of steel wool, an ordinary nine-volt battery, a slingshot and, well, arrows. Attach the steel wool to the arrow, stick the battery on the base of your slingshot, and start shooting: when you draw back the slingshot’s elastic, the battery and steel wool meet, igniting the wool and subsequently the arrow.

[Video at source]

While the guy in the video is using a slingshot, this technique should work just as well with a regular bow or crossbow, although you’d probably have to modify it a bit.

I’m going to leave you with a small disclaimer: since you probably don’t have the mad archery skills of your medieval ancestors, and you’ll be shooting flaming projectiles, please experiment with this in a very large, completely empty area where you can’t set anything important on fire, like the land or houses or yourself.

But while you’re in that large, empty area, by all means see if you can look this badass:



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1 posted on 05/17/2014 7:51:52 PM PDT by null and void
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To: null and void

Looks scary. I think I’d need 4 or 5 stiff drinks to work up the courage to try something like this.


2 posted on 05/17/2014 7:54:43 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Fegelein! Fegelein! Fegelein!)
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To: null and void
an ordinary nine-volt battery

Whew! So the Indians can't use this to attack Rin-Tin-Tin's fort. You had me worried there.

3 posted on 05/17/2014 7:56:04 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: null and void

You can stick strike anywhere matches into the barrel of an empty BB gun and, fire it, the match will explode or light on impact. Not quite the distance of an arrow, though.

Much fun.


4 posted on 05/17/2014 7:57:21 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: null and void

Would be a good entry for that cable show “Outrageous Acts of Science”


5 posted on 05/17/2014 7:58:16 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Looks scary. I think I’d need 4 or 5 stiff drinks to work up the courage to try something like this.


Have six drinks so you can ask someone to hold the last one while they watch what you are about to do.


6 posted on 05/17/2014 7:59:01 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: null and void

Useful for bear attacks ...


7 posted on 05/17/2014 7:59:26 PM PDT by catpuppy
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To: null and void
When you expose yourself, even a monkey can take you out.


8 posted on 05/17/2014 8:01:12 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: catpuppy

Are you suggesting we attack bears with flaming arrows or are you expressing concern that bears have bows with flaming arrows and might use them in an orchestrated attack?


9 posted on 05/17/2014 8:01:16 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Ha ha ha look up “steel wool poi” and see very scary stuff.

Here is a starter:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKSAcO3yPdU

Lots of mischief with steel wool.


10 posted on 05/17/2014 8:02:44 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: MUDDOG

But we (Indians) can use flaming marshmallows on arrows to attack Rin Tin Tin’s fort. So you may want to worry.


11 posted on 05/17/2014 8:03:47 PM PDT by Redcitizen (When a zombie apocalypse starts, Chuck Norris doesn't try to survive. The zombies do.)
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To: null and void

Hev Fun Stormin de Kessel!


12 posted on 05/17/2014 8:06:04 PM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: Redcitizen

Uh-oh! But I don’t think you’d ever hurt Rinty.


13 posted on 05/17/2014 8:09:10 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: null and void

Think I’ll use a Flame-O-Phone instead!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZY9_Xr5XPA


14 posted on 05/17/2014 8:09:10 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

Well, we do have the right to arm bears.


15 posted on 05/17/2014 8:11:34 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: null and void

Too scary! /s


16 posted on 05/17/2014 8:13:47 PM PDT by TauntedTiger (Keep away from the fence!)
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To: MUDDOG

Oh I wouldn’t hurt him. I could always keep a good dog.


17 posted on 05/17/2014 8:15:16 PM PDT by Redcitizen (When a zombie apocalypse starts, Chuck Norris doesn't try to survive. The zombies do.)
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To: null and void

Throw in a diaper and a skateboard and you got an episode of Jackass.


18 posted on 05/17/2014 8:20:52 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

It always pays to be prepared. Although bears using flaming arrows are rare, just when you think they’ve gone into hibernation a well-armed pack sends a swarm of arrows your way.


19 posted on 05/17/2014 8:21:15 PM PDT by catpuppy
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To: humblegunner; Eaker; mylife; BuckeyeTexan; TheMom; penelopesire; thackney; TheOldLady

This could be of some fun at the TCMS event...


20 posted on 05/17/2014 8:27:00 PM PDT by NYTexan
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To: Slings and Arrows

Is this how you got your FReepname?


21 posted on 05/17/2014 8:34:55 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: null and void

Finally-a way to deal with your obnoxious neighbors, or armed bears.


22 posted on 05/17/2014 8:36:51 PM PDT by Pajamajan ( Pray for our nation. Thank the Lord for everything you have. Don't wait. Do it today.??)
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To: null and void

This guy was planning to kill a judge with a crossbow and napalm.
http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2014/04/16/pd-accused-kaufman-county-killer-had-another-hit-planned/


23 posted on 05/17/2014 8:40:11 PM PDT by batterycommander (We will likely still be Majors, passed over twice, sitting in dimly-lit offices in the Pentagon.)
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To: Pajamajan; ClearCase_guy

>Finally-a way to deal with your obnoxious neighbors, or armed bears.

>>>Looks scary. I think I’d need 4 or 5 stiff drinks to work up the courage to try something like this.
2 posted on Saturday, May 17, 2014 10:54:43 PM by ClearCase_guy (Fegelein! Fegelein! Fegelein!)

OK, clearly you two have the best idears on this here thread so far, which I think I shall deploy next weekend when I’m not at work. Not against the armed bears, who are quite decent, but the neighbors. *belch*


24 posted on 05/17/2014 8:42:39 PM PDT by Titan Magroyne (What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

That would be unbearable if true...


25 posted on 05/17/2014 8:44:39 PM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Skip that...let’s just drink....


26 posted on 05/17/2014 8:45:49 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: null and void
Launching M-80s with the fuse mostly burned down for the air-burst was crazy enough for me.

Now, if there were plans for a home brew flame thrower, I might tool up for that, just in case, don't you know.

27 posted on 05/17/2014 8:51:36 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: null and void
This brings back memories.

Many years ago when I was a traveling Musician there was a place I hung out called the Raider Ranch.

it was an old house on several acres that had had a small fire in it and had the interior gutted because of the smoke damage.

A bunch of us long haired youth used to hang out there (it was owned by one of the boy's fathers.)

In the summer there were always interesting things going on there. the guys had fixed up the place and cleaned up the interior and made sort of an homage to Animal House. It was shabby yet clean with all sorts of weird artifacts contained within (including a scantily clad manikin who wore a Imperial Storm Trooper helmet and was named "Irma the Star Whore")

At one gathering just prior to the 4th of July weekend there was much activity to do with homemade fireworks. At the same time there was an ongoing archery tournament and well someone got the bright idea to make exploding arrows.

The first few were somewhat exciting in fact one was shot into the side of a cooler and it blew a sizable hole in the side. Then it was suggested to disassemble a roman candle and reconfigure it into a crossbow bolt and use the rather impressive crossbow one of the guys had instead of a bow and fire it into the sky.

Many attempts were made and finally the group explosive experts seemed to have made the proper adjustments and everyone gathered closely around the crossbowman for the attempt. The bolt was carefully loaded and the shooter brought the weapon to his shoulder and aimed it straight up. The Head explosive guy lit the fuse and the bolt was away and I assure you it was quite impressive shooting out balls of colored flame as it ascended to the darkened heavens.

There was a resounding round of applause and much backslapping and good cheer and them a voice rose above the din and said "Where did the bolt go?" And it was like someone shot a gun and the crowd scrambled realizing the shooter had shot it almost straight up and it soon would be back down.

As we are all scrambling we hear two quick sounds a sort of short flitting sound followed immediately by a loud "thunk" and when we investigated we had found the bolt had come down on a customized jeep with a cloth top and had stuck on the custom console the owner had put between the front seats. He left it there and he fixed the hole in the top and loved to tell the story when someone asked why he had a crossbow bolt stuck in his jeep's console!

When I look back on those days I am amazed I am still alive...

28 posted on 05/17/2014 9:03:43 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: null and void

Ah yes, when the feral gaggles come from the hood to pillage your neighborhood, if they cannot get into your house easily they will need this ‘technology’ don’tchaknow.


29 posted on 05/17/2014 9:06:33 PM PDT by MHGinTN
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To: null and void

I like it, but I see a couple of possible improvements. A sling shot? That’s for whimps. Let’s use one of those rubber band rides from the carnival. And a little steel wool pad? Please. That’s bush league. I say we use Chevy Volts. We put flaming Chevy Volts in one of those carnival rubber band rides and shoot them at Cuba.
“You commies want some new Chevys? Here they are, and they’re on fire! Drive these hot rods to the rutabaga commune!”


30 posted on 05/17/2014 9:12:19 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Mad Dawgg

My son and I loved that story!


31 posted on 05/17/2014 9:24:26 PM PDT by null and void (When was the last time you heard anyone say: "It's a free country"?)
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To: null and void

Good luck trying to hit anything more than five feet away with that....


32 posted on 05/17/2014 9:43:13 PM PDT by varmintman (It must really suck to be a Nazi in Kiev these days...)
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To: Squawk 8888

My name is a Hamlet reference. Or maybe an omelette reference.


33 posted on 05/17/2014 10:17:14 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
My name is a Hamlet reference.

So it was a *to be or not to be* a *slings and arrows* screen name for ya :)

34 posted on 05/17/2014 10:22:57 PM PDT by The Cajun (tea party!!!, Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Louie Gohmert......Nuff said.)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

The right to keep and arm bears shall not be infringed.


35 posted on 05/17/2014 10:55:31 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux. If not now, when? If not here, where?)
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To: Slings and Arrows; Squawk 8888
> My name is a Hamlet reference.

And here I thought it was an explanation of how you accumulated your outrageous fortune.

> Or maybe an omelette reference.

Hmmm.

It is also a great name for a mixed drink of gin, cherry brandy, and fruit juice, served with a crossbow bolt for a swizzle stick.

36 posted on 05/17/2014 11:09:36 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is...sounding pretty good about now.)
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To: The Cajun

Get thee to a punnery!


37 posted on 05/17/2014 11:10:36 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

That was great!


38 posted on 05/17/2014 11:22:43 PM PDT by bramps (Go West America!)
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To: null and void

Fine steel wool (like 000 or 0000) will work for this, but I doubt it would be able to set much on fire upon arrival. Why not a Bic and some kerosene on a cotton wrap on the arrow.


39 posted on 05/17/2014 11:31:16 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: null and void

Thanks,
Just one more opportunity.


40 posted on 05/18/2014 2:11:20 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Sounds fun, I’ll try it thanks


41 posted on 05/18/2014 2:15:02 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: Jet Jaguar

We used to do that.


42 posted on 05/18/2014 2:58:45 AM PDT by sport
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To: ClearCase_guy
"Looks scary. I think I’d need 4 or 5 stiff drinks to work up the courage to try something like this."

Are you talking about a "Hold muh beer" moment?

43 posted on 05/18/2014 3:40:07 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: dayglored

Crossbow bolt? Ha! REAL MEN use caltrops!


44 posted on 05/18/2014 3:41:32 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Mad Dawgg

I think it was Mark Twain that quipped “It’s not fun unless it’s dangerous”.


45 posted on 05/18/2014 3:59:52 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: Jack Hydrazine

That was excellent !


46 posted on 05/18/2014 6:19:40 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: catpuppy

47 posted on 05/18/2014 7:14:09 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Slings and Arrows
My name is a Hamlet reference. Or maybe an omelette reference.

'Hamlet and Eggs' was taken?

48 posted on 05/18/2014 7:28:40 AM PDT by null and void (When was the last time you heard anyone say: "It's a free country"?)
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To: null and void

Every time I tried this I rediscovered the fact that flaming arrows travel just a short distance compared with ordinary arrows. Flaming arrows need to ignite upon impact. Anything else, and you have to be too close.


49 posted on 05/18/2014 8:54:15 AM PDT by GingisK
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To: Slings and Arrows
> Crossbow bolt? Ha! REAL MEN use caltrops!

True, and it means your date licks the last drop of drink off the end of the swizzle with a little extra caution.


No pic? Click: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v735/duffy_5669/swizzle_stickLick.jpg

50 posted on 05/18/2014 9:10:07 AM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is...sounding pretty good about now.)
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