Skip to comments.DIY: Make your own self-igniting flaming arrows in case of siege
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 dont 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 arrowsa 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 slingshots 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 youd probably have to modify it a bit.
Im going to leave you with a small disclaimer: since you probably dont have the mad archery skills of your medieval ancestors, and youll be shooting flaming projectiles, please experiment with this in a very large, completely empty area where you cant set anything important on fire, like the land or houses or yourself.
But while youre in that large, empty area, by all means see if you can look this badass:
Looks scary. I think I’d need 4 or 5 stiff drinks to work up the courage to try something like this.
Whew! So the Indians can't use this to attack Rin-Tin-Tin's fort. You had me worried there.
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.
Would be a good entry for that cable show “Outrageous Acts of Science”
Looks scary. I think Id 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.
Useful for bear attacks ...
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?
Ha ha ha look up “steel wool poi” and see very scary stuff.
Here is a starter:
Lots of mischief with steel wool.
But we (Indians) can use flaming marshmallows on arrows to attack Rin Tin Tin’s fort. So you may want to worry.
Hev Fun Stormin de Kessel!
Uh-oh! But I don’t think you’d ever hurt Rinty.
Think I’ll use a Flame-O-Phone instead!
Well, we do have the right to arm bears.
Too scary! /s
Oh I wouldn’t hurt him. I could always keep a good dog.
Throw in a diaper and a skateboard and you got an episode of Jackass.
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.
This could be of some fun at the TCMS event...
Is this how you got your FReepname?
Finally-a way to deal with your obnoxious neighbors, or armed bears.
This guy was planning to kill a judge with a crossbow and napalm.
>Finally-a way to deal with your obnoxious neighbors, or armed bears.
>>>Looks scary. I think Id 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*
That would be unbearable if true...
Skip that...let’s just drink....
Now, if there were plans for a home brew flame thrower, I might tool up for that, just in case, don't you know.
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...
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.
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!”
My son and I loved that story!
Good luck trying to hit anything more than five feet away with that....
My name is a Hamlet reference. Or maybe an omelette reference.
So it was a *to be or not to be* a *slings and arrows* screen name for ya :)
The right to keep and arm bears shall not be infringed.
And here I thought it was an explanation of how you accumulated your outrageous fortune.
> Or maybe an omelette reference.
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.
Get thee to a punnery!
That was great!
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.
Just one more opportunity.
Sounds fun, I’ll try it thanks
We used to do that.
Are you talking about a "Hold muh beer" moment?
Crossbow bolt? Ha! REAL MEN use caltrops!
I think it was Mark Twain that quipped “It’s not fun unless it’s dangerous”.
That was excellent !
'Hamlet and Eggs' was taken?
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.
True, and it means your date licks the last drop of drink off the end of the swizzle with a little extra caution.