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This requires redesign of both the atlatl
and the projectile it shoots. First off, the
atlatl itself will be made of a long
tube with a cutaway (about 6 inches) near
the top. The cutaway is merely half the
pipe removed just before the notch that
the spear locks into. There is a sliding
over this cutaway attached to a
trigger on the handle of the atlatl. The
handle also has a ramped finger guard.
There is also a spring-loaded ramp
the tube under the cutaway. The
projectiles will be spring-loaded
telescoping spears. A 6-inch spear
be able to telescope out to at least 3 feet
with a nice pointy tip.
Atlatl could be carried loaded at
side, when ready to throw, simply hold
over shoulder, depress trigger, projectile
will pop out, telescope, and fling away.
The finger guard will keep the projectile
from impaling your hand. It should also
noted that the notch that holds the spear
in place will keep it from launching off
atlatl under its own spring loaded
Kind of like a trebuchet hook, it wont let
go until the proper angle is reached.
will be 6 of them on a rotating spindle so
they lock each spear in when they pop
international atlatal society
[bleh, Dec 01 2006]
[Ian Tindale, Dec 01 2006]
||Atlatl, with just a little t & a it'd be positively palindromic.
||why the bones? flawed design or just a
||+ for any type of weapon. :D
||I have enough experience with the atlatl to see that this is a dramatic disimprovement.
||For the atlatl to work, the spear must be able to swivel upwards away from the atlatl body while throwing. With the cover design as explained, this would be impossible, and you are left with a spring-loaded spear launcher.
||Weight requirements on the spear, which now contains the spring, will limit the available force of the launching spring, as well as making the spear unnecessarily complex.
||Bun for interesting idea, but I also don't think it would work
as designed. I'm not worried about the cover and stuff;
that's easy to solve. My concerns are about the reliability of
spring-loaded telescoping spears, and the fact that the mass
and moment of inertia of the atlatl will change as spears
leave it, throwing off the thrower's accuracy.
||I guess you could use regular spears on a rotating frame,
kinda like a revolver, instead of telescoping spears. That
would allow you to use regular spears, and the moment arm
will be roughly constant. But that still doesn't solve the
problem of the mass of the whole assembly changing, and it
makes the whole assembly wider.