This project is based on the invention of Jörg Sprave from The Slingshot Channel named "Sliding Instant Legolas", commercially available under the name "The Fenris".
I put his name on the back part of the magazine with his permission, to appreciate this great invention.
Before you start building, make sure that this type device is legal in your country.
I am not responsible for the consequences of building, possession and using this repeating bow.
You build it on your own responsibility.
As "The Fenris" is CNC machined in Austria and very expensive, I decided to make my own cheaper DIY version.
I present my vision of Jörg's invention, with some of my proprietary solutions, optimized to be made with 3D printed parts and other easily available materials. SIL hybrid was designed to the EK Archery Assassin / Exterminator compound bow only, but after designing a dedicated adapter, it can also be mounted on other compound bows. List of compatible bows and available adapters you will find here:
SIL hybrid is pump-action repeating bow with integrated quiver (magazine) for 7 arrows (bolts) and thumb triggered release. Standard 15 inch long bolts (carbon bolts for EK Archery Cobra R9 / Cold Steel Cheap Shot 130 crossbows) can be loaded manually or automatically with additional SIL Ammo Clip, after deflecting the magazine spring lever.
If you want to shoot really fast you need also SIL Ammo Clip (Speed loader):
Aiming is carried out using a laser sight (up to 15-20 m distance) or red dot sight (up to 30-40 m distance). Possible installation of a short 4x32 ACOG type scope and shooting at longer distances. The magazine is easy to assemble and disassemble on the bow, because the rear handle is tilted away after unscrewing one thumb screw.
SIL magazine is a hybrid of 4 aluminum profiles (20x10x2 mm angles 700 mm long - from a DIY store) and a dozen or so printed parts on a 3D printer. The aluminum profiles ensure rigidity, while the 3D printed elements merge everything into one with M3 screws. As you can see in the pictures, the construction is quite simple. I used cheap rollers and thumb screws from the 3D printer and some different screws, nuts and springs. The cost of materials is around 40-50 euros. The most difficult is to drill so many holes in the profiles in the right places, but with the prepared templates it can be done relatively easily. The assembly of the whole is not difficult afterwards.
You can find detailed information and instructions at: https://legolini.com/files/SIL_hybrid_bow.pdf
Please read the above file carefully before doing anything.
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In the ZIP package with STL files there is also a folder "For advanced DIY" where you will find some STEP files and additional STL files. These files are included to make it easier for advanced users to adapt the design to other compound bows (also for left-handed).
How to assemble? Read PDF manual and watch this video:
New adapter for EK Archery (POE LANG) Rex Compound Bow
Small change to "magazine_part2" - now it has 2 mm longer room for fletching (the vanes on some cheap Chinese arrows are glued a little further from the nock).
Added surface to the outside of "magazine_part1" to improve bed adhesion.
Added STEP file "aluminum_angles" to easy drill holes on CNC machines.
You need FDM 3D printer with a heatbed of at least 210 x 210 mm.
The design is optimized for 3D printing with a layer height of 0.2 mm. For reasons of strength and durability, I recommend printing all elements with a wall thickness of 1.6 mm (4 shells), a thickness of 1.2 mm bottom and top walls, and infill 25%. I recommend printing the magazine_spring_lever_part1 and the release with a wall thickness of 2.0 mm (5 shells). I also recommend printing at a slightly higher hotend temperature than usual. I recommend printing on glass bed to make the surfaces smoother. The 3D printer should be well calibrated (extruder steps, flowrate, first layer height).
It takes about 40-50 hours to print all parts (depends on the 3D printer).
Please read https://legolini.com/files/SIL_hybrid_bow.pdf before you start printing.
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