Leonardo's crossbow

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The original design of the giant crossbow (Codex Atlanticus, f. 149a)[1]

Leonardo's crossbow is a type of shooting weapon designed by Leonardo da Vinci, whose drawings are in the Codex Atlanticus. Never constructed by its designer, it was instead built to a scale of 1:1, as shown in the ITN documentary Leonardo's Dream Machines, which was aired for the first time in February 2003 by Channel 4.[2] The original idea of Leonardo, as described in the drawings of the Atlantic Codex (1488–1489), was to build a giant crossbow in order to increase the range of the dart. Possibly used to fire rocks and bombs, it was mostly intimidation based.

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