IN MANY PARTS OF THE WORLD crossbows are still used in traditional style for target shooting and ceremonial displays. Western European countries such as Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands have been practicing this sport – each nation in their own special style – for many centuries. For more information please visit the websites of the historic crossbow organisations listed in the LINKS section.
2011 IAU European Championship (Field) Budapest, Hungary: a display by members of the Saint Sebastyian Crossbow Society www.szamszerijasz.extra.hu
Historical evidence shows that the crossbow was invented in China during the third or fourth century AD.
A highlight of the World Traditional Archery Festival in Korea was a demonstation of the Chinese repeating crossbow.
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