Unique Item—the crossbow you see in the photos is the actual one you will get
Pull weight: 38 pounds at 5 inches
Bow: 3-years air-dried bamboo species "Xyoob Tuam Tswm" and smoked—traditional process for Hmong crossbows
Stock: American Black Walnut
Includes 12 bowboo arrows: 3 made with traditional wood/bamboo fins and fire hardened shaft, 7 made with synthetic high-density polyethylene fiber fins and dried shaft—the former being more traditional and the latter being more durable, and two with metal field point tips
Includes bamboo quiver with red oak bottom endcap
Bowstring made from 100% hemp fibers
15.75 inch taub (stock), 3/8 inches thick, with 19 inch nta hneev (bow), handmade by me—Neng! Every part of this bow is handcarved over the course of about 6 hours build time with 7 days to finish: I use 3 coats of boiled linseed oil, with 2 days of drying time between each layer. Walnut is a beautiful, tight-grained, tried and true wood that has commonly been used for firearms and bows throughout history. The nta on this hneev has been fitted exceptionally tightly and thus does not require wedges to seat within the taub. The bow will come with the bowstring on the nta hneev, but you will have to string the bow each time you use it, and unstring it after each use—this is in order to prevent bow set.
With a 38 pound draw weight at 5 inches and ~65 grain arrows, this bow can effectively kill small birds and rodents at close range—think house sparrows, mice, etc.—provided an ethical and accurate shot is taken. But because of its smaller size, and the resulting shorter sight-radius, this crossbow is not as accurate an a fullsize crossbow...so please be careful. Always wear saftely goggles!
DDo not buy this for a HMong funeral bow—those can be bought for about $20; they are made of cheap softwoods, are non-proportional, and are non-functional. Please contact me if you need a funeral bow and I can make you one for cheap.