Montagnard Crossbow, Vietnam

Place Asia: Vietnam
Accession Number REL/04044.001
Collection type Technology
Object type Firearm
Physical description Bamboo, Wood
Location Main Bld: Vietnam Gallery: Lower Level: AATTV
Maker Unknown
Place made Vietnam
Date made c 1970
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975

Montagnard crossbow made from tropical timber and stained dark brown. The bow string is made from bamboo which is attached to the cross arm. A rudimentary wooden trigger is inletted to the stock. There are no markings on the crossbow.

History / Summary

Montagnard crossbow made by the Montagnard Tribe which inhabited the highlands of South Vietnam. The crossbow was used for hunting and also for clandestine activities during the Vietnam conflict. The crossbow includes strong fibre bow string and comes with a bamboo holder containing five arrows also made from bamboo. The crossbow and associated quiver and arrows were presented to the Australian Ambassador to South Vietnam, Ralph Harry, CBE, during the conflict.

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