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This is an interesting text in PDF format that describes how to build a trebuchet - a kind of medieval catapult, to explain the concept briefly. Strictly speaking, a trebuchet is not a catapult much like a cannon is not a mortar, but we can use the terms interchangeably to convey the idea of an artillery device.



As you will see, constructing such a weapon requires some degree of skill and experience but it can be an alternative for survival situations, in some cases. During recent disturbances in Ukraine, protesters against the pro-Russian government actually used weaponry such as these catapults with some degree of success.

Indeed, mobility migth be a problem for these artifacts - don't think that you will be able to move them around quickly like a portable rocket launcher -, but they can be used as defensive weapons and in some cases, even for the purposes of a siege to an enemy installation as long as its forces cannot respond with modern firepower.

The pyschological effect for the enemy can be, however, devastating for the enemy because it will show that you are doing quite an effort to fight.

At the Gea Org,. we also built, about ten years ago, a small trebuchet using present-day materials. These things do work but as I said again, anyone trying to build such things needs to learn by the trial-and-error method in order to gain experience. Small modifications could lead to remarkable variations in performance in terms of range, precision and safety of operation.

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