Trabuco: Stones Of Fury

The Trabuco is a powerful siege weapon that was mainly used during the middle ages. It served a similar purpose as the catapult but could fling stones farther and therefore cause more damage to infrastructure on impact. It is designed with a counterbalance that, when released, drops and launches the loaded projectile towards its target. This means that the heavier the counterbalance, the farther the projectile will go.

Much of what made the Trabuco popular was that it was easily manufactured, without any complicated rigging and that it would launch its projectiles farther than other siege weapons at the time.


Several variations have existed of the Trabuco, the tensile, the hybrid, and eventually the blunderbuss. The tensile Trabuco was completely man-powered and owed its creation to the Chinese according to Humans acted as the counterweight by pulling on ropes to launch the projectile. This, though capable of endless possibilities, was flawed due to human inconsistency and being able to manage large groups as they pulled the ropes. This lead to the Arabs improving on the design and making a counterweight on the short arm of the Trabuco. This enhancement allowed the Trabuco to launch stones of 400 pounds. It was this Trabuco that Europeans encountered during the crusades and that they adopted and modified according to By adding human strength and a constant weight, they were able to create the blunderbuss, capable of launching stones a ton in weight. These modifications made the Trabuco a weapon to be feared.

Though the Trabuco is advanced, even by modern standards, it eventually fell out of use as gunpowder became the norm. But the Trabuco can still be seen today, as many fans of the Middle Ages make their own and put on displays. As long as this continues, the Trabuco will live on.

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