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Trabuco – The Deadly Ancient Weapon

The Trabuco was a weapon utilized in the medieval age by troops in their warfare with their enemies. Chinese armies are believed to have invented the ancient war weapon in 400 BC that was later adopted by the Europeans in 600 AD.

The Trabuco worked by hurling stones to the wall of the enemies to slam and crush them in order to cause massive destructions. Again, they also used dead infected bodies as projectiles as they believe it would spread the ailment to their opponents.

How Trabucos Works

The Trabuco which is also known as balancing Trabuco works by transforming the gravitation potential energy into kinetic energy to supply the required force. The war machine functions by using the same method as a sling or that of a catapult. Moreover, the ancient war machine constitutes a base also known as base or pivot, an armrest that holds the projectile, and a counterweight containing the heavyweight. The speed of the projectile is directly proportional to that of the counterweight.

Again, the size of the projectile fired entirely depends on the size of the Trabuco used. For instance, the first Trabuco invented could fire up to 140 pounds and a distance of 80 meters while the second Trabuco would fire up to 400 pounds according to The latter was an improvement of the first as it was difficult to control the operators to be in sync to efficiently launch a projectile. Further, the second type of Trabuco on, referred to as the hybrid was more efficient as it did not require the coordination of the armies but worked by adding a heavy weight on the other end arm.

In addition, the usage of the Trabuco ended when modern artillery replaced it. The Trabuco mechanism requires physics application, and therefore today it is used in classrooms to explain the subject. Trabucos became obsolete and are now used in outdoor fun activities like hurling paper balls and grapes.

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