All About Trabucos

Trabuco is siege weapons most commonly used in the medieval ages. They operated with a sling mechanism that would throw a boulder or other item miles away. The purpose of the trabuco was to crush walls or throw their projectile over them.

A trabuco’s design is like a giant sling. The parts of a trabuco consist of a large wooden pole levered on a motor. On the longer side, there is a sling. On the shorter side is a stabilizer. The trabuco works by converting potential energy into kinetic energy. Part of the energy leaves, turning into friction.

There are two types of trabucos. The traction trabuco uses manual force to launch the sling. It took 20 to 45 people to work this type of trabuco. The most common type was a counterweight trabuco which uses weight instead of manual force to throw the object.


The history of the trabuco starts at the Crusades. An Islāmic scholar wrote that trabuco was the machine invented by unbelieving demons. There were also reports of trubcos being used in China in 1268 when the Mongols attacked China according to The trabuco made it to England in the 12th century. King Richard had two that he named ” Gods Catapult” and ” Bad Neighbor.”

The trabuco went out of popularity with the rise of gunpowder. In 2013 a trabuco was used in the Syrian war. Rebels used trabuco’s to hurl explosives at the government. In 2014 Ukraine used a trabuco to throw bricks at Berkut.

A Trabuco is technically a catapult since a catapult is any machine that flings things into the air. The main differences between a trabuco and the catapult that most people think of are the item load and release. In a catapult, a large springy piece of wood is wound up. The load releases when the wood is let go and hits a stop.


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