Fleching was a term used in the old West derived from the German word “Flitschen”. The Germans had set up what they called ‘Flitzbogen’ or what we would call a crossbow. This weapon which had a long bow and a trigger has been around for many centuries, but it took some time before the people in the new world got their hands on it. They redesigned what you might call a crank to pull back this string of sorts and while there were no arrows involved, what these men did with what one can assume was steel “flint” on what though was most likely leather made an imprint that could resemble what an arrow might look like after being fired from such a contraption. So what you would call flint knapping, what the Indians did to make arrowheads was what these men were doing. They would take out what looked like an arrowhead shape and then they made the back of what one might assume is where the shaft or arrow’s body would go. This way their weapons could be fired again and again without having to replace the arrow head, but it took quite a bit of time before what we know today as bullets evolved into what almost everyone knows them for today. The concept was always there though in whatever form, whether it was steel on leather or lead on cloth which became common later in the development.
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