Archery may seem like nothing more than bow and arrows, but there's more to this sport…
If you’re looking for a bow that’s easy to shoot while still packing a serious punch, the crossbow may be for you.
This marvel of modern technology is one of the most powerful bows out there, while still maintaining its status as a beginner-friendly, simple-to-operate piece of equipment.
If you’re interested in learning more about crossbows, read on.
What Is A Crossbow?
A crossbow uses a mechanical latch to hold the bow in place when it is in the cocked position.
This latch sustains the force of the draw weight, allowing the archer to focus on aiming and accuracy.
Crossbows are somewhat of a hybrid between a bow and a rifle– they are a little easier to use and more powerful than other modern bows, and they are fired by pulling a trigger.
Crossbows can be either recurve or straight bows. The bow itself is rotated onto its side and mounted on a stock.
They are also held differently than other types of bow.
The stock of the crossbow rests on your shoulder, allowing you to use both your shoulder and arms to support the bow’s weight.
Crossbows use special, smaller arrows called bolts.
Advantages and Disadvantages
There are several pros and cons to using a crossbow. One advantage is that they are easier to shoot.
Because the mechanical latch holds on to the draw weight for you, there is no need to waste energy holding the bowstring in a locked position.
This affords you greater accuracy, and the ability to take your time aiming.
In addition, the bow can launch arrows at a higher foot per second speed than other bows.
The increased speed means the arrows fly with a straighter arc, also helping to improve your overall accuracy.
If you are at all concerned with speed and accuracy in your shooting, crossbows offer huge advantages over other modern and traditional bows.
There are also some disadvantages to consider when using the crossbow, as well. Because they can shoot so fast, the crossbow is not legal everywhere.
It’s important to check your local regulations before purchasing a bow you may not be able to use.
Another disadvantage is the use of special crossbow arrows. Bolts are sometimes more expensive than traditional arrows.
Uses for A Crossbow
Crossbows can be used in just about any style of archery. Whether you prefer to hit static targets or live ones, crossbows are useful in both target archery and bowhunting.
They are easily portable, making them a great choice for any style of archery involving going into the field.
Crossbows come in a variety of styles and can be used by both beginners and expert archers.
Getting Fitted for A Crossbow
The size of crossbow you’ll need depends a bit on how you plan to use it. Smaller crossbows are better suited towards field archery and bowhunting because they are lighter and more portable.
Larger crossbows are good for target archery– they afford you greater speed and accuracy in return for a heavier weight.
It’s important to take both the use and your size into consideration when buying a crossbow.
It must be small and light enough for you to be able to hold it steady while loading and cocking the bow.
Crossbows offer a great deal of power and fun. So long as they are legal in your area, crossbows are an efficient and accurate way to practice archery.
It’s best to experiment with different crossbows to find one that’s right for you.