Instructions and tips for using your crossbow for the first time

Section 1: Assembling the Crossbow after Purchase

What to expect

You got your first crossbow in your hands; what should you do next? Your new crossbow and accessories will, of course, require some simple assembly and somebody kit installation. Most crossbow manufacturers include detailed instructions, and in most cases, an assembly kit and all the necessary tools are already included in the package. The complete set of a crossbow usually should not differ from what you saw in the photo on the store’s crossbows and bows’ website; you looked in the section – complete set.

The crossbow’s arms are almost always supplied assembled, but they will have to be screwed to the crossbow guide (almost always a single bolt). To assemble and disassemble the crossbow in the future, you have to unscrew this bolt. Your crossbow is divided into two parts: a guide and shoulders assembled and ready for transportation.

An optical or collimator sight is sometimes already pre-installed, but this is rare, and you will have to install it yourself in 95% of cases. But there is nothing complicated in this, and it will take you no more than a minute. If the crossbow comes in the maximum configuration, you will need to install a shako (holder for arrows) and a shoulder strap. For a person who has never assembled a crossbow, if there are instructions, the whole process will take, for the first time, no more than 15-20 minutes.

Your crossbow is assembled and ready. With instructions, the whole process will take, for the first time, no more than 15-20 minutes. Your crossbow is assembled and ready. With instructions, the whole process will take, for the first time, no more than 15-20 minutes. Your crossbow is assembled and ready.

Missing or spare parts

If, during or after assembly, you find remaining or missing parts, be sure to contact the store where you purchased the crossbow or the manufacturer and explain your suspicions. Using the best pistol crossbow for hunting in such a situation can lead to further breakdown and harm to your health and those around you. Be vigilant, and after assembling the crossbow, even if everything is in place, review the entire instructions again.

Section 2: Crossbow Platoon

Throughout the history of the development of crossbows, they are becoming more and more powerful. Cock a crossbow with your hands is quite tricky. Crossbows approved in Europe with a pulling force of up to 43 kg. Inclusive, you can easily cock without any devices, but do not forget that it is challenging to ensure that the bowstring is evenly snapped into place by the lock. Therefore, our advice is even crossbows with shoulders at 43 kg. It is better to cock with the manual tensioner that comes with the kit; if not, it is better to buy it.

Since some crossbows have a pulling force of up to 115 kg. , then manufacturers should introduce devices that will facilitate the cocking of the bowstring of the crossbow.

At the moment, there are three ways to platoon a crossbow:

  • Platoon with hands
  • Platoon with a manual bowstring tensioner
  • Platoon with a mechanical tensioner

Before cocking the crossbow, be sure to check that the safety catch is in the FIRE position. Each method has its pros and cons; let’s take a closer look at each of them.

Platoon by hand

Manual crossbow cocking, the easiest and fastest way to prepare your crossbow for a shot. Insert your foot into the stirrup, grasp the string with both hands as close to the guide as possible and pull towards you until the safety catch clicks. If the crossbow has a pulling force of more than 43 kg. , it is practically impossible to cock it with your hands more than three times.

This is a vast physical activity, and for this, there is a gym. The smooth snapping of the bowstring into the lock is almost impossible when using this method since one of the hands always pulls more. This factor will affect the accuracy of the crossbow. I would also like to note that if, for example, you are going to do Bowfishing, then the force is more than 43 kg. You won’t need it.

Cocking with manual tensioner

A manual bowstring tensioner makes it easier to platoon the bowstring, in contrast to platoon by hand, almost two times and very much relieves the back muscles. The manual tensioner gives a leverage effect, relieving tension. Cocking a crossbow with a pulling force of 80 kg. , with the manual tensioner, you will pull about 40 kg. The manual tensioner always has two hooks and two handles.

Insert your foot into the stirrup, place the middle of the rope in the grooves behind the aiming bar, hook the bowstring from below with the hooks as close as possible to the guide and pull the handles towards you until the safety catch clicks. A manual tensioner provides perfect cocking of the bowstring into the lock without distortions.

Cocking with a mechanical tensioner

The mechanical tensioner is almost always installed in the butt of the crossbow and has a handle built into the butt itself. A mechanical tensioner usually lightens the cocking of the crossbow by ten times. The mechanism itself most often has two modes. The ratchet, which does not give a reverse motion, can release the tensioner handle at any moment of tension, and everything will remain in the same place.

This mode is the lightest but also the loudest. If you have come to the place of extraction of the animal, then use the second mode. It is entirely silent, but the handle will have a reverse motion. Take the handle out of stock and insert it into the winch mechanism. Release the mechanism and put the hooks on the string. Cock the mechanism until the safety catch clicks. Release the hooks, place them in their place, remove the handle from the mechanism, and place it back into the stock.

Platoon utilizes a mechanical tensioner, the lightest in terms of physical activity and the longest in time. It is also worth noting that there is no need to set the crossbow vertically (ideal for a platoon in motion and platoon in a storage shed or trend). Also, a mechanical tensioner is the safest way to discharge the crossbow without firing.

Section 3: Boom Installation and Selection

Each arrow has three feathers; one of them is always a different color from the others. Place the boom on the rail with excellent feather down. Slide the boom along the rail into the lock. Boom installation is complete.

Crossbow arrows come in different lengths and can be made of different materials. The boom length depends on the length of the rail. Ideally, the arrowhead should be just after the end of the rail. If the arrow is shorter and the tip lies on the guide itself, then the sports tip’s junction and the arrow shaft will spoil the guide. In this case, the use of a hunting trip is not possible.

If the boom is longer and the tip extends a lot beyond the rail, then this is extra boom weight, which will affect the accuracy and range of the boom. The optimal material for arrows is carbon. But, at 95%, it’s a plastic tube wrapped in carbon fiber. The advantage of a carbon arrow is that it does not bend or break, only breaks when hit by stone or metal. Aluminum arrows bend very quickly, and this will affect the trajectory of the arrow. Fiberglass arrows are the most budgetary but have an almost unpredictable arrow flight.

Section 4: Crossbow Sights

Most crossbows come with a reflex or telescopic sight

Reflex sights usually come with one point or three. The reflex sight does not give any magnification but is optimal for shooting at close distances, up to about 30 meters. The reflex sight is battery operated, and usually, the dots are highlighted in red or green and have brightness options.

Optical sights are most often 4×32. 4 – 4x magnification, 32 – lens clearance. The sight scale can be with one crosshair, but most often, the sight will have a crossbow reticle, with several crosshairs, for zeroing in the product at different distances. Modern optical sights have scale illumination. Red or green with multiple backlight intensity options. Each scope will be equipped with two switches to adjust the scope horizontally and vertically.

We have considered the main points with you. If suddenly you have any questions, you can always contact our consultants. If you decide to buy a crossbow and are in Moscow, we advise you to visit our retail store of crossbows and bows in Moscow, hold the crossbow you like in your hands, and make a test shot in our shooting zone. Our consultants will be happy to answer all your questions and help you make the right choice. If you wish, when ordering, you can order the assembly and sighting of the crossbow.


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