Buying a new crossbow? What all you need to know about this weapon and what all does is comprise? This article will give you a descriptive view of a crossbow and its components. Although there are more than a dozen dealers selling crossbows with licensed brand names attached, however there are many local manufacturers selling cheap crossbows as well. You need to be cautious of such local vendors as they tend to jeopardize the product’s actual ability to hunt and merely make a look-alike weapon just as they make miniature cars for young lads.
Components or Anatomy of a Crossbow:
- Stirrup – This metal frame is located at the front portion of the crossbow. You need to place your foot inside the stirrup and secure the crossbow during cocking or shooting.
- Stock –The body of the crossbow is basically known as the stock and it is attached to all the crossbow parts. The stock’s front portion is called the foregrip. It is used to hold a firm grip of the bow. Buttstock is the backside or rear portion of the stock resting alongside your shoulder.
- Limbs – The cross bow gets all the power from the limbs. They are flexed and propel the bolt with their reflex action; all the energy is stored here in the limbs. Curved limbs are seen in the Recurve crossbows have whereas in case of a Compound crossbow, the end of the limbs have a pulley system.
- Bowstring – This is the regular string, which is connecting the two limbs and the bolt receives the bow’s energy.
- Rail – The top of the foregrip is known as the Rail. This is where the arrow has to be placed and the bowstring needs to be slided across.
- Trigger –Due to this trigger mechanism, the bowstring releases the latch, which has been held earlier. Although the trigger’s job is to fire, but it also runs safety checks incase of a danger situation. Sometime the trigger may also prevent accidental misfires.
- Crossbow Arrows: which are also known as “Bolts” are made of aluminum or carbon fiber. They are shorter than regular ancient arrows and are made specifically for crossbows. It is critical to only use manufacturer-recommended crossbow bolts. Infact, manufacturers recommend bolt weight, length, nock type and fletching requirements so that you get the exact quality.
These are some specifications of the crossbow that you should buy keeping in mind. I am sure these specifications may sound like “Arabic” to a lot of new archers, but if you are venturing out into this sport or just adding on an adventure activity to your wish list, these are the bare minimum you would need to know about Crossbows. So do your pick wisely!!!