How to Shoot a Crossbow with 4 Simple Steps

How To Shoot a Crossbow

You may find it extremely gratifying to hunt with crossbows as it allows you to have that primal thrill of using a bow. But if you are still confused about how a crossbow works and how to use it for the best outcome, don’t worry! This article will give you step-by-step guidance on how to shoot a crossbow with accuracy. Let’s dive in!

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How to Shoot A Crossbow with 4 Simple Steps

Step 1: Cocking the bow

Cocking the bow is the first step you need to master when learning how to shoot a crossbow. It takes more arm and back strength than pulling a bow back.

To do this correctly every time for the best accuracy, you should:

  1. Place the stirrup of the bow on the ground and then put your foot inside it while standing to secure the crossbow.
  2. Use both hands to give equal force on both sides of the string
  3. Now it’s time to place the string on the cocking mechanism. Do not let go of the string until you hear a click.
  4. Put the arrow in the bow groove. Make sure the end of the bow touches the string.

Step 2: Loading the bow

This process is pretty simple compared to cocking. After getting the bow fully cocked, you need to take the arrow that is designed for your bow and place it onto the barrel. Make sure the cock vane of the arrow is aligned with the barrel groove. Your crossbow is now loaded and ready to fire. Please note that pointing down the van is important in most cases. If you’re not sure about cocking the arrow to the right position, you should take a look at the user manual or maybe do a quick web search.

Step 3: Aiming

The next step is aiming at your sight. For better accuracy, modern crossbows are equipped with scopes. Looking through the scope, you will see a dot or a reticle or many of them. Next, move that dot or reticle in the target center to ensure accuracy. Now place an arrow on your cocked crossbow and pull it back until the nock reaches the string.

Step 4: Shooting

Shooting a crossbow is much like shooting a gun. The most effective way to do this is to shoot from a stable position. You are advised to use a shooting stick or rail for better balance and accuracy as the top of a crossbow can be very heavy.

After having the target sighted, you need to squeeze the trigger and keep the target aligned in your sights. Remember to let your finger off of the trigger until you are ready to shoot to prevent misfires of the crossbow.

Make sure your shot placement is in your target, and adjust the sites if needed.

Crossbow Maintenance

Crossbow maintenance is nothing short of important to improve your shooting accuracy as well as to make your weapon last a lifetime. Below is the list of things that you should do frequently:

  1. Waxing the crossbow string and cables
  2. Inspecting crossbow & arrows before shooting
  3. Cleaning the scope lens
  4. Getting rid of dirt and dust
  5. Doing rail lubrication
  6. Tightening all bolts

Final thoughts

That’s it! Now with these steps to shoot a crossbow in hand, you can defend yourself even in the event of a zombie or vampire apocalypse. If you face any difficulties along the way, please feel free to let us know in the comment section below.

 

Further reading:

13 Crossbow Shooting Do’s … And 3 Don’ts

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