Posted by Archery Country on Jul 24th 2023

Intro to Crossbows: FAQ, Maintenance, and Tips

People have used crossbows for centuries as a hunting and target shooting tool. With their power, accuracy, and distinct design, crossbows offer a unique experience for both beginners and experienced archers alike. New to crossbows? This guide has answers to common questions, maintenance tips, and useful info for crossbow beginners or those thinking of getting one. If you're more of an audio person we also did a whole  podcast episode about crossbows.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is a crossbow?

A crossbow is a weapon that combines elements of a bow and a firearm. It consists of a horizontal bow-like assembly, known as limbs, mounted on a stock, with a mechanism to hold and release the drawn string. Crossbows are shot by pulling the string back, latching it into position, and triggering the release mechanism.

Are crossbows legal?

Crossbow regulations vary by jurisdiction, so it's essential to research and comply with local laws. In many regions, crossbows are legal for hunting. However, specific rules may apply to minimum age requirements, hunting seasons, and licensing. Make sure to know the laws in your area.

How do I choose the right crossbow?

Consider factors such as your intended use, budget, safety, and skill level. Key aspects to evaluate include draw weight, overall weight, speed, accuracy, and additional features like scope options, safety mechanisms, and  the method in which the crossbow is cocked. Researching different models, reading reviews, and seeking advice from experienced archers can help you make an informed decision. We are more than happy to help you choose the right crossbow for you, stop into any one of our three locations, OR chat with one of our experts by clicking the red circle in the right-hand corner of your screen.

What target should I use with my crossbow?

We highly suggest  365 Archery targets. Not many targets are made for the speed and power of crossbows but 365 Archery targets are.

How to Safely Operate a Crossbow

How to Sight in a Crossbow

How to Keep Your Crossbow in The Best Condition

  • DO NOT store or keep your crossbow cocked for more than 8 hrs.
  • Replace your crossbow strings every 2 years or 200 shots.
  • Use rail lube and string wax regularly with TenPoint, CenterPoint, Wicked Ridge, or Mission crossbows. If you have a Ravin crossbow, only serving fluid is required.
  • Only use the correct manufacturer bolts/arrows with your crossbow. Manufacturer crossbow bolts/arrows are built specifically to work with specific crossbow firing mechanisms, force, and speed.