The beginner’s guide to the use of a crossbow is centered on the information of how to use it. This involves cocking, uncocking of the bow, as well as loading and unloading the bolt.
- Place your foot firmly on the stirrup. Make sure that you put as much pressure as you can on it because if the pressure is not enough, you risk injuring yourself if the bow runs back into you.
- Grab both strings and pull it upward. As much as possible, make sure that you provide even force. Stop when the strings reach the locking mechanism.
- Activate the safety feature.
- First of all, you have to make sure that there is no arrow on the bow’s deck.
- Just like what you have done in the cocking procedure, make sure that you are stepping on the stirrup with as much downward force as possible.
- Grab the strings and bring it to the locking mechanism.
- Deactivate the safety mechanism.
- Have someone else pull the trigger for you. If no one is available, make sure that you are still focused on your task to hold the string.
- Carefully place the string in the rest position.
Loading the Arrow
- Before anything else, make sure that the bow is cocked, and the safety feature is activated.
- Have the crossbow point downward, or in any direction where no one will be hit, just in case an accident happens.
- Place the arrow in the deck.
- Slide it back down and firmly lock it.
Unloading the Arrow
- First of all, always make sure that the safety mechanism is activated. And do not forget to keep your finger or hand away from the trigger.
- Slide the arrow away from the deck. When this is done, uncocking the bow is now safe to do.