Evolution of the Crossbow

CROSSBOW COMPONENTS

As the popularity of the crossbow continues to increase, the number of crossbows on the market also increases. The ability to choose the right one for you may seem overwhelming if you have never used one or bought one before. One thing that is the most important thing to remember when making your purchase is that the weight of the bow is not everything. While a crossbow that is heavy may in fact be easier to aim, if you are heading out for a long hunting vacation, accuracy and stability will be the most important aspects.

When it comes to the crossbow, there are two basic design elements. These are simple to comprehend. These two elements are recurve and compound. The recurve design is the oldest and basic design of the crossbows. This design element has been around since the beginning of history for the crossbows.

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Make a Crossbow

If you hope to build something you can knock down a few targets with in the back yard, or get that opossum to play dead for real, you might be able to put something together. Here are some simple tips.

The key ingredients you will need for a homemade crossbow are going to be a quality stock, jig cut from quality wood. Fashion it to your liking, with or without a grip. Stain it with a good stain and sealer combination product, and allow it to dry for 48 hours.

Next, design a simple trigger mechanism out of steel stock, though at a pinch, a 16 lb nail might serve you admirably. Drill out the stock, bottom to top and run the trigger up through the stock. If possible, use your ingenuity to determine how to lock the trigger once the string has been drawn.

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