A crossbow is indeed one of the most ingenious weapons ever designed. Aside from its obvious accuracy of shots, the weapon is also one of the most lethal and will usually put the target to permanent rest depending on the range.
But as you probably already know, there are obvious perils that come in choosing a faulty weapon. The same applies to the best crossbow and in this article, we shall uncover some of the dangers of getting a lousy crossbow and how these dangers impact on its efficiency and accuracy.
Crooked Flight Groove
The flight groove is that grooved track that lies on top of the weapon’s barrel. The track enables the arrow to sit perfectly aligned with your string, thereby ensuring perfect accuracy.
At times, a crossbow may have a crooked flight groove and when this happens, the arrow may not travel in a perfectly straight line when shot. This directly impairs on the accuracy of the weapon. In such cases, it doesn’t matter how accurately you think you have the target locked, you will almost always miss it.
Loose Cocking Stirrup
Just like the flight groove, the cocking stirrup also has a direct effect on the accuracy of the weapon. The cocking stirrup is basically that section protruding at the end of the weapon. It is here that the archer places their foot so as to prevent any slipping when the weapon is cocked.
A loose stirrup therefore means there will be a disproportionate reaction when the weapon is cocked. Aside from affecting the accuracy of the shot, it could also be dangerous to the archer.
When the archer cocks the crossbow, the string is normally captured and held in place by the latch. This enables the archer to lock in their target and ensure accuracy before releasing the string. Therefore, a latch that is unduly flexible or too loose will play havoc with the string, thereby affecting the degree of accuracy.
It is important that the latch holds onto the string and only responds to actions taken by the archer, and a loose latch does pretty much the opposite.
Disproportionate Length of The Strings And The Limbs
You probably already know that the longer the limb, the more power it can deliver. Indeed, this holds true for both the recurve and the compound limbs. However, that should be proportionate to the size and the elasticity of the string. Some crossbows come with strings that are unduly short or inelastic enough to leverage the length of the limbs.
This means the archer will deploy disproportionate amount of energy when using the weapon. Also, strings that are shorter or more inelastic as compared to the limbs will wear out much faster. This is because it becomes difficult for them to bear the stress of the limbs where they are tied.
Insufficient Draw Weight
The draw weight is indeed one of the most distinguishing specifications of a crossbow. It directly determines the potent of the weapon. There are regulatory requirements depending on the state or region you’re in.
But typically, the law requires the weight to range from 75 to 125 pounds. A crossbow with rather insufficient draw weight means you will have to get too close to your target to be able to kill it.
Evidently, the dangers of choosing a lousy crossbow all boil down to the accuracy levels and the risks such weapons pose on the user. And when all is said and done, remember the quality of the arrow is also important.
As a general rule, always go for arrows that can achieve a velocity of 300 fps. This way, they can travel a considerable range before losing the kinetic energy in them.