A pistol crossbow is a smaller version of the larger hunting device. The small pistol crossbow can be used like a pistol because they do not have a shoulder stack. The small size of the pistol crossbow means that it can be shot with two hands, just like the eponymous firearm.
How to Choose a Pistol Crossbow
The best pistol crossbow is easy to choose, if you know what you want. The price and quality is one consideration. It is also important to consider whether or not you want one that is plastic or metal. You should also look into the performance based on the shape of the bow – recurve or compound. It is extremely important to consider the accuracy, especially if you are planning on using the bow for hunting or for competitive shooting.
Compound pistol bows are powerful and they are speedy where recurve options are not. The compound pistol is also heavy and quite complicated compared to the recurve styles, too. Both types of pistol bows are powerful, but the ones with the most power need to have strong components because there is more stress on them to get the maximum power.
There are several high quality crossbow pistols on the market. It is vitally important to remember to remember that this type of firearm is extremely dangerous and should never be used as a toy – even though they look like toys.
Cobra System K-8025 Self-Cocking Pistol Tactical Crossbow
One of the best crossbows is the Cobra System K-8025 Self Cocking Pistol Tactical Crossbow. This crossbow is a self-cocking crossbow made of plastic and compressed molded fiberglass. The pistol crossbow has an 80-pound bow and sends arrows at a rate of 165 feet per second. This firing rate is sufficient for hunting small game like squirrels and rabbits. It is also ideal for target practice. Because the crossbow uses self-cocking technology, it is easy and quick to reload the crossbow.
The little pistol crossbow and its self-cocking technology requires less strength to load, cock, and shoot. All you need to do to load and cock the pistol crossbow is to pull down on a lever with a pivoting arm. The crossbow has a cable that cocks and the safety is engaged as the bow is cocked.
The Cobra K-8025 is a good looking weapon. It is an accurate shooter with power. When shooting at 30 yards away from a tree, the arrow will make its way about 1.5 inches into the trunk of the tree. It is also possible to get two-inch groupings from 30 yards and .5-inch groupings at 10 yards. Many other pistol crossbows are not this accurate – especially in its affordable price range.
Prophecy Self-Cocking Pistol Crossbow
Another top quality pistol crossbow is the Prophecy 80 Pound Self-cocking Pistol Crossbow. This pistol crossbow is also very affordable, making it easy to add to any collection of firearms. It has an 80-pound draw weight, but this pistol crossbow sends arrows at speeds up to 165 feet per second. It is easy to assemble and well-made. The crossbow grip is plastic and has a wood grain to give it an expensive look. The frame itself is made of aluminum making it lightweight and easy to shoot.
This bow does come with the Cobra System Limb, like the Cobra System bow reviewed above. It has a 6 ⅘” power stroke giving the capacity to quickly load bolts so they can be shot quickly. The bolts move with serious force and speed down the range, especially when compared to a crossbow of traditional size with a traditional-sized power stroke.
Even though the frame is made of lightweight aluminum, it is very durable. The aluminum is CNC machined to make it stronger than expected. The lightweight stock and rail allow you to shoot it all day without getting tired. With the look of the handle and grip, many people will assume that the bow is a vintage heirloom. They will be surprised when they find out it is a powerful little weapon. Because the grip is slightly longer than the typical pistol crossbow, it has more accuracy than the bows with shorter grips.
Questions about Pistol Crossbows
Is self-cocking the best technology for pistol crossbows? The answer is yes. This type of cocking device really doesn’t involve the crossbow loading itself. What is does involve is a little lever that allows the user to get the string to draw back with ease. This is a great way to load an arrow because you do not have to physically draw back the string – which is difficult, especially if you have a draw weight of 80 pounds.
What type of bolts should you use on a pistol crossbow?
You can use bolts, arrows, and darts on a pistol crossbow, as long as they are the right size -which should be 6.5 inches. Aluminum bolts are lightweight, but powerful upon impact. Plastic ones are called darts; they fly longer distances, but do not do as much damage as the aluminum bolts. Pistol bolts, arrows, and darts do not come with the same options for broadheads as traditional crossbows do; instead, they usually come with steel points that are sharp, but not as sharp as razor point broadheads.
What is the best draw weight?
Unlike traditional crossbows, there are not many options for draw weight on a pistol crossbow. Most of the range between 50 pounds and 80 pounds. But, since most pistol crossbows come with self-cocking levers, the draw weight difference is negligible. If you have to use a rope cocker along with the self-cocking device or in lieu of it, the lighter weight will be more accessible for you.
A pistol crossbow is a fun addition to any collection of firearms. While there is not the same variety of features available for this small weapon, the ones that are available are useful and accurate. They can take down small game and they can accurately fire into impressive groupings. They are affordable, too. For the price and the features, you cannot go wrong adding one to your collection. Just be sure that any young people in your life realize that the pistol crossbow is a dangerous weapon and not a toy.