Hunting with a crossbow is serious business and the Cobra System K-8025 Self-Cocking Pistol Tactical Crossbow does the job well. This crossbow is a high quality product takes hunting to the next level.
This crossbow has a self-cocking, pistol-style action that fires arrows up to 165 feet per second. Most shooters use it for target practice or for small-game hunting. The speedy pistol action lets hunters reload quickly to make shooting more effective.
With its 80-pound draw, the crossbow is accessible for the average adult who wants to use it. But, the pistol action makes it a serious tool. It does have a locking safety mechanism, but it does shoot easily. The quick action allows shooters to get more accurate shots on quick small game. The self-cocking mechanism allows hunters to spend all day shooting without getting overly tired from loading and reloading throughout the day.
The crossbow has a body made of strong plastic enhanced with brass plates to make it highly durable. The limbs are made of graphite fiber that is perfectly flexible for cocking and shooting. It has an automatic safety, too.
Price Point: This little tactical pistol crossbow has an incredibly low price, so it can be purchased by nearly anyone who wants to add a miniature crossbow to their arsenal. The price cannot be beat.
Draw Weight: This miniature crossbow has an 80 pound draw weight. It is easy to shoot with the self-cocking pistol action. The draw weight will send the arrows to distances up to 100 yards.
Velocity: When the full draw weight is used, the arrow can reach speeds up to 165 feet per second. This is the perfect speed for small game.
Required Maintenance: The bow does require maintenance. The bowstrings will require regular waxing to keep them from fraying from the pressure of shooting. This is a common thing with crossbows, and other archery bows; but, the pressure from the pistol action can make the strings fray faster that other types of bows. It is also helpful to use rail lube to keep the bow in good condition. The front set screw can weaken from vibration, so users should check it regularly. The crossbow is easy to assemble and owners can easily string the bow, too.
The firing bolts do shift when the bow is fired, so each shot might need to be recalibrated. Some owners have put glue into the bolts to keep them in the same place for better accuracy.
Pros: This crossbow is quite small and weighs only about one pound, so it does look like a toy. It is important to remember that it is not. It measures in at about 18-inches by 6-inches, making it easy to throw in a bag to take on a hunting trip or to a shooting practice. Despite its small size, it is quite powerful.
The crossbow has pre-drilled holes in the frame that allows the bow to be lightweight. The pre-drilled open frame holes also keep the bow strong when you need to attach accessories to it, like lights for shooting in the evening or early mornings. Even a fishing reel can be attached if you want to turn the bow into an effective fishing rod.
It is a quiet piece of machinery and makes no noise when fired. This is desirable quality for hunters out in the wilderness.
Cons: While the bow and feature are good quality, the sights could use some improvements. The sight is permanently in place and does not allow for any adjustments. This can reduce shooting accuracy for those who prefer to use an adjustable sight. After repeated use, archers do get accustomed to it. Otherwise, it is easy to add an adjustable sight or a red-dot sight for better accuracy when shooting.
If you are in the market for a small, trigger action crossbow, this is a great bargain. It is easy to pack, quick to use, and fun, too. It does regular maintenance to keep it in good working condition. The maintenance is quick and easy to do, since the bow is so small. Without it, the parts do suffer after repeated use. Despite the low price, the bow can become a part of family pride.