When we did a survey in the beginning of this year, we asked what’s the one item that a prepper must have in their bugout bag. Well it’s no surprise that the top response from the prepper community is a knife or a gun.
We were kind of surprise that very little responded a crossbow as one of the go-to item that every prepper needs.
Did you know that the crossbow has many advantages that outshines a gun? For starters, you’ll need a lot less practice on a crossbow to be proficient with it. That means you’ll hit the target more often when compared to a gun; not a bad thing to have during SHTF right?
A crossbow is also legal in 49 states in America, that makes it a breeze without worrying about it when moving across state lines.
It doesn’t mean that we are ditching all our guns but we think a crossbow falls in line with some serious consideration when it comes to preparedness for any prepper.
Here’s 6 things to look out for if you are new to crossbows and starting to consider one.
6 Things To Look Out For When A Prepper Buys A Crossbow
On average, today’s crossbows shoot between 300 and 380 feet per second (fps). Shooting at 300 fps is plenty fast enough to do the job efficiently, but a 380 fps crossbow will hit harder and have a flatter trajectory, making distance judging less of an issue. Most companies achieve additional speed by adding cams, increasing the power stroke, and using heavier limbs. The trade-offs for increased speed, however, are usually a louder shot, more recoil, and greater difficulty cocking the crossbow.
2. Noise Level.
For many archers, noise level is a primary concern. While manufacturers continue to focus on improving the noise level, there are a handful of accessories that help as well, such as the Bowjax Noise Dampening Kit.
Excessive recoil can affect shooting accuracy. Top manufacturers are constantly improving their crossbow’s design to limit the amount of recoil, so be sure you test a variety of models.
A crossbow can also be too light or too heavy for a particular shooter. A light crossbow with severe recoil can be hard to control. A crossbow that is too heavy can also be difficult to control. It is very hard to shoot accurately with a crossbow that wants to move around while you are aiming and shooting it.
In general, the more crossbows you test fire the better able you will be to zero in on the model that has the best speed, weight, noise, and recoil configuration for you. You want to be comfortable shooting the crossbow you choose!
5.Research Safety Features
Yes, there are times you may need to sacrifice features for price. Safety is one area you should never sacrifice. Research the safety features of each model you are considering, then head to the shop and check them out. TenPoint crossbows, for example, are equipped with an auto-engaging safety, a Dry-Fire-Inhibitor (DFI), safety wings, and on some models a pass-through fore-grip. If the crossbow you are considering doesn’t have a laundry list of safety features, head back to the drawing board and reconsider your options.
6.Consider the Balance
Pick up a variety of crossbows and find the balance point. Crossbows with excess weight at the front may be more difficult to handle when shooting out of a treestand or trying to hold steady while standing. The reverse draw crossbow design is gaining popularity because its balance point is farther back toward the shooter, so it feels much, much lighter. You’ll want to test both forward draw and reverse draw crossbows.
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