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Safety Tips When Using a Crossbow
by: Grady McGraw

A crossbow is a popular weapon used to hunt. However, there are many things you must consider when shooting this type of weapon in order to be as safe as possible. Safety should always come first when using any weapon when hunting for animals.

When you are shooting an arrow from a crossbow, it is important to be sure all of your fingers and your thumb are below the rail. The string on a crossbow can be dangerous to a finger or thumb. It can bring the skin down to the bone or even take off a finger. When you take your first practice shot, always be aware of where your fingers are and that they are far from the path of the string on the bow. Most owners of crossbows have learned their lesson the hard way and injured their hand. It is a mistake you will only do once but better if you don't hurt your fingers at all.

Another thing to consider with a crossbow is that it should never be dry fired. The draw weight of a crossbow is 150 - 225 pounds, which is very powerful. If you shoot your weapon without a bolt in it, the bow could break. This could be dangerous to you and anyone around you. Always verify the safety is engaged. Use the bolts in the weapon recommended by the manufacturer. Not all bolts weigh the same and shooting a bolt weighing too little can have the same effect as dry firing the weapon.

It is also important before shooting a crossbow to be aware of the surroundings and the background of where you are shooting. When you are hunting from the ground, there could be things beyond your target you do not want to hit. There is no guarantee you will hit your target. A bolt can pass through a target also. If you have no idea what is on the other side of your target, it is probably not a good idea to take the shot. Crossbows can force a bolt through many materials and if you cannot see on the other side, it could be too dangerous.

There are many things you should consider when shooting a crossbow. Always practice safety and take care of your weapon. Never shoot your weapon without a bolt in it, keep your fingers out of the line of fire with the string, and know the target area before you use a crossbow.

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