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A Guide to Choosing Your First Crossbow

A Guide to Choosing Your First Crossbow

Crossbows have surged in popularity in recent years, with more and more people choosing to take up the sport. If you are looking to buy a crossbow, you may be overwhelmed by the large number of choices you have in this area. That is perfectly understandable, as there are countless crossbow variations on the market today. Follow our tips to help you select the most appropriate crossbow for you. 

Consider Your Physical Abilities 

One of the greatest things about crossbows is that they are remarkably easy for just about anyone to use, even those with physical limitations or disabilities. However, that is not to say that all crossbows are the same; some are easier to operate than others. It is important to take your size, strength, mobility and other physical factors into account when choosing a crossbow. Be sure to try out several options before making your final decision. 

Bow Speed 

Most crossbows shoot between 300 and 380 feet per second (fps). Typically, a crossbow will require additional modifications to increase the speed to the higher end of that range. For most amateurs, additional speed is likely unnecessary. Adding accessories to increase speed can also increase noise and recoil, so you'll need to evaluate this trade-off. 

Noise Levels 

Some crossbows shoot louder than others, particularly if they have aftermarket accessories. If you plan to shoot targets with your crossbow, noise will be less of a concern than if you were to use the bow for hunting, when silence is essential. 

If a crossbow is too light, you'll get more recoil. On the other hand, if it is too heavy, you may have trouble holding it steady enough to aim. Aim for something that strikes a balance between the two. The bow should be heavy enough to dampen recoil, but not so heavy that you can't manage it.

Recoil 

The more a crossbow recoils, or kicks back, after each shot, the more difficult it will be to shoot accurately, especially if you are on the smaller side. Modern innovations have reduced recoil quite a bit across the board, but the amount of recoil still varies from bow to bow. Try out several to find one you can handle confidently. 

Weight 

If a crossbow is too light, you'll get more recoil. On the other hand, if it is too heavy, you may have trouble holding it steady enough to aim. Aim for something that strikes a balance between the two. The bow should be heavy enough to dampen recoil, but not so heavy that you can't manage it. Keep in mind that you'll also have to carry your bow from place to place. The weight will come into play while you are trekking as well. 

Get Your Gear at Norton 

Here at Norton Sporting Goods, we carry a wide range of crossbows for target shooters and hunters of all ages, shapes and sizes. We'll help you try out several different models and explain the distinctions to you in greater detail. We are confident that we can help you find the perfect crossbow for your shooting style and body type. Stop by and see us today to get shooting! 

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