4 Things to Consider While Purchasing Your First Crossbow

If you are thinking of getting into crossbow hunting or target shooting and are looking to purchase a new crossbow, then this article is for you. As a beginner, you may not know much about crossbows, but that does not mean you should just go out and purchase the most common crossbow you can find. Choosing the right crossbow is very important for you and the model you should be purchasing can vary depending on what you are planning to do with it. In this article, I have mentioned a few things that you must consider while purchasing your first crossbow. Let’s have a look:


The crossbows come in two major styles, recurve and compound. While choosing among them, you cannot really say that one is better than the other. It mostly depends on the preference of the user. With recurve, you have limbs that are simple and easier to replace. The crossbow cocks like a vertical recurve bow as the farther you pull the string, the more force will be needed.  It is recommended that you buy one that you can cock manually. On the other hand, the compound crossbow is much easier as the draw weight is reduced as long as the string reaches the cocking point.

Trigger Pull

If you are a rifle shooter or have some experience with long-range guns, then you must be aware of the importance of the trigger. A lot of crossbow users, even the experienced ones normally ignore this factor, but it can have a huge impact. You should go for a trigger that is smooth and does not have any movement when pressed. You don’t want the trigger to ruin your aim and triggers that move a lot usually end up doing that. Get a trigger that fires with no felt travel and is firm enough for protection.


Keep in mind; you don’t want to go with a heavy crossbow in the beginning. The heavier the crossbow is, the more difficult it will become for you to practice with it. Get a lightweight crossbow, and you can move swiftly in your hands. If you are getting a crossbow for hunting, then you will be moving around with it in the jungle a lot. If it is a heavy one, it will tire you down quickly, and by the time you spot a deer, you would not have any energy left to hunt it down.

Price and Warranty

You can get a crossbow for as low as $250, and you can get the expensive ones as well that can cost up to $2500.  When you are spending a good amount of money on the crossbow, it is only sensible for you to get the one that has a good warranty. The more expensive the bow is the better warranty you will be offered. Also, knowing that if your crossbow ever malfunctions you can get it fixed cheaply will give you peace of mind.