The Parts of a Crossbow Explained

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The Parts of a Crossbow Explained

A Crossbow is a weapon that evolved from the time when men lived as nomads and hunters. Men first used sticks in the form of spears for hunting animals. There were improvements made in this spear which lead to the design of the spear which can be propelled mechanically.

With time and gradual evolution, the bows were introduced for hunting. Vines and limbs were were added to the crossbow with the spear to increase energy. Then additional wood was used for attaching the bow.

This piece actually holds the draw weight. It allows to make a better and accurate shot. Hunters could really improve efficiency through this tool as it gradually evolved and made hunting much more easier and efficient.

The improvements in the design, and also the accuracy level, happened from the time crossbows were introduced through the 5th century. Crossbows were used for both hunting and battle because it was a weapon that was very effective and considered to be reliable.

The material with which it is made have a great impact on the strength and effectiveness of this weapon. There are various parts of the crossbow which do contribute equally to how this weapon works. If you are someone who is interested in knowing more about this weapon, or who is using it, then here are the detailed description on each of the parts of a crossbow so that you have a better understanding of how it works.


The crossbow stockStock can be considered as the major support component associated with a crossbow. It is to this support component that various other parts of the device are attached. It can be considered as the major part of the device which act as the skeleton. If this part of the crossbow has got some problem then which clearly says that the whole weapon has got some issue because then none of the parts of it may be attached well to it. Ensure that the stock of your weapon is in good form before you buy it for your use.



This is the part of the cross bow which can be found only n the case of the compound crossbows. This part looks like a wheel and it is an attachment that is made to the tips of limbs. This attachment has got the capability of providing some mechanical advantage in the case of draw weight. The speed of the arrow can also be improved to a greater extend if you are making use of this attachment in the compound crossbow.


Deck is the part of stock at which bolt will be placed. It would be always necessary for you to understand each and every part of the crossbow so that you can do something to repair it in case it has got some kind of issue. Placing the bolt is something that needs to be done in such a way that it can help in tightening the parts that are attached to the stock. If you want to tighten something then you need to know where deck is.

Retention Spring

Deck as discussed is the part where bolts are placed so that the various parts of the crossbow can be attached to the stock. It is necessary for holding the bolt over deck so that it really is much better. Retention spring is the part of the cross bow which can be found at deck’s rear. It is made used for holding bolt on deck in appropriate manner. It can really hold things tightly so that you can ensure that all parts are attached tightly to the crossbow.


Crossbow LimbsLimb is the part of crossbow which stores energy that is needed for firing bolt at target when cocked and drawn into firing position. Limbs can either be in compound or recurve in the case of design. Limb is the part that holds the energy that is usually shot so that the arrow reaches the target and thrust into it and create a hole.


Stirrup is the attachment available in D shape. This attachment is usually placed on front of crossbow so that bow is supported by your foot when you are doing cocking. It is a part that has got much better importance to ensure that cocking can be done in much better manner.

Dissipater Pads

These are the pads which are located on limb’s base where they got attached with dissipater bars. These are the pads that can absorb as well as dampen energy when string to the crossbow gets released. It can make it possible for you to have the finest way to release the energy.


String is the part of the crossbow that is made with multiple fibers so that energy is hold when limbs of crossbow are drawn. There are some extra material with the string at the places like meeting of the tips of limb and also where bolt rests.


Crossbow is just a mechanical device and so there is no guarantee that it may fail. It cannot be relied on completely and so there are certain things that you need to take care so that you can easily get the best possible ways to be safe when the device do not work in the way it is expected to be.


There is a mechanical device which is located in the trigger guard. The new crossbow that comes to the picture usually comes with such kind of the triggers so that things can be really much better for you to use.


Crossbow scopeCrossbows of this era come with alignment device so that the hunter gets the best aim to reach the target without any issues. There are so many different kinds of sights available for crossbows and the most popular one used is telescopic one. Red dot sights, aperture and also open are the other sights available.

By | 2017-06-08T16:40:13+00:00 March 21st, 2016|Crossbow Hunting For Beginners|0 Comments

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