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Old 05-27-2012, 11:18 PM
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I'm looking to buy a good pistol crossbow and was wondering if some more experienced folks here could help me. I want a good durable and accurate crossbow but do not want to spend much more than $200. I recently bought a cheap Cobra bow on Amazon and seem to have already worn the pin out on the firing mechanisim. I'm not familar with crossbows but the bolt doesn't shoot out with any velocity so I'm guessing its a spring. Oh well it was cheap! Anyways, I actually enjoyed target practice with it would like to buy a better one for target practice, hunting, and defense. I'm not really interested in hearing comments like I need "something more powerful" because what I want is a crossbow not a gun. I have read some good posts on here about crossbows so it sounds like there are some knowledgable folks on here who can help. Anything will help: specific brand names, prices, names of stores that carry them and or website addresses.

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Then buy a proper crossbow, not a toy.

The difference between you're cheap Amazon piece of crap and a more expensive model is the price and nothing else...All you're getting is a more expensive toy.

Before you get your panties twisted the expensive ones will hunt rabbits and squirrels at ranges of about 20 yds but don't expect much more then that...Remember that legal hunting draw weight for big game on a crossbow is usually 180 lbs (some places are lower but not damn many)...Don't expect a 70 lb hand bow to perform anywhere near to capabilities.

Also, check with your state authorities as they also happen to be illegal in many locales.
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Do you have any links for me? I know the Amazon bows are junk, I said as much.
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Do you have any links for me? I know the Amazon bows are junk, I said as much.
For non pistol jobs just look in the stickies above for Bowyers--only thread there--it has a section for crossbows modern and medieval.
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Old 05-31-2012, 08:21 AM
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these cobra pistol bows ,i have a few early models .they produce both plastic and alloy framed models.the self cocking type are best in alloy .for the size and price you wont get a more powerful pistol bow.these can be tuned easily to improve action ,string wear and speed.barnett international designed them but were built in asia.i have shot mine over nearly 300 yards .fps im not sure but very fast up to 120ft.abs bolts last longer.i have tried most pistol types too.the latest cobras are better in the sense you dont wear strings on the brass action unit.but are now plastic sides for the action to slide back in to,however the decks are alloy of plastic dependant.best practice on holding like a riffle .slightly away from face as triggers are stiff and you loose accuracey when its pulled due to the weight trigger takes to release.best rifle crossbow for ease of use is barnetts commando 1.reliable easy to action not a magnum power but over 250 fps with a 13.5 inch bolt .takes no effort to draw .google search it ,they were used in bosnian conflict for assasination.their is a pic of defence secretary shooting one if you google,good luck.
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I have an old Barnett Trident crossbow pistol. It's ok for plinking.
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I don't know much about crossbows, but I've been considering purchasing a pistol or compact crossbow lately. I had the same concerns about quality vs price, and still looking for one that seems like a solid investment.
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Historical trivia: Pistol crossbows were not always toys. The ballestrino was a preferred concealed weapon of 15th and 16th century assassins. The following link shows a 320# draw pistol xbow that could be lethal at close range.

http://www.myarmoury.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t=19163
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Any of the pistol crossbows I have seen are pretty much sold as novelties, just not a big market for pistol crossbows for any serious use. So an expensive, quality pistol crossbow is not something your likely to see soon.

A friend has one I looked it over, cheap yes, but the little bolts did come out the end with some degree of accuracy. 80lbs might get you 20ys with some degree of penetration. You aint gonna take down a deer with it, nor would it drop a person in their tracks. The Chinese used the Cho-ko-nu with success being a repeating bow they were not very powerful, but they added a little poison to the tips and fired them in masses at people trying to scale the walls. So don't write them off completely.

Accuracy issues Im gonna blame on the bolts they sell, the ones my friend had were pretty flimsy. I imagine you could improve it making your own from regular shafts. But you could probably fire plenty of improvised stuff out of it, including those big spikes they sell on the nail aisle or even pencils.

I looked my friends over, it didn't even use a release just pushed the string up out of a notch. But then again not a whole lot to break on it. I know even with a rope cocker a woman would have a heck of a time cocking my 175lbs Excaliber. So I saw some potential in a lighter weight weapon, maybe a stock so you can actually aim it. I know you generally stay away from the cheap ones, I bought a full powered one at a gunshow once, we used that thing for a long time, never broke.

Maybe an improved pistol crossbow?
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I would check craigslist and pawnshops. Crossbows are that type of item where people get all gung ho about them, then once they have them the novelty wears off and they never use them. Eventually they look to just get rid of them for whatever they can get. My dad bought one once, I still don't know why, even though he has a disability which hinders his arm strength. He can't cock the dang thing anymore so it just collects dust.

I will tell you that a good crosbow is bigger than you'd think. Nothing compact about it. Pretty hefty too. And there are a lot of ways it can eff you up if you aren't careful. One of those cheaper toy models might work in an emergency for killing slow dumb animals up close. But as far as any type of longer or intermediate range accuracy....forget about it.
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As many have said, killing power and range will be low, but the little pistol crossbows can be fun little shooters for just a few dollars. Finding a primo model is close to impossible. If it were me, I would get the best cheapo I could find, polish the nut, wax the rails, make a new string, and then go to Wall-Mart and buy two arrows to cut my little bolts out of and fletch them straight with a 1 or 2 degree off set and see what I could get accuracy wise. As slow as those things are, I doubt highly one would even need any offset on the fletching.
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Try this one, I have the 80 lb. crossbow good to about 20 yards.

http://www.thecrossbowstore.com/150-.../mk-150a1h.htm
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The 150lbs 'pistol' crossbows are just regular crossbows with a pistol grip vs a stock. Way over powered for pistol use.
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im looking into one of these as well, will post findings,

i like the xbow for everyday use without giving away where you are with a loud boom, like with a rifle, and i want one that breakes down small enuf to be put in a pack,... and no, not a friggen huge pack some ppl want to use in a bugout.. a normal backpack..
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The cheapo metal alloy ones with the steel prods that you can find at the fleamarkets etc are about a 50lb draw. The great thing with them is that the metal prods are stackable. You can buy two and it takes literally five minutes to scavenge the one and mod the other. Takes zero perm modifications. It's pretty damned stout to try to cock, though. Best to make a stirrup, too. I've fired that doubled prod with the common PVC bolts through plywood and ruined the molded fletches on more than I care to remember.
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after looking, i believe atleast for me,
with a super compact option needed,
and very low sound a must,
im looking at getting a Crosman Airguns- 1377C American Classic Air Pistol
for every day food percurement,
its good for everything up to rabbits maby a possiom if shot placement is perfect.
you couldent make more ammo, but pellets are tiny so you could cary alot!

plus it has a rifled barrel, and is a pump pellet gun,

ps, be sure to get it sighted in before you put it in your bob, and always store it with one pump.
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