The crude and elegant crossbow was invented in the sixth century by the Chinese and found to be an extremely efficient tool. The crossbow was able to shoot arrows as efficiently, and within range in most cases more then the traditional bow and arrow. Deemed as the GarageBand of warfare, the crossbow made shooting an arrow in to a piece of meat extremely easy.
Archers traditional bow and arrows were among the highest used weapons prior to the crossbow. These original warriors were not only soldiers… they were artists. Archery proficiency took incredible amounts of skill and precise training. Crossbow archers came into the picture and were seen as graffiti artists tagging their original art.
Use primarily for hunting and sports, the crossbow are enjoyed by enthusiastic fan base all over the world. These have made there way into shows such as the Walking Dead and others. Here at Bow Advice, we decided to show how popular it has become.
Highlighted below are just a few films, television shows and video games from popular culture that have featured crossbows in some way.
Directed by Nathan H Juran. This classic film came out in 1958. In the climax of the screenplay, Sinbad kills a dragon with a giant crossbow.
Yes Star Wars! When it came out in 1977 Chewbacca sports a traditional weapon crafted in Kashyyyk called a Bowcaster,. They’re known for being more powerful and more accurate than traditional blasters.
Mad Max encountered “Wez” in The Road Warrior prior to embarking on a furious road. He sported a wrist-worn mini crossbow!
Before the legendary geek/director brought the Avengers to the big screen and did an awesome job of it, he created the much loved Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Even though she sported many weapons, would often use a crossbow at times.
In 2007 the Nintendo Wii promoted incredibly fun crossbow training. They allowed you to train as the famous Link from the Zelda series. It was used to promote the zapper gun and was well recieved at the time.
In 2010 zombies went mainstream thanks to the television show the walking dead. Originally a comic book by Robert Kirkman, the show was brought to life by the director of Shawshank Redemption Frank Darabont. Kirkman is also heavily involved in the T.V show which may be why it has maintained some of the darker aspects of the comic book.
One of the most iconic characters of the show is Daryl who has somehow managed to survive a long time. This might be because his weapon of choice is a crossbow. Daryl has become a fan favourite and the reason most come back to watch the series on AMC’s Sunday night zombie drama.
In the most current Game Of Throne series, Ramsay Bolton has become the newly hated villain. Prior to this new villain, fans were forced to endure the widely hated “King Joffrey” of Baratheon. Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, First of his name, the realms Protector, Kind of the Andals, Crossbow Fetishist, and a spiteful annoying jackass.
All know too well Jofferey’s unforgivable deeds. After executing Ned Start, he set off to war, murdered prostitutes for fun, continuously disrespects his uncle Tyrion, abused Sansa Stark repeatedly, and was basically the most hated by all the kingdoms.
As all Fans know, the new Game Of War: Fire Age commercial hosts Mariah Carey.
While appearing in classy armour, she marches and moves to the trailer music, ironically her song “Hero”. Prior to charging the battlefield, she shoots a dragon from the sky with a crossbow before saying “Time to be heroes, guys”. Carey replaced the original model Kate Upton for the popular games ads.
Since the invention of the crossbow, there have been lot’s of things said about the weapon, both positive and negative. A lot of archers are not big fans of it and the recent killing of a certain Lion called Cecil with this weapon have not helped its cause.
However, there are a lot of positive things about this weapon that we at Bow Advice wanted to share here. If you find it helpful share it via your favorite social media tool.
False: these tools don’t cause more damage than typical bows. The ballistics and target damage related to momentum has been measured and these facts have been found.
A carbon arrow delivered from an Olympic bow at a 40-pound re-curve is the same as a 95pound target crossbow bolt. The targets are often penetrated much further with vertical compound bows. Tight gripping and accurate shooting actually causes more damage.
Un-educated bow hunters will most commonly state this. Properly constructed modern bows are excellent for hunting. Old crossbows were not ideal. When paired with well-designed bolts, appropriate weight, and construction, these are just as effective as any bow. Crossbows are by nature, much more accurate than traditional bows.
The crossbow is not typically as efficient in storing power or energy as traditional vertical bows. The power stroke is much shorter than a long bow do to the compact size of the crossbow. In order to maintain the draw weight of a long bow, the crossbow needs to draw almost twice the weight, which makes it more difficult to draw. Crossbows in turn also fire much shorter arrows than a vertical bow.
Sport bows however, fire a 20-inch bolt and have a power stroke of about 14.5 inches. Common target crossbows only shoot a 13-inch bolt and have a smaller power stroke of 12 inches. Typical vertical bows shoot around a 30-inch arrow and have a much large power stroke of about 20 inches.
While this is slightly correct, crossbows take an incredible amount of practice. They are extremely unforgiving tools. A proficient archer can become safe and able to shoot accurately within about a 1.5 hours. This is much quicker than typical archery equipment, however, becoming a master takes longer.
Since the bolt trajectory is not flat, it cannot be compared to a rifle. The bolt speed is less than 400 feet per second. Its only 1/6th the speed of a high power rifle and about 2/3rds of the speed of a common air rifle pellets.
Back in 2011 the World Crossbow Shooting Association, created a documentary to answer some frequently asked questions about this bow and responds to some myths. The video is just over 9 minutes long and is worth watching.
On July 2015, in Fort Lauderdale Florida, the 7th Crossbow World Championships were held. The USA also held this in conjunction with the famous international version, the Crossbow Festival. All sorts of events took place including, Bench/Prone stance, Matchplay, targets, forest field, 3D sectioned ICF events, and a money shoot held indoors.
The medal count for the first five countries are as follows:
The American women did really well by getting gold (Carol Pelosi), silver and bronze in the open female target and Eileen Pylypchuk got Gold for Senior female target. Michelle O’Donnell got a gold in the Ten point world target championships and we also got a bronze in this event as well. Pat Copley also got gold in the senior section of the ten point event as well. This was definitely the year for women.
Let’s hope these encouraging wins introduce more women the sport. It would be great to see crossbow competitors in the Olympics. To see the full list at world crossbow click here.
The WCSA silver medal was won by a sophomore named Kazuki Imamura from Tokai University, Japan. She won this medal at this Crossbow World championship under the Forest Division games.
Imamura joined the Rifle Club in April of last year and discovered crossbow. Imamura stated that she wanted to participate in a post that was crystal clear whether she won or lost. She stated that she initially had a hard time drawing and maintaining form with the bow because it took so much strength.
In order to build proper strength and form, Imamura practiced at least three times per week. A former schoolteacher instructed her, whose focus was on marine science and technologies. The instructors name was Tomoo Umehara. Her instructor remembers her well and noticed that she was built for crossbow. Her instructor mentioned she was very strict in her training and form, and that is what made her the expert she is today!
The final debut was the crossbow championship. This Forest Division required her and other participants to complete two rounds consisting of 12 courses all taking place in the forest. The targets were images of animals. The point keeping varied on the distance of the target. Imamura states that it was difficult to be attentive to the game after walking 3 hours throughout the hot forest. Practice was made perfect, even in the toughest of environments; this is what she had trained so long for.
Imamura has proclaimed that she is more than thankful for a great instructor, and she would not have been able to do it without him! The next championship she will be attending is in Japan. It was in September, in Gunma, at the training centre held at the Tokai University.
In a small corner of the convention center here, elves, storm troopers and superheroes lined up while wielding their laser guns, crossbows and tridents. The fans, in full regalia, had arrived for Comic-Con International, the annual showcase for comic books, movies, TV shows and more. They were gunning for some pop-culture overstimulation. But not so fast.
One by one, they first had to step up to a booth manned by private security guards dressed in white polos and black pants. The gate keepers’ job: to make sure that the throngs of gentle geeks who toted faux weapons like giant, hollow cardboard scepters posed no actual threat.
The weapons-check station at Comic-Con is an odd intersection of fantasy and reality, where fanboys and fangirls, many dressed in elaborate costumes, must submit to the real-world security needs of a gathering that draws 130,000 people in 500,000 square feet of convention-floor space. Security personnel must affix an orange tag on each weapon to confirm that it is indeed harmless.
“Cosplay,” the practice of dressing up as one’s favorite fantastical character, is almost as common here as T-shirts and shorts. But many of those costumes involve carefully crafted simulations of deadly weapons like crossbows.
But not everyone received an orange tag after such a quick inspection. Patrick Healy had to take the string off the bow he was carrying to complete his cosplay as Hawkeye, the ace archer from Marvel’s “Avengers” series.
“Yesterday I saw someone with a string so I thought it’d be OK,” the San Diego restaurant manager lamented. But as one guard said, “You could use that to project anything.” Still, after a run-in with security last year, Mr. Healy saved himself a headache by leaving the tips for his plastic arrows at home this time.
At Comic-Con, which ran Thursday through Sunday, attendees are generally known for their extraordinary friendliness and politeness. This, despite crowds that can feel like being caught in a tidal wave and lines for Hollywood studio presentations that last more than a day.
One of the most violent incidents came in 2010 when a man was stabbed in his eye with a pen during a scuffle over a seat at a panel.
Guards at the weapons check with shirts that read “Around The Clock Protection Services” said they were forbidden from speaking about their policies and experience. “We don’t comment on security,” said a Comic-Con spokesman.
But as they inspected everything from a skull-laden wheel inspired by “Mad Max: Fury Road,” to outsize cardboard bazookas, the guards appeared to be having a great time.
Plenty of unscripted humor happens at the checkpoint. Giving one cosplayer the once over, a guard said, “You hold the chicken and I’ll take the gun.”
Bear Grylls is a massive positive influence on a lot of people across the world. This Brit has inspired a lot of people to get outdoors and rejuvenated interest in survival skills. Occasionally though, one or two individuals get carried away with what it means to be a “survival expert”.
A fan of Bear Grylls was arrested and locked up after roaming around in a public park dressed in a wig, mask, latex gloves, and carrying a crossbow. He was found guilty for weapons and drugs. After being discovered by chance by a local sheriff, Jamie Wisbey was remanded for psychiatrics “reports” and sinister bag contents. The park is located in South Inch in Perth, Scotland.
On June 1, Oddball Wisbey was discovered hiding in the bushes of a local park trying to feed ducks as a result of not being able to sleep well. Another Bear Grylls fan was found in Buckie using his fisherman survival skills in the local park at night.
While trying to hide the items in the bag, including the crossbow, Wisbey admitted his acting sneaky and sly throughout the process. A great question was directed towards Wisbey from Fiscal Depute Gavin Letford. He asked if Bear Grylls recommended he wear a wig, a mask, and carries a crossbow around the park at night. Was there a hidden purpose all of these items were taken for your fishing boat endeavor?
As told to the jury, Wisbey was seen sneaking around hiding in the bushes in Perth by 39 year-old Josh McNeil, and 25 year-old Kirsty Edmonston. Mr McNeil mentioned that the area Wisbey was hiding was described as a difficult place for potential “”victim” to escape him. Miss Edmonston said:
We went out to get air. We regularly have trouble sleeping. We saw a man. He was quite some distance away behind some bushes.
He was going in and out of the bushes. It was quite a strange thing to see at that time in the morning. He jumped out in front of us. He had something he was concealing in his pocket.
He said he was a fisherman and needed to go up north for a job. I just said it’s not right that you’re in the park at this time. He wasn’t making sense. He was very strange.
They followed Wisbey to a train station where he tried to hide a bag. 31-year-old PC David Cross mentioned that after police were called, they found a bizarre array of items after searching his bags.
The police officer stated that this bag contained a black wig, laptop, latex gloves, Dictaphone, two USB sticks, and a balaclava with mouth and eyepieces cut out and re-stitched to reduce pull.
June 1st of this year, Wisbey was found guilty for having a crossbow and arrows in the Perth Park and railway station.
Wisby was also found guilty for the possession of methadone and a locking saw blade. Because of the contents in the bag, and the behaviour, Sheriff Foulis recommended a Wisby get a thorough psychiatric report. Wisby was remanded after sentencing was deferred.
In fear of a skin condition called scabies, the court moved away from Wisbey quickly in fear of being infected. The police have ordered a psychiatric file on Wisby due to his actions.
The Barnett 78610 Recruit is a perfect size for small-framed hunters. It is one of the easiest crossbows to handle and can be handled by both genders comfortably. It also has an adjustable butt stock that gives the users the opportunity to make any adjustments that may be needed. It is a perfect crossbow that you can use to introduce a new shooter to the hunting process. It fits any size of Archer regardless of their size because of the adjustable butt stock.
The 78610 has different features that make the crossbow unique. It has a metal injection molded trigger that delivers a smooth trigger pull. There are also other features that are listed and explained below.
Users should note that if they need to use this crossbow they will need to invest a little bit of cash, as it is on the expensive side.
The Barnett Recruit is perfect for all types of customers, especially for beginners. The package comes with a rope cocking device, arrow rest and basic arm guide among other things. It is also suitable for both right and left-handed individuals.
The Barnett Ghost 410 CRT Crossbow is one of the crossbows that you can rely on in challenging scenarios. It has unique features that make it outstanding. The composite laminates perform a great job of minimizing vibration. As a result of the split design, the limbs of the crossbow move 1.5 % faster than the limbs of the other crossbows. The length of the rope cocking is adjustable so that it can be used by anyone regardless of their height. It also has a super-light carbon riser that holds the crossbow very steadily.
The Barnett Ghost has a design that prevents the weapon from dropping forward. It is also comfortable to use because of the location of the bulk weight which is near the shooter’s body.
Users should note that to prevent separation, the crossbow requires a lot of string waxing.
We're pretty big fans of the Barnett Ghost crossbow, for all the features and benefits listed above. It should definitely make your short-list of buying options when you're ready to make a purchase.
The Barnett Outdoors Raptor FX Crossbow is one of the crossbows that are recommended in the market today. It's high-level technology makes it ideal for the upcoming hunters. It comes with a draw weight of 150 Ibs and a power stroke of 12.5 inches. Its mass weight is 6.5 Ibs and 330 FPS. The combination of the weight and the height makes it achieve reasonable power while at the same time retaining a relatively small profile.
The Barnett Raptor speeds up to 330 fps making it ready for any type of big game. It has an adjustable cheek piece and butt stock that makes it easy for the hunter to make the necessary adjustments. The crossbow features a trigger and 5-1 safety system.
One disadvantage of this system is the retention spring. The plastic holder that holds the bolts in place tends to break occasionally. Additionally, if the crossbow is not used properly, the scoop might break internally.
The Barnett Outdoors Raptor FX Crossbow is the best package that will take your hunting to the next level. It has all the tools that will make your hunt a success, and is one of our favorite crossbows out on the market today.
The Carbon Express X-Force is built for hunters who want exceptional results. It has been rated as one of the best equipment in the field. The crossbow does not only have speed and power, but it is also designated for all types of hunters. It has an optimal balance point that helps to deliver accuracy. The crossbow is manufactured using carbon-infused limbs, tunable synthetic strings, premium alloy cam sets, and CNC machined risers. Carbon Express is engineered to deliver the kill, the feel, and the power. Even for beginners it is the best equipment that one can use.
The Carbon Express 350 offers rugged dependability and is a package of deadly accuracy. It has an ergonomic profile for comfort and improved accuracy.
Users should note that the crossbow does not have a perfect scoop.
In addition to the above, we also like that the 350 also includes a rope cocker, rail lubricant, two practice points quick detach quiver and 3 Pile Driver bolts.
The Wicked Ridge is a total makeover of the Invader HP. It has features that make it the best cross bow for hunters. The crossbow is newly designed with cutouts that increase its length while reducing its weight. It delivers accurate power for every shot and is also suitable for beginner cross bow users. It is one of the safest, lightest and fastest crossbows. The package has accessories such as three carbon arrows; instant detach 3-arrow quiver and a self-retracting rope cocking device among others.
The Wicked Ridge is powered by a new energy wheel that is equipped with cables with tunable yokes and DynaFLIGHT 97 string. It also has safety wings that are fiberglass reinforced, and they are fitted with the stock above the grip.
Users should note that the stabilizer is not included in the package. Thus, they should ensure that they purchase it separately.
The Wicked Ridge by TenPoint Invader G3 Crossbow shoots consistently and accurately. It is one of the the best crossbows recommended for beginners, especially those who love hunting.