Crossbow Accessories Introduction
Crossbows are in popular use amongst different hobbyists, from the shooter participating in competitions and target shooting to the regular and serious hunter. There is an incredible variety in crossbows, their material, design and price range. Along with this comes an incredible range of accessories aimed at customizing and maximizing the use of the owner's weapon.
The first accessories which the crossbow owner may contemplate are the strings. These are of course what project the arrow (bolt) through the air and can help determine velocity and impact power and are key in regards to reliability. The strings are like hammer in a gun – they have to be perfect or misfiring occurs. Strings come in a wide variety of prices and materials. The owner will determine what is best for them based on their usage. Velocity, some crossbows with ratings of 350 feet per second or more, is important for accuracy and impact. Accuracy is key to the target shooter and the hunter. Impact will have more affect on the hunter since it is key in bringing down game depending on size. Also important to think about in string and material, is the life of the string. At what point does it become less powerful and when should be replaced based on usage.
Crossbow Scope and Laser Sight
Scopes are also important accessories for bows and are becoming more popular and vital to the activity. Scopes will be of concern to the target shooter, especially on distance target shooting. Scopes, as they have always been, are key tools for hunters when after game. They are key in determining where aim should be centered and their design and make-up aids in this. Many scopes have low-light capabilities, incredibly important to the hunter in dark situations. Scopes also have other technologies making aim easier and more precise for the user – duplex scopes allow greater visibility in dark situations since they have thicker lines aiming towards the center where there are thinner lines. When these thinner lines become hard to see, the thicker lines still point to the center to be aimed.
Red dot scope can be used and these are incredibly common in guns as well. It provides a simple red dot seen in the scope and that dot can be adjusted for brightness, depending on the environment light.
Usually, the larger the lens the better you see. For example, a 40 mm will be
better than a 20mm, and it is more pricy too. While red dot scope projects a red
(or green) dot on the lens, laser sight produces a visible dot on the target, so
that everyone can see it. Most people use laser sight with other regular scopes.
Crossbow Broad Head
A broad head is, simply, the sharp end of a arrow. These vary in price, material and function. The greatest concerns will be how they affect velocity of the arrow and what impact they deliver. Impact will vary for the hunter depending on the game hunted and velocity will appeal to all types of users. How the broad head may affect flight path (the arc or the descent) of an arrow will also come into play. An interesting feature, especially for the hunter are on specific mechanical blades. These are interesting in their construction in the means to have the most stopping power. Simply, these blades are folded into the end of the arrow and, through unquiet design, held in place while the arrows travels. This maximizes accuracy due to wind resistance and drag. But upon impact, the blades open up and tear into the target. It is precise and can be extra deadly.
Other Crossbow Accessories
Various other crossbow accessories are available such as quivers, which hold the arrows and can be attached to the users body gear or even to the weapon itself. The positioning and accessibility decrease reloading times. There is even silencer technology, design to even further minimize the sound of a weapon favored due to low noise production.
Also, many manufactures provide cocking devices to reduce the cocking tension so
that hunters can easily cock the strings. In one word, there is a huge selection of
crossbow accessories for all users.