5 Best Types of Crossbows for Hunters

Crossbows are, in a nutshell, these: a bow and a bowstring mounted horizontally on the same plane. The recent preference has been to use recurve bows or compound bows because they have more power. You can even find these bows that are made of carbon fiber if you're looking for something with less weight.

They have been around since Roman times, but they're becoming more popular with hunters because they don't scare away prey as easily as ordinary firearms do. So go ahead and learn about crossbows! They're pretty neat weapons! World War I saw the invention of this weapon, a weapon with significant significance to medieval warfare. 

The tech behind these weapons had been around for centuries, but modern iterations took advantage of innovations in metallurgy and aerodynamics. The high-tech new take on the old-school weapon was initially marketed to police forces as a nonlethal means of crowd control - and it would soon be used in just that capacity. 

After years of lobbying by law enforcement officials, President Reagan signed off on an order that meant any future iteration would have to be classified in a way similar to firearms instead of less dangerous equipment like tear gas. Since then, the role and regulations surrounding these weapons have only increased dramatically.

Types of Crossbows to Consider For Hunters

Crossbows, for the uninitiated, are a type of bow-arm weapon that is often thought of as more accurate and powerful than an ordinary bow. They shoot projectiles by launching an arrow at high speed toward their target. 

They can be defined as a bow-like weapon with two arms (called "arms") that are perpendicular to the ground where one arm is attached to a stationary object (called a "stock" or simply "stick"), which in turn is attached to the other arm's ("sniper") limb. The sniper itself decelerates and stops any arrow before it reaches its target. 

Then, a short time later, an inclined lever releases the string which causes it to snap back and propel the arrow (called a "bolt") toward its target. This is what makes these so powerful compared to ordinary bows. They were first invented in ancient China and later spread to many other countries including Korea, Japan, and India. 

These weapons are still being produced today due to their very long history while undergoing many changes as they became more powerful weapons in each country that they conquered. Here, 5 significant varieties will be discussed: the repeating or automatic, the recurve bows, the pistol bows, reverse draw limbs bows, and the compound bows.

1. Recurve Crossbows: (Transition from Polearm to Bow)

The recurve one is a type that was developed from the very long (7-8 feet) polearm weapons called "chuzi" in ancient China. The earliest chuzi were made of layers of wooden boards put together and then lacquered to prevent them from being damaged by rainwater. 

Recurve bow

This shape was changed after the invention of leather, which became the best material for making a shield or armor. A chuzi with leather can be considered to be the predecessor of all later Chinese bows.

2. Compound Crossbows: A Bow Engineer's Ideal Weapon

The compound one is another type of modern bow that is more accurate and powerful than a recurve. This was created in the 1870s, and developed by a British engineer named William George Armstrong. 

Compound bow

This bow can be considered to be an ideal weapon for someone who is an engineer by profession as it combines wheels, screws, and cams — all of which are concepts that engineers are familiar with.

3. Automatic Crossbows: Weapons for 21st Century Soldiers

Automatic or repeating crossbows are weapons that were invented in 19th century Japan but were only used by the military of the Qing Dynasty in China during the mid-19th century. These weapons were made by the Ching Dynasty from their knowledge of older crossbows. 


The repeating bow had a magazine that was capable of holding 5 bolts, allowing the user to fire all 5 bolts in less than 10 seconds, thus making it a more formidable opponent in a battle. However, this weapon appears to have been unreliable compared to conventional hand bows since it was very prone to failure and jams.

4. Pistol Crossbows: Miniature Heavy Weapons

Pistol crossbows are weapons that have a very small stock attached to them making them lightweight and portable while still retaining the destructive power of an ordinary bow. The Russian cavalry used these types of bows in the 19th century. 

The stock was small so that even a skilled rider with a pistol bow could draw it from the holster and shoot 5 arrows in less than 10 seconds, thus enabling them to slay their enemies quickly and efficiently. These types of bows were also used in Filipino-Spanish Wars during the 20th century when Filipino guerillas fought against Spanish soldiers.

5. Reverse Draw Crossbows: Current-Age Weapons

This crossbow has backward limbs from its name alone. Shooters can mount the stock of the crossbow on their shoulders by placing the riser at the back of the frame and moving the trigger forward. Reverse-draw crossbows are also known as "knuckle" bows. 

These weapons are very compact, powerful, and durable so that even the weakest member of a group could pull one of them out of the holster in less than 10 seconds. These weapons were created by the inventor Johann Karl Koch in 1775. The inventor tried to make a bow that would use more people and that would be able to shoot 5 arrows with each pull.

Places to Use Crossbows with Accuracy

Because crossbows aren't as powerful as bows, they can easily be used on small game and even some larger animals. The main advantage of using this weapon is that you don't always have to draw a full-power arrow to bring down your prey. You can use either a light bow-dilital strength arrow or something very powerful such as an all-powerful bolt.

Bows are pretty accurate, but they're not so good at range. That's where the problem with bows comes into play unless you're using something like the compound bow that allows you to stop the arrow with an unusually light pull. There are a number of different places where they show their superiority over conventional bows. Let's take a look at some of those places, starting with hunting.

They are good for hunting in different types of terrain. Hunters love using them because they can easily shoot in close situations, but at the same time, they can shoot from long distances without having to worry about dropping the arrow. Even hunters who have never tried crossbows appreciate them because they don't make as much noise as ordinary bows and arrows do.

If you're a bird hunter, then you'll like these weapons as well because they're quieter than bows and arrows. You can hunt in places where you would have been exposed to arrow attacks, and you're not going to have any problems with arrows blowing off course. You'll also like the fact that a bow is pretty easy to operate. 

The only thing you'll have to worry about is your accuracy and speed when pulling the trigger, but that is hardly a problem. Compared to ordinary bows and arrows, crossbows are incredibly accurate. The power of this weapon doesn't depend on how fast you pull the trigger; it's dependent on how far back the bowstring is pulled.

How Far Can You Shoot with Crossbows?

Crossbows are designed to launch an arrow at a long distance and with relative accuracy. This makes them great weapons for hunting large animals like deer, boar, and elk. Some types can even fire three arrows at once or have a scope mounted on the top of the bow to increase shooting accuracy. 

Their arrows typically range from 125-150 feet per second when fired from 20 inches away in ideal conditions. A good rule of thumb is that if you hit a target within 12 yards of you, it will almost always make a clean kill. If your target is further than this your odds are less likely to be good due to various factors like wind velocity and the type of arrow used for hunting that day. 

Although it is not impossible to kill an animal or person from further than 12 yards away with this bow, your odds of shooting someone successfully are low and can be dangerous. The maximum distance at which a lethal shot is possible varies based on the power of the bow, the type of arrow used, and range conditions.

Many people have seen crossbows in movies and television shows being used during wartime. Some soldiers in ancient times would carry these bows just in case they ran out of ammo or had no access to firearms for whatever reason. In war, you could easily shoot a target from over 80 yards away. This fact does not hold true for normal hunting conditions.