Sorry about the long time to reply you guys. I got bored of GTAO and started playing WoW again. THey gave me a chance to instantly get a new max level character (as of this expansion pack) for preordering their new future expansion pack.
I got me a mage, but I ended up choosing a server where Horde outnumbers the Alliance 9 to 1, so I usually get ganked either while farming and questing at the Free Loot Island, or even inside our own capital cities. However, because of all the tremendous pressure from non-stop PvP Encounters, I managed to get my mage maxed out on all of the entry-level Honor Loot in less than a week! This game is so freaking easy now compared to Burning Crusade and Wrath!
I´m thinking about buying a pistol crossbow like this one:
Are they any good
I´m thinking about buying a pistol crossbow like this one:
Are they any good?
I have had a pistol crossbow. One of lesser quality than the one in your picture.
From my experience, what you want to watch out for is:
- The quality of the 'wire' or 'string' (mine started unravelling)
- How well the 'bow part' is connected. (for example, is it fixed or do you have to screw it on or something in that nature) fixed on it is better, but makes it less mobile, (you cant break it down for for example transport.)
But dont expect it to be accurate in a distance above 25 feet.
Since where i live firearms are only allowed when having a special license, i wanted one of these bows for a long time. But it is just not useful where i live. I live in a very narrow populated area with almost no great open spaces,
which means i wouldnt be able to fire it almost anywhere, and totally nowhere legal. Exept in a special club.
Pretty much what he said. I believe what both of you are referring to is a M-Tech DX-80, which is a 80-pound (held in the "draw weight", or force contained by the bowstring) Draw Weight hand held crossbow.
Alot of people in the archery ranges regard the one-hand crossbows as a "fun shooting toy" than anything close to a effective hunting tool.
However, be careful with it. No you don't just "shoot someone's eye out", it still has enough kinetic energy to penetrate the eyesocket into the exposed brain inside.
It can also dangerously lodge itself in someone's chest. 80 pounds of draw weight is still pretty high, but not enough to be effective past 20 or so feet. However, my experience tells me that it was extremely easy to load and arm. Some of them have cocking mechanisms or budget crank cocking devices fitted onto them like a semiautomatic handgun slide.
I would, if my kids were interested in crossbows specifically (and not just pretending to be Katniss), buy them one of these, but still drill them in proper safety of operating crossbows.
I've got one, use the recurves and the compound more often though.
I don't recall the brand, it's a smaller pistol-style cb, it was a gift from a friend years ago, he bought it new for about $350 USD.
He had some custom carbon-fibre/aluminum/steel bolts made for it, I still have most of them, it's almost hard for me to use those bolts because they're just so damn nice, lol!
burglars trying to steal my freaking car all the time (my windshield got bashed open 3 times in the last two years)
Just a heads-up, car thieves don't smash windshields, someone probably just doesn't like you.
Also, if you shoot someone with a f*cking arrow for breaking your windshield, prepare to go jail.
$350 for a pistol crossbow? Goddamn. That sounds expensive.
I tried to find the exact model that you are describing. M-Tech, which basically makes cheap recurve copies of Barnett models doesn't make a pistol CB that high in price (the Big5 at my store sells them for $80 bucks). M-Tech rigs usually shoots a non-labeled Easton-type aluminum crossbow bolts, specifically made for their models. They are pretty cheap and the total grain weight of Body+Arrowhead is about 415 grains (measured with a scale). With the stock target tips, they weigh about 125 grains, and the shaft+vanes that it connects to is about 290 grains. Another notable aspect of M-Tech Crossbows is that they often have a maximum bolt length (with tips) of no more than 16". Meanwhile, higher-end competitors have set the standard on an average of 20" to 22".
I happen to know all of this, because my first crossbow was a M-Tech DX-150, Recurve Bow. I replaced the sight, had to take it to a bow shop to drill in new bolts into the mount so I can attach a compatible Weaver/Picatinny Rail so I can mount a new scope I bought. My accuracy and shooting ability improved a hundredfold after that, except that my new cheap scope had horrendous eye-relief. A few weeks later, I decided to buy a $400 Barnett C5 Wildcat instead, and now my Barnett is the rig I stick with ever since.
Then I thought, maybe its Excalibur that you are talking about? Because Excalibur is pretty much the top commercial manufacturer of the RECURVE hunting crossbow market.
Most other powerful crossbows within the hunting-grade caliber often resorted to either using a Compound-Design (using complex Cam systems instead of a single/double limb to hold more power), or the Reverse-Draw Design, which is beginning to start a trend in the crossbow manufacturer industry. But when you are talking about commercially popular Recurves, Excalibur usually is the one that dominates that market. Did you know that the newest model, the Excalibur Matrix Mega 405, which is a recurve that shoots at a advertised 405 fps, has a draw-weight of 290 pounds?!?! ANd because it's recurve, all that weight must be dead-lifted by yourself, or with the assistance of a rope-cocking device. But still, thats 145 pounds to lift. Thats insane!!!
You can identify the material of the arrows/bolts by looking on the side label/embossing and find the 4-digit number. Google that 4-digit number it'll tell you whether its made from aluminum, carbon, etc.