How to string a cross bow

Written by mike aguilar
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How to string a cross bow
Medieval crossbows were deadly weapons. (Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images)

The crossbow is one of the oldest projectile type weapons known. Some examples in museums are over a thousand years old. A crossbow is what the result of a marriage between a rifle and a longbow would be. Instead of bullets, the crossbow fires arrows, called bolts. The velocity at which the bolt flies is determined by the strength of the prod and the string. When the bowstring begins to fray, it needs to be replaced. Whether your crossbow is a recurve, compound or simple type, stringing the bow is going to be very similar.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Rail wax
  • Bowstring wax
  • Bow stringing assistant

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Instructions

    Method A

  1. 1

    Wax the crossbow rail and polish the rail with a lint-free cloth.

  2. 2

    Wax the bow string and wipe off any excess wax.

  3. 3

    Place the loops of the stringing assistant into the notches on either end of the prod.

  4. 4

    Cock the crossbow per the instructions that came with it. Pull the cocking lever until the stringing assistant that is held by the trigger release pawls.

  5. 5

    Squeeze one end of the bowstring and insert it into the loop at one end of the cocking assistant. Hook the bowstring loop onto the notch on the prod. Repeat this process on the other side without twisting the bowstring and cocking assistant.

  6. 6

    Grip the bowstring firmly, release the safety and pull the trigger, releasing the cocking assistant and taking prod tension on the bowstring. Keep the prod of the bow towards the ground.

  7. 7

    Remove the cocking assistant loops from the notches at each end of the prod.

    Method B

  1. 1

    Place the cocking assistant loops around the notches at either end of the prod.

  2. 2

    Place the foot strap on the ground and step in it.

  3. 3

    Grasp the cocking assistant with both hands and pull up on the cocking assistant until it engages the trigger release pawls.

  4. 4

    Repeat Steps 5 through 7 above.

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