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Old 01-12-2014, 02:38 PM   #1
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crossbows. school me

I want one for fun and a bit of home protection. Ease of use, low price for bow but especially arrows....bla bla bla.

Please do not school me on fire arms being better etc.
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Old 01-12-2014, 02:48 PM   #2
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Old 01-12-2014, 05:34 PM   #3
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Based on your description of fun and protection I think you need some hands on experience. Crossbows will blow through people and drywalls easily . Go to a sports shop that will let you try them out. I shot several at Bass pro shops. I learned a lot and had fun doing it. Good luck.
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Old 01-12-2014, 05:43 PM   #4
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As a longtime owner of an Excalibur Exomag with a fair bit of target shooting and hunting (both stalking and tree stand) I would not recommend a crossbow as a home defence weapon.

I don't own a compound bow but I have shot them a lot (probably more than crossbows) and a compound bow would be more practical for home protection if you're intent on archery defence.

Compound bows are not that hard to learn how to shoot consistently.
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Old 01-12-2014, 08:21 PM   #5
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I'm not sure even William Tell would have used one inside the cottage.

Considering a crossbow is a one shot weapon and there's no guarantee the arrow is going to stay seated while you're in a panic situation wouldn't a black powder rifle be just as useful, as fun to shoot and as unregulated?

Just a thought.
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Old 01-13-2014, 01:11 AM   #6
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Old 01-13-2014, 09:56 AM   #7
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How's that old saying go? ...

Never bring a crossbow to a gun fight
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Old 01-13-2014, 03:24 PM   #8
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Please do not school me on fire arms being better etc.
Well OK then but I would recommend you also bring a sandwich to your intruder piercing. I have always liked to sit and enjoy a sandwich after puncturing the deer (or bad guy for you) to track them. If you wait they tend to find a place to lay down and bleed out, track them right away and the adrenaline makes them last much longer.

Dude, you've been watching too much TV...you want central nervous system shut down (read: head shot and such) not bleed out while your family hides (terrified) in a closet.
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Old 01-13-2014, 03:56 PM   #9
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Old 01-13-2014, 04:03 PM   #10
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A crossbow might have been OK for SD in the dark ages, but not now. They are fun, but I THINK in most states, you can only hunt non game species with them. So they are basically a toy that is fun to shoot for most. IF I could hunt with them here in NM (for coyotes and feral pigs which I think I can) I might get one.
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Old 01-13-2014, 04:19 PM   #11
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A crossbow might have been OK for SD in the dark ages, but not now. They are fun, but I THINK in most states, you can only hunt non game species with them. So they are basically a toy that is fun to shoot for most. IF I could hunt with them here in NM (for coyotes and feral pigs which I think I can) I might get one.
Very legal here. I have one, it hangs in the garage. Maybe he is a felon and can't have a gun even so a baseball bat might be a better choice for defense. Or maybe he is like McGiver and doesn't like guns?
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Old 01-13-2014, 04:58 PM   #12
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Personally I think a 5W laser is more practical for home defense.
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Old 01-14-2014, 03:46 AM   #13
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I'm not sure even William Tell would have used one inside the cottage.

Considering a crossbow is a one shot weapon and there's no guarantee the arrow is going to stay seated while you're in a panic situation wouldn't a black powder rifle be just as useful, as fun to shoot and as unregulated?

Just a thought.
OP is from New Jersey. Black powder guns are regulated. NICS check for long guns and Pistol Purchase Permit for handguns.

A crossbow might not be a bad idea...
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Old 01-14-2014, 04:28 AM   #14
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Old 01-14-2014, 06:19 AM   #15
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Great idea. Can you not rig more than one to tripwires in strategic places around your house?

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