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A crossbow is a bow with a rifle-like stock that shoots bolts or short arrows.

Crossbow with optical sight

Safe use of a crossbow requires following the safety rules for both firearms and bows.

  • Many states have laws which limit the use of crossbows.
  • Never travel with a loaded, cocked crossbow.
  • Like conventional bows, the crossbow is limited to short-range shooting.