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A crossbow is a bow with a rifle-like stock that shoots bolts or short arrows. Safe use of a crossbow requires following the safety rules for both firearms and bows.

Crossbow with optical sight
  • Like conventional bows, the crossbow is limited to short-range shooting. For most crossbows, 30-40 yards is the maximum range.
  • Always unload your crossbow by firing it safely into a target or into the ground.
  • Always practice these crossbow safety rules:
    • Keep your fingers below the flight groove.
    • Beware of objects around the bow's limbs.
    • Never "dry fire" a crossbow.
    • Keep the rail properly lubricated.