A crossbow has a stock that is similar to a firearm, and it shoots shorter arrows than conventional archery equipment. These shorter arrows are sometimes referred to by the medieval term “bolts.”
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.