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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.”

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.