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How to Cock a Crossbow

How to cock a crossbow isn’t only a technique to load your crossbow before firing, it can also help you to determine which crossbow you are looking for. In other words, selecting how much weight you are willing to cock, should lead you to a specific purchase.

For instance, if you want the minimum cocking weight because of a back injury, you have to eliminate all crossbows without cranking devices compatibilities. This article will overview how to cock main brands and how to uncock a crossbow meanwhile giving good tips about how to choose your next crossbow. 

There are three main ways to cock a crossbow; bare hands, rope cocking devices or integrated rope cocking devices which take off more or less 50% of the cocking weight and finally cranking devices that take off up to 90% of the cocking weight.

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