If you are looking for a crossbow, longbow or a slingshot, you should consider your local army surplus store. However, if the sight of all that khaki green makes you sick, you can always look online for the right gift.I decided to go crossbow hunting, or as some might say shopping, the other day. I needed, well, you name it, the whole nine yards. I needed, a crossbow, a crossbow scope, bolts (or arrows), targets, broad heads for bow hunting, a quiver and anything else a beginning archer might need. I say beginning because, in essence, I am a beginner with a budget for all that goes with crossbows for 600. I used a longbow as a youth some 50 years ago and enjoyed it. So, I thought I might pick it up again, but this time I thought I might pick up a crossbow. Local sporting goods store here I come.
Prices start for crossbows from around $35, but can easily reach $250 and more, depending upon the different features and capabilities that the crossbow can provide.
Crossbows are a weapon, and not a toy, so do not consider buying your child a real crossbow. Instead, resort to a toy one until they are old enough and responsible enough to be trusted with the real deal. You must be above 18 years and above inorder purchase weaponry from an army surplus store, and you will be asked to provide a copy of your ID to prove your age if purchased online, and it is against the law for people aged 17 or under to possess or fire a crossbow.
Crossbows and any bows can be great fun when used responsibly and can teach accuracy, patience, and marksmanship. Cheaper models, ideal for beginners, will have a relatively small range, compared to the complicated workings of more expensive higher end models. If you are training for competitions, make sure you pick the bow based on either one of the two main categories; the 30, 40, and 50-yard field comps, or the international 10-metre competitions.
There are some great accessories available for your crossbow, including extra bolts and string replacements, arrow quivers and arm guards. Be sure to purchase plenty of targets for your practices. Crossbows are far more accurate than longbows, so if you have trained in a longbow be prepared for a difference between the two.
The best crossbow set for young beginners is a junior crossbow set. These are still made of lightweight materials; however, they are slightly higher in quality and have actual arrow tips instead of toy variations.
When advancing from novice to intermediate crossbow, an adult crossbow set provides more accessories needed for the advanced training such as arm and cable guards, a wrist release, and bow sights or stabilizer rods.
Professional archers who participate in tournaments should be using professional crossbow sets because of the high-grade materials used and the advanced extra components like crossbows and longbows.
To choose the best crossbow set for you, you should first consider your skill level. Another factor to consider is getting a set that will endure the amount of use for which it is intended. Carbon fiber is the strongest material arrows are made of, though they are pretty costly so try to choose a strong material within your price range. The last thing to consider when purchasing a crossbow set is the fit of the bow; there are different sizes available to suit your height and reach.