dealsblazing-fast, pistol-grip crossbow for $9.99…

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I got this a while back on woot and its great. works perfect except the arrows it comes with break but for 8 bucks you can get 12 medal ones at big 5.

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I bought one and my friend bought one last time these were on sale. For $10 it's a great buy. The arrows it comes with are pretty crappy, the tips break off fairly easy upon impact. But buying better ones is no hassle. Putting it together is a bit of a bit*h because the string for pulling it back is VERY strong. Therefore you may even need 2 people to put it together. Also make sure the little triangle thing that holds the arc part of the bow is on correctly and tightened. This thing is powerful. Anyways, for $10 its a good buy.

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is it possible to mount a Smith & Wesson Luxeon LED Tactical Flashlight
on to this crossbow~?

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I read a space opera where the heroine put down a mutiny with one of these. So it's a good thing to have if you're ever stuck on a derelict space ship filled with malcontents. Other than that, I think it would be illegal for me to shoot one inside the city limits.

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@toooldforthis: I would LOVE to read that space opera.

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@jasontheperson: Elizabeth Moon, "Trading in Danger," book 1 of a 5 book series.

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stab bouncy balls onto the arrows and fire them at each other! like Nerf wars but way more badass are painful.

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they won't allow firearms, but a weapon that will kill you just as dead is allowed? One that has even fewer legal restrictions than firearms on what type of lunatic may buy it???

not complaining, mind you, but I'm just puzzled as hell...

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In for two, my kids will love these. These are safe for six year olds right?

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@kamikazeken: Pretty big differences in range, accuracy, damage, and firing rate between bows and guns. Don't own any of either, just sayin'...

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@toooldforthis: most people killed by firearms are killed at very close range. Just sayin...

back in the 'Nam, we used to use these on black ops behind enemy lines. Can't even remember how many charlies I put holes in with one of these. The exploding blots/arrows work great on zombies, too.

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@kamikazeken: I think you may be blurring reality with video games.

Just in case, I sincerely apologize if you really did fight in Vietnam and/or the future Zombie Apocalypse and traveled back in time only to have your warnings get laughed at.

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@kamikazeken: Anything hard, or sharp, or heavy can be a weapon. Guns are just more dangerous at longer range with less training, so regulated more. Same reason you don't need a permit to buy a box cutter, even though experience shows you can hijack airplanes with them.

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@toooldforthis: Kind of makes sense... Babylon 5 even had their weapons made to have NO penetration so that it would burn a hole in people but not go though hull or walls of the station. In a lot of old SF(before the invention of frangible bullets), people in boarding actions on spaceships actually used swords for the exact same reason, and even made sense when they normally used handguns that would blow a hole through one inch steel armor!

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@jamesraykenney: I remember those stories, when men were men, etc. Thanks for the reminder. In this case, it just happened that someone had some pistol bows as a hobby. Given the situation, our protagonist would have been happier with a real gun.

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Took one to the Philippines to shoot rats. Works great. The metal bow tends to deform over time, due to the stress from the string.

Look close, however, and whoever took the photo doesn't know how to load the crossbow. Firing it as shown could lead to unwanted surprises.

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In for one + extra bolts. Would this deflate a car tire?

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Anyone know if these are legal in New York? Particularly New York City? Considering the city, in all of its infinite wisdom, has made Airsoft guns illegal, I doubt this would still be legal.

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I'm thinking about ordering one of these. This pistol, combined with a hockey mask, and I'll be ready to fulfull my destiny after the apocalypse. Brb, welding a cow-catcher on the front of my suv...

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When the world goes all Road Warrior on us, we're all going to need a few of these. In for 40. I plan to store them in my underground bunker along with the rest of my arsenal.

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Tried to order but their website doesn't seem to be cooperating. Guess I'll try again soon.

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I've had one of these for upwards of twenty years, but I haven't used it much in the last ten.

I'll second what one poster said about the metal limb deforming with time. One used to be able to buy an additional leaf spring for these to increase draw weight. There are still fiberglass replacement limbs available. I'm not sure either is a good idea.

If you decide to get one and make your target from cardboard, use plenty of layers. Otherwise, the fletchings will be stripped from the shaft as it passes through.

In my experience, the bolts will not pass through tires. However, mirth ensues when the bolt rebounds back towards the user. Wear safety glasses. Actually, wear safety glasses even if you're not going to shoot at tires. I'm not usually Sergeant Safety, but I've had crossbows pull some high-energy shenanigans on me in the past.

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@kamikazeken: Exactly what I was thinking when I saw this one :> Get this $^b outta here. He's not fit for the mission.

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@cheesecakeh: Actually, I was looking more for a document stating whether it is legal or not, not Yahoo Answers with citations to hunting with a crossbow and whether or not that's legal. But thanks for being facetious and unhelpful.

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I have one of these. This is not a high-powered weapon of death. This is a 'plinking cans' crossbow, though accuracy is suspect.. You might be able to shoot 'varmints' with it, but I'd feel sorry for anything you shot, as it may not have enough 'oomph' for a clean kill.

Forget about fending off zombie hordes, or repelling the marines storming the bridge.

From a safety standpoint, they're decently dangerous. You might shoot someone's eye out, hurt them badly enough to require a trip to the ER, and possibly even hit something vital. Not for the kiddies.

The draw-loop thingy tends to bind when under tension (which is when you're drawing the bow...), due to the force being applied at slight angle. This makes it moderately useless unless seriously lubricated.

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@kamikazeken: I don't reccomend using it while YOU are lubricated....

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@fenriq: A six year old will never be able to cock one of these to fire if you actually were serious about getting one for your kid.

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@georgssc7: No worries, I was just kidding.