Let Me Explain
Are you in, or are you out? You’d like some clarification, okay I understand. It’s because I asked a vague open ended question. Let me explain.
There are two seasons of the year that can be slightly uncomfortable to get some range time in, (depending on where you are maybe more than slightly). I’m speaking of midsummer and midwinter, maybe for some of you, you’re comfortable outside all the time. Or perhaps you never are. Now I’d like to know, what do you prefer?
- Suitable for indoors and outdoors
- No need for a hundred yard range
- Hearing protection not necessary
- Reusable ammo
- Everyone enjoys it (okay, that may be a matter of opinion)
Fast or Slow
It doesn’t matter if you’re shooting a TenPoint Nitro 505 Xero Crossbow or a Bear Apprentice Youth Compound bow you have the option of being in or out, (indoors or outdoors that is). That means during the most uncomfortable seasons of the year, you can still do what you love, fling the string.
All you need is an appropriate target like the Block Infinity Crossbow target, of course for your crossbow, or the Delta Speedbag Sniper Target for the rest. What’s the minimum distance you might need, I would recommend at least twenty five yards for a high velocity crossbow and all you need for a compound bow is ten to fifteen yards. Shoot, you could set up in your living room. Your living room, not mine.
If you go to a traditional shooting range, hearing pro is necessary but, with our favorite sport, leave those at home. Crossbows produce a bit more sound than a traditional bow does, unless you just like things in or on your ears leave the Allen Shotwave Low Profile Earmuffs at home.
Reuse Your Ammo
Ammunition can be a little pricey depending on what you’re shooting. Ammunition for your bow can be much the same, but as long as your arrow is recoverable it is reusable. Try to do that with a bullet. I hear you, it’s possible to reuse the casing but there’s a draw from your wallet and some work involved for that process.
Go ahead, fling the string and send those TenPoint EVO-X Arrows into your target down range, then walk fifteen yards to it, retrieve your ammo and do it all over again!
Everyone enjoys it, right? Maybe everyone who’s an archer, that would be a more factual answer. It was fun to include everyone else, at least for me.
Are There Any Cons?
If I had to add a con this would be it; some types of archery are not something you can set down for a long period of time and expect to perform in every aspect of it exactly the same when you pick it back up. I did say some types because a crossbow doesn’t require the physical strength a compound, traditional or recurve bow does.
With a crossbow, you’ll cock the bow, knock the arrow, disengage the safety and pull the trigger. Depending on what your draw weight is set at, it may require a continued use of those bow muscles. You know the old saying, “Use it or you’ll lose it” , that’s exactly what I’m talking about.
Is that really a con? I see it as more of a pro, all it is is a perspective change. If you know this reality, it can be what motivates you to shoot all year round indoors or out. Do you get my drift? Good, get out or get in but keep up the work of the bow muscles so you don’t lose them.