There are very few weapons that are more fun to shoot recreationally or hunt with than a crossbow. Just like guns and regular bows, they come in models that have various degrees of difficulty to use. If you are a beginner you certainly don’t want to start out right away using a model that is hard to get used to. Well, we are here to help you with that. We will take a look at some of the best entry level crossbows that will make it easier and more fun as you get acclimated to using a crossbow.
Summary: Top 5 Best Entry Level Crossbows
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WHAT BEGINNER CROSSBOW USERS SHOULD LOOK FOR IN THEIR FIRST CROSSBOW PURCHASE
When you are just starting out using a crossbow you probably don’t want to go out and get the type of the line model crossbow right away. You should start out by selecting a model that will easily help you familiarize yourself with crossbow and how they are used.
Here are some key things to consider when selecting your very first crossbow:
- Easy Cocking
Cocking a crossbow is one of the most difficult aspects of using one to master. You want to spend more time shooting and adjusting your crossbow than you do getting it set up to fire. So get a crossbow that is easy to cock to start with.
The fanciest crossbows that are out there in the marketplace can get pretty heavy when fully outfitted. As a beginner you want to concentrate on learning to master the shooting basics of them to start out with. A crossbow that is lighter in went is really a lot easier to learn how to shoot.
- Low Draw Weight
The higher the draw weight the more force a crossbow bolt has when it’s fired. You don’t need a huge draw weight when just starting to get adjusted to firing a crossbow. Find one that has less than a 180 pound draw weight when you make your crossbow purchase.
- Adjustable Butt Stock
Different crossbow users like different types of buttstock configurations. As a beginner, you most likely don’t know what type of butt stock setup works best for you. That is why it is preferable to have an adjustable butt stock on your first crossbow.
Once you have selected your new crossbow you would be well-advised to watch a YouTube instructional video like this one on how to load it and shoot it properly:
Best Entry Level Crossbows Reviews: 5 High Value Models
This is an excellent crossbow that will easily help any beginner get used to using one. The Wicked Ridge brand of crossbows is widely known to be some of the best ones that are made and this crossbow sure fits the mold there.
There are many things that make this crossbow model attractive to beginners. It starts with the fact that this crossbow only weighs 6.6 pounds fully outfitted. It also has a very sophisticated cocking system which even women and teens can easily use.
It is a crossbow that can be used for hunting but is not too powerful to use for target practice either. You don’t just get the crossbow with this very nice package either. It comes complete with arrows, quiver and a decent scope too.
- Weighs only 6.6 pounds fully outfitted
- 165 pound draw weight
- Super easy cocking system
- Award winning model
- A little bit noisy when shooting
- Safety clicks loudly if disengaged quickly
Here is a really good crossbow from Wizard that is very affordably priced. That makes it a good choice for those that are not sure if they will like crossbow hunting but still want to give it a try.
One of the best things about this crossbow is its accuracy. Once you adjust the included site properly you will find yourself consistently putting your shots in tight groups. The 150 pound draw weight is enough to bring down even a large size dear.
This is a solidly built crossbow too. Its rifle style slotted barrel is made of all aluminum and the body on this weapon is durable fiberglass. You get more than just the crossbow with this package too. It comes with 2 aluminum arrows also so you can start target shooting with it soon after this crossbow arrives.
- Good for target shooting or hunting
- Superior accuracy
- Durable aluminum and fiberglass construction
- Excellent price point
- No cocking string
- Scope could mount more securely
This is a model crossbow that has just about everything you want in a crossbow if you are just starting out using one. Barnett is a big name when it comes to crossbow manufacturers and its models like this one that shows how good they make them. Here is a crossbow that is so easy to use even women and teens will have no problem firing it.
Everything about this crossbow has been well thought out and designed with beginner and smaller stature crossbow users in mind. It’s very easy to cock, sight in and has only a low 130-pound draw weight.
This nice crossbow kit comes with everything you need to get practicing with your new hunting tool right away. It includes arrows, quiver, premium laser sight and a helpful rope cocking device. It could make a strong case as being the perfect package for beginner crossbow users.
- Recommended even for woman and teens
- Sleek black styling
- Light 130 pound draw weight
- Adjustable butt stock
- It may be tough to take down larger game animals with it
- String needs to be waxed very often
This SA Sports crossbow has a lot of features that will appeal greatly to any novice crossbow user. Best of all it is priced just right for affordable entry into the fun world of crossbow shooting.
What you get here is a really light crossbow that is very easy to prepare to shoot. It weighs less than five pounds which makes it very easy to handle for just about anyone. It even has an added foot stirrup to make cocking it and getting it ready to fire easy too.
The package itself this crossbow comes in will get the beginning shooter ready to go in no time. It comes fully equipped with arrows, quiver, sight and a handy shoulder carry strap too. All the novice shooter has to do is some minor assembly and then this crossbow is ready to use.
- Ultra-light 4.89 pounds
- Foot stirrup to help with cocking
- Powerful recurve style crossbow
- Innovative camouflage pattern
- Included arrows are poor quality
- Scope could use improvement
We really like this model as one that would be good for a beginner crossbow user to start out with. It is ideal for target practice, yet can still be used for hunting too. Best of all it is very easy to load and shoot.
This product almost handles more like a rifle than it does a crossbow. That makes it really easy for crossbow beginners to use it. Most everything on it is adjustable including how you position your forearm when shooting it.
It comes almost ready to use right out of the box and requires very little setup. The package it comes in also includes a rope cocker, arrows and quiver. It even includes a better than average sight too. This crossbow setup will definitely help any novice crossbow user get accustomed to using one of these fine hunting tools very quickly.
- Rifle type body w/silencer coating
- Easy to handle at less than 7 pounds
- Simple to cock and fire
- Package includes all you need to get started shooting
- The assembly instructions are not great
- Not an aesthetically pleasing crossbow
Any novice crossbow user can never go wrong by purchasing any of these great model crossbows. There was one however that we really liked more than the others when all things are considered. That is the Barnett Recruit Compound Crossbow Package. Everything about this crossbow is designed to make it easy and accurate to fire for anybody. It is lightweight, durable and has everything you need to get shooting right in the package it comes in too. If you are a beginning crossbow user we highly recommend you take a good look at this model crossbow before you make your final purchase.
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