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Old 02-12-2016, 06:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default X-bows and thumbs

I have never held a X-bow or really inspected one up close. What's the deal with people having their thumbs severed or injured when firing a X-bow? I have read more than one article on people being injured, what's up with that?
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Old 02-12-2016, 08:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Most modern crossbows have a large "flange" kind of thing on the forearm to keep your thumb below the level of string travel. If you ignore that flange and put your thumb in line with the string travel, it WILL do some serious damage. If you hold the forearm properly, then your thumb will be well below the line of string travel.
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Old 02-17-2016, 08:16 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Most modern crossbows have a large "flange" kind of thing on the forearm to keep your thumb below the level of string travel. If you ignore that flange and put your thumb in line with the string travel, it WILL do some serious damage. If you hold the forearm properly, then your thumb will be well below the line of string travel.
Exactly.

I have a Barnett Raptor crossbow and it has a hollowed forearm so your fingers go inside instead of up. You'd have to have pretty long fingers to ever put your digits in danger on that thing.


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Old 07-30-2016, 11:46 AM   #4 (permalink)
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One of the guys In our shop cut the tip of his finger off last year I think. His finger was in between the cables when he shot. Snipped the tip right off. I'm not sure what crossbow he was shooting or how old it was. You can put one more tick mark in the Lessons Learned the Hard Way column.
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Old 08-22-2016, 11:21 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Unhappy Crossbows and thumbs

Took a real dummy to get my thumb above the guard. But I did it. Never again!
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Took a real dummy to get my thumb above the guard. But I did it. Never again!
Did it mess up the arrow flight?
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Old 08-22-2016, 07:30 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I have not gotten a digit in the path of the string... luckily.

However, I nearly broke my knee when I discharged my de-cocking arrow while pointing the crossbow nearly straight down, so I could easily find it after I climbed down from my tree in the fading light.

When the crossbow fires, the cross arms fling forward with a lot of force. One whacked my knee... HARD. Had a pretty purple and yellow bruise and some swelling, but nothing that needed medical attention (thankfully). It was a slow climb down that night!

I also dry fired once or twice by accident, but my Ten Point has a safety feature that stops dry fire.

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Never did find that arrow.
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I have not gotten a digit in the path of the string... luckily.

However, I nearly broke my knee when I discharged my de-cocking arrow while pointing the crossbow nearly straight down, so I could easily find it after I climbed down from my tree in the fading light.

When the crossbow fires, the cross arms fling forward with a lot of force. One whacked my knee... HARD. Had a pretty purple and yellow bruise and some swelling, but nothing that needed medical attention (thankfully). It was a slow climb down that night!

I also dry fired once or twice by accident, but my Ten Point has a safety feature that stops dry fire.
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