How To Hold A Crossbow Properly: A Beginner’s Guide

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How To Hold A Crossbow Properly: A Beginner’s Guide

Crossbows are one of the most exciting new developments in hunting technology.

They are fast, accurate, and above all else, they’re powered by humans instead of cams or strings like traditional bows.

Crossbows are simple to use and require less physical strength than a standard bow.

If you’re considering purchasing a crossbow for hunting or target shooting, there are some important considerations to keep in mind when choosing your weapon.

The way you hold your crossbow is one of the most fundamental aspects of using it correctly.

That is why I’ve compiled this helpful guide on how to hold a crossbow properly. Read on to learn more!

What To Consider For Holding A Crossbow?




The most important part of holding a crossbow correctly is the grip. The way you grip your weapon can have a big impact on your accuracy, as well as your comfort while shooting.

There are some general rules of thumb to follow when gripping a crossbow. First, the position of your hand on the handle should be roughly the same as it would be on a rifle.

When gripping a crossbow, your thumb and index finger should be in line with the string, and your middle finger should be on top of the stock.

The heel of your palm should be touching the rear of the crossbow, and your fingers should be wrapped around the handle.

A proper grip will ensure that you are able to draw your crossbow smoothly and efficiently and that it stays firmly in your hand while you shoot.

It is best to find a crossbow that feels comfortable for you to hold. The most important thing is to make sure you feel confident in your grip so that the bow does not slip out of your hand when you fire it.

Basics of a Good Grip

Basics of a Good Grip

Holding a crossbow properly is crucial to accuracy. If you don’t hold it properly, you risk losing accuracy and fatiguing your muscles faster, which could lead to injury.

That said, there is some variation in how different people prefer to hold their crossbows. Some people hold it like a rifle, some like they’re holding a handgun, and some like they’re holding a shotgun.

The important thing is to use a grip that feels secure, and one that you can keep consistent every time you shoot. If you’re new to crossbows, it’s a good idea to watch videos of experienced shooters at your local range or archery shop.

This will give you a good idea of what a proper grip looks like and can help you get a feel for what might be the best way to hold your crossbow.


Three Points Of Contact

Three Points Of Contact

It may sound like an episode of House, but it’s important to maintain three points of contact at all times when holding your crossbow.

The three points of contact are your two hands and your foot that is bracing the bow. That bracing foot should be behind the rest of your body and planted firmly on the ground.

Keeping three points of contact helps you keep your crossbow steady and consistent. It also helps you avoid muscle fatigue and cramping that can occur if you’re holding your crossbow with one hand for too long.


Shoulder Positioning

Shoulder Positioning

When you’re holding your crossbow, the top of the stock should be near the top of your shoulder. This will allow you to draw your crossbow smoothly and easily while keeping your muscles in a relaxed position.

If your crossbow stock is too low, you risk having to lift your elbow too high in an unnatural and strenuous position. This can cause you to lose accuracy and tire out faster while shooting.

The stock should fit comfortably in the crease of your shoulder. If the crossbow is too high, you run the risk of it falling out of your hand while shooting. If it’s too low, it may cause you to lift your elbow too high and tire out faster.


Foot Positioning

Foot Positioning

Your foot positioning will depend on how you are most comfortable holding your crossbow. If you like to use both feet to brace the bow, that’s fine. If you prefer to use one foot to brace, that’s fine, too.

All that matters is that you are consistent in which foot you use and that both feet are planted firmly on the ground. This will help you keep the crossbow steady and consistent, which leads to better accuracy.

If you’re using both feet to brace your crossbow, your rear foot should be planted slightly behind your front foot. If you’re only using one foot to brace, your foot should be planted directly under the crossbow.


Draw Length

Draw Length

Draw length is defined as the distance from the back of your bowstring to the front of the bow handle where your hand rests. A proper draw length is crucial for accurate shooting.

Most modern crossbows will offer some way for you to adjust the draw length for a custom fit. If your crossbow does not have an adjustable draw length, you can still use it, but it may be less accurate than a bow with a proper draw length.

Most crossbows have a standard draw length between 13 and 17 inches. If you’re in between those measurements, you can use a bowstring or slider.

If you are on the smaller end of the spectrum, you can use a shorter string or slider, and if you are on the larger end of the spectrum, you can use a longer string or slider.

Most crossbow strings and sliders have a scale marked on them so you can easily measure your string or slider to find the correct length.

Crossbow Tips and Tricks

Keep all parts of your crossbow clean and well-oiled to avoid damage. This will also help you maintain a smooth, consistent draw.
Practice with your crossbow often to get a feel for how it shoots and how it’s most comfortable for you to hold and draw. This will also help you identify any problems with your crossbow that need fixing so that you can get it shooting as smoothly and accurately as possible.
Always follow the rules and regulations for shooting crossbows in your area. This is especially true if you’re using a handgun crossbow, which may have special regulations in some jurisdictions.
Finally, when holding your crossbow, remember that you’re probably not going to shoot it the same way every time. There are times when you’ll shoot it one way and other times when you’ll shoot it another way. The key is to be consistent with your habits so that your muscle memory will be used to shoot the bow well.


Crossbows provide a great way to practice shooting while staying safe. They offer ultra-accurate shooting, and unlike firearms, there is no kickback when it fires, which makes them much easier to shoot accurately.

You can shoot at ranges of up to 300 yards, and because you’re not using live ammunition, you won’t have to worry about accidentally hitting someone with a stray arrow. Crossbows also have a lot of advantages over firearms when you’re shooting targets.

They stay steady and don’t bounce around much when fired, which can affect your accuracy. And because you’re not using a firearm, there’s no recoil. If you still have questions about how to hold a crossbow, don’t hesitate to reach out via email.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a grip on a crossbow?

A grip is the part of a crossbow that you hold while shooting. It provides you with traction and control of the weapon.
There are different types of grips available, so it is important to find one that is right for you. For example, some grips offer a more secure hold, while others are designed to be more comfortable. Whatever your needs may be, finding the right grip can make a big difference in your shooting experience.

How long can the crossbow stay pulled back?

This depends on a few factors, including the weight of the crossbow, the draw weight setting, and the fitness of the user. A more experienced user can typically hold a crossbow at full draw for longer periods of time before losing strength.
For an average crossbow, a draw weight of 50 pounds and above will start to become difficult to hold after 30 seconds or so. This is due to muscle fatigue that occurs when holding a weight in a fixed position for an extended period of time. The lower the draw weight, the more likely you are to lose muscle tone and endurance.
Above 60 pounds, it can become difficult to hold on to a crossbow after only 10 seconds or so. Typically, most crossbows are set between 50 and 60 pounds of draw weight, which means they can start to be difficult to hold after 20 seconds or less.
It is recommended that users take breaks and stretch often while using a crossbow in order to avoid straining their muscles and tendons. It is also important to find the right balance between strength training and crossbow use in order to avoid injury.

Are crossbows accurate at 100 yards?

Crossbows are more accurate than regular bows at long distances. A crossbow has a narrower width which improves its accuracy. It has also less movement, making it easier to aim. A regular bow’s draw weight is more than a crossbow so it will be more difficult to shoot accurately.

Augene Allen
Augene Allen is a man of many talents and accomplishments. A graduate of Special Forces, Ranger, SCUBA, Jumpmaster, and Helicopter Flight Training Schools, he has dedicated his life to service - first as a Sheriff's Deputy for 30 years, then as a SWAT operator for 24 years. He is also a Firearms and Defensive Tactics Instructor, Technical Collision Investigator with 2,306 DUI arrests under his belt, and owner of CrossFit Pierce County for 6 years. In addition to all this, Eugene is an Ironman triathlete and currently an avid cyclist. Though he's retired from the military now, Eugene still lives in Tacoma, WA with his wife and two cats.