Crossbow Safety Guidelines

Safety First

  • Adult supervision is ALWAYS required when any type of crossbow is in use.
  • ALWAYS know your state and local laws concerning the use of crossbows.

Target Safety

  • ALWAYS treat the crossbow as though it is loaded and ready to fire.
  • ALWAYS treat the crossbow with the same respect you would a firearm.
  • ALWAYS store the crossbow unloaded and away from children.
  • ALWAYS check to see if the crossbow is “ON SAFE” and unloaded when getting it from another person or from storage.
  • ALWAYS keep the crossbow pointed in a SAFE DIRECTION.
  • ALWAYS keep the crossbow “ON SAFE” until you are ready to shoot.
  • ALWAYS keep finger off the trigger and out of the trigger guard until ready to shoot.
  • ALWAYS be sure of your target and what is beyond.
  • ALWAYS check your archery backstop for wear before and after such use. All target backstops are subject to wear and will eventually fail. Replace your target backstop if the surface is worn or damaged.
  • NEVER cock or load the crossbow until you are ready to shoot.
  • NEVER point the crossbow at any person.
  • NEVER point the crossbow at anything you do not intend to shoot.

Crossbow Safety

  • ALWAYS check the crossbow thoroughly for worn, damaged, loose or missing parts prior to shooting.
  • ALWAYS inspect your arrows/bolts regularly. Damaged arrows/bolts may cause serious injury. Any nicked, dented, split, or splintered arrows/bolts should be discarded immediately.
  • ALWAYS keep hands, fingers and thumbs below the travel path of the bow string and cables.
  • ALWAYS be sure the crossbow limbs are clear from striking tree limbs and other obstacles before shooting.
  • ALWAYS wear safety glasses with any type of archery product.
  • NEVER dry fire the crossbow. Shooting without an arrow will cause damage to your crossbow and could cause injury to the shooter.
  • NEVER use underweight arrows/bolts. This has the same effect as dry-firing a crossbow and may cause damage to the crossbow and injury to the shooter.
  • NEVER shoot any projectile in the crossbow except for arrows/bolts recommended by CenterPoint Hunting and Outdoors for the specific crossbow. Shooting other than recommended arrows/bolts could result in injury or damage to the crossbow (see 8. Specification chart for arrow/bolt information).
  • NEVER draw your crossbow beyond the maximum draw length or damage to the limbs, cables and strings could occur.
  • NEVER use your hand or the rope cocker to uncock the crossbow as it may cause serious injury to the user or damage to the crossbow.
  • NEVER attempt to disassemble or tamper with the crossbow. Special tools are required for working on the crossbow. Contact an established archery shop for assistance. Using anything other than an established archery shop or modifying the function of the crossbow in any way may render the crossbow unsafe and will void the warranty.