How to Unload a Crossbow Without Dry Firing

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The crossbow was Europe's first "Weapon of Mass Destruction", and was so deadly against the mounted knights of the Middle Ages that the Pope actually banned them from use in warfare. Today, the crossbow is either a hunter's weapon or a target-shooter's weapon. If you have cocked the string on a crossbow, do not attempt to dry-fire the weapon, as this could damage it. There are safer ways of uncocking the crossbow that will not risk damage.

Things You'll Need

  • Disposable bolt with blunt or field head.
  • Load the crossbow bolt into the crossbow. Make sure the bolt is either field or blunt tipped, and does not possess a broad head.

  • Aim the crossbow at a patch of soft earth without rocks.

  • Pull the trigger to fire the crossbow. The soft earth will minimize the chance of the bolt breaking when it strikes, and firing the weapon will uncock the string.

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