You should not rule out a survival crossbow when it comes to weaponry while preparing for any disaster scenario. Crossbow’s have some distinct advantages over handguns and rifles in certain situations. In a survival situation, you may have the need for silence and unless you have a silencer (illegal) on your gun, it’s going to make a lot of noise and alert other attackers.
It is legal to buy a crossbow in every state in the United States. Crossbow laws lean towards the regulation of hunting with them and not the survival crossbow aspect we might think of. For example, you can own a crossbow in Oregon for target practice but you cannot hunt with them.
Laws vary from state to state so you should check the laws in the state you live in. If you step outside the U.S., you will find laws more restrictive in some countries, so check with them if you plan on relocating somewhere like Canada or the UK where you can own a crossbow without any permit or license.
The survival crossbow tends to be safer when kids are around. It’s much easier for a child who finds a hidden gun to pick it up and use it. On the other hand, a child is going to have a nearly impossible time loading and cocking a crossbow. Just the same, don’t leave your crossbow where a child can access it.
When using a crossbow there are some things you have to consider that are unique to any bow type weapon as opposed to firearms. You have to be much closer to your target. You also have to compensate for arrow drop even from distances as short as thirty or forty yards. At that distance an arrow can conceivably drop several inches.
Crossbows are quite a bit slower than a bow to load and shoot and of course much slower than a firearm. The nice thing about a crossbow for some people is that they are held and fired in much the same way as a rifle. If you are a good shot with a rifle, you’re going to have a much easier time adapting to a crossbow.
There are many different types of survival crossbow, so here are just a few to choose from
As with any other weapon, it takes time to get used to it. If you are handy with a rifle and are deciding between a traditional bow and a crossbow, you will find the transition to a crossbow much easier. Both the rifle and the crossbow are held and fired the same way. You will have to get used to the time consuming reloading. It takes time to reload and cock a crossbow.
If you are not a tower of strength, or you may feel you could be firing a lot of arrows - a rope cocking aid is well worth buying (approx. $29.99).
If you’re considering a survival crossbow take the time now before an economic collapse to practice loading, cocking, and shooting the weapon. Before buying, check the laws in your state regarding the use for target practice and hunting; they vary widely.