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Grand Opening for Thecrossbowstore.com’s Showroom

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The crossbowstore.com new showroom

We are having the grand opening of our showroom on November 25, 2014! We recently made the move from our old warehouse to this new one at 1434 Santa Anita Ave. The new location allows us to showcase many of the new items that we will have for the upcoming holiday season. We would like to invite you to check out all of the crossbows, archery bows, and hunting equipment that we have to offer.

We want to thank our fans. The first 10 people at the store will receive a free gift. To add to this we will be offering some of the biggest discounts on our inventory! The discounts can only be applied to items that are purchased in store so make sure that you stop by. The giveaways will be done on a first come, first serve basis, so make sure that you get here early.Check out our Crossbow wall We are aware that our enthusiastic customers will be there, but we also wanted to extend a warm welcome to those of you who have not had the chance to stop in yet.

If you have family or friends that are interested in the sport, feel free to bring them over to check out what your local archery store has to offer. When you stop in you can also be one of the first people to check out our archery range. That’s right, as if the deals weren’t enough, you can also stop in and check out your very own archery range. Come by and see what all of the commotion is about. If you have any questions beforehand, feel free to send us an email to sales@thecrossbowstore.com or call us at 626-478-2268.

 

Crossbows: Don’t Knock it Till You Try It

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I read an article today that reinvigorated my energy. It was from a bow hunter from Pennsylvania who had recently changed his stance on crossbows. It was refreshing because of the fact that he (like many who initially despise crossbows) realized that they are not at all what he had thought. I find that this is more often than not the case for people that are not familiar with the crossbow.

He goes onto say that the general consensus from him and his buddies was that people who use crossbows tend to shoot them at great distances. This caused them to think of hunters (that were not disabled) who use a crossbow, as being inferior. The vertical bow hunter previously mentioned that another of his gripes was that you didn’t have to hold the crossbow at full draw.

He then states that this caused him to get a mental picture of a poacher. Now I understand that this might seem like the logical conclusion to draw because of the sheer power of crossbows and the fundamental way that they are built. Theoretically, they can shoot faster and farther, but just because they have the potential does not mean that people are in fact using them in this manner, and that is the point that I am trying to make. Just because you can, does not mean that you will.

The thing that got my energy back up was that as this bow hunter got older, he ended up realizing that everything that he thought ended up being incorrect.  He came to this conclusion after one of the hunters he admired most hit the field with a crossbow. He had known this man for many years, and knew that no matter what weapon this man was shooting, he would never take the shots that he pictured crossbow shooters taking. Then, he started to notice the similarities between vertical bow hunters and crossbow hunters. Finally he ended up getting himself an crossbow for sale. That why I always tell my friends, “don’t knock it till you try it.”Tree Stand in Forest

 

Why You Should Accept Crossbows Now

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Excalibur Crossbow for SaleI like to strike up conversations with anyone who likes to hunt. I always find it very comical that every few people that I talk to are bow hunters who used to despise crossbows–until they got hurt. Now they are some of the biggest advocates for their inclusion. The fact of the matter is that if you are drawing a 70 pound compound bow for your entire life, then you might just develop some discomfort in your shoulder–I know that I get some discomfort now from time to time. It gets so bad, that at the worst point, I would writhe in pain trying to hold my compound bow at full draw.

Personally, I have never been one to look down upon rifle hunters, compound bow hunters, etc. because I feel that the love for hunting does not change with the weapon that you are using. If you have chosen to hunt it is probably because you enjoy it. Who am I to tell you that the method that you are using to hunt is wrong? I think that taking an ill-advised shot is wrong, but shooting it with a particular weapon is not.

I chose to get my Excalibur crossbow for sale because I wouldn’t let some discomfort keep me from hitting the field. As long as you practice diligently before you shoot so that you don’t make the animal suffer, you are okay in my book. There are many strongly held opinion holders out there that will try to discredit the use of crossbows, but I urge readers to take every opinion with a grain of salt, because the day might come when you too will need to use a crossbow.

I understand the side that wants to keep the sport as traditional as possible. I can also personally empathize with the side that wants the bow hunting industry to universally accept them. I can tell you that crossbows have allowed me to continue to hit the field, and participate in the sport that I hold so closely to my heart. If you are searching for an Excalibur crossbow for sale make sure to click over to our website.

 

Bow Hunting Tips: Compound Bow Hunting during Winter

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ompound bow hunting Bow hunting in the cold weather is something else. I do not know if you have ever been in frostbite-type weather, but if you have, then you know that it is not something that you want to be in everyday. Even the slightest gust of wind picking up will cause you to shiver in your hunting clothes. What many people fail to realize is that whitetails have a similar idea in regards to staying away from the weather. If you are able to do your research on weather patterns for a given period of time you can predict when the animals will come out for food. Then you can stick them with a double lung shot.

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We live in an age of technology where every hunter can be a semi-proficient weather man/women. Previous compound bow hunting enthusiasts were limited to the good ol’ weather channel. While some may still use this method (and use it well) there are far more efficient ways to predict the weather. The advancement of smart phones has led way to the introduction of hunting specific weather apps that will give you real-time and hourly weather updates so that you will never be stuck out in the cold again. I believe that if you use these at the same time that you use the conventional methods, you will be able to predict the movement of a storm. You need to make sure that you know when the storm is supposed to hit, how long it will last and when it will pass. Then you can set up your compound bow hunting schedule around your knowledge of the storm.

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Deer will be mostly on the move before a big storm is about to hit and immediately after one has hit. These animals are very smart creatures. If you can catch them before the storm is about to hit then they will most likely be in a panic to find as much food to eat as possible for the upcoming storm. You can rest assured that they will not typically move around during the storm because they are trying to preserve their calorie reserves. If the storm lasted for a long time, you can count on the animals to feed for extended periods of time in preparation for the next big storm. If you learn how to read the weather properly, you can increase your chances for success.

 

 

Avoid Punching The Trigger with your Archery Bow Release

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I think that it is safe to say that the most important part of shooting a bow and arrow with an archery bow release aid is to focus on form. The technicalities may differ from shooter to shooter, but one thing remains constant. If you are able to repeat your stance, form, style (whatever you want to call it) then you will have a greater chance at success. Through my years of shooting with a bow release aid, I have learned that the biggest culprit for many shooters is punching the trigger.

 

Punching the Trigger on Your Release

Punching the trigger is something that you should avoid at all costs when shooting with a bow release. It will undoubtedly take away from your concentration and cause your shots to go astray.

To avoid this common mistake, there are a few things that you will want to be aware of:

  • Make sure that the trigger sits on either the first or middle joint of your shooting finger. This will help with achieving consistent form.
  • Shorten your release if possible to gain more control over the trigger
  • Do not grip the release!
  • The heavier the trigger, the less instance there will be to “punch”

Flow with the Bow Release

One thing that all of the good shooters out there agree upon, is that they do not over think the shot. Over thinking the shot will most certainly send your arrows  towards unintended targets. Having good-repeatable form means that you do not have to [over ]worry about taking the shot. It will come naturally to you.

The best advice that I ever heard,  was that the secret to shooting well with a bow release was that you should focus your energy on aiming. If you are focused on aiming, there is no reason why you should be “punching” the trigger. It might sound a bit crazy at first, but once you learn to shoot by surprise, you will never go back to how you used to shoot.

Now that you have a few extra tips, you need to head out there and practice. Shooting form will be slightly different for every shooter, but the one thing that should remain the same is the pursuit of consistency. If you practice enough, you should be able to make those shots in your sleep!

Thecrossbowstore.com has Moved to A New Location!

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New location for thecrossbowstore.com

We are now located just off the Santa Anita Exit from the 60 freeway.

The crossbowstore.com has moved! That’s right, we have moved to a new and improved warehouse. We needed a location with a little more space to house the growing inventory that our customers demand.  The  lease that we signed ensures that we will be here for many years to come. We have moved from 9329 Klingerman St to 1434 Santa Anita Ave. It is just down the street from our old warehouse. We are located directly across the street from  the City of South El Monte Public Safety Center. If you are in the neighborhood feel free to stop by and check out our showroom.

We will still have all of the same low price deals on all of our equipment. If you stop in, you are more than welcome to check out our products for yourself. Our company’s success is due in large part to our loyal customers. Many of you have been with us since the beginning! I wanted to take a quick moment to thank you personally for your patronage. This thanks goes to our regular customers as well as our wholesale customers. Without all of you, this transition couldn’t have happened. The entire team came over in the move, so you know that you will get the same excellent customer service that you have come to expect from the crossbowstore.com.

We have an array of things planned that go along with this move, one of which is the introduction of South El Monte’s very own indoor archery range. It is exciting to see the changes that are happening and the customers that have already stopped by have shared our enthusiasm. We would love to have you stop by and check it out for yourself!

Use an Archery Bow Carrier to Get to the Sweet Spot

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Archery bow racks can help you get to even the most secluded spots

If you are anything like me, then you like to practice in relatively secluded areas. I realized very quickly that I did not want to go to the areas that everyone knew about, but rather, I wanted to be alone with my buddies as we practiced. Going to a place that has a high amount of traffic tends to throw me off as I am practicing. The catch 22 here is that if I want to hunt in secluded areas, I am going to consistently need some way to get there. I have found that using an ATV to get me to my location ends up giving me the best results.

A bow case is good for certain situations, but is not optimal when you are riding a quad to get to your desired location. This is the reason that I enjoy using an archery bow carrier on my 4-wheeler. If you are looking for something that will provide a stable and secure ride for your bow then you should get an archery bow carrier.

Archery bow carriers are hunting racks that are built for the task at hand. They are made specifically with the bow hunter in mind. They have more than enough capacity to carry a few bows on them safely at once as well as much of the hunting gear that you would take on your hunting trip with you. One thing that I would recommend to you is that you should invest in some good tie-down straps or paracord hooks if you are planning to carry a substantial load on the archery bow carrier. This will help to keep them both snug and secure.

Caution: Always Use a Bow Stringer

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Always make sure that you use a bow stringer

One of the most overlooked archery accessories is the bow stringer. I don’t know, maybe people just do not think that they need one when they are restringing their archery or hunting bow. I cannot tell you how beneficial these inexpensive accessories are.

Most of us that have had been using the ol’ push and pull method for years are sitting here saying that there is no need for one. I had said that until a few days ago when I was stringing my recurve bow, when it slipped and almost hit my face!

I have heard of people who were still wearing their archery finger tabs or a shooting glove when they were trying to unstring their bow without the use of a bow stringer. Well, their hand slipped and almost took out their entire eye ball. Their eye has completely shut so now they can only see out of one eye — 10 stitches later and I think this person has learned their lesson.

The safer method to use would be the strep through method. This at least keeps the bow a little further away from your face, but it still has the potential to do some damage. It keeps the bow pointed the other way, but I still recommended that people use a bow stringer.

Accidents CAN happen if you do not use a bow stringer!

Many of the archers and bow hunters who have sustained these injuries speak of having irreparable damage done to their eye. Many will never see the same again. You do not want to take any chances hurting your eyes/eye sight, so it is best to just use a bow stringer.

No matter how many times you have done this, remember that it takes just one slip. As always make sure that the string is in the proper groove, and always make sure that you use a bow stringer. It’s not worth losing your eye.

How Do I Cock My Crossbow?

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Getting a crossbow cocked can be a very difficult task if you do not know what you are doing. If you are new to crossbows, there are a few ways that you would be able to get the bow cocked. You could use your hands, which is the way that most people start, but this way tends to be more burdensome for some shooters. The way that I cock my crossbow is by using a rope cocking device. This item can cut your effort to cock your crossbow in half! If your particular model accepts it, you could also use a crank that will make it almost effortless to get your weapon to full draw. Most crossbows do not have a crank cocking device that they are able to use.Cocking your crossbow shouldn't be the hardest part of your outing.

The first way that I recommend you cock your crossbow would be with the use of a rope cocking device. This type of cocking device helps to cut the force that is required to draw the crossbow back, in half. This would mean that you would only need to pull 75 pounds on a crossbow that has a 150 pound draw weight, if you had a rope cocking device. You place your foot, in the foot stirrup on the piece of equipment and then attach the hooks on the rope cocking device to the string on your crossbow. Once the hooks are secure, you pull on the t-handles to cock the device.

There are also some versions that are on the market that accept the crank cocking aid attachment. If your crossbow accepts the crank cocking device then all you need to do is attach it to the machine and hook the clips onto the string. You will be cranking the rope back in a fashion similar to that of reeling in a fish on a fishing rod. It’s as simple as that! Then you move the cocking device out of the way and you are good to go. Do not use the crank to un-cock the machine. You will damage both the bow and the crank. The only way to safely un-cock it is to fire an arrow into an animal, or into the ground.

How to use your Crossbow Accessories: The Crossbow Stringer

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Make sure to use a crossbow stringer

Have you ever wanted to learn how to string a crossbow? Let me first start out saying that this crossbow stringing method is mainly for recurve crossbows. Anything that has to be done to service a compound crossbow has to be done with the use of a bow press.

When you pick up the crossbow stringer, you will notice one of two things. You will either have a string with coated cable around the end loops or a string that has two plastic rings on the edge of the string.

The process starts with you putting the crossbow stringer loops around both edges of the crossbow limbs so that they are securely fit. You should then place your foot in the foot stirrup and pull the crossbow stringer in the same fashion that you would when you are cocking the crossbow.

Once you have done that, you get the replacement crossbow string that you are going to put on the crossbow. You put the crossbow string through the loops that are on this particular crossbow accessories ends and then onto the crossbow limbs. You want to make sure that this is done on both sides of the stringer and that it is securely fastened before proceeding.

Once the string is securely on the limbs, you need to place your foot back in the foot stirrup and move the safety switch from the “safety” position to the “fire” position.  You will grab the crossbow stringer and pull on it a bit so that it lets off. Take off the crossbow stringer and you are good to go. If you are ever interested in taking the string on or off, you would repeat the same process and just remove/place the string back onto/off of the bow.

There you go! It was as simple as that. Your crossbow is now strung, thanks to one of these wonderful crossbow accessories. If you are more of a visual learner, please feel free to check out  our Youtube Video on how to string our MK-150 Crossbow. If you have any questions, comments of concerns, please feel free to leave a comment.