A crossbow I purchased (a Stryker 380) came with a drawing apparatus made of cord and a couple plastic parts. I haven't been using it since drawing with fingers works just fine. But now I'm wondering if the apparatus is not just for ease of drawing, but is also for safety. Are there safety considerations, or is it just for convenience?
If I had done a little more homework, I would have found a manual online for this closely related bow. It describes drawing the bow either way.
MANUAL DRAW Place the arch of foot in bow stirrup. Using both hands firmly grasp close to the center of the string and draw the string back until you hear it click firmly in place. OPTIONAL EZ2DRAW COCKING AID (Description of how to use that.)