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?

  • just a 50% less resistance because of the pulley system, it doesnt even have a centering reason in this crossbow as it should center the string by design even pulling with your fingers Commented May 10, 2016 at 16:50
  • Yeah, it centers just fine. Commented May 10, 2016 at 17:24

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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.


It says:

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.

(Description of how to use that.)
  • 1
    the thing is seriously named EZ2DRAW?
    – njzk2
    Commented May 10, 2016 at 13:50

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