Types of Crossbows
In today's market the archer will find two types of crossbows; the recurve and compound crossbow.
The recurve crossbow is a more traditional style crossbow resembling that of a recurve bow. It uses two solid limbs that are attached to the stock of the crossbow. The limbs sweep back and forward at the tips, which provides greater potential energy.
The compound crossbow is a more recent evolution of crossbow. Again, resembling a compound bow, it can have either split or single limbs and also uses a cam system. The compound crossbow is generally heavier than the recurve, however its limbs are much shorter, which hunters find useful when using their crossbow in treestands or blinds where space is at a premium.