Parts of the Crossbow
The pads are located at the base of the limbs where they are attached to the dissipater bars. These pads absorb and dampen the energy when the string is released.
Made of multiple fibers to hold the energy of the crossbow limbs when drawn. The string contains extra material where it meets the limb tips, and also where the bolt rests when it is nocked into place.
This is a mechanical device that prevents the release of the string and accidental firing of the bolt. It should always be used but never 100% relied upon as it is a mechanical device that could fail.
A mechanical device located in the trigger guard. Its purpose is to provide a consistent release of the string to fire a bolt.
An alignment device used to help a hunter aim and shoot their crossbow to achieve an accurate shot placement. The most common sights on crossbows are telescopic (shown). Other sights include open, aperture (peep) and red dot sights.