Why use a Crossbow Cocking Aid? Archers must cock their crossbows before each shot. Cocking the crossbow involves pulling back on the string that releases the arrow when fired. The draw weight refers to the amount of strength required to cock a crossbow. For the archer, this is the amount of weight they must be able to pull up off the ground. A crossbow with a 200 pound draw weight is equivalent to dead lifting 200 pounds, but a cocking device can reduce this. In fact, a rope cocker will reduce the draw weight to 50% and some crank/wench cocking devices can reduce to a mere 5lbs. In addition, these cocking devices improve shooting accuracy!
What are the different types of Cocking Aids available? There are 2 aiding devices which have become very popular among crossbow enthusiasts and big game hunters alike; the Rope Cocking Aid, and the Crank Cocking Device(also known as a cocking wench). The rope cocker has two handles attached to a rope. String clips attach the rope to the crossbow. The archer then pulls the handles to tighten the rope and cock the crossbow. The crank cocker mounts on the crossbow's stock. The archer turns the handle to cock the crossbow.
Advantages Of Rope Cocking Device Rope cocking devices are fast to use. On average, it takes less than 30 seconds to cock a crossbow with a rope cocker. Rope cockers are light and easy to carry.
Advantages Of Crank Cocking Device Crank cockers greatly reduce the amount of strength needed to cock a crossbow. For a 150-pound pull crossbow, a crank cocker reduces the load to 10 pounds. This means that the archer only has to have the strength to pull 10 pounds to cock the crossbow.
Will I be able to shoot more accurately if i use a cocking aid? Yes! One major advantage of using a rope cocker or crank cocking device to assist you is greater accuracy in your shots. What can happen if you don't draw the bow back perfetly straight when manually cocking, the middle of the string does not align in the center of the trigger mechanism. If you pull one side harder than the other, the center of your string can be pulled right or left of the trigger mechanism, resulting in shots that spray and miss left and right on the target. This variable is eliminated when using a rope cocker pulling device or crank cocking device. In addition, these devices are great in order to de-cock your crossbow and avoid a dry-fire which causes damage to your bow, string and cables.
Who uses these Cocking Aids? Crossbow cranking devices are particularly popular among a range of hunters and shooting enthusiasts of all ages, from youth to seniors as well as those with physical disabilities.