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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-29-2014, 11:10 AM Thread Starter
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Thumb on the rail?

Last Friday, missed my chance at a slam-dunk doe. Had her slightly quartering away at 30 yards, took the shot, and instantly felt as if my thumb had been slammed in a door. Judging by the way that the deer (3) acted and no blood or hair on the ground after the shot (never found the bolt), I'm positive I whiffed. I've owned crossbows since they became legal for the general public to use, so I'm not new to this, I've never got stung in the thumb before, while hunting or practicing, but they only thing I can think happened was that I had my front-hand thumb curled onto the rail, instead of down by the grip.

I'm fine with a clean miss, happens to the best of us. I will be more conscious of where my thumb is in the future. My question is, has this ever happened to anyone else?

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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-29-2014, 02:37 PM
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Re: Thumb on the rail?

Not me but I often hear of it happening. Many of the newer crossbow have built in blocks to prevent is from happening.

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post #3 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-29-2014, 03:27 PM
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Re: Thumb on the rail?

There was a thread last year with pics of a guys thumb or finger that got in he way of the string. Very messy. I clipped a finger tip when decocking with a decocking bolt last winter. I was very careless and relaxed attitude when shooting to decock.Just barely clipped the tip of my finger. Nasty blood blister.

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Re: Thumb on the rail?

When I worked at bass pro, saw many customers come in with fingers, parts of fingers missing. Crossbow's are to be taken serious.

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Re: Thumb on the rail?

Yeah. Dont do that! It sounds easy enough, until you're tired and FINALLY back to your truck and all you wana do is get home and have some dinner and relax. You shoot down your bow and WHAM! It feels like your finger just got slammed in a vault door! Never did it myself, but had a customer, after many...MANY reminders and in-depth instruction to keep his left hand fingers out of the way and where I told him to put them on the bow, almost take the tip, nail included, of his left thumb clean off with his very first shot. I was standing over his left shoulder and at the shot he screeched, dropped the bow and clutched his left hand, leaving a spray of blood up the range wall and both our faces... I told him... He actually tried to sue the store until we showed him and his lawyer the surveillance camera footage of me repeatedly instructing him where to place his hands.

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Re: Thumb on the rail?

The first time my dad shot his I told him that he was going to shoot his thumb because he always holds a gun with it up in the air..... Guess who was right

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Re: Thumb on the rail?

Been there done that! Now I have a pistol grip on my crossbow.
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Re: Thumb on the rail?

Knew a guy who ripped part of his finger off. I grazed one of mine once, felt numb for quite a while.

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Re: Thumb on the rail?

I have a black thumb nail. once is enough. guys have tore a joint off.

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post #10 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-30-2014, 12:16 AM
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Re: Thumb on the rail?

nope, dont wanna have to get my finger glued back on. seeing pictures of fingers ripped apart or off and the warning sticker on my bow kinda got the point across.
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