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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-25-2019, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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I joined the club I didn't want to

Been shooting my Excalibur most of the summer and since it was a nice cool morning I figured I'd fire a few shots. After maybe the 10th shot I decided to take one more. I don't know what I was thinking but a soon as I fired I knew I forgot to put the arrow in. Dry Fire. Never have I done that before. After an inspection of the limbs with a cotton ball and screw check (my head and the bow) I fired another 4 shots, Still dead on with no damage thank goodness. That's why I like Excalibur crossbows.

I'm now a member of the Dry Fire Club.
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Been shooting my Excalibur most of the summer and since it was a nice cool morning I figured I'd fire a few shots. After maybe the 10th shot I decided to take one more. I don't know what I was thinking but a soon as I fired I knew I forgot to put the arrow in. Dry Fire. Never have I done that before. After an inspection of the limbs with a cotton ball and screw check (my head and the bow) I fired another 4 shots, Still dead on with no damage thank goodness. That's why I like Excalibur crossbows.

I'm now a member of the Dry Fire Club.

It can happen. Did the string come off the bow? It usually does when you dryfire. Nice thing about an Excal like you said is you can simply string it back up.

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It can happen. Did the string come off the bow? It usually does when you dryfire. Nice thing about an Excal like you said is you can simply string it back up.
String stayed on. Shot actually sounded normal I was lucky.
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Yikes. Glad it didn't appear to do any harm.

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Me too with 2B season right around the corner.
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I am new to crossbows, but I thought all had anti-dryfire built in
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I am new to crossbows, but I thought all had anti-dryfire built in

The earlier models did not. I Have an Excalibur Vortex and it does not. I made the same mistake twice, luckily no damage.


When you are shooting a crossbow, you need to keep your head in the game, 110% There are quite a few "Mistakes" that can be quite painful or costly.


The other mistake I made and I have seen others make is not to get your foot FIRMLY in the stirrup, That hurts !


And watch that thumb on the fore-end ( I did not make that one ).
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The earlier models did not. I Have an Excalibur Vortex and it does not. I made the same mistake twice, luckily no damage.


When you are shooting a crossbow, you need to keep your head in the game, 110% There are quite a few "Mistakes" that can be quite painful or costly.


The other mistake I made and I have seen others make is not to get your foot FIRMLY in the stirrup, That hurts !


And watch that thumb on the fore-end ( I did not make that one ).
I've got 2 out of 3 so far. I have a Vortex and love it. That's my first dry fire but I lost a thumb nail once. The nail hit the target before I even felt the pain. That really hurt.
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I haven't done that yet? But last year I made the same mistake TWICE! I carry a small discharge bag for the end of the day to use with a blunted bolt. Twice I forgot to switch bolts and shot my broadhead right thru the bag!
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My R9 Raven will not fire without a Bolt.
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