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Auto cocking crossbows legal?

Could not find it in the digest.Customer gave me a NIB Parker Concord Crossbow with the red hot kit as a thank you and wanted to know if they are legal in PA.

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Re: Auto cocking crossbows legal?

Well. This issue was discussed a bit when the bow was introduced. I will tell you what I know then you decide which way to lean.

I contacted the PGC several times about this bow. Spoke with a commissioner who also went to head of LE for the PGC. The "official" word is they are not legal becuase of a regulation stating devices using compressed air are not legal.

The flip side is the lawyers for the manufacturer(Parker) are convinced that the language in the regulations pertains to the compressed air being used for propulsion of a projectile which the Concorde does not do. Once cocked it is a conventional bow. Parker told me they researched the PA regs before the bow was introduced and insist it is legal under the current regulations. I agree. When I looked closely at the regs, the wording seemed to suggest air cyclinders used for propulsion of projectiles.

Pretty muddy, eh? I talked to a commissioner that this should be addressed if this technology grows as this design would be great for those with severe handicaps.

Anway, the good news is I have not heard of any issues with this bow being used in Pa but I am not sure actually how many are out there and if a WCO has checked anybody using one.


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Re: Auto cocking crossbows legal?

Legal. It is a cocking system. That is my best guess. Laws are not very clear, but I'm going to say legal.

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Re: Auto cocking crossbows legal?

Thanks DPMS and Arrowhead maybe we could get a Warden to chime in

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Re: Auto cocking crossbows legal?

I wouldn't think that a WCO would fine someone for using one. I mean it doesn't give you any real advantage in killing a deer, it just helps cock the crossbow. The one thing I noticed when I handled the Concorde is that it is extremly heavy and awkward. I honestly wonder if someone has a physical limitation that prevents them from using a hand crank if they would be able to physically manuver the Concorde. I will guess though that has technology gets better they will get a lighter crossbbow with a similar system. I think the Concorde is a step in the right direction.

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Re: Auto cocking crossbows legal?

Its 10 pounds on the nose on my scale and only 18 &34 wide really not that bad but i just got it and only shot it alittle last night and its one of the quietest crossbows i have shot yet

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Re: Auto cocking crossbows legal?

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