What is the Best Crossbow Pistol?

Best Crossbow Pistol Reviews

Are you wanting to get into archery without breaking the bank? Maybe you just want to spend some time with the family plinking at targets on a sunny afternoon. Or head into the woods for some small game hunting and fishing. Maybe you’re looking for another tool to throw in your survival bug out bag. All of these things are possible with a crossbow pistol.

The problem is there is several on the market. You have no idea what accessories to buy or the safety of these. I had these same problems too when we wanted to buy mini crossbow. Because of this I have done my best to compile a list of what I feel are the best ones on the market based on my own comparisons and reviews of others. I will also provide articles and reviews of accessories, safety, and tips for your new mini bow. I have put together CrossbowPistol.net to be your all-inclusive, one-stop-shop to this exciting version of archery.​

2015/2016 Top 6 Pistol Crossbows (Best Mini Crossbows)

Best All Around - PSE Zombie Defense

One of my favorite mini crossbows is the PSE Zombie Defense pistol crossbow.  The PSE comes with a wicked paint job and a lot of accessories that won't find on other handheld crossbows.  It's definitely one complete package.

You can check out my full review here.

PSE Zombie Crossbow Pistol


  • ​Black/Green Zombie Color
  • Lower Attachment Rail
  • Upper Attachment Rail
  • Attached Foregrip
  • LED Flashlight
  • Red Dot Scope
  • 4 Crossbow Bolts
  • 80 lb Draw Weight

Best Hunting - 150 lb Pistol Crossbow

If you are thinking about using a small handheld crossbow for hunting then the Wizard Archery 150 lb pistol crossbow is the one you want.

This bow provides enough power to bring down any small game.  Even though it packs a punch it's still a smaller crossbow than a full size one and easier on the wallet too.

You check out my full review here.​

150 lb Pistol Crossbow


  • ​4 x 20 Scope
  • 8 - 14" Crossbow Bolts
  • Free Rope Cocking Aid
  • 3 Choices of Color
  • Changeable Bolt Tips
  • Shoots up to 210 FPS
  • Integrated Safety
  • 150 lb Draw Weight

Prophecy 80lb Aluminum Self Cocking

The Prophecy is based on the Barnett Commando pistol crossbow from late 80s & early 90s.  This small bow comes with a lot of extras and is built with the Cobra limb system.  It's one of the newer models on the market today.

prophecy 80lb cobra crossbow pistol

You can check out my full review here.


  • ​Red/Green Dot Sight
  • Cobra Limb System
  • Aluminum Frame
  • 80 lb Draw Weight
  • 12 - Crossbow Bolts Included
  • Top Attachement Rail
  • Self Cocking Feature

M48 Self-Cocking 80 lb Crossbow

United Cutlery makes the M48 Kommando Self Cocking mini crossbow.  This is one of the nicer looking mini bows on the market today.  

You can check out my full review here.

M48 Crossbow Pistol


  • ​80 lb Draw Weight
  • 3 - Crossbow Bolts
  • Adjustable Rear Sight
  • Rear Site Tool
  • Graphite Limbs
  • Die Cast Alloy Body
  • Self Cocking
  • Automatic Safety

80 lb Self Cocking Crossbow Pistol

The 80 lb Self - Cocking Pistol Crossbow by Last Punch is one of the older mini crossbows on the market and for good reason.   It's small and lightweight and packs a lot of features.  It also is one of the cheaper models I've reviewed making it a good all around value pick.

You can check out my full review here.

80lb Crossbow Pistol with 15 arrows


  • ​80 lb Draw Weight
  • Fiberglass Limbs
  • 15 - Crossbow Bolts
  • All Metal Body
  • Self Cocking 
  • Adjustable Rear Sight
  • Cobra Frame System
  • Automatic Safety

Velocity Badger Recurve Handheld Crossbow

The Velocity Badger Recurve handheld crossbow is one of the newer pistol crossbows on the market.  It's built similar to other crossbows that I review on this site.  One great thing about Velocity it they have some great videos on assembly and shooting this bow on their website.

You can check out my full review here.

Velocity Recurve Pistol Crossbow


  • ​80 lb Draw Weight
  • 3 - Crossbow Bolts
  • 160 FPS Arrow Speed
  • Self Cocking
  • Automatic Safety
  • Adjustable Sights

​Why a Crossbow Pistol?

  • Cheaper than a compound bow or rifle crossbow. If you want to get a rifle crossbow or a compound bow it’s going to set you back at least a couple of hundred bucks by the time you buy the bow and it’s accessories. You can easily spend a grand with the higher end setups. However, with the pistol version you can easily get started for under $50
  • More compact than a compound bow or rifle crossbow. Whether it’s in your hands, automobile, or backpack, the pistol version is lighter and smaller than rifle crossbow or a compound bow. This makes it more enjoyable to tote along and use for everyone including ladies and supervised children. The small profile also makes it easy to throw in a bag to take along on that next camping trip.
  • A more universal fit. Compound bows are set up for right/left handed and by draw length. This means that father and son usually need separate bows. Not so with these mini bows. They can be shot left or right handed and the draw length are the same. This allows you to share one mini pistol bow with the family saving more money.
  • Legal is places where other weapons might not be. In several states, these handheld crossbows are legal where a firearm might not be legal. This gives you an option of target practice or self defense that you might not otherwise have in those states. Check with your local and state laws to see if this is the case for you.
  • Dangerously fun. Yes, these are not a toy and pack a deadly punch! An 80 lbs draw weight can send a bolt down range as speeds of close to 200 feet per second and do some damage on a target. That’s also what makes them so much fun as you spend hours nailing a target over and over. The power that comes from something so small is definitely addictive.

Do I Need My Pistol Crossbow to be Self Cocking?

Most all the crossbow mini pistols reviewed or recommended on CrossowPistol.net have the self cocking feature. The self cocking feature is basically a lever on the back of your crossbow that allows you to load the string into the firing position easier.

​With traditional crossbows you would normally use a string or another cocking aid to pull back on the string in order to lock it into the fire position. This can take a lot of strength and time which can take some of the fun out of target shooting. With self cocking you can make quicker follow up shots and is less physically demanding. Plus you don’t need to carry any extra cocking aids. You will definitely appreciate the self cocking feature of these mini crossbows.

Metal or Plastic for a Handheld Crossbow?​

The main component body of most pistol crossbows are made from either metal or plastic. The metal is usually a die cast aluminum alloy. The advantages of aluminum alloys are that they are lightweight, have good dimension consistency, offer general stability and offer good corrosion resistance.

The second most common material for a crossbow pistol is ABS plastic. ABS plastic tends to be a harder plastic than most other forms of plastic, Advantages of ABS plastic include lightweight, impact resistance, toughness and cheaper to manufacture. In general most of the higher priced mini bows use the die cast aluminum alloy while the cheaper bows use ABS plastic.​

​Will I Need Anything Else For My Mini Crossbow?

Generally speaking your new crossbow pistol will come with everything you need to get started shooting. However, there is a few accessories that might be worth getting to keep your crossbow working fine and keep you shooting.

​First is extra crossbow pistol bolts. A bolt is what is shot out of a crossbow and over time they will break and the plastic vanes will fall off. It’s a good idea to grab some extras up front.

Another thing I would pick up is extra strings. Over time the string will fray and even break. You can extend the life of the string by applying string wax, so order both of these together.

Finally, it’s a good idea to order a good target if you don’t already have one. Having a good target will not only increase safety but extend the life of your bolts. Fortunately none of these items are overly expensive and like I said you don’t need them to get started shooting right away.​

Check out the accessories page for more articles.​

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