80 Lbs Self-Cocking Crossbow Pistol with 15 Arrows Review
The 80 Lbs Self-Cocking Crossbow Pistol by Last Punch is one of the oldest pistol crossbows on the market today. It’s been around for over 5 years and it’s still a popular choice amongst mini crossbow enthusiasts. Today we will be taking a look at some of it’s main features to see what makes this still one of the best choices for a handheld crossbow.
- Self-Cocking – By pulling down on the rear lever, the bow is put into the ready to fire position. This is easier to cock than a normal crossbow making it better for those who lack the physical upper body strength that a full-size crossbow requires.
- Automatic Safety – Another pro with a self-cocking mini bow is that it automatic engages the safety when you cock the bow. Anything that improves safety, I’m all for.
- 80 lb Draw Weight – 80 lbs provides plenty of power for target and small game hunting while still being able to easily cock the hand crossbow.
- All Metal Body – This provides extra durability. The body is also covered in brass colored plates making it an attractive bow.
- Adjustable Sight – This crossbow comes with a fully functioning adjustable rear sight and a front bead. This allows you to dial in your accuracy for more fun on the target range or in the woods. The rear sight can also be removed and a rail added so that you can use a small BB gun scope or red dot scope if that appeals to you.
- Fiberglass Limbs – Last Punch has installed fiberglass limbs on this bow which gives it plenty of flexibility and durability at the same time.
- Built on the Cobra System Frame – Cobra is long known as a quality frame in mini crossbows and Last Punch was smart to include this in their bow.
- Comes with 15 Arrows – Not many pistol crossbows come with more than 3 crossbow bolts. This one however comes with 15 aluminum arrows that are 6″ long and equipped with field tips. This saves you some money because it’s always nice to have a dozen or more bolts when shooting one of these hand crossbows.
- Weighs 2.8 lbs – Small and lightweight. Perfect for throwing in your vehicle, bug out bag, or hunting in the woods. Also great in the backyard where your neighbors see it more as a toy than a weapon because of it’s small size.
As you can see that’s a lot of great features in a bow that will cost you less than 2 Andrew Jacksons. So what are the cons of this crossbow pistol (come on, we know there is some)? Basically it’s what I like to call the usual suspects. The biggest complaints is string wear, loose bolts and screws, and the vanes coming off the crossbow bolts. All of these can be avoided or minimized by following a few simple procedures.
- Wax the String Often – I can’t tell you how important this is to extend the life of your string but it’s amazing how often I see people complaining their string started fraying after 30 shots. Wax your string and it will last a lot longer.
- Tighten Screws and Bolts – After opening and before shooting your handheld crossbow, tighten any screws or bolts that may have come loose during shipping. It’s also important to do this again every so often while shooting your crossbow.
- Choose your Targets Wisely – I don’t know of any crossbow pistol bolts that are going to hold up long term shooting into hard objects. Buy a quality target and you will get more wear out of your arrows. It will pay for itself in the long run.