All About Crossbow Specifications

Okay, so everyone knows that you are crazy about football. But if you want to be involved in a totally different but equally exciting sport as football, you may want to try hunting with a crossbow. Shopping for the first crossbow may be difficult for you because it’s hard to compare the specifications of each brand. Most crossbow beginners check the speed factor first but what they need to know is how the manufacturer comes up with those readings. Do they have a standard process that all manufacturers follow? These are important questions to be answered because there are different arrow weights and lengths to be used during these tests and they might produce different results.

There is neither standard width specification nor standard length for crossbows as well and this can cause confusion for those who solely rely on the specifications.  A manufacturer may give you a length that includes the foot of the bow and another may not. Another specification without a standard is the overall weight of the crossbow. There are accessories that may affect the weight like quivers, scopes and arrows. Some manufacturers list their product with one of the three or none at all. This can be a problem because we want to carry our bows around while hunting or target shooting.

These are the reasons why all manufacturers should set a standard on how to measure crossbows. This is the only way to really compare crossbow specifications from one another. Here is how you can define these specifications so consumers will understand them better.

Overall Width

This can be properly measured by starting from outside the widest part of the bow. The axle to axle measurement is not needed because it doesn’t help at all.

Overall Length

To measure this is to take the point farthest towards the back of the stock until the farthest point near the end of the stirrup. It’s important to not include the foot stirrup because it can throw off the measurement to over 4 inches of advantage over other crossbows.

Overall Weight

There are two measurements to consider here. The first is the crossbow and sight that comes with it. The second is the crossbow with all the accessories that come with it like the quiver and arrow. The number of arrows and their added weight should also be specified.


This measurement is the hardest to come up with a standardized process for universal measurement. This is due to manufacturers requiring different minimum arrow weights. It would seem unfair for a company using 400 grain of arrows to list speed measurements using 420 grain arrows. There is not a good way of measuring a crossbow’s speed in such a way that consumers will be able to compare them with different ones. Even if you try to measure the speed based on the stroke of power of the bow and get a good feet per second per inch reading, the weight of the arrow is still proves to be an issue.