A question I had when researching for Crossbows of my own was “What is the difficulty cocking crossbows”. The simple answer to the question for me was that I had to go try one. I watched some videos online and you could kinda infer how easy or hard the task would be, but until I tried it…there was no telling.
I had quickly learned, once I went shopping and investigating, that there were essentially 2 main ways to “cock” the crossbow. With the use of the following:
- String cocker
- Crank cocker
A string cocker is where you use a rope like a pulley system to wrap the string on the bow and pull it to cock and load the quiver. So essentially what your doing is standing on the front end of the crossbow and placing the cocking rope over the crossbow string and pulling against the crossbow itself for leverage.
Then there is a crank cocking mechanism which is just what it sounds like. It’s a cranking system that you again turn by hand and the string on the bow is slowly pulled into position. There is a crank placed at the base of the stock that you well…” crank”.
Now as you can see from the video, The crank-style cocking system appears to be easier for the person with joint injury and pain and therefore would be a better way to go. However, the crank-style cocking is a lot louder than the basic rope cock. The rope cock is quieter but will still cost some effort to pull the string into place.