Survival Review: Powerful Mini-Crossbow

Camping, Varmint Hunting or Bugging Out


Last week I received a crossbow in the mail. Before you start to think that it is an awesome thing to receive, note it was one of those fair type crossbows you see sitting on a knife table. I was glad to receive it (if you are a fan and sending stuff for review, please clear it with the editor’s desk first). It is still a less than ideal tool/weapon if you are looking for something cheap and easy for your bugout bag. Fun though to use, and a reminder you might not always have the luxury of making loud noises or using a lot of ammo.

Market

The market for this crossbow is teens and people who are not allowed to own firearms. It is made mostly of ABS plastic and has a metal pull assist. This type of item, which is simply branded as “Powerful Mini-Crossbow,” is more of a novelty than an actual tool. For $17, the price on the invoice, you get what you pay for. If you are serious about survival and can own a good crossbow or a good firearm, skip over this for anything but plinking cans. 4 out of 10.

Content

The box comes with the stock, the bow (production version), one string, and four plastic bolts. It is a nice simple box, and easy to open and get out. One major knock is that rather than a paper target, they put the target on the box. If you use the target, then the box is ruined. 3 out of 10.

Utility

The bow itself is easy to use. You have a draw assist, which saves your finger on the cord. The bow will hit a target about the size of a can or box consistently at 15 feet. The sights are good left to right, but the up and down sight is twitchy at best. 6 out of 10

Usability

The bow itself is a cheap but effective tool. You could hit small game if it was in the 15-foot range, though beyond that is a crap-shoot with the on-board sights. Stringing the bow is difficult by yourself, however, this is standard with any cross bow. Overall, for the $17 that it costs, it is a good little toy bow.

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The bolts are another matter. They are made out of soft plastic. I broke one of the bolts on the second shot hitting nothing but dirt. This lowers the utility greatly because a bow with nothing to shoot is useless. 2 out of 10. NOTE: I tried shooting the WISH fishing darts out of the bow. It fires them with a slight yaw to the left. The bolt fully penetrated the box, which means that it should be good to penetrate a fish, if you can keep the line from binding up as it goes out of the bow.

Cool Factor

It is a crossbow, that is cool. Being made of plastic, that is not as cool. The bolts are plastic and brightly colored, plastic is not cool did I mention that? Bright colors do make them easier to find. If you are a teen or live in a city, it is a pretty cool toy to have around. If you have real survival gear, then it is more of a novelty. This earns it a flat 5 out of 10 for the cool factor.

Overall, this is not a good survival tool, but it is better than nothing. If you cannot get your hands on anything else, this will do in a pinch. If you have any other options, then those will likely be a better option. With an overall score of 20, I cannot recommend this to anyone serious about their safety. It is a great toy to teach teens how to work with iron sights, but that is about it.


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Dr. Christopher W. Smithmyer
Dr. Christopher W. Smithmyer
Dr. Christopher Smithmyer is a writer for NRN, the Vice President of International Affairs at Brav Online Conflict Management, and an Adjunct Professor of MBA Business at Doane University. He is also part of the founding team at BlackWalletLTD, one of the leaders in stable coin 2.0 ecosystem maintenance. Dr. Smithmyer’s focus is international business and finance, along with reviews of board games, weapons platforms, and survival items.
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