Pistol crossbows are a lighter, weaker hand-held sporting variant of the crossbow. The bolts fired from a pistol crossbow are very low velocity, this coupled with the lighter weight of the pistol crossbow bolt itself
(DO NOT GENERATE ENOUGH ENERGY TO HUMANELY HUNT ANYTHING).
Pistol Crossbows, are zippy, semi-accurate and fun, but definately not designed for hunting, not even small game hunting.
Pistol crossbows have been around for centuries, today’s pistol crossbows are made of fiber and composite materials and are very light and easy to aim. Some of the larger pistol crossbows feature metal construction for extra power and stability, with some sporting self cocking mechanisms others with foot stirrups for ease of cocking.
Pistol Crossbow draw weights vary greatly, with the average between 50 pound draw weight up to 80 pound draw weight which even still coupled with lightweight bolts will not generate enough energy to be used for anything but target practice