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I had a few free hours yesterday and decided to spend them with my Impact Crossbow. I built a burlap sack filled with nylin cloth and it serves as my target. I spray painted a few four inc circles on the burlap and I've been good to go fo rabout a week now. Not being able to lift at the gym has given me lots of time to tinker and annoy my family in general.

SO yesterday I was home form work and no one was around so I decided to fore a few bolts. My outdoor rage is about thirty yards. I set up my bag target which is 24" wide, 36" tall and about 24" thick in front of four excelsior bales. I was outside for about a half an hour taking twenty yard and thrity yard shots when two police officers arrived and began questioning me.

One of my neigbors had called the police claiming that I was firing a rifle in my back yard. The cops, of course, responded assuming the worst. I showed them the crossbow and took a few shots so they could see the item at work. I explained that my target is set up so that even if I miss wildly the arrows will go into a dense thicket of woods or get buried in teh hay bales.

Things were rough going until I handed my Impact over to the nearest officer and invited him to take a shot. I turned on the scope, cocked the bow and loaded on of my carbon shafts. I told him to simply put the top red dot on any one of the five painted circles. Then release the safety and fire when ready. TEH officer took me up on it and drilled an arrow into teh lower circle at twenty yards. TEH secodn officer asked if he could shoot and I obliged. THey took turns and ewach shot teh crossbow three times. They inspected the target and the setup and realized I wasn't some maniac and my mini range was totally safe.

Both officers expressed an interest in crossbows and I invited them back anytime to shoot. THey were genuinelty interested but I assume I'd never hear form them again. Well... silly me. My wife just called me and informed me that Officer Miller called and wants to know if he can swing by this Saturday with his son and do some shooting with my crossbow. I just got off the phone with him and he and his son will be my guests at my rod and gun club this Saturday (Better range, longer shots).

This, IMO, is the best way to recruit people into our ranks. Take the time to befriend and educate. Instead of getting upset and defensive, I simply explained what I was doing and invited them to participate. Score one for our side :D. I've made a friend and hopefully can convince him to purchase a crossbow of his own. If not he's always more than welcome to shoot mine.
 

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great post

Glad it worked out for you
 

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WAY TO GO! We do the same thing when we have any opportunity. Grass roots promotion is where it's really at. I find most people are genuinely curious about crossbows, and letting them shoot a few times, brings real experience they may not have the opportunity to experience otherwise. Thanks for posting this.
 

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Then there are those who fire one shot, hit the target and say: "Just like a rifle."
Glad your's turned out that well.
 

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sparhawk,

CONGRADS on a GREAT plan to get NEW folks into the XB hobby.------ (APPLAUSE)

NOW, invite them to join CBN & ACF.

yours, texasnative46
 

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If I can get them hooked on the sport I'll gladly lead them here. I can't wait til Saturday. Any time spent shooting is quality time in my book. If only we had acrossbow season in MA. Oh well NH is only an hour away :D.
 

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Now you need to get your neighbor over too. Good job on turning the situation around. I had a similar even here with a compound. They hear the "pop" on the target and think gun.
 

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Very cool.

Yea...get your nasty neighbor over, and show him/her..your NOT out to concur the neighborhood with your crossbow.

Don't let them wear out your bow!!

Mike
 

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You handled the situation well my friend. I always say, ..... once you shoot a crossbow,...... you'll buy a crossbow.:D
 
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