Crossbows for Firearm-restricted cultures: Mission Crossbows

    Y-man at Mission Crossbows

    Y-man at SHOT 2018

    In a continuation of the experiences I had at SHOT 2018, I visited exhibitions which could actually have a chance at penetrating the very highly restricted firearms environment in my country.

    Most importantly, I took a good look at some exhibitions from crossbow as well as airgun manufacturers.

    If introduced here in Nigeria, crossbows would do reasonably well. I do see that crossbows are currently not as popular in the US as they are in the UK. In Africa: the benefits would be in the portability, the quietness in use and the economy of recovered bolts. There would be a lack of after-sales parts for mods, repairs, and a lot of attention from ignorant persons and law enforcement.

    Nigeria does not have a tradition of crossbows, historically. Projectile weapons were not developed nor used in any large scale anywhere in the southern part of West Africa. In slave-raiding wars of the 1600s to early 1900s, carried out by larger, stronger local kingdoms on their weaker neighbours; there was little use of crossbows and bows. Bows came into the North from Arabia. Warfare was primarily by force of numbers and the sharpened edge in the southern part of West Africa.

    Crossbows in Nigeria

    There are no laws in Nigeria governing ownership of any type of crossbows. There is also little mention specifically of the ownership of airguns. However – with airguns: you all know the old saying: “If it looks like a Duck, walks like a Duck…”. Definitely, a Nigerian citizen will get arrested, ‘interrogated’, prosecuted and severely punished for possession of an airgun. An unfortunate citizen could get ‘stopped’ with prejudice ‘while attempting to escape’. This has happened before.

    Currently, in West Africa, we do not have a history of crossbow development, unlike in parts of Asia, and South America. I had once wanted to improvise a crossbow, with some auto leaf springs, and some saved parts from an old shotgun. Seeing the compound bows at SHOT, I realised that my ideas were possibly dangerous. Maybe I should watch a lot more of Joerg Sprave’s videos on YouTube. It may probably just be better to buy crossbows. First of all, does anyone know ITAR rules about crossbows?

    Mission Crossbows at SHOT 2018 industry Day

    I finally got to handle a real, compound crossbow; visiting with Mission Crossbows at the Range on Industry Day, and shot it at 90 yards. Being my first time handling a real Crossbow: one question for me was how easy crossbows are to break down? Shooting a crossbow, with the quiet operation and action, was very interesting. The Crossbow impressed me with the rating at 200lbs power. One important add-on accessory available is an “RSD” Removable Silent Draw Winding Cocker. This makes the cocking action easier, and quieter.

    A functional and versatile projectile-shooter, out to more than 100 yards; the crossbow would be good for some level of hunting, recreational target shooting and possibly last-ditch home defense.


    Y-man is based in a firearms-restricted environment in West Africa, he is really interested in shotguns [Which is all he can legally get], and he makes the best of whatever he is able to lay his hands on in terms of DIY and improvising.

    He did have some training at an early age attending military school in his country, including some weapon training…

    He always appreciates all your advice, comments and feedback.