Petron Crossbow Review
Kids have always loved playing cowboys and Indians and acting out their favourite movies and cartoons with bows and arrows, but a slight step up sees them wanting to use a quicker and more powerful play weapon like a crossbow.
Of course, kids of today most likely haven’t seen the real gems such as Hardy Kruger rushing out of the bush in Wild Geese with his crossbow primed, but there are plenty of other movies such as The Price of Persia or The Lord of the Rings that show the crossbow as an exciting weapon that can be great fun to shoot at targets around the garden or the house. And what kid hasn’t seen Chewbacca’s laser crossbow from the original Star Wars movie and wanted to emulate those scenes in their playtime?
Safety first is the name of the game when you want your kids to have fun with play weapons and you’d better make sure that the dog is kept at a safe distance with all those loose crossbow bolts flying about, but there are safe bolts and arrows that can be used even with the most powerful toy crossbows that have rubberised sucker tips that can be safely fired to stick onto targets that usually come with the bow and these can usually be wall mounted or stuck up on trees or the fence in the garden.
To be properly safe, these kind of toy crossbows shouldn’t be used by kids under 6 years of age and should always be supervised by a parent – all the more reason to get in on the fun yourself (you just know you’re going to be donning that Rambo headscarf as soon as possible!).
Strong and Sturdy Toy Crossbow
When you’re looking for a decent crossbow for your kids to play with you should bear in mind three important things. First and foremost you should be looking for something well-made and sturdy. This stands to reason if your boisterous boys are going to be gallivanting around the garden with it re-enacting scenes from the hobbit, but there’s nothing more frustrating than a cheap plastic crossbow which falls apart after only a couple of play sessions. The first thing to go is usually the string. Some of the cheaper crossbow’s strings don’t last long and you’ll find yourself forever trying to improvise with string from around the home. Try to look for a manufacturer that you know will supply spare strings or at least provides a strong string in the first place. If the bow is of poor quality this will be most apparent early on in the list of customer reviews. Look closely at the images of how the crossbow is put together. You can very often find decent braided nylon that simply needs to be cut to length and knotted at the ends to make a decent repair.
Best Toy Crossbow for Accuracy and Distance
It stands to reason that you’ll want to get as much bang for your buck and get a crossbow that has good range. The Petron range of crossbows do have good range and accuracy but their ads are slightly overly optimistic. If they say 20 metres they probably mean fifteen or if they say 12 it’s probably more likely to be 8 metres with any kind of accuracy. Remember these are toy crossbows with plastic sucker bolts that are hardly the world’s best shape when it comes to aerodynamics.
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Sighting, crosshair, active trigger
The crossbow trigger obviously has to be well made in both holding the string/bolt securely at good tension whilst still performing a nice, smooth release action when the trigger is pulled. You also want a decent crosshair or sighting that doesn’t break off easily. I’ve heard tell of the sighting flying off during release on poorly made toy crossbows so, again, check customer reviews that will indicate this.
Really, for a nice cheap toy crossbow but with longevity and robustness, you can’t go far wrong with the Petron range. Clicking the links on this page will take you to some of the best value-for-money and longlasting, great fun crossbow toys so go have a scout around and pick up a bargain toy that your son or daughter will love to hunt, target shoot and play with.