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DIY Survival: How To Make A Crossbow From Scratch [Video]



DIY Crossbow

Make a DIY crossbow from scratch using this featured video guide so you can increase your chances of survival in the wild!

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DIY Crossbow | An Effective Survival Weapon

How a Crossbow Works

The crossbow will be a better option than a longbow, especially in a scenario where you may have lost your rifle or just didn't bring one along. This weapon does not demand too much physical exertion as a longbow does.

All you have to do is draw the string, and you're ready to shoot. Shooting positions can be varied, and your height will not be a hindrance.

Another advantage is you do not need to master the draw-aim-shoot technique. This type of survival weapon is fairly easy to use, so it's a good idea to learn how to use it.

A crossbow offers many advantages in survival situations. It's getting quite a following as a survival weapon, all thanks to The Walking Dead and Daryl Dixon's character.

There are four components of this weapon: the body, the limb, the string, and the trigger. The first two will be pretty straightforward to make, but the latter will be a bit complicated.

How to Make a Simple DIY Crossbow?

Here's a guide on how to make a simple crossbow easily with what's available around you.

Step 1: Gather Materials and Tools

You will need the following materials and tools:


Wooden plank (about 2 feet long)

Thick rubber bands or Paracord

Small screws

Metal string nocks or small eyelets

Metal wire or string for the bowstring

Small nut or bolt for the trigger mechanism

A small piece of metal or wood for the trigger


Hand saw or jigsaw




Step 2: Cutting the Crossbow Frame

Using the hand saw or jigsaw, cut the wooden plank into the desired shape for the crossbow frame. Traditionally, crossbows have a stock, a trigger mechanism, and a bow section.

Step 3: Sanding the Frame

Smooth the edges and surfaces of the wooden frame using sandpaper. This will help prevent splinters and provide a better finish.

Step 4: Attaching the String Nocks

On the top and bottom of the bow section, attach metal string nocks or small eyelets. These will hold the bowstring in place.

Step 5: Creating the Bow

Use rubber bands or strong strings to create the bow. Attach one end of the rubber bands to the top string nock and the other end to the bottom string nock. The bands should be taut but not overly stretched.

Step 6: Adding the Trigger Mechanism

Drill a small hole near the front of the stock to insert the small nut or bolt, which will act as the trigger. Attach the metal or wooden piece for the trigger just above the hole, allowing it to pivot freely.

Step 7: Assembling the Trigger

Position the trigger piece over the nut or bolt, ensuring it moves smoothly. Test the trigger to make sure it releases the bowstring effectively.

Step 8: Finishing Touches

Inspect the crossbow for any loose screws or parts. Tighten everything securely to ensure safe operation.

Step 9: Adding the Bowstring

Attach the metal wire or strong string to the bow section, connecting it to both ends of the rubber bands. Ensure the bowstring is properly aligned and secured.

Step 10: Safety Precautions

Always treat the DIY crossbow with caution and respect. Never aim it at people or animals, and avoid dry-firing (shooting without a bolt). Use appropriate safety gear, such as safety glasses, when operating the crossbow.

Step 11: Target Practice

Find a safe and suitable area for target practice. Start at a short distance and gradually increase the range as you become more comfortable with the crossbow.

Tips to Create a DIY Crossbow

For the string, you can also use one from vines or tree barks, but you need a sturdy string for it to work. If you have paracord accessories with you, it can solve the problem, but there are better ways.

The simple trigger mechanism is where you need to be technical, that's why you need a sharp tool to work on it. All in all, making a crossbow from scratch is feasible with your optimism and will to survive.

Out in the wild, it will seem like you're helpless with only the elements. But armed with the proper DIY survival knowledge, what you'll see is a treasure trove of materials to work on for your survival.

Right now, this DIY tutorial can serve as a guide for your prototype, and you can work your way to improving from here. The more you work on this project, the more you'll know your way around hunting crossbows!

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How To Make A Crossbow From Scratch

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on September 27, 2019, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.


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  1. Anonymous

    January 15, 2018 at 10:14 AM

    it would be very interesting, i’m sure, if the link worked….

  2. Anonymous

    January 15, 2018 at 11:44 PM

    Guess we’re out of luck here in the Midwest, unless we purchase Bamboo & keep it in out BOBs/root cellars.

    • Darrin F Jones

      October 9, 2019 at 3:53 AM

      You can use PVC pipes

  3. William H Marrs

    January 16, 2018 at 2:27 AM

    ANY Bamboo – Fresh Cut or from storage – deteriorates rapidly in our dry (~ 10% RH), cool climate – especially in winter. Lots of folks grow it here (on irrigation ditches) – cut it when you need it.

  4. Debby Dillworth

    January 19, 2018 at 8:34 AM

    Is bamboo the only wood that would work? It doesn’t grow everywhere!

    • Edward Henrichsen

      October 9, 2019 at 1:14 PM

      A piece of wood for the stock and a flattened piece of pvc pipe for the bow

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    May 4, 2021 at 9:05 AM

    Really informative and helpful content, I want to know, KGR technique still works for affiliate projects?

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  27. James

    February 6, 2023 at 5:36 PM

    whats this BullS#!t about cross bows … make a gun
    high pressure pipe is rifled theses days, using truck ball barings
    as ammo and a 3 barrel 3 cylinder distributor ignition system from a car you can make a mini gun
    using the starter motor and 3x flywheels to mount barrels in you can get a spark to ignite
    the home made gunpowder’ saltpeter (food grade pure kn,o3) food grade sulpher and burnt wood (charcoal) in a 75%,10%,5% mix makes military grade C gunpowder same as in any UK firework for bonfire night, using copper pipe and spark plugs you can form bullets – this is survival, not a sunday meet to re-enact the 1066 battle of hastings

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