Self cocking pistol crossbows are perfect mini-crossbows for hunting small game or just for backyard target practice. Typically constructed from strong plastic and fiberglass, they usually feature an average draw weight of 80 pounds, with an average firing speed up around 165 ft./s.

Common features of these miniature pistol-crossbows include their rugged pistol grip and a self-cocking mechanism that makes it much more easy and safe to use. In order to load an arrow, all you have to do is pull down the pivoting arm lever which will automatically engage the safety.