A homemade crossbow will enable you to hunt for food and protect your family and livestock from predators without the need for bullets. A diy crossbow can be customized to launch many types of projectiles with accuracy for hunting small or large game.
Hunters and survivalists can create wooden crossbows at little or no cost, plus operate them at no cost, making them an ideal weapon to have for off-grid living. Even if you don’t live off-grid, crossbow hunting is a popular sport and the primitive weapon can help you supplement your family’s food supply during hunting season.
Check out these 12 homemade crossbows for hunters and survivalists and choose a couple to make so you’ll always be ready when that trophy buck comes within shooting range.
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1- Wood and Aluminum
This classic crossbow design is made with wood and aluminum to provide the user with lightweight efficiency. This homemade crossbow won’t weigh you down while on a hunt, and will shoot accurately when a game animal is located.
These free plans will show you how to build this DIY crossbow that looks and performs like an expensive store bought model. The front bead design will enable the user to get an accurate shot on the target every time.
2- Wooden Crossbow
Learning how to make a crossbow is made easy with these step by step pictorial instructions. Every detail of the DIY build is written and pictured, even the instructions on how to fire your new weapon is included.
Follow these instructions and transform some wood and a piece of rope into an accurate weapon that has the power to kill small game.
3- Crossbow Pistol
Small but accurate, this crossbow pistol is easy to carry along with you when hiking through the woods. This DIY build is made simple with the free plans included on this website, and a video of how to shoot this crossbow pistol is also on this website.
The trigger on this crossbow pistol enables you to time to get a good aim on the target so when the arrow is shot it will hit the desired target. Compact in size, yet powerful enough to kill small game.
4- Monster Crossbow
This mega sized monster crossbow is not for the novice hunter, even a seasoned hunter should take extra precautions with this powerful weapon.
Designed for the serious hunter, these free plans will show you how to build a DIY crossbow that has a 1,000 pounds of pull power. Ideal for survivalists or hunters living in regions that have large game animals, like caribou or elk. This powerful weapon is one of the best crossbows for safely taking down a large animal.
Video instructions are easy to follow so you can build this heavy duty crossbow from wood and metal.
5- Adult Toy
This DIY bow and arrow is more of an adult toy instead of a weapon. Designed and built on the same principal as the childhood crossbow toys many of us played with as kids, this one is meant for target practice only.
A simple designed bow with large arrows is great for shooting into bales of hay. Use to help improve your hunting aim or when teaching a beginning hunter how to safely and accurately use a crossbow.
6- Automatic Crossbow
Crossbows were originally designed to have one arrow loaded for shooting at a time. This new homemade crossbow design has changed all of that.
Fully automatic crossbow is created from wood and can hold several arrows at once to reduce the re-load time. Smooth and accurate arrow shooting will provide you with a weapon that is capable of taking down more than one game animal at a time, or stop an attack of a pack of wild predators threatening you or your livestock.
7- Repeating Crossbow
This homemade crossbow will handle as smoothly as a rifle and provide five arrow shoots at once without re-loading. A vintage design that has stood the test of time, and in the hands of a skilled hunter, this homemade crossbow will be able to hit a target 40 yards away.
Free plans are on a downloaded PDF file and will take you through this homemade crossbow build step by step.
8- Crossbow Made From Scratch
This effective survival weapon can be made from scratch using only what you might find in a wilderness location. An ideal weapon to keep in your survivalist arsenal.
This free video will show you how to take ordinary items and transform them into an efficient homemade crossbow that can hit a target with accuracy.
9- Crossbow Revolver
When both speed and accuracy from a primitive weapon is needed, then this is the DIY crossbow for you.
This revolving crossbow shoots arrows so quickly you can’t even see them with the naked eye. A slow motion video is needed to watch this homemade crossbow in action.
These free plans will show you how to use a toothbrush to enable the revolving crossbow to accurately shoot up to four arrows without re-loading.
10- Crossbow Made From All Wood
Classic and accurate, this all wood crossbow design will get the job done, one arrow at a time. Whether you enjoy target practicing with a bow and arrow, or need a sustainable hunting weapon, this homemade crossbow made from wood is an ideal weapon to have on hand.
11- Powerful Crossbow
Ideal for hunting small to medium sized game, this powerful crossbow will help you put meat on the table.
Follow these free video instructions for building this homemade bow and arrows so you can live a survivalists lifestyle without a store bought firearm. Replenish your arrow supply as needed with the skills you will learn from this tutorial.
12- Pocket Crossbow
This small sized DIY crossbow is meant to be a created as a practice craft and not as a real weapon. Made from popsicle sticks and a paper clip, this pocket crossbow is an ideal craft to create on a rainy day. You can hone your creative skills with this free video on how to build a pocket crossbow.