On the topic of dry-fires, tho- I agree, dry firing any weapon is usually not a good idea, however, any weapon that cannot stand up to being dry fired without trashing itself, isn't anything I'd want to own. I've dry-fired both my bows, with no ill effects, and so I've kept them. It's not a practice I'd adopt as SOP, and really, I can't see the point with a stringed weapon- you can SEE if it's loaded or not- pretty hard to miss that. With a firearm, though, it's possible to dry fire while thinking it's loaded- and if it can't handle that simple operator mistake, why own it?
Firearms=/=Bow. I've always understood it is very, very bad to dry fire a bow, much more so for a modern compound or crossbow, but for any bow, it's ability to survive a dry firing is very different to the ability of a firearm to be dry fired. The Energy of a drawn bow must go somewhere, and without the arrow or bolt to expend it, the energy gets dissipated into the rest of the bow in a way that can damage the bow. Even if it looks fine, it can do some serious damage. If you dry fire a bow, check it over very carefully for damage.
Good quality bows still might have a catastrophic failure from a dry fire.
Excellent advice, Ad'lan- and coming from you, I know I can take it as gospel. I did know that, but only because a good friend of mine used to do archery shows, and taught me. Which, btw, is how I know that you know what you're talking about on the subject. Like I said, I wouldn't dry fire a bow every day, anymore than I'd get into the habit of squeezing the trigger on a rifle to check if it was loaded- eventually, something bad would happen in either example.
I'd still like to get a crossbow, tho, and I'd LOVE to have the time to go shoot all those weapons, too. Just not in the cards right now, I guess.
My first two warning shots are aimed center of mass. If that don't warn them I fire warning shots at their head until they are warned enough that I am no longer in fear for my life.