Safety Lock Question

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Safety Lock Question

Post by colder13 » Sun Apr 22, 2012 12:03 pm

Hello All,

I have been reading this forum for a few weeks, just joined a few days ago.

I would like to get some opinions about the safety lock with the tradiional vs. thumbhole stocks.

I am new to crossbows and am totally sold on Excalibur. I am looking to get a 175 pounder and feel this could be a factor in my decision. I find the traditional to be more aesthetically pleasing and thinks it looks like a more natural motion to turn off the safety.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Re: Safety Lock Question

Post by chopfather » Sun Apr 22, 2012 12:07 pm

I personally like the look and feel of the thumbhole stock but it really just comes down to personal preference. My wife has a thumbhole stock on her vixen and she has no problem with the safety even with small hands so I don't think using the safety with either type of stock will be that big of an issue for you.
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Re: Safety Lock Question

Post by bigsy » Sun Apr 22, 2012 12:27 pm

although i prefer the feel of the thumbhole stock the motion needed to disengage the saftey (having to release the grip) to me is not worth the trade off, just my prefernce which ever way you decide you'll be happy with an excal :D

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Re: Safety Lock Question

Post by roly » Sun Apr 22, 2012 12:27 pm

I really like the feel of my thumbhole stock

I have never got used to the safety but have learned
to live with it.

That being said I still won't part with my Equinox

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Re: Safety Lock Question

Post by colder13 » Sun Apr 22, 2012 12:35 pm

Thanks for the speedy replies.
bigsy wrote:although i prefer the feel of the thumbhole stock the motion needed to disengage the saftey (having to release the grip)
DO you have to completely remove your grip?

By looking at it I figured it was more of a thumb dance out of the thumbhole and over and around to to get it.

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Re: Safety Lock Question

Post by georgiaboy » Sun Apr 22, 2012 12:45 pm

You do have to pretty much release your grip, but not hard to reacquire. To tell you the truth when it's "go time" i don't even remember doing it. If i have time & see the animal coming i just use my other hand.
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Re: Safety Lock Question

Post by bigsy » Sun Apr 22, 2012 12:50 pm

for me it is a smoother operation(to release the grip, while still holding stock), my thumbhole mossberg has the safety in the same spot and find the safety a pain(not the end of the world mind you), but with my exomax only have to move my thumb, again just my preference

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Re: Safety Lock Question

Post by Driften » Sun Apr 22, 2012 1:07 pm

I tried both at the store and it is easier on the traditional stock to hit the safety, but like the thumbhole stock feel much better so when that way and got the new Ibex. Its not as much of an issue as it seems when you are just shouldering them and not shooting them. After a few shots you don't even think about it. So get what feels best and points best. I think that is the bigger issue then the safety access.
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Re: Safety Lock Question

Post by wabi » Sun Apr 22, 2012 2:06 pm

I prefer the traditional stock.

For me reaching the safety with a thumb-hole stock requires I release my grip enough that I shift the bow off target. With the traditional stock I can watch the target (deer) with the safety ON and then easily move it to OFF if I decide to shoot.

With guns with a safety in the trigger guard the thumb-hole works just fine, but I'll stick with the old style for anything like the Excalibur.
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Re: Safety Lock Question

Post by colder13 » Sun Apr 22, 2012 11:03 pm

Thanks for the advice. I am thinking Phoenix or Axiom now. Read so many great things about both, but am leaning towards spending the extra $200 for the Phoenix Lite Stuff @ Gagnon's.

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Re: Safety Lock Question

Post by Hoagy » Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:50 am

colder13 wrote: I am thinking Phoenix or Axiom now. Read so many great things about both.
Hey Colder13, welcome to the forum & which ever Excal you purchase you will be happy with, I purchased an Axiom & couldn't be happier. Good luck,
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Re: Safety Lock Question

Post by maine hunter » Mon Apr 23, 2012 6:39 pm

i also have the axiom, i bought a few accessories for it and it looks great and shoots sweet. good luck on you bow.
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Re: Safety Lock Question

Post by WilliamLockhart » Wed May 16, 2012 10:35 pm

Does anyone out there have a J-lock Key (also called ISS key) they are willing to part with?
I found out the hard way you can lock the safety without a key, but you can't unlock it without a key. Thanks.
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Re: Safety Lock Question

Post by awshucks » Thu May 17, 2012 12:22 am

WilliamLockhart wrote:Does anyone out there have a J-lock Key (also called ISS key) they are willing to part with?
I found out the hard way you can lock the safety without a key, but you can't unlock it without a key. Thanks.
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Re: Safety Lock Question

Post by Ont_Excal » Thu May 17, 2012 12:51 am

WilliamLockhart wrote:Does anyone out there have a J-lock Key (also called ISS key) they are willing to part with?
I found out the hard way you can lock the safety without a key, but you can't unlock it without a key. Thanks.

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