My Ten Point Crossbow Looks Cocked But Won’t Shoot

Is your TenPoint Crossbow cocked but won’t shoot? Before you take it to a professional, try this first.

Is your TenPoint Crossbow cocked but won’t shoot? Before you take it to a professional, try this first. Before you do anything, make sure there is no arrow in the crossbow. Then look at where the string is in the trigger. Is the crossbow in safety in “fire” or “safe”?

Dry Fire Inhibitor

Take a look at the Dry Fire Inhibitor. 99% of the time when this issue presents itself the crossbow was cocked while the safety was in the “safe” position. When the string reaches the trigger when the safety is in “safe” it will not go into the trigger and the string will rest on the dry-fire inhibitor. See the photo to the right to see what this looks like and check out the video below.


If your crossbow string is resting on the Dry-Fire Inhibitor, the solution is pretty simple. Put the safety in the “fire” position and put your cocking device back on the string. Pull the string back about an inch. As the string enters the trigger mechanism, the crossbow safety will move from “fire” to “safety”. This is how you know the crossbow is truly cocked. At this point, you can put your arrow in and shoot the crossbow as normal.


This is a very common issue and something we take several calls a week on during the hunting season. As young hunters we’re taught to immediately put our guns in “safe” after we shoot. But with a crossbow, once the shot is taken and the crossbow string is relaxed there is no longer any danger. It’s best to just leave the crossbow in “fire” after the shot. Several crossbows, not just TenPoints, can not be cocked when in the “safe” position.


If the string was not resting on the Dry Fire Inhibitor but will still not shoot, contact TenPoint Crossbows right away or take the crossbow to your nearest dealer with the arrow out of the crossbow.

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