Conclusion: Are crossbow pistols toys or weapons?

WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES. These experiments where designed to determine if crossbow pistols were life-threatening to human beings. I used lamb skulls as stand ins for human skulls.

This is a goat head being shot with a cross bow at 25 feet.
Dangerous at 25 feet
This is a goat head being shot with a cross bow at 50 feet.
Dangerous at 50 feet
This is a goat head being shot with a cross bow at 75 feet.
Dangerous at 75 feet
 

So it's settled then? 80lb crossbow pistols are deadly at distances up to 25 yards? Not quite. Half way through the experiment I realized that the eye, jaw and snout of a lamb skull are much thinner than a human skull so I did new tests against the 1/4" thick top portion of the skull (equivalent to a human skull).

This is a goat head being shot with a cross bow at 75 feet. it Bunches off the thick portion of the skull.
It's almost impossible to hit the right spot of a skull at 75 feet. Even when it did, it didn't penetrate the brain cavity very far.
This is a goat head being shot with a cross bow at 25 feet. it Bunches off the thick portion of the skull.
Even at 25 feet most of the bolts were just bouncing off.
I had to use a high powered crossbow pistol just to get the bolt to penetrate the goat brain.
It took a customized 160lb crossbow pistol to penetrate the brain cavity of a lamb skull.
160lb crossbow pistol
160lb crossbow pistol
 

Final Conclusion: an unmodified 80lb crossbow pistol couldn't kill a human unless you shot them through the brain stem or eye socket at point blank range. Any other injury would require hospitalization but is unlikely to be fatal.

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