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Old 10-08-2012, 03:20 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Crossbow Thumb Guard

I have a Barnett Quad 400 crossbow. I have seen several pictures of guys getting their thumbs cut off by the string of the crossbow. I am always cautious when shooting that I keep my thumb down, but in the heat of the moment with big buck in my sights, I am afraid I will forget my thumb position. I was looking at the crossbow and had an old Rubbermaid container lid setting on the work bench which gave me an idea. The lip on the lid was the exact same size as the groove on the side of the crossbow. So here is what I came up with. I am sure you could adapt it to other models of crossbows.

Here is the Rubbermaid container lid before it was cut
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I cut the lid long ways right next to the ridge with my bandsaw:
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I used outdoor double sided tape from Walmart to attach the guard to the crossbow:
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This is the guard cut and a test fit:
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I cut to length and sanded it down to 440 grit sand paper. I placed the double sided tape on and trimmed before applying paint:
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Here is the finished guard:
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I haven't had time to shoot with it yet, but don't anticipate any issues, unless the tape doesn't hold up to the vibration. It was a little tight fit after applying the tape. I should have sanded about 1/32" from the height, because it wants to bow up some on the outside edge. Might also consider trimming more off the height in order to place tape on the bottom rail also, but the bottom rail tapers from a wide flange at the back to about 3/16" in the front and even thinner in the middle. If it holds, then it will be better without the bottom strip.

Overall, I think it looks good, lightweight and it doesn't effect the bow fitting in the case. It took about 30 minutes to complete, much less time than than the wait at the emergency room not to mention the loss of a thumb .
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Old 10-08-2012, 03:46 PM   #2
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That is a great idea!
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Old 10-08-2012, 03:49 PM   #3
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Good Idea !
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Old 10-08-2012, 04:33 PM   #4
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good thinking dude
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Old 10-08-2012, 04:38 PM   #5
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My Dad and myself both have this same xbow. I will be mking some of these asap.
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Old 10-08-2012, 04:44 PM   #6
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Looks good. Me and my dad were talkin about this the other day. It don't make sense to me why the manufacturer wouldn't have these on em anyways
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Old 10-08-2012, 06:33 PM   #7
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Nice
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:08 PM   #8
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Good Idea, I bet there is some people that wish they had that before they got there thumb chopped off...
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:18 PM   #9
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Going to borrow your idea for my wifes crossbow. Great idea. Thanks for the great post.
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:19 PM   #10
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Awesome job!
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:41 PM   #11
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Hope it will save some thumbs. At about $10 it is cheap insurance.
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:41 PM   #12
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Hope it will save some thumbs. At about $10 to build, it is cheap insurance.
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:49 PM   #13
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Good idea. I'm going to see if I can do this to the wife's xbow.
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:57 PM   #14
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good idea haha im impressed at the paint job, it almost matches!
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Old 10-08-2012, 11:04 PM   #15
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Looks good. Me and my dad were talkin about this the other day. It don't make sense to me why the manufacturer wouldn't have these on em anyways
Some do
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Old 10-09-2012, 01:11 PM   #16
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Much better than my plan! I figure after I tore my thumb off from letting it ride on top of the bow I wouldn't have to worry about it any more.
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:56 PM   #17
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Much better than my plan! I figure after I tore my thumb off from letting it ride on top of the bow I wouldn't have to worry about it any more.
Well I guess that would work to. I am try to avoid that tactic.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:25 PM   #18
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Yep, I think it was on TBH were I read a lady almost cut her thumb off with a x-bow... Ouch!! Great idea!!
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:50 AM   #19
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Bet you'll see a similar design on x-bow stocks in the next year or two--corporate lawyers will force it after a lawsuit or threat of one.
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:58 AM   #20
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The last pic about make a person sick...

Good for you to avoid the incident!
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:08 AM   #21
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Skinny's wife almost did with my wifes x-bow a few yrs ago. You might try some velcro. It has the real sticky self glue on the back and that would allow you to take it off if needed easily.
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:39 AM   #22
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Skinny's wife almost did with my wifes x-bow a few yrs ago. You might try some velcro. It has the real sticky self glue on the back and that would allow you to take it off if needed easily.
Good idea. May try that if the tape doesn't hold good. My first thought was silicon adhesive, but I was afraid it might mesh up the finish on the xbow. Never thought of Velcro.
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Old 10-03-2014, 08:50 AM   #23
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So you like those phalanges huh? Great low cost idea....
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Old 10-03-2014, 08:53 AM   #24
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Great idea.
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Old 10-03-2014, 11:44 AM   #25
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Your idea deserves a
(Sorry, couldn't resist)

Thanx 4 ur valuable contribution.
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Old 10-05-2014, 09:26 PM   #26
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Very smart idea...I've seen some nasty thumb pics from crossbow strings.
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Old 10-06-2014, 08:41 AM   #27
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Heck of an idea, turned out really nice. I am also surprised by the original design from the manufacturer that it doesn't have some type of guard on it. Anyrate, you done good.
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Old 10-06-2014, 06:05 PM   #28
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Great idea. I love my quad 400
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Old 10-08-2014, 08:20 PM   #29
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This was the picture posted by Nutterbug here on TBH. IT was a friend of his.
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Old 10-08-2014, 09:06 PM   #30
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what a great idea
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Old 10-08-2014, 09:12 PM   #31
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I had my thumb nail ripped off by my Quad 400...It is something that will only happen once!!! Awesome DIY
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Old 10-09-2014, 05:40 AM   #32
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Patent that.
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Old 10-09-2014, 09:26 PM   #33
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Trying to get my son into archery and want to get him a crossbow so he can join me but I have always been hesitant because of the finger issue.
But I will have to give this a try.
Thanks for sharing!
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Old 10-10-2014, 06:21 PM   #34
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I have been trying to come up with a good idea to do this to my son's xbow...this helps. Good job!
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Old 10-10-2014, 06:38 PM   #35
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not related, but I had to share this?
How does this happen, shaft cut too short???
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Old 10-10-2014, 10:02 PM   #36
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How does this happen, shaft cut too short???

More than likely, I reckon.
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