I am Daryl Dixon’s Crossbow

I am Daryl Dixon’s Crossbow

A picture of a Horton Scout HD 125 crossbow. This is the same crossbow used by Daryl Dixon in The Walking Dead.There are many like me, but I am his.

I am Daryl Dixon’s Horton Scout HD 125 compound crossbow.  That may not mean much to you, but just my name tells you a lot about Daryl and a lot about our relationship.

If I was single (i.e not with Daryl), I’d enter the following information on a person/crossbow dating matchmaking site so you could tell if we’d be a good match:

My measurements:

  • Model Number: CB721 (but everyone calls me “Scout”)
  • Weatherproof synthetic stock and barrel, MicroFlight™ arrow groove (tight)
  • Talon™ CUSTOM field-grade trigger with ambidextrous safety (up for anything)
  • ToughBoy™ wide-body limbs with CamoTuff™ Limb Shield (toned and buff)
  • Precision aluminum riser, Machined aluminum alloy wheels (I drive fast)
  • ICAD cable system, Dial-A-Range® trajectory compensator, steel stirrup (kinky)
  • Draw Weight: 125 lbs,  Total weight: 5.5 lbs (zero percent body fat, built for love)
  • Length: 29 in,  Width: 25 in (36, 24, 36)
  • Power Stroke: 10 1/2 in,  Arrow Length: 17 or 20 in (let your imagination run!)
  • Velocity: 250 fps,  Energy: 250 ft lbs (I go all the way, every time)

Extras I bring to the relationship:

  • 25-mm Red Dot Sight, Hunter® Elite Lite 3-arrow quiver (look into my eye)
  • 3 practice arrows, 3 practice points (practice makes perfect)

So that’s me.  Well, the boring details anyway.  There’s a lot about me that’s subtle, and those little subtleties explains why Daryl takes me everywhere, and we are never apart for more than a moment.

Daryl standing with his crossbow in The Walking Dead.One of the things you may not know about me is that I’m a “youth” model.  See, Daryl and I met when he was younger.  We fit together better than any other pair-up, and we know each other’s moves so well by now that we’re almost a part of each other.  Daryl knows to expect one of my bolts (what he calls my “arrows”, and that always makes me giggle because we both know he knows they’re bolts, but he always says “arrows” just to get a rise out of me) is going to drop about 5 inches for every 10 yards of distance to the target.

There are two styles of crossbow, the “recurve” and the “compound”.  The recurve is the simplest type, with just a string stretched between the two ends of the bow.  Recurves are easier to maintain in the field, but more difficult to cock since you are fighting the full weight of the string’s pull.

This is an example picture of a cheap crossbow.

Cheap, slutty recurve that Daryl DIDN’T choose!

Compounds, like moi, employ a pulley system where the string is leveraged using a block-and-tackle cable arrangement to minimize the cocking effort and give maximum speed to the arrow with the least amount of bow energy.

About My “Arrows” (tee hee)

Daryl used to have several of my original Horton Carbon Strike bolts with practice tips:

An image of Horton Carbon Strike Bolts.

He even had some broadhead hunting tips which can replace the practice tips, but he never really used them once the Walker plague hit.  I think I know why, too.

A picture showing Broadhead Tips

Broadhead Tips (razor sharp!)

Horton Practice Tips

Practice Tips (tough as nails!)

See, broadhead tips are meant to penetrate the flesh of living game (like deer and hogs), and create a significant blood channel so the game animal will bleed out quickly if it doesn’t drop immediately.  Well, walkers don’t bleed out, and they don’t even respond to flesh hits.  And since my practice tips are considerably stronger and lower maintenance than the razor-blade-edged broadheads, Daryl just uses those.

He’s even made some new bolts from some ash tree limbs he whittled down and chicken feathers he made into “fletchings” at the back of the arrow (tee hee).  I don’t know if those will last more than 1 shot, but 1 shot to the head is all it takes, so we’ll see…

A picture of Daryl Dixon on The Walking Dead standing with his crossbow.

Nock Nock, Who’s There?

Green Nock

Green Standard Half-Moon Nock

For improved accuracy, Daryl uses “half moon nocks”.  These are the string-contact part of the bolt, and attached to the rear end of each bolt.  The half-moon style allows the string to engage the arrow at a very consistent angle, making for very accurate shots.  Before everything went to hell, these were made in green, orange, and even illuminated models

I’m All a’Quiver

Since more than one bolt can often be required in a hunting or fighting situation, I have a quick-detach quiver which holds 3 bolts.  This is mounted perpendicular to my stock so the arrows are parallel to my limbs.

Daryl Dixon and his crossbow in The Walking Dead TV Series.

Daryl giving me a piggy-back ride – see my quiver with 2 arrows?

I Only Have Eyes For You

Sighting a target is done using my illuminated 25mm diameter red dot sight.  If you’ve never used a red dot sight, you’re in for a treat.  First, you keep both eyes open.  Second, select the intensity of the red dot illumination (from 1 to 10) that makes the most sense for your current lighting conditions (evening or night, 1, dusk maybe 3 or 4, daylight, 10).  Finally, place the dot where you want the bolt to strike, and squeeze me gently until that moment of sweet release…

How to aim the Horton Scout Crossbow

This pic is a little fuzzy and the dot is a little arc because Daryl was moving when he shot it, but you get the idea.  See the quiver, 2 arrows, cocked string, and limbs?

Our relationship

Daryl and I have known each other since long before the zombie apocalypse.  See, that’s why he chose me.  Like I said earlier, I’m a “youth” model, with all the power and smarts of a full-size crossbow, but less weight and size. Daryl knew that when you’re hunting for meat to save your life, you feel every ounce you’re carrying out in the field, and every inch of something sticking out makes you that much more likely to snag a branch or otherwise get caught on something.

So I’m everything he wanted, and I give him everything he needs.  Sure, there was that one incident in front of Hershel’s barn where he was flirting with that shotgun, but it meant nothing to him.  It was a one-time thing, and I know it won’t happen again.

Scout and Daryl, walkers, him, and me, S H O O T I N G

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I have since obtained a new crossbow, read more about that here – http://talkingwalkingdead.com/i-am-daryl-dixons-new-crossbow

  • http://talkingwalkingdead.com/ Iain Geddes

    Fantastic article Bill, you really did go into a lot of detail on the Scout. The only problem is that I want one now…
    Xmas present perhaps? :P

    • http://www.facebook.com/mr.bill.kasper Bill Kasper

       It would probably cost more for me to ship it to you from Texas than it would cost ;-)

      • http://talkingwalkingdead.com/ Iain Geddes

         That’s a very valid point!

    • http://www.archeryretail.com/ William

      yes..U r right..I agree..

  • Shrike

    I want one as well… wonder what kind of licensing you need in the UK 

    • http://talkingwalkingdead.com/ Iain Geddes

       Yeah good point. Let me know if you find out cause I am from the UK as well :)

  • http://twitter.com/JadeSun12 Amy

    She’s gorgeous. Daryl has excellent taste :)

    • http://talkingwalkingdead.com/ Iain Geddes

      Haha, couldn’t agree more!

  • Martha Sandusky

    has 2 b the hawtest weapons review in a long time. lol grea writing.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mr.bill.kasper Bill Kasper

      Thanks Martha! It was almost too fun writing it. :D

  • Dianthrax

    The article is very well written and interesting- you just neglected to mention that nearly half of all crossbow owners/users will be injured by them; including multiple completely severed fingers. Even experienced users and bow-hunters often suffer from at least one string-related accident. (I looked up some stats when I wanted to see if the number of crossbow owners in the US had significantly increased since the start of The Walking Dead.)

    • http://www.facebook.com/mr.bill.kasper Bill Kasper

      Yeah, and I also failed to mention that you can trip and fall into one of your own arrows, and that you can also be struck by a meteorite while holding your crossbow.

      • Dianthrax

        Yes I suppose you could; but most people wouldn’t since that info isn’t
        really pertinent to the rest of the article since each is more unlikely
        than the one that precedes it. However the idea that about 50% of all
        crossbow users have a string-related injury- often one that results in
        fingers ending up completely cut off- is something that’s worth taking note of before someone decides to go out and buy a crossbow or take up bow-hunting.

        • http://www.facebook.com/mr.bill.kasper Bill Kasper

          Your statistic is BS. End of conversation.

          • Dianthrax

            Lol “end of conversation”? Because you say so? Like my research is B.S. just because you say so? Of course; how could I think otherwise?!

            Because I haven’t actually visited archery/bow-hunting websites & forums & shops, talked to crossbow owners who actually use them to hunt and merchants who sell them everyday, or looked up ER stats for thumb and index finger amputations and forearm lacerations that sever tendons. I suppose you’ve talked to several crossbow & longbow users who’ve been hunting with them for generations (all bearing scars and stories from injuries past) who will tell you outright that it’s far easier to hurt yourself with a crossbow and that it happens much more often than most people think. I suppose you know so much more about bow-hunting than all of my sources do because you regurgitated some facts about and images of the weapon used by a character on a TV show!

            Much like how you know all about the “well documented phenomenon” of “life imitating art” when it comes to a mentally ill man attacking and eating the flesh of an innocent homeless person’s face.

            If that were true it would mean that the increase in popularity of TWD & zombie-related products & entertainment is what CAUSED this guy & all the others to attack people. That’s how “life imitating art” works you see; things occur in real life because of their popularity in art. Like the rise in babies being named Harry or Ron or Hermione in the UK when Harry Potter was at it’s peak.

            You may want to learn the meaning of a freaking quote before you start throwing it around to sound like you know what you’re talking about. You should also learn the ACTUAL quote, which is “Life imitates art more than art imitates life.”

            The notion that you’d understand anything by Oscar Wilde- THAT’S what’s B.S.
            End of conversation.

          • DGabbs

            That second picture isn’t a crossbow, its a compound bow and was probably the result of an arrow that was too short for the bow. If you hold a crossbow how it is meant to be held, there is no way the string can come into contact with the fingers. In some ways you’re right i suppose. I can see a bunch of uninformed walking dead fans going out buying crossbows and holding the stock with their fingers up, but you’re stats seem very off for seasoned hunters. Unless you hold your crossbow like an idiot, the only other way to get injured is whiplash from a string that broke (wont happen if you inspect the string once in a while to make sure it is still good) or not fully planting your foot in the brace and the stock coming up at your face. All three of these common crossbow injuries are almost entirely avoidable if the user has some basic knowledge.

            Also, the article seemed to look down of recurve crossbows, even though they are much, much more suitable for survival situations. I have an excalibur vertex which is recurve and shots arrows at 330fps with a 200# draw weight. Excaliburs are the most reliable and accurate crossbows on the market.

            To replace the strings on a recurve crossbow it takes 2 minutes and can be done in the field. Replacing compound strings (something that has to be done more frequently than people think) takes a bow press and a trained personel to properly set it up, or hours to do without the critical equipment and thats only if the user knows how to setup the strings (most don’t).

            No crossbow string is going to last much longer than 2-3 years in a survival situation where conditions are very poor.

          • X-Bow 4 X-Mass

            tl;dr ^^

            Bill is right… Saying ‘archers get injured by arrows’ is not exactly radical thinking now, is it.
            Like saying ‘fisherman get wounds from hooks’ and ‘surfers can drown’

            I will be buying a similar crossbow for christmas as a little treat for myself, if I loose a finger or put a bolt though my hand so be it.

            There is an inverse relationship between how safe and how fun some thing is.

            you may think you are doing us all a favor by telling us that two thirds this and fifty percent that. But no you are just being a party pooper.

            PEACE

          • X-Bow 4 X-Mass

            oh and by the way you are a dick, this is a very good review and lost of handy information on this crossbow. Bill has obviously done his research not just ‘regurgitating’ as you so crudely put it.

            and WTF are you going on about life imitating art and so on, this might be true but what does it have to do with crossbow injuries or crossbows at all? on second thought, I don’t care. Great article Bill, dont let this jerk get you down ;-)

      • http://www.archeryretail.com/ William

        yeah..u r right.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JadedMage Kelly Chiavarini

    i think i just fell head over heels for a crossbow! i gotta get me one!

    • http://www.archeryretail.com/ William

      I am agree..

  • ExcaliburFtw

    Lil that was awesome!

    • ExcaliburFtw

      Oops I meant lol.

  • Boosbuddy

    As a crossbow, you should know that the term “arrow” is correct. Arrows have vanes or feathers which make the arrow slip upon launching making them more accurate (like a bullet fired from a rifled bore. “Bolts” are wooden shafts with metal points but no vanes. Although “bolt” is commonly used, the term is actually incorrect when refering to a modern crossbow’s projectile.
    As a side note: If you watch carefully, in certian scenes, you can see teh arrows is placed above the track of the string. Presumably to prevent accident firing of the arrow.
    Anywho, you’re a cool crossbow but I’m sticking with my Barnett Commando :^)

  • http://www.facebook.com/jim.naylor.566 Jim Naylor

    funny and informative. nice.

  • gmacpherson

    Any info on the name of the ling? im trying to get everything i need to have DARYLS crossbow. right down to the nocks. lol hes my favorite, so if u could get back to me on that, it would be greatly appreciated :)

  • gmacpherson

    Any info on the name of the sling? im trying to get everything i need to have DARYLS crossbow. right down to the nocks. lol hes my favorite, so if u could get back to me on that, it would be greatly appreciated :)

  • brendan

    Damn thats one sexy as guck crossbow its better than mine

  • Tommy G Funk

    Hellz Yeah! XD

  • Duyt101

    That is by far the most entertaining review I’ve ever read. I just had to share it with all my friends!

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  • Shaun Tomson

    Fantastic article! Definitely the best weapons review I have ever read, well done :)

  • Peter

    Hopefully you will do another review on the new crossbow Daryl has (he had this in last Sunday’s ep!), anyone have any idea what it is?

  • jerry2919

    This is the 3rd crossbow he has used on the show I believe. He got this one for season 3 filming, at least that is what he said. I wonder if there will be a new one for season 4?

    • http://www.archeryretail.com/ William

      U r right.

  • chris

    Just use one crossbow- aint nobody got time for that

  • Hunter

    I love his Horton Crossbow I want one just like it but too much money.

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  • PoopyDoodles

    How come that Daryl can reload the crossbow with his bare hands and with out the reload mechanism? Is he Like super strong or is that possible to do with your hands?!

  • emily

    Daryl is mine

  • http://www.archeryretail.com/ William

    Very thanks for sharing this site for compound bow and information arrow.