- This article is about the regular weapon. For the heavy crossbow and other uses, see Heavy Crossbow and Crossbow (disambiguation).
The Crossbow is a modern version on an ancient weapon, commonly used by sportsmen and a few special-operations groups. While less popular than compound bows, it has the added benefit of increased armor penetration. Using a winding or cocking device to set it, the crossbow fires shorter, heavier arrows called quarrels and is easier to gain proficiency at since it can be aimed much like a rifle.
- Item: Crossbow, Basic
- Equipment Rating: A/A-A-A/A
- Armor Piercing/Base Damage: 3B/2
- Range: 5/16/30/70 meters
- Shots: 1
- Cost/Reload: 10/1
- Affiliation: -
- Mass/Reload: 2kg/50g
- Notes: Simple Action to Reload
- Classic BattleTech RPG, p. 134, "Weapons - Crossbow"
- LosTech: The MechWarrior Equipment Guide, p. 22, "Weapons - Bows"
- A Time of War, p. 261, "Archaich Ranged Weapons - Table"