I just got my first crossbow just a few days ago. I got interested in crossbows due to a wrist injury. This injury prevented me from using a standard rope cocker. But I was unsure of investing anymore money into to whole crossbow thing until I was sure that I liked it. Also the crank seemed like it also would be a little louder.
After researching different options on this website, and making a few small modifications, I have come up with a system that at least is new to me. I ordered a Horton summit 150, which has a pretty short power stroke and is easy for me to cock. I took a rope cocker, and a four wheeler tie down strap. I cut the hooks off of the four wheeler tie down strap. I then cut the end of the rope of the rope cocker and removed the T-handles. I then took each end of the rope of the rope cocker and tied it through the loops of the tie down that used to hold the hooks. I tied them with a bowlin knot.
After making a few adjustments with the length of the tie down strap, I was good to go. I drape the tie down portion across my shoulder blades, and then hook the hooks of the rope cocker on the string. I then put my foot in the stirrup. I am still playing with the two different ways to cock it. One way is to do it by standing up. THe other way is to cock it by sitting down and push out with my leg. THe standing up way is a little hard on my lower back. THe sit down way is easier, but if the rope breaks, the crossbow is flying back at my face. I am still experimenting with it.
I hope that this makes sense. Sorry for the long post. Thanks to Diss for the help.