Once this is all down then it is tonnes of fun to use. The arrows though slower than Darts and Balls still travel at a fair rate and create a satisfying whistle as they fly. They are not thankfully heavy enough to cause injury if they strike you but at very close quarters I would still be reticent in pulling the trigger. The real drawback is exactly that the drawback is rather slow but you can bypass the crank by just simply pulling back the string on the bow to the notch. It does speed things up but again is still a little tricky for those with a smaller arm length.
At the event the bow was utilised as a shield buster and this gave it a practical use. Megas also perform the same function of eliminating the shield carrier without destroying the shield itself. Although the desire to play as Daryl in the HvZ game was difficult to hold back from the close engagement range meant it was not as viable due to the mass of the projectile and size of the blaster.
Overall the Deadbolt is as the title states large, impractical but a whole lot of fun. It's great for me as it reduces my advantage in firing other blasters when playing with my son and younger Nerferd. Though I would only use it in a more adult based war if it gave me a distinct advantage like shield busting.