Cocking a crossbow manually can be intimidating, but it’s crucial to do it correctly for safety and accuracy. First, place the foot stirrup on the ground and attach the string to the cocking device. Then, use your dominant hand to pull the device back until the string locks into place. Remember to keep your fingers out of harm’s way and use your body weight to assist in the process. With practice, you’ll become a pro at cocking your crossbow manually.