Can I animate a mesh that is in a socket

I have a Crossbow, and I can insert the crossbow mesh into a socket on my character just fine. What I want to to do is animate the character drawing the cable backwards to ■■■■ it. I have the player animation but I’m not sure how to animate the Crossbow independently while its in a socket.

Can this be done in UE4?

Did you ever figure this out ? Im wondering the same thing.

its totally possible to do. you just need to get a reference to the crossbow and use the play animation node.