Without question, one of the fastest growing items within the bowhunting community has been the crossbow. As more and more states allow the use of crossbows for hunting—helping get people who may not otherwise be interested or able into the sport—that trend looks like it will continue well into the future.
As interest grows, so does the number of manufacturers and the quality of innovations coming down the pike, which is evident this year at the Archery Trade Association (ATA) Show in Louisville, Ky. To help keep you up to date on the latest and greatest from the trade show floor, we at Petersen’s Bowhunting have put together 10 of the most exciting new crossbows for 2013.
- The Inferno Firestorm II from Arrow Precision has a relatively modest crossbow draw weight at 165 pounds, yet it will still shoot a blazing 375 fps thanks to its compression-molded limbs, CNC-machined aluminum cam system and aircraft-grade aluminum risers.
The ultralight trigger requires only 2.4 pounds of pull, while Next Vista soft touch microprint camouflage adds comfort, grip and style. The Firestorm II weighs 8.2 pounds and measures 40 1⁄2 inches long.
Like all Inferno crossbows, the Firestorm II comes packed with standard features such as a 4x32 illuminated (red and green) scope, padded shoulder sling, four 20-inch carbon bolts with 100-grain practice points, rope cocking device, quick-detach quiver and safety goggles.
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