January 08, 2015
By Bowhunting Online Staff
As crossbow popularity continues to grow in the bowhunting community, manufacturers look to stay ahead of the curve by improving on previous models and developing faster, lighter, more accurate crossbows for 2015.
Featuring new components, redesigned risers and refined power strokes, manufacturers continue to incorporate cutting-edge technology to put their crossbows at the forefront of the industry. From Southern Crossbows' scorching new Risen XLT 385 to the easy-to-draw Barnett Recruit, this year's lineup features something even the most discriminating bowhunter will drool over.
Check out all the latest crossbow offerings for 2015:
Barnett | Buck Commander Rage
The Barnett Buck Commander Rage
combines the best design elements from all Barnett crossbows into one lightweight, hard-hitting package. Most notable are the reverse-draw technology and lightweight CarbonLite Riser. This combination significantly reduces vibration and noise as well as bow weight (6.5 pounds) and width (10 inches axle-to-axle when cocked). It also shifts the bow's center of gravity closer to the shooter's body for a well-balanced shot. And the 155-pound draw weight, 15.125-inch power stroke, composite limbs and CROSSWIRE string and cable system combine to produce a bolt speed of 330 fps with 97 foot-pounds of kinetic energy.
Decorated in a carbon-fiber finish or in high-definition camouflage, the Buck Commander Rage also features a CNC machined Picatinny rail, finger guard Pass-Through foregrip and adjustable butt pad and is available as a package with quiver, three 20-inch bolts and illuminated 4x32 multi-reticle scope.
Barnett | Recruit 100
The Barnett Recruit 100
is designed to fit smaller-framed hunters yet offers enough adjustment and performance to grow with that hunter. Its 256 fps bolt speed and 58 foot-pounds of kinetic energy are accomplished with a draw weight of just 100 pounds. The butt stock is adjustable for length, and a crank attachment built into the stock allows for installation of an optional crank-cocking device.
Barnett's patented Shoot Thru riser lengthens the power stroke for increased speeds without placing the string beyond arm's length. The Recruit also features an anti-dry fire safety, 3.5-pound trigger, high-energy cam, CROSSWIRE string and cables and Picatinny rail.
The package includes a red-dot scope, quiver, three 20-inch bolts, rope cocking device and rail lube.
SA Sports Empire | Beowulf
The 175-pound Empire Beowulf's
quad-limb assembly with CNC-machined Radical cams produces a bolt speed of 360 fps with a compact, 14-inch power stroke. The Beowulf is loaded with features, including a precision scope mount, 3.5-pound trigger, ambidextrous anti-dry fire auto-safety, integrated full barrel Picatinny rail, adjustable Picatinny mount foregrip and lightweight synthetic stock and barrel.
The Beowulf comes with a side-mounted quiver, three carbon bolts, 4x32 multi-reticle scope and rope cocking aid.
Cabela's | Instinct Lancer
Cabela's Instinct Lancer
uses its 155-pound draw weight and 15.5-inch power stroke to propel arrows at 395 fps with 133 foot-pounds of kinetic energy. Its crisp trigger is a mere 2.5 pounds. Built exclusive for Cabela's by the folks at Stryker crossbows, the Lancer measures 19€‰3„16 inches wide, weighs just 6.9 pounds and its Grip Shield prevents the shooter's thumb from coming in contact with the string during a shot. It comes with a multi-reticle scope, four Diamond Accustrike bolts, one Octane Thug decocking bolt, five-bolt quiver, rope cocking aid and a sling. The Lancer is finished in Cabela's Zonz Woodlands camouflage.
Darton | Rebel 135 SS
As part of Darton's
65th anniversary celebration, the company has created the REBEL 135 SS
crossbow. Personally designed by Rex Darlington, Darton's head engineer and president, the REBEL's modest, 32-inch overall length was accomplished through an innovative, forward-trigger design and bullpup-style stock that also results in improved weight distribution for steady, well-balanced shooting.
The REBEL weighs just 7.5 pounds, has a 13.5-inch power stroke and a narrow 17-inch axle-to-axle length, along with a bolt speed rating of 350 fps. It's equipped with an anti-dry fire system, enhanced thumb and finger guard, ambidextrous safety and integrated string suppressors, along with Darton's patented Barrel Dampener.
Excalibur | Micro 335
Excalibur's new Micro 335
proves you can find great crossbow performance in a small package. The Micro 335 features new, Gen 2 CRT limbs that are only 25 inches wide, making this big-game hunting's most compact recurve crossbow. Despite its small size and compact, 10-inch power stroke, the Micro 335 still propels bolts down range at a speedy 335 fps.
Other highlights include a stylish but comfortable new Feather-Lite skeletonized stock, which includes rubber grip inserts for improved control and feel, along with an ambidextrous cheek piece and an oversized trigger guard for cold-weather hunting.
Horton | Storm RDX
More than a year after purchasing Horton
has transformed the legendary brand and relaunched it with the innovative Storm RDX — touted as the world's lightest, shortest and narrowest reverse-draw crossbow. The Storm propels 400-grain bolts at 370 fps. The foundation of this rig is a lightweight, three-piece, ABX (Adjustable Bullpup Crossbow) butt stock and barrel receiver that features a cheek piece that adjusts to seven positions and a butt plate that adjusts to three positions for a customized aiming position and length of pull.
The Storm's machined, 20-inch, tactical barrel is slotted to reduce weight and is equipped with a 2.5-inch bullpup version of the company's patented, 3.5-pound T2 trigger. The Storm has a nylon-filament bolt-retention brush that improves bolt grip and alignment while reducing noise and vibration. The bow assembly measures a mere 10 inches axle-to-axle when cocked. The machined, aluminum riser has a self-locking limb pocket that prevents limb twist and reduces limb stress. The 13-inch, 165-pound limbs are powered by the RDX Cam System fitted with stainless steel bearings to increase performance and DynaFLIGHT 97 string and cables.
Other highlights include a manual safety, patented dry fire inhibitor, pre-installed string stop system, 4x32 multi-reticle scope and Mossy Oak Treestand camouflage. The Storm comes with three, 20-inch Victory bolts and your choice of coking aid.
999 (w/Dedd Sled)
Killer Instinct | Machine
Killer Instinct's new MACHINE
offers two industry-first features. One is TriggerTech's World-Class Trigger technology, providing a single-stage, 2-pound trigger with zero creep and competition-level performance. The other is integrated QUIK-FOLD Stock Technology for improved portability and storage.
The MACHINE also features a CNC machined riser and flight barrel, front and rear Picatinny rails for accessory mounting, SureSafe anti-dry fire system and Vibration Deadening String Stoppers. The MACHINE has a 185-pound draw weight and propels bolts at 385 fps. The MACHINE is finished in Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity camouflage and comes with 4x32 multi-reticle scope, G5 quiver, three bolts, rope cocking aid and rail lube.
Parker | Enforcer
has updated its popular Enforcer
crossbow for 2015 with a 160-pound draw weight quad-limb design that generates a 315 fps bolt speed from a compact, 11-inch power stroke. The Enforcer features Parker's proprietary Advanced Split Limb Technology with integrated Micro-Lite Limb Pocket System. With the ergonomic, contoured pistol grip, the Enforcer is easy to maneuver in a treestand or ground blind. And weighing just 7 pounds, the Enforcer is also optimally balanced for a steadier aim.
The Enforcer also features Parker's exclusive Synergy Cams that deliver great performance and diminish cocking effort by more than 50 percent when paired with the RED HOT EZ Roller Rope Cocker; making Parker crossbows the easiest to cock in the industry. The Enforcer measures 23€‰1„4 inches between the axles, 37 inches long and is finished in Realtree Hardwoods HD camouflage.
The rig features dual integrated string suppressors and comes in a kit that includes a scope, quiver and four bolts with fieldpoints.
PSE | Dream Season RDX 365
Like a precision rifle, PSE's Dream Season RDX 365
is built on a machined aluminum barrel and composite stock that are mounted together to create a perfectly balanced, accurate shot.
The field-serviceable RDX also features a reverse-draw cam system and a crisp, 3-pound trigger that launches bolts at 365 fps. The RDX package includes: string stops, 3x32 illuminated scope, quiver, three carbon bolts with 85-grain bullet points, sling, cocking rope and rail lube.
PSE | Fang
PSE's new Fang
is part of a crossbow lineup that has been completely re-engineered for 2015. The Fang's one-piece, synthetic stock features a high-comb cheek rest, pistol grip and adjustable forestock grip designed to hold the shooter's hand well below the string path.
This compact powerhouse weighs a mere 6.8 pounds, but its 155 pounds of draw weight are capable of producing bolt speeds of 345 fps and 106 foot-pounds of kinetic energy. In addition to the standard anti-dry fire, 4-pound, auto-safety trigger and string stops, the Fang package includes a 4x32 scope, quiver, three bolts with fieldpoints, cocking rope and rail lube.
Southern Crossbows | Risen XLT 385
As its name implies, the 200-pound draw weight Risen XLT 385
boasts speeds just south of 400 fps. Its tactical design features a Picatinny rail on the bottom and Weaver rail on top, allowing users to mount a variety of optics and other accessories.
Its rock-solid, split-limb design and swift, quiet cams are designed for bolts weighing 350 grains and above. The Risen XLT 385 also features an anti-dry fire mechanism and comes with a 4x32 scope, four bolts with fieldpoints, quiver, string wax and safety glasses.
TenPoint | Stealth FX4
Producing blistering bolt speed of 370 fps, the Stealth FX4
is a faster version of TenPoint's ultra-compact Stealth SS
. Engineered for superior fit, form and function, the FSB (Functionally Superior Bullpup) stock offers optimal comb height and length of pull. A black anodized, 19.5-inch, tactical, fluted-aluminum barrel is fitted with a four-inch bullpup version of TenPoint's patented, 3.5-pound T2 trigger. The butt stock has strategically placed cutouts to reduce weight and improve balance, and is equipped with dual-purpose rubber safety wings that reduce noise and vibration and keep the shooter's hand safely below the flight deck.
The Stealth FX4 has a 185-pound draw weight, 13.4-inch power stroke and measures 13.3 inches between the axles when cocked. Its 11-inch IsoTaper limbs are powered by new HE2 (Hybrid Eccentric 2) cams and DynaFLIGHT 97 string and cables. The Stealth FX4 also features DFI (Dry Fire Inhibitor), 3X Pro-View 2 scope and is finished in Mossy Oak Break-Up Country camouflage. It comes only as a package including three Pro Elite carbon bolts with Omni Nocks, quiver, Bowjax noise dampening kit, side-mount quiver and your choice of ACUdraw or ACUdraw 50 cocking aid.
1,199 (w/ACUdraw 50)
Wicked Ridge | Ranger
Wicked Ridge's new Ranger
was designed for small-framed hunters, regardless of age or gender. The Ranger weighs a mere 5.9 pounds and has a 150-pound draw weight, propelling the recommended 18-inch Victory bolts at 300 fps. The Ranger is easy to handle, measuring 33.9 inches long and 19.9 inches axle-to-axle when cocked. The Ranger's bow assembly was built around a new, lightweight, machined aluminum riser fitted with 12.3-inch WL12 limbs and powered by a new Energy Wheel and DynaFLIGHT 97 string and cables. The molded, semi-skeletal stock assembly reduces weight, while the pass-through grip and glass-reinforced nylon safety wings keep the shooter's hand safely below the string path.
Wicked Ridge outfitted the stock with TenPoint's patented DFI (Dry Fire Inhibitor) and 3.5-pound T2 trigger. The Ranger is finished in Mossy Oak Treestand camo. The standard package includes a TenPoint 3X multi-reticle scope and a quiver. The premium package adds an ACU-52 cocking mechanism and three Victory bolts.
A Lady Ranger featuring Muddy Girl camo and hot pink string and cables is also available.
399 (standard package)
499 (premium package)