January 07, 2014
There's no doubt that crossbows continue to play a huge role in the bowhunting community. And as one of the largest growing constituents of bowhunters, that trend doesn't seem likely to end any time soon.
What we've seen at the 2014 ATA Show in Nashville, Tenn., is that companies like Barnett, Excalibur and Carbon Express are more ready than ever to develop cutting edge technologies that put their crossbows at the forefront of the industry. And with all that advancement, we promise you won't be disappointed. Check out all the latest crossbow offerings, straight from ATA 2014.
Darton Viper Extreme
Successor to the Viper SS, the Viper Extreme
Trackless Barrel, which is designed for less arrow friction and increased speed. A redesigned tactical stock is featured as well. A positive limb alignment system provides greater accuracy while safety and accuracy are enhanced by an improved, 3-pound trigger design with less travel, a newly designed anti-dry fire (ADF) safety and a rifle-style safety mounted on the barrel to help you hold on the shot without having to move.
There's also a patented string catch, designed for better release of the bowstring and a more accurate shot. Finally, the Viper Extreme is equipped with an integrated riser/string suppressor system and a patented barrel dampener to reduce noise and vibration.
Inferno Firestorm II
At 375 fps, it's safe to say that the Inferno Firestorm II
can sling bolts with ease. Overall length of the rig is 40 ½ inches without the foot stirrup, while the width comes in at 25.6 inches when cocked. The riser is made from CNC machined aluminum and the rear stock features a lightweight composite. The Firestorm II has a 14.2-inch power stroke and a 165-pound draw weight.
Killer Instinct 365
Featuring a fully-adjustable Picatinny rail forearm grip and a ready-to-shoot package, the Killer Instinct 365
has hit the ground running. Other features include an Illuminated Pro-Grade glass reticle scope, three 20-inch carbon bolts, a tactical side-mounted quiver, a rope cocker, rail lube and deadening string suppressors. The 365 represents its fps, while draw weight is set for175 pounds and power stroke falls at 14 inches. Weighs in at 6.4 pounds.
is the latest in the MXB line. Like its predecessors, the 400 has a slotted rail, and the riser doubles as a foot hold to reduce weight and bulk while improving balance. By simply adjusting the limb bolts, you can boost the draw weight and speed, in this case from 125 pounds and 293 fps to 200 pounds and 400 fps. And you can still change strings and cables without a bow press.
Like all MXB crossbows, the 400 is assembled and tested before shipping, and comes packed in a Mission soft-case with added storage for accessories. Mission also offers accessory packages at four price levels that include an MX-3 Quiver, three customized Mission bolts and a Hawke scope of your choice. Color options include black, Lost Camo AT, White Camo and Pink Camo AT.
Scorpyd Ventilator 125
Scorpyd's Ventilator 125
has a reversed limb configuration for an axle-to-axle width of just 19 ½ inches when relaxed. It shrinks to only 12 ¾ inches when crossbow is cocked. Also featured is an 18 ¾-inch power stroke, which produces more kinetic energy with less draw weight and less noise. The vented barrel and lightweight riser allows the weight of the entire rig to stay at 7.9 pounds. Overall length is 35 ½ inches.
Southern Crossbow Rebel 350
The Rebel 350 from Southern Crossbow
combines tactical features, a modern crossbow structure and an ergonomic design. Features include a compound levering system, a composite, split-limb design, a sturdy foregrip and a 155-pound draw weight for a package that offers exceptional power and durability.
With a Picatinny rail on the bottom and a weaver rail on top, users can apply a variety of accessories. The Rebel 350 includes a 4x32 crossbow scope, foot stirrup, four bolts with fieldpoints, quick-detach quiver, sling, string wax and safety glasses.
Stryker Solution LS
The Stryker Solution
and Solution LS
feature an advanced cam system that delivers more speed with less draw weight — 390 fps with just 155 pounds for the Solution LS, and 350 fps at 125 pounds for the Solution. The new Stryke-Lite trigger system is comparable to a match-grade rifle trigger with just .015-inch of travel and a crisp 3-pound pull.
Both weigh just 6.9 pounds and have a 15€‰1„2-inch power stroke. Axle-to-axle lengths are 19€‰3„16 inches at brace and 16€‰1„4 inches at full draw. Package includes 385-grain bolts — three with the Solution and five with Solution LS — a quick-detach quiver, multi-reticle scope and a cocking aid. The Solution comes standard in BlackOps and the Solution LS in Realtree APG.
Wicked Ridge Invader HP
The Wicked Ridge Invader HP
has a little something for everybody — what else would you expect from a division of TenPoint
? At 315 fps, a 180-pound draw weight and 92.6 foot-pounds of kinetic energy, there's not a situation imaginable where you'll be in trouble due to a lack of power. Standard package comes complete with the ACU-52 Rope-Cocking System, a Wicked Ridge rope cocker, a Ridge-Dot scope and an instant-detach 3-arrow quiver.
Winchester Dark Horse
Winchester's Dark Horse
features a new, patent-pending uncocking technology stored under the picatinny rail above the barrel, out of the way until it's time to de-cock. Simply remove your bolt, place the cradle on the string and draw the butt stock pad out, which actuates the hydraulic cylinder. Pull the trigger and you're done.
The Dark Horse sports a black tactical profile with an adjustable foregrip that travels on its own Picatiiny rail and is straddled by two additional rails for mounting accessories. At a mere 17.5 inches axle-to-axle, it is compact, yet its 180 pounds of draw weight and 13-inch power stroke provide speeds nearing 360 fps and 122 foot-pounds of kinetic energy. It comes with a custom embroidered case, matching quiver, four bolts and a fully transferable lifetime warranty.
Excalibur Matrix 380 Xtra
The first compact recurve crossbow belongs to Excalibur via the Matrix 380 Xtra
. Features include a velocity of 380 fps, a 13.1-inch power stroke, an overall length of 35.6 inches and a draw weight of 260 pounds. The mass weight of the entire rig is 5.9 pounds. Also, the Matrix 380 Xtra offers a 60-percent longer limb life in addition to the comfort of knowing that this particular bow can't be dry-fired.
Kodabow Bravo Zulu 200
Kodabow's Bravo Zulu 200
features everything you need to be a good crossbow hunter and then some. With over 90 foot-pounds of kinetic energy, a 14-inch power stroke and speeds of more than 330 fps, you'll know that what you're holding will get the job done.
Also included is an automatic safety and anti-dry fire system, a 3x32 illuminated scope, a machined riser and an adjustable military-style stock. Customize your limb colors from the following choices: Mossy Oak, Desert Digital or Black Night Weave.
The all-new Venom blends new and existing TenPoint
technology to expand use of the company's carbon-fiber barrel design in a lightweight, compact, high-performance, 185-pound draw-weight model that propels bolts up to 372 fps with 120 foot-pounds of kinetic energy. Inspired by last year's Vapor and Stealth, the Venom features TenPoint's popular FSB (Functionally Superior Bullpup) stock and a new, shorter, 19.9-inch version of its patented, woven carbon-fiber barrel fitted with a 4-inch bullpup version of TenPoint's patented, 3.5-pound PowerTouch trigger. Configured with optimal comb height and length of pull, the FSB butt stock uses strategically placed cutouts to help reduce overall weight to just 6.5 pounds. Its embedded carbon-fiber barrel rests on rubber inserts and dual-purpose rubber safety wings to reduce noise and vibration and keep the shooter's hand safely below the flight deck. The bow assembly measures just 13.25 inches wide when cocked (17.5 inches uncocked) and features TenPoint's XLT riser with 11-inch IsoTaper Limbs powered by the new HE2 (Hybrid Eccentric 2) cams. The Venom also features patented DFI (Dry-Fire Inhibitor) technology. The Venom is finished in Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity camo and available only as a package with your choice of ACUdraw or ACUdraw 50 cocking mechanisms, RangeMaster Pro scope, six Pro Elite bolts, quiver and Bowjax dampeners.
1,699 (with ACUdraw) and
1,599 (with ACUdraw 50)
has updated its RAZR
for 2014, and the rig continues to be one of the most technologically advanced crossbows on the market. The RAZR features the industry's first all-carbon stock and Barnett's proprietary Carbonlite Riser Technology (CRT) for drastically reduced weight (6.4 pounds). A reverse-draw cam system allows for increased speed (400 fps) and power stroke (16 in.), producing 142 foot-pounds of kinetic energy off a platform that measures just 34.75 inches long. A retractable underarm support adds counterbalance stability to the rear, while a redesigned quiver better encapsulates broadheads while making arrows more accessible. The RAZR also has several cool bonus features, including a skinning knife magnetically attached to the bottom side of the stock and an extra set of strings and cables stored in the foregrip.
Excalibur Matrix Mega 405
new Matrix Mega 405 packs a lethal combination of power, speed and flat-shooting performance. Weighing a mere 6.2 pounds, its 13.8-inch power stroke 290-pound draw weight combine to produce bolt speeds exceeding 405 fps. Still, it can be comfortably hand-cocked with Excalibur's efficient T-Handle Crossbow Cocking Rope. The Mega 405's Compact Recurve Technology and Ergo Grip stock provide stable, well-balanced control for precision shooting. The 405 also features Excalibur's Quad-Loc riser that contains each limb on four sides for maximum accuracy. The Mega 405 also has integrated R.E.D.S. (Recoil Energy Dissipation System) string suppressors to reduce vibration, noise and shock. A self-contained Guardian Anti-Dry-Fire System is housed in the scope mount and catches the crossbow string to prevent dry-firing, and a built-in release allows easy un-cocking so you don't have to fire a bolt to end the hunt. The Mega 405 comes as a package with a Twilight scope, cheek piece, four-bolt quiver, four Diablo bolts with 150-grain fieldpoints and a rope cocking aid.
PSE TAC Elite
If you are looking for high-end crossbow performance in tandem with tactical styling, look no further than PSE's
new TAC Elite, which comes complete with a fully adjustable AR-style stock and super crisp trigger mechanism. The TAC Elite also features PSE's incredibly strong X-Tech limbs that — in tandem with the 150-pound draw weight and 17.25-inch power stroke — propel 425-grain bolts up to 405 fps, producing a staggering 155 foot-pounds of kinetic energy. The TAC Elite weighs 9 pounds, measures 17 inches wide between the axles and comes complete with a package that includes a custom TAC case, scope, bipod and three TAC bolts.
Carbon Express Intercept
The new Intercept crossbow series from Carbon Express
features tactical styling and a whopping 29 inches of Picatinny rail that allows shooters to customize the rigs with just about military spec accessory they can imagine. Intercept crossbows also allow for customized length of pull for a perfect fit and offer a compact, 13.5-inch axle-to-axle length when cocked.
Leading the lineup is the all-new Intercept AXON, which boasts a six-position tactical AR stock, 13.5-inch power stroke and 175-draw weight that produces bolt speeds upwards of 360 fps and 122 foot-pounds of kinetic energy. The overall length of the 8.3-pound AXON is adjustable from 30.25-35 inches, while length of pull is adjustable from 12-17.5 inches. The Intercept AXON kit includes three Maxima Blue Streak bolts with fieldpoints, quiver, rope cocking aid, rail lube and 4x32 illuminated scope.
is proof good things come in small packages. The MXB-320 features a slotted rail and riser that doubles as a foot hold to reduce weight and improve balance. At the maximum draw weight of 180 pounds, the MXB-320 produces bolt speeds of 320 fps, but you can also turn the limb bolts to reduce draw weight to as little as 100 pounds, making this an ideal rig for younger shooters. Another handy feature is the ability to change the string and cables without a bow press. The MXB-320 comes with a custom soft case with accessory storage, and Mission also offers four accessory packages with quiver, bolts and choice of Hawke optic. The crossbow comes standard in Lost Camo AT, with an upgraded Tactical version featuring a carbon-weave finish and six-inch accessory rail also available.
599 (camo) and $
Parker's new CenterFire
features an elevated comb with a classic Monte Carlo look for hunters who want a crossbow that shoulders just like their favorite hunting rifle. The stock also features a vented forearm, safety finger flange, thumbhole and a textured pistol grip. Other highlights include Parker's Proprietary Split Limb Technology, 8-pound overall weight, 335 fps bolt speed and string suppressors for reduced noise and vibration. The CenterFire comes with a four-bolt quiver, four bolts with fieldpoints and is available with your choice of four optics.
TenPoint Shadow Ultra-Lite
all-new Shadow Ultra-Lite is the company's answer to growing consumer demand for more compact, lighter and quieter crossbows. A takeoff on last year's Stealth SS, the Shadow Ultra-Lite's primary innovation is a lightweight, 19.6-inch carbon-injected polymer barrel and 5.5-ounce trigger housing embedded in the stock, with strategically placed cutouts to dramatically reduce overall weight to just 6.4 pounds. The barrel floats on rubber inserts and dual-purpose rubber safety wings to reduce noise and vibration while keeping the shooter's hand safely out of the string's path. The Shadow Ultra-Lite also features TenPoint's XLT bow assembly with black, 11-inch IsoTaper Limbs and MRX cams that propel bolts up to 350 fps with 108 foot-pounds of kinetic energy. The Shadow Ultra-Lite is equipped with DFI (Dry-Fire-Inhibitor) technology and TenPoint's patented, 3.5-pound bullpup version of its PowerTouch trigger. The crossbow measures just 13.5 inches wide when cocked (17.5 inches uncocked), is finished in Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity camo and is available only as a package with your choice of ACUdraw or ACUdraw 50 cocking mechanism, Pro-View 2 scope, three aluminum bolts and quiver.
1,099 (with ACUdraw) and $
999 (with ACUdraw 50)
Excalibur Matrix 330
has added the new Matrix 330 to its popular Matrix lineup, and it is a perfect choice for hunters looking for a lightweight, compact, smooth-cocking and easy-to-carry crossbow for long days in the field. The Matrix 330 offers many of the same features as Excalibur's popular Matrix 355 and Matrix 380 crossbows, such as Compact Recurve Technology design. However, due to its shorter 11.3-inch power stroke, it is even easier to cock but still generates a more-than-respectable bolt speed of 330 fps. The Matrix 330 weighs just 5.1 pounds and is finished in Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity camo. It comes only as a package that includes four Diablo bolts with 150-grain fieldpoints, Vari-Zone scope and rope cocking aid.
Carbon Express Covert CX-3
designed the new Covert CX-3 for hunters looking for power and precision in a compact, lightweight design. Featuring a tactically inspired stock design, the Covert CX-3 boasts a machined aluminum riser, aluminum rail and carbon-infused limbs. And to accommodate different shooting styles, the multi-position forearm adjusts to allow for a more personalized fit. A 9-inch section of Picatinny rail system also provides multi-position adjustability for the 4x32 red/green illuminated scope, ensuring proper eye relief for precision shooting. The Covert CX-3 has a 14-inch power stroke and 185-pound draw weight, producing a bolt speed of 330 fps and 105 foot-pounds of kinetic energy. The rig weighs 8 pounds, has a 14-inch length of pull and measures 18 inches between the axles when cocked. The Covert CX-3 kit comes with three Carbon Express Mayhem bolts, rope cocking aid, quick-detach three-bolt quiver, rail lube, three practice points and 4x32 illuminated scope.
new SMOKE features a new, tactical design with a sleek profile built for exceptional speed and accuracy. It features a Picatinny rail, five-position folding ergonomic front tactical foregrip, flashlight, adjustable AR-style stock, embroidered sling and front-mounted quiver. A short bow (adjustable from 36.5-40 inches) with a 14-inch power stroke and 180-pound draw weight, the SMOKE delivers a 425-grain bolt at a blistering 330 fps with more than 102 foot-pounds of kinetic energy. The SMOKE weighs 9.15 pounds and comes with a 4x32 multi-reticle scope, sling, four-bolt quiver, four bolts with fieldpoints, cocking rope, rail lube and flashlight.
Carbon Express Supercoil
Another member of Carbon Express'
AR-inspired Intercept crossbow series, the Supercoil offers a compact, 13.5-inch axle-to-axle measurement when cocked — making it ideal for maneuvering in tight confines. Weighing 7.8 pounds, the Supercoil has a 175-pound draw weight and 13.5-inch power stroke, producing bolt speeds upwards of 360 feet per second and 122 foot-pounds of kinetic energy. Length of pull on the Supercoil can be adjusted to 13, 14 or 15 inches for a custom fit. The Intercept Supercoil kit comes with three Maxima Hunter bolts, rope cocking aid, quick-detach three-bolt quiver, rail lube, three practice points and 4x32 illuminated scope.
Velocity Archery Raven
The split-limb Raven from Velocity Archery
is a 175-pound draw-weight rig that propels bolts up to 350 fps with nearly 111 foot-pounds of kinetic energy. The Raven features a molded, pistol-grip stock, dual string stops and rubber inserts in the foregrip to further reduce noise and vibration. The Raven has a 15-inch power stroke and 4-pound trigger pull. It measures 35 inches long, 23 inches wide and weighs 7.8 pounds. It comes as a package that includes a 4x32 scope, three carbon bolts, quiver, sling, rope cocking aid and rail lube. The Raven is finished in Realtree Xtra.
Southern Crossbow Risen XT350
Modeled similar to a tactical weapon's platform, Southern Crossbow's
Risen XT 350 allows users to transition from gun to bow with ease. Equipped with a unique, customizable AR platform with both picatinny and weaver rails, users have the ability to mount flashlights, lasers, sights, and night vision riflescopes or any other tactical accessory that can be applied to an AR platform. Along with a collapsible, tactical stock and an adjustable vertical fore-grip, users can modify it to fit their body and position. Engineered with glass reinforced nylon composite, the Risen XT 350's ergonomic design offers exceptional power and durability with its compound levering system, split limb design, sturdy fore-grip and 180-pound draw weight. Weighing in at 8 lbs. 12 oz., its quiet cams and 350 fps arrow speed ensure a quick and stealthy kill for every shot.