Crossbows With A Serious Cool Factor [New For 2020]

Mind-blowing speeds. Awesome adjustability. Effortless cocking/de-cocking. Today's premium crossbows are engineering marvels, but you'll pay to play.

by Mark Melotik

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Mind-blowing speeds. Awesome adjustability. Effortless cocking/de-cocking. Today’s premium crossbows are engineering marvels, but you’ll pay to play.

MissionSub1 XR 900

Mission SUB-1 XR Crossbow. Known for its speedy, push-the-envelope designs, for 2020 Mission continues its impressive roll with the new SUB-1 XR ($1,699.99 to $1,899.99) that’s built to deliver up to 410 fps and rifle-like groups at 100 yards, with dramatically less noise and recoil. Ultra-premium performance starts with Benchmark Fire Control technology that includes a 3-pound match grade

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trigger. You’ll also find an Easy-Load bolt retention arm and the ability to safely de-cock with the push of a button. The compact frame is 9.1 inches axle-to-axle and just 30.5 inches long. The entire SUB-1 series feature 80-percent high letoff cam systems to deliver controlled acceleration, and the CNC machined flight tract eliminates vertical nock travel, resulting in unparalleled accuracy. The letoff also allows for easy cocking and de-cocking. ExcaliburASSASSIN 900

Excalibur Assassin 400 TD Crossbow. Can one of the most-advanced micro crossbow platforms available get even better? Excalibur made it happen with the new Assassin 400 TD ($1,799.99) that features the ground-breaking Quick-Loc Technology takedown system, and a completely silent integrated Charger crank. Sweetening the pot is the Pro-Shot, rifle-grade 2 stage trigger and Anti-Dry

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Fire, but what makes the 400 TD stand out are the new High-Output Express limbs with Armor Tips, which deliver the narrowest profile of the entire Assassin family, while still cranking out arrows at blistering speeds up to 400 fps. Included is a Tact-100 scope, premium Black Eagle Pro-Flight arrows, a 4-arrow quiver, and the TruFit stock for infinite adjustment. An  Explore Case offers convenient storage/compact transportation. Available in TrueTimber Strata and Realtree Edge camo.BarnettHyperTac410 900Barnett HyperTac 410 Crossbow. Tired of toting your bulky, awkward old-school model? This refreshing hunter-friendly design measures just 9.2 inches axle to axle when cocked, and offers an ultra-compact riser assembly paired with a tactical-style adjustable butt stock that’s tailor-made for maneuverability in tight quarters. More good news? The HyperTac 410 ($899.99) shoots small-diameter, extreme-penetrating HyperFlite .204

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diameter arrows, and is covered in great-looking Mossy Oak Elements Terra Gila camo. You’ll also find an included Halo 1.5-5x32mm premium red/green illuminated, speed-compensating scope that helps you spot your target in dense brush and low light, with precision reticles from 20 to 70 yards. The included TriggerTech trigger increases accuracy and precision with a crisp, three-pound zero-creep trigger. The package comes complete with a lightweight side-mounted quiver, rope cocking device, HyperFlite arrows and needs only a single bolt to assemble.RavinR29X_Sniper 900Ravin R29X Crossbow. How is Ravin redefining premium crossbow performance? With the new R29X, the answer is including a fully integrated Silent Cocking System and speeds up to a staggering 450 fps, all while maintaining Ravin’s legendary compact size and extreme accuracy. Ravin test-fires each bow that leaves its facility a minimum of three times before sending it out, ensuring that it shoots

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at or above its advertised speed with a 400-grain arrow. The new R29X is 29 inches in length, 6 inches axle-to-axle when fully cocked, and weighs 6.75 pounds. The 12.5-inch power stroke produces 180-foot pounds of kinetic energy. Customers can choose the standard R29X ($2,649.99) or upgrade to the R29X Sniper Package ($3,049.99), which features a Tactical Crossbow Scope, Scope Level, .001 Arrows and the Jack Plate Adjustable Elevation Mount.TenPointVaporRS470 900TenPoint Vapor RS470 Crossbow. TenPoint isn’t mincing words with its newest creation, calling the Vapor RS470 the world’s most technologically advanced crossbow ever produced.  The company says it will deliver speeds up to a mind-numbing 470 fps; it also features the new ACUslide cocking and de-cocking system that TenPoint says is the first safe option to de-cock a crossbow with a crank. More good news? The Vapor RS470 measures an ultra-narrow 6.5-inches wide and weighs an impressive half-pound less than previous TenPoint flagship models. While de-cocking with the ACUslide, the user can remove their hand from the handle at any point, with no other action required, and the handle will stop in place. Available in Veil Alpine camo ($2,999.99) or Graphite Gray ($2,899.99), with a Ready-To-Hunt package that includes an Evo-X Marksman Precision Scope, STAG Hard Crossbow Case, six EVO-X CenterPunch Premium Carbon Crossbow Arrows (.001 straightness), six EVO-X Lighted CenterPunch Premium Carbon Crossbow Arrows (.001 straightness), three EVO-X CenterPunch Rear-Deploying Broadheads, Sling, Integrated String Stop System and new 6-arrow Tech Quiver.BearXConstrictor 900

Bear X Constrictor Crossbow. Can a crossbow deliver plenty of head-turning premium features at a price that will make you look twice? The nicely affordable new Constrictor ($599) features an ultra-narrow 10-inch profile when cocked, along with blazing speeds of 410 feet per second. You’ll also find an ambidextrous top-mount 5-arrow quiver that sits on a 360-degree

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pivot, allowing you to position the quiver on the right- or left-hand side of the crossbow and parallel to the bow. More nice touches include an adjustable cheek pad, anti-dry fire device, and 3 inches of trigger pull adjustment. The Constrictor is available in Veil Stoke and TrueTimber Strata camo patterns, and comes ready to hunt with three Bear X TrueX arrows, top mount 5-arrow quiver, illuminated scope, sling, cocking rope, and rail lube/string wax.



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