Today’s crossbow hunters want lighter, more compact, better-balanced and smoother-shooting bows. They want faster speeds and more energy, but with crisper triggers. As you’ll see from this year’s lineup of new bows, manufacturers are addressing those requests.
And with more young hunters and females, who both want quality bows designed for them as well, you’ll see more variations and unique features.
Great crossbows for under $1,000 are out there, you just need to find them. Thankfully, we can help. If you’re on a budget and in the market for a new crossbow, consider these 15 choices.
- <h2>Darton | Rebel 135 SS</h2>As part of their 65th anniversary celebration, Darton Archery is introducing the <a href="http://www.dartonarchery.com/#!rebel-135-ss/c22q7" target="_blank">Rebel 135 SS</a> . Designed by Darton’s head engineer and president, Rex Darlington, the Rebel’s modest 32-inch overall length was accomplished through an innovative forward trigger design and bullpup-style stock that also result in improved weight distribution. <p></p> Combine that with 7 1/2 pounds of overall weight, a 13 1/2-inch power stroke and a narrow 17-inch axle-to-axle length, and you get a smooth-handling, compact powerhouse rated at 350 fps. <p></p> It’s equipped with enhanced thumb and finger guards, ambidextrous safety and integrated string suppressors, along with Darton’s patented Barrel Dampener. <p></p> <strong>MSRP: $949</strong>