January 07, 2022
By Alan Clemons
Crossbows have grown in popularity in the last 10 years thanks to many improvements and increased opportunities during hunting seasons.
From narrower profiles and higher speeds, to higher speeds and more energy, hunters can choose from a wide range of options and price points.
The annual Archery Trade Association show in January is the launching pad for new products. Here are some of the new crossbows introduced this year.
Ravin Crossbows introduces three new models this year in its X series that come with the fully integrated silent cocking system, a super upgrade to already reliable and deadly crossbows.
The new R26X improves on the compact R26 platform with Ravin’s HeliCoil technology, an all-black format and the silent cocking feature for quiet draws. You’ll get an additional 20 fps, now up to 420 fps, with the best-selling Ravin R10 model. The R10 has a new stock with adjustable cheek pad and butt, along with the integrated silent cocking system.
The new R5X also includes an adjustable cheek pad and butt stock but combines those with the front of the R26, creating a hybrid of the standard and bullpup styles. This tactical, all-black crossbow shoots 400 fps, is 31 inches long and has a trim 5.75-inch width when fully cocked.
$1,524.99-$2,049.99 | ravincrossbows.com
One of the most recognized names in crossbows bolts into 2022 with three new models that retain the traditional recurve look but add a host of features. Among them is Excalibur’s CeaseFire anti-fire safety system that improves safety and reliability. CeaseFire ensures that the crossbow will not fire unless an arrow is loaded, the safety is off and the trigger is pressed.
The Micro 380 hits 380 fps with a small format but a lot of punch, generating up to 112 foot-pounds of energy. The newest crossbow in Excalibur’s Micro series is available in a Mossy Oak Break Up camo pattern. With a light weight of just 4.9 pounds bare and 6.7 pounds fully accessorized, the compact Mag Air fits youth and adult shooters. It hits speeds of 305 fps and comes in an all-black format with a skeletonized stock and frame package.
Excalibur’s spotlight crossbow is the upgraded Twinstrike TAC2, which features the DualFire system and two triggers designed to fire two shots from an over/under rail design. The 4-pound frictionless triggers are positioned with enough space so you can fire with or without gloves. The crossbow includes the CeaseFire system and Charger EXT mechanical cranking system, which allows you to safely cock and decock the bow without firing an arrow.
The Mag Air crossbow has maximum performance in a micro package at a great price ($579.99). Boasts 305 fps, 134-pound draw effort, and is 4.9 pounds (without accessories).
$579.99-$1,599.99 | excaliburcrossbow.com
TenPoint Nitro 505
A crossbow that launches arrows at more than 500 feet per second? TenPoint has done it with the new Nitro 505, which sends a 400-grain arrow downrange at 505 fps with 227 foot-pounds of energy and includes the new ACUslide silent cocking and safe de-cocking system. This reverse-draw crossbow has a new RX8-Cam system with deeper cable grooves and improved spacing that allows for increased strand count on the string and cables. This provides added strength and durability, along with the use of four cables instead of two for better accuracy.
The ACUslide system has an Auto-Brake Gear System so users can silently cock the Nitro 505 and easily de-cock it. You also can remove your hand from the cocking handle at any time and it will automatically and safely stop in place. The Dyneema cocking strap is capable of handling more than 2,000 pounds of force, and the cocking handle safely stores in the Nitro 505’s stock. Power is generated thanks to the 17-inch power stroke. A center-mounted riser makes it easier to hold the crossbow steady when shooting. Other features include TenPoint’s 2-stage S1 trigger, two-piece Tech-X stock, Evo-X Marksman scope, integrated string stop system and new Micro-Trac fluted aluminum barrel that reduces the arrow flight deck surface by 50 percent.
The Nitro 505 weighs just 7.9 pounds (without accessories) and is available in Veil Alpine or new Moss Green patterns. Prices are $3,099 for the Veil Alpine model and $2,999 for the Moss Green model.
TenPoint also has partnered with Garmin for its Xero X1i and Burris for its Oracle X on Nitro 505 packages. The Garmin and Burris optics provide integrated rangefinding capabilities and aiming points with the touch of a button.
$2,999-$3,099 | tenpointcrossbows.com
It’s tough to build on a legend but that’s what TenPoint has done with the Titan, the company’s best-selling model. This year, the Titan De-Cock clocks in at 380 fps and features the new ACUdraw De-Cock system. This new system allows users to more easily cock the crossbow and then safely de-cock it if necessary. The braking system stops automatically should you remove your hand from the cocking handle. The Titan De-Cock is a trim 9 inches wide and 32.5 inches long. It comes with a 3X ProView 2 illuminated scope. Prices are $999 for the ACUdraw50 model and $1,099 for the ACUdraw De-Cock model.
$999-$1,099 | tenpointcrossbows.com
Wicked Ridge Fury 410 De-Cock
Wicked Ridge’s new Fury 410 De-Cock is chock full of features found in the TenPoint lineup, as is expected from the company that produces both lines. Wicked Ridge is positioned as the affordable option but that doesn’t mean you get fewer features. The new 410 Fury De-Cock sends arrows downrange at a sizzling 410 fps and features the ACUdraw De-Cock system. That ensures smoother, easier draws and safe de-cocking.
The Fury 410 is just 29 inches long and 9 inches wide thanks to its reverse-draw format. It has 11.7-inch limbs, the Wicked Ridge Reaper Cam system, TACtical X stock with cutouts to reduce weight, and the new D-1 two-stage trigger. A new Dry-Fire Prohibitor is designed to prevent the Fury 410 De-Cock from accidentally discharging without a bolt. It is available in the new Peak XT camo and comes in a package with a RangeMaster Pro Variable Speed Scope, Match 400 carbon arrows and quiver, and more.
$1,049 | tenpointcrossbows.com
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