Noise is has been one of largest disadvantages crossbows have had in comparison to traditional and compound vertical bows. Excalibur has come out with a product that's looking to "silence" this problem in a micro way.
When you're looking at power to weight ratio Excalibur’s Micro 355 is the KING OF ALL CROSSBOWS
Measuring only 22 wide inches while cocked its ultra compact stature is a the complete opposite past recurve stereotypes. In fact Micro is smaller than most compound crossbows as well, all while packing enough punch to bring down any big game in North America.
The Micro 355 also features an all new Featherlite stock for reduced overall weight in the field for quick and easy maneuverability. It also has power stroke of only 9.5 inches, which makes the Micro is easy to cock. Built off the CRT Matrix platform, the Micro is more durable than ever with its all new Gen II CRT Limb system, which improves limb efficiency resulting in unprecedented repeatability in accurate shooting. Here are the specs:
Browning OneSixTwo Crossbow is blazing fast at 370 FPS and packed with innovative features designed to improve shooting accuracy and crossbow usability.
The Browning OneSixTwo crossbow is the fastest of the two new models they introduced. Browning has brought the quality and innovation that has made their firearms so iconic to this new lineup. Both models come pre-assembled, and sighted-in right and ready for a crossbow hunt right out of the box.
At 370 FPS the Browning OneSixTwo has plenty of speed and comes packed with added features such as a built-in hidden crank cocking device, a TriggerTech Anti-Dry fire trigger and hardcover travel case to name a few. The crossbow also features a ton of other innovations designed to improve hunter success.
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The Micro receives that little bit of extra power that crossbow hunters had been craving without losing the portability of the original. At 355 FPS and only 5.2 pounds this little bow will take down any big game on the menu.
Bulldog Matrix 400
Excalibur brings the advanced features and technology used to engineer their Micro line and deliver a new 400 FPS work horse. The Bulldog Matrix delivers big time power in a new compact frame. It’s not only small than it’s 405 sibling but it also eliminates limb strain and cuts down on the draw weight.
Excalibur most popular crossbows has long been it’s Vixen model which had been specifically designed for smaller framed shooters. It’s been a awhile but they have finally come out with a upgraded and reenvisioned crossbow to take them to the next level. The Matrix Sapphire utilizes compact recurve technology to deliver 305 FPS with a mild 200 lb draw weight. It’s light weight at only 5.5 pounds and features a compact frame that makes it extremely easy for anyone to maneuver.
That right, the historic Browning brand is delivering a new line of crossbows to the market for 2016. Let’s hope they deliver the same level of quality to their archery division.
The Bear is back in the crossbow market is a new high end compound crossbow. This new reverse draw crossbow will surely borrow the technologies Bear has fined tuned within their vertical bow market and we can’t wait to give it a try.
TenPoint Crossbow Technologies
Always delivering innovation, TenPoint brought some serious new contenders to the field this year. Our favorite is the Carbon Nitro RDX. This high powered reverse draw crossbow delivers a perfectly balanced frame that pumps out a whopping 385 FPS. On top of that with bow is only 10 inches wide when cocked, making it ideal for any tight hunting situation.
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The best crossbows for women that made this list did so because their weight, size, draw weight and fit are better suited for the smaller framed huntress. This doesn’t mean women cannot use the fastest crossbows on the market but those crossbows are usually bulkier by design and heavier as well. Comfortably handling and shooting a crossbow is of the utmost importance and that’s why it’s always better to sacrifice speed for a crossbow you find easier to shoot, as this will translate to improved accuracy.
Excalibur: Matrix Cub
With the Matrix Cub Excalibur has finally engineered a crossbow specifically designed for crossbow hunters with a smaller frame. By utilizing a shorter stock and lighter weight of only 5.5 pounds, this economical crossbow is an excellent choice both younger or female crossbow hunters. The crossbow features Excaliburs CRT limb system and pumps out 285 FPS. plenty power for North Americas largest game. The Matrix Cub is offered in textured black finish, making it ideal for blind hunters as well. It’s biggest advantage is it’s price point which is unheard of for a crossbow of this quality.
SPEED – 285 FPS
WEIGHT – 5.3 lbs.
LENGTH – 32.2″
WIDTH (Uncocked) – 30.62″
DRAW WEIGHT – 190 lbs
POWER STROKE – 11.5″
TenPoint: Lady Shadow
With women entering the sport in record numbers TenPoint has come up with the perfect crossbow. While the Lady Shadow has a MossyOak counterpart we’ll focus on this version as it’s quickly established itself as the most lethal female crossbow on the market. By utilizing a carbon-injected polymer barrel and their FSB stock, the Lady Shadow weighs in at a mere 6.4-pound, making it the lightest crossbow TenPoint has ever designed. The unit is also well balanced and extremely compact measuring only 34.4 inches long by 13.5 inches wide (while cocked). These features make the Lady Shadow much easier to wield and more comfortable to hold steady in a shooting position. Unlike lighter crossbows marketed to women this one has some serious punch. The Lady Shadow is powered by TenPoints compact XLT bow assembly which powers unit to 350 FPS. With a draw weight around 180 LBS, that is an incredible amount of speed generated from the crossbow.
SPEED – 350 FPS
WEIGHT – 6.4 lbs
LENGTH – 34.4″
WIDTH (Uncocked) – 17.5″
DRAW WEIGHT – 180 lbs
POWER STROKE – 12.6″
Barnett: Lady Raptor
Featuring a suitable amount of power along for it’s size, the Lady Raptor FX is an effective hunting crossbow. The lightweight composite stock and limbs make it easy to handle, while the high-energy cam and CROSSWIRE string and cable systems give your shots deadly force. An adjustable butt pad and finger reminders ensure proper and precise aim every time. The Barnett Lady Raptor FX Crossbow includes a sight, cocking device and quiver with arrows.
SPEED – 330 FPS
WEIGHT – 6.5 lbs
LENGTH – 34.25″
WIDTH (Uncocked) – 18″
DRAW WEIGHT – 150 lbs
POWER STROKE – 12.5″
PSE: Vector 310
PSE has re-engineered its 2015 crossbow line to deliver the new PSE Vector 310. With its efficient design and two-turn weight adjustment, the Vector 310 is the perfect solution for youth and female shooters, or anyone looking for a high-performance, compact crossbow. Despite it’s small size the Vector delivers a bolt at 310 fps and is built with a fully-machined, 3 lb. precision trigger system, an upgraded cam system, and built-in string stops.
SPEED – 310 FPS
WEIGHT – 6.3 lbs
LENGTH – 32″
WIDTH (Uncocked) – 18.25″
DRAW WEIGHT – 150 lbs
POWER STROKE – 11.25″
Carbon Express: Covert 3.4 Hot Pursuit Crossbow
The Covert 3.4 Hot Pursuit Crossbow features a compact design that provides superior handling and performance. A tactical, lightweight stock, narrow limb profile, and short length make for excellent balance and feel. The Covert 3.4 Hot Pursuit is also one of the most responsive, powerful, and accurate crossbows in its class weighting just under 7 pounds. The crossbow is available in the Muddy Girl camouflage pattern.
SPEED – 345 FPS
WEIGHT – 6.85 lbs
LENGTH – 30.75”
WIDTH (Uncocked) – 16.25”
DRAW WEIGHT – 175 lbs
POWER STROKE – 13.5″
Dry firing your crossbow can and often does result in disaster.
Without having a crossbow bolt to absorb the forces generated by your limbs, they will have to take on the added recoil. This usually results in instant or systematic mechanical failure, as your crossbow isn’t designed to absorb this additional strain. In the past this was an accepted hazard that crossbow shooters had to be constantly aware of. In case you did accidentally dry fire your crossbow there was no room for error, or safety to prevent this costly mistake.
In order to give us all some piece of mind and better protect your investment Excalibur has built the “Guardian” Anti-Dry-Fire system to prevent dry firing. In the event the crossbow is fired without an arrow, the Guardian system catches the string, preventing the crossbow from dry firing. The unit is conveniently self-contained inside your crossbows scope mount and features a built-in release so, at the end of your day you can easily de-cock the crossbow without using an arrow.
If you’re buying a Matrix series crossbow from Excalibur you maybe in luck as the Guardian is standard on most Matrix models. If not, the Guardian is compatible and easy to install on all other Excalibur crossbow models.