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Best Crossbows for Women

Best Crossbow Girls
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Crossbows designed for women aren't new, but they are becoming more refined.

Best Crossbows for Women

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″

 

Technology

The Anti-Dry Fire Guardian

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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.

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Crossbow Buyers Guide

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To be sure you don’t get stuck with a crossbow your unhappy with; you will have to give some thought to which one will suite your needs.

Crossbow Buyers Guide

If you’re new to crossbows, choosing the right one can be a tough decision. There are more makes, models, and sizes available than ever before.  While modern crossbows often look and operate similarly there are some key differences you should take into consideration.

This crossbow buyers guide will outline the most important crossbow factors that you need to consider before making a decision.

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Excaliburs Bad News Bears

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New for 2015

For 2015 Excalibur has launched a new line of crossbows designed to deliver their high end performance and reliability at a competitive price point. The Matrix Grizzly and Matrix Cub feature same Matrix innovation without compromising quality. So lets find out exactly what these two new crossbows deliver.

Excalibur Matrix Grizzly

The Grizzly delivers 305 FPS, using their narrow 200 pound CRT limbset that is only 30” wide. The crossbows short 11.5 inch power stroke makes it effortless to cock and its 33 inch long, 5.5 pound SMF composite frame make it extremely maneuverable in any tight hunting environments. The Grizzly comes in Mossy Oak Break-up Country camouflage.

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Excalibur Matrix Grizzly Crossbow

It’s available in a package which will include:

  • Dead-Zone Scope
  • 1” rings,
  • Scope mount
  • Four-arrow quiver / bracket
  • Diablo arrows (4)
  • 150-grain field points (4)
  • Rope-cocking aid
CROSSBOW BREAKDOWN:    Excalibur Matrix Grizzly
FINISH   –    Mossy Oak Break-Up Country
SPEED   –    305 FPS
WEIGHT   –    5.5 lbs.
LENGTH   –    5.3 lbs.
WIDTH (Uncocked)   –    30.62″
WIDTH (Cocked)   –    25.37″
DRAW WEIGHT   –    200 lbs.
POWER STROKE   –    11.5″

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.

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Excalibur Cub Crossbow

It’s available in a package which will include:

CROSSBOW BREAKDOWN:    Excalibur Matrix Cub
FINISH   –    Textured Black Tact
SPEED   –    285 FPS
WEIGHT   –    33.2″
LENGTH   –    32.2″
WIDTH (Uncocked)   –    30.62″
WIDTH (Cocked)   –    25.37″
DRAW WEIGHT   –    190 lbs.
POWER STROKE   –    11.5″

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Crossbow Dictionary

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Crossbow Dictionary and reference sheet for all things related to crossbow parts, accessories and history.

Arbalist Latin language term for crossbow, derived from arcuballista (also spelled ARBALEST).
Armbrust German language term for crossbow which is often preferred in international circles.
Arrow Synonym for bolt which is preferred by some modern crossbow manufacturers.
Back Side of bow or lath facing target.
Ballista Roman seige engine similar to oversized crossbow.
Barrel Section of the stock between the crossbow latch and lath; sometimes used as synonym for track.
Barreled Crossbow Crossbow having a tubular barrel rather than a track; used to shoot balls, usually of lead; synonym for slurbow.
Bastard String String to brace a crossbow for installation of bowstring; synonym for bracing string.
Belly Side of bow or lath facing shooter.
Belt Hook Metal hook(s) attached to belt to aid cocking.
Bending Lever Hindged lever to aid cocking; pushes string back using lugs or a ring mounted at front of crossbow; provides mechanical advantage of about 5:1, varying with lever length.
Binding See BRIDLE.
Bolt Short projectile for crossbow resembling arrow but normally featuring a shorter length, thicker diameter.
Bolt Channel See TRACK.
Bow See LATH.
Bow Irons Metal fittings used to secure lath to stock; usually tightened with metal wedges.
Bowsteel Steel lath.
Bowstring String used on all archery weapons to transfer force from bow to projectile.
Braced Position of bowstring when mounted on bow or lath, but not cocked.
Braced Height Distance between braced bowstring and belly side of riser, measured from the bowstring’s center.
Bracing String See BASTARD STRING.
Bridle Binding, usually of twisted sinew cord, used to tie lath to stock on medieval crossbows.
Bullet Crossbow Crossbow designed to shoot bullets; generally used in reference to double-string types.
Broadhead Hunting tip attached to front of the crossbow bolt. Comes in variety design, mechanical, fixed, hybrid.
Butt Rearmost portion of crossbow stock; also refers to earthen mound used in long range target shooting, and as a general term for backstop.
Catch See LATCH and SAFETY.
Center Shot Bow or crossbow lath designed so that the arrow/bolt passes through its center; center-shot crossbows often have two separate limbs.
Cheek Piece Attachment to the butt of the crossbow stock that helps shooter position them self for the shot.
Clean Draw See POWER STROKE.
Clip Spring used to retain bolt to cocked crossbow prior to shooting; usually made of horn or metal.
Clout Long range archery shooting. Modern practice uses a horizontal target 15 meters in diameter outlined with flags; scoring is determined by measuring distance from center.
Cock To draw bowstring from braced position to latched position.
Cocking Aid Device used to cock the crossbow. Modern crossbow use a modified rope with pulleys or cranking system.
Cocking Lugs Metal protruberances on crossbow for anchoring bending lever, cranequin or goat’s foot.
Cocking Peg Peg required to set some crossbow trigger mechanisms prior to cocking.
Cocking Ring Metal ring bound to the front of the lath to anchor bending lever.
Cockscombing Method of serving sometimes used on loops of crossbow bowstrings.
Composite Combination of materials used to construct lath including horn, wood, sinew and baleen.
Compound Modern crossbow construction using cables and eccentric pulleys.
Cord And Pulley Cocking aid consisting of cord with ends attached to crossbow butt and user’s belt running through a pulley attached to bowstring; provides mechanical advantage of 2:1.
Cranequin Cocking device using rack and pinion; can provide mechanical advantage of about 145:1, varying with size and number of teeth.
Crossbow Archery weapon consisting of a lath mounted to a rigid stock, having a mechanical means to hold and release the drawn bowstring. See also ARBALEST, ARMBRUST, BARRELED CROSSBOW, BULLET CROSSBOW.
Dampener Component, usually attached to crossbow limbs to reduce the noise and vibration caused when firing.
Dog’S Foot See GOAT’S FOOT.
Double String Complex form of bowstring designed to launch round projectiles from crossbow; has leather pouch at center to hold ball.
Draw Weight Physical weight in pounds required to draw to crossbow completely.
Dry Fire To release cocked bowstring without projectile; term borrowed from firearms.
Elevation Adjustment Knob Located at the top of your crossbow scope, this allows the shooter to adjust arrow point-of-impact up and down..
Efficiency The force required to load the crossbow, compared to the force transferred to the bolt when fired
End Shooting phase of an archery competition; a set number of arrows or bolts shot consecutively before determining score.
End Loop Loops at either end of bowstring.
Endcap Protective cap to protect rear of crossbow bolt; similar to arrow nock, but not forked.
FPS Acronym for Feet Per Second, which is the speed in which a crossbow can project an arrow of a specific grain weight.
Fire To light incendiary crossbow projectile; often used incorrectly as synonym for shoot or loose.
Flight Groove See TRACK
Footclaw See STIRRUP.
Front of Center Center measurement results from the relative weights of the components used in the arrow: shaft, insert, head, fletching, and nock. It is percent difference between the midpoint of the bolt and the center of gravity (balance point) of the bolt compared to its total length.
Gaffle See GOAT’S FOOT.
Gastraphetes Greek weapon described by Heron of Alexandria similar to crossbow; literally “stomach weapon”.
Goat’S Foot Two-piece hindged cocking lever designed to pull bowstring from behind latch (curved shape of lever vaguely resembles goats leg); provides mechanical advantage of about 5:1, varying with lever length.
Grain Unit of measurement used for bolt/broadhead weight(1 grain = 65 milligrams). Based upon a single seed of a cereal.
Groove See TRACK.
Handbow Term used to distinguish hand-held bow from crossbow.
Latch Mechanism for holding crossbow bowstring in cocked position, and for releasing bowstring when trigger is pulled. Synonym for catch.
Lath Bow portion of a crossbow storing motive energy for propelling projectile; term preferred by some archery historians; not common parlance among modern crossbowmen. See PROD.
Limb Portion of lath to right or left of center.
Loose To launch an archery missle.
Manuballista Smaller form of ballista; from the Latin “manus” meaning hand.
Multi-Reticle Scope Also known as Multi-Dot scope, features crosshair with multiple vertical indicators to gauge distance.
Nock Forked protective cap on rear of bolt; usually necessary with trackless crossbows to keep bolt in contact with string. Notches at each end of bow or lath to accept string are also called nocks.
Nose Forward end of crossbow; sometimes used to refer to assembly attaching lath to stock.
Nut Cylindrical latch usually made of ivory or antler.
Pavise Large shield used to protect military crossbowmen in the field while loading and shooting.
Pellet Crossbow See BULLET CROSSBOW; usually low powered weapon.
Power Stroke Distance between braced and cocked string positions as measured along track.
Prod Bow portion of crossbow; term also used as name for light bullet crossbow (also spelled PRODD).
Quarrel Bolt with four-sided head; often used as synonym for bolt.
Quiver Container for carrying arrows or bolts.
Recurve Crossbow construction in which each limb exists a single piece in which the tips curve away from the user.
Release Mechanism See LATCH.
Riser Thick, non-bending center section of bow or lath.
Safety Mechanical device, usually in the form of a button or lever, used to prevent crossbow from shooting unintentionally. Often referred to as “safety-catch,” “-button,” or “-pin.”
Scorpion See MANUBALLISTA.
Serving Wrapping of thread used to protect the center and loops of bowstrings.
Set Trigger Trigger which may be set to release under very light pressure; ‘hair trigger’.
Shoot See LOOSE.
Sled Guide attached to the center of crossbow bowstring to lessen string wear and insure exact centering of the string when cocking.
Slurbow See BARRELED CROSSBOW.
Spanner General term for any device used to cock crossbows; [German, winding tool, from spannen, to stretch, from Middle High German, from Old High German spannan.]
Spanning Physical act of cocking a crossbow.
Stirrup Device for holding the crossbow with feet while cocking; usually ‘D’ or ‘T’ shaped.
Stock Portion of the crossbow to which all other components are attached and by which it is held.
Stonebow See BULLET CROSSBOW.
String Loop Loop bound to center of some crossbow bowstrings to engage latch.
Tassel Traditional archery accessory worn on belt to clean bolts or arrows.
Tiller See STOCK.
Tommy-Bar Type of bow iron tightened using threaded rods instead of wedges.
Track Grooved portion of the crossbow between the lath and latch where the bolt rides.
Trackless Crossbow with an bolt rest in front instead of a full-length groove; forked nocks usually necessary to maintain contact between bolt and string.
Windage Adjustment Knob Located on the side of your crossbow scope, this allows the shooter to adjust arrow point-of-impact left and right.
Winder General term for windlass or cranequin.
Windlass Crossbow cocking device using a system of pulleys and cords; provides mechanical of about 45:1 depending on construction.

Tips & Tricks

Crossbow Deal Hunting

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Tips to help you save cash on that new crossbow hunting gear.

Crossbow Deal Hunting

The same innovation and technology that’s making Crossbow hunting such an exciting sport is also ratcheting up the price tag. For the most part the sport is very affordable but it’s always hard to resist the urge not to buy the latest and greatest new products.

Here are some tips to that will keep your crossbow gear up to date and under budget.

  1. Resist the compulsive buy – It’s hard when you  have been saving up and you finally have enough for that new crossbow, but hold on. Retailers have sales on a regular basis and if you can wait it out your crossbow will probably be on sale within the month.
  2. Mom-and-Pap – If you have a local store that sells what you’re looking for you can go in any time and ask the owners if they’ll give you a better price.. If you buy a couple things (crossbow, bolts, case, ECT) they will have the flexibility to cut you a deal.
  3. Used it is – Save the on the new price and on tax by buying used. I don’t recommend this unless you’re experienced with crossbows as there is risk involved in buying damaged goods. However, if you are comfortable with the product you can come out ahead of the game.
  4. Oh Canada – Recently the Canadian dollar has been losing value. If you’re in the north, you can take advantage of the exchange rate buy shopping at Canadian retailers.
    Check out some of the pricing at Cabelas Canada.
  5. Price Match – Depending on the store you can usually get retailers to price match or beat thier competitor’s price on a new crossbow.
  6. Accessory Overload – Loading up on all those accessories will break the bank in no time. Before you buy them ask yourself if first of all you need them and second  will they improve my crossbow hunt. Bolting a half dozen components to your crossbow can weigh it down, doing more damage than good.
  7. Social Media – Companies are always running special deals through twitter and facebook accounts so that they can get more followers. If you’re signed up, keep an eye out for these exclusive offers.

Remember that crossbow hunting is a business and there are a lot of features that fall into the category of “nice-to-have”. Don’t get hung up on those and instead focus on what you actually need to get out there and have fun.