5 Crossbows That Rocked the 2015 ATA Show!

 

Horton Storm RDX Crossbow
Horton Storm RDX Crossbow

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USA –-(Ammoland.com)- While we don’t know exactly how old crossbow technology has been around, we do know Sun Tzu wrote about them in “The Art of War” (c. 5th century BC) stating, “Energy may be likened to the bending of a crossbow; decision, to the releasing of the trigger.” (Szczepanski)

And, while I don’t know where crossbows are headed necessarily, ATA delivered great perspective on centuries of advancement and mind-blowing innovation. From Excalibur’s time-tested, more primitive, cam-less design (still packed with jaw dropping development and performance) to feature rich, premium crossbows catering to the world’s most discerning hunters and recreational shooters, one thing is for sure; after 2,500 years, our love affair with crossbows shows no sign of stopping.

Check out five eye-catching, performance-driven, adrenaline-charged crossbows that stopped traffic at the 2015 ATA Show.

Horton Storm RDX Crossbow

Horton Storm RDX Crossbow
Horton Storm RDX Crossbow

Where conventional crossbow technology ends, the Horton Storm RDX Crossbow begins. You may have seen reverse draw technology recently but not like the Storm RDX.

This adrenaline-charged crossbow sends 400-gr. bolts down range at a blistering 370 fps with the heavy-weight punch of 122 ft.-lbs. of bone-crushing kinetic energy.

Horton Storm RDX Crossbow
Horton Storm RDX Crossbow

While the Storm RDX features a staunch draw weigh of 165 lbs., models are available with Horton’s ACUdraw or Dedd Sled to take the pain out of drawing.

The Horton Storm RDX compresses to only 10-in. wide when fully cocked and boasts 13-in. tactical black limbs.

Horton Storm RDX Crossbow
Horton Storm RDX Crossbow

Other features include Horton’s Custom RDX Cam System, DynaFLIGHT 97 string and cables, 440 stainless steel cam bearings, self-locking limb pocket with limb-twist prevention, 20-in. machined aluminum tactical barrel, string suppressors, premium stock with adjustable butt plate and comb, 3.5-lb. Bullpup T3 Trigger, PlasticComp molded fore-grip and a 4x32mm multi-line scope.

TenPoint Stealth FX4 Crossbow

TenPoint Stealth FX4 Crossbow
TenPoint Stealth FX4 Crossbow

While the Storm RDX stopped traffic in its tracks for obvious quality and unconventional reasons of its own, the TenPoint Stealth FX4 Crossbow drew media crowds looking for a flagship crossbow from a company already considered the crème de le crème of crossbow quality.

True to TenPoint’s reputation, the Stealth FX4 delivers.

TenPoint Stealth FX4 Crossbow
TenPoint Stealth FX4 Crossbow

Like its sister crossbow, the Stealth FX4 capitalizes on 185 lbs. of draw weight to launch 400-gr. bolts at a red hot 370 fps and impacting with 116 ft.-lbs. of kinetic energy.

Whisper quiet, deadly accurate and armed with a refreshingly light and crisp trigger, the Stealth FX4 earns its place at the top of the heap of conventional crossbows at ATA.

Southern Crossbow Risen XLT 385 Crossbow

Southern Crossbow Risen XLT 385 Crossbow
Southern Crossbow Risen XLT 385 Crossbow

Drifting back into the world of unconventional, ultra-cool crossbow design with quality-driven, adrenaline packed innovation landed me in the Southern Crossbow booth.

The tactical world continues to grow by leaps and bounds so why should crossbow loving tactical operators be left in the cold? They shouldn’t and they aren’t! As a Marine Corps veteran, the Southern Crossbow Risen XLT 385 caught my eye immediately.

Southern Crossbow Risen XLT 385 Crossbow
Southern Crossbow Risen XLT 385 Crossbow

If you’re a veteran like me or just a guy in love with our modern tactical movement, you’re going to love this marriage of over 2,000 years of history with the look, feel and performance of an AR platform modern sporting rifle!

Reminiscent of my old M-16 A2 service rifle, but with limbs, cams, a string and cables, this bad boy also features a telescoping stock, AR-styled pistol grip and even a vertical fore-grip. Not for the faint of heart but true to its given name, the Risen XLT 385 delivers 385 fps of insane speed from a 200-lb. draw. Unlike many crossbows on the show floor I was also impressed with how complete a kit this tactical masterpiece includes.

Southern Crossbow Risen XLT 385 Crossbow
Southern Crossbow Risen XLT 385 Crossbow

While the Southern Crossbow’s maniacal Risen XLT 385 boasts a high-quality 4x32mm scope, the bundle also includes a 6-bolt quiver, 4 field tipped 400-gr. – 425-gr. Bolts, safety glasses, a cocking rope, foot stirrup and rail lube. Other notable features include a compound levering system, anti-dry-fire safety mechanism and a composite, ultra-stiff split-limb design.

If you’re caught in a world between medieval crossbows and tactical operations, the Risen XLT 385 just might hit the bullseye.

Parker Archery Challenger Crossbow

Parker Archery Challenger Crossbow
Parker Archery Challenger Crossbow

Parker Archery has long been considered a top-shelf manufacturer of crossbows and the 2015 lineup keeps the company soundly ranked among the best of the best; of course, as a patriot to the bone, “American Made” always perks my ears up and captures my attention, too. Still, the crossbow world has lacked any real focus on crossbows fit for youth and huntresses… until now.

Parker Archery Challenger Crossbow
Parker Archery Challenger Crossbow

For 2015, Parker unveiled the Challenger, touted as the “first ever youth and ladies model hunting crossbow,” complete with a 1.75-in. shorter length of pull. While the Challenger is lightweight, at 5.5 lbs., and designed for smaller framed shooters, quality, performance and, indeed, the adrenaline rush of high-velocity shooting (300 fps with 400-gr. bolt at 150 lbs.) are still cornerstones of this American Made beauty! The Challenger also boasts an adjustable draw weight, from 125 – 150 lbs., solid limb technology, G2 Bullpup trigger, elevated comb, vented forearm with safety trigger flange, premium Red Hot string and cables, and pink Muddy Girl Camouflage finish. The Challenger includes a 4-bolt quiver and 4 field-tipped bolts. An outfitter package also is available and includes your choice of 1X or 3X multi-reticle illuminated scope.

Stryker Solution LS Crossbow

Stryker Solution LS Crossbow
Stryker Solution LS Crossbow

Certainly not last in terms of mind-blowing performance or satisfying the whims of even the most discriminating crossbow hunters, the Stryker Solution LS holds its own as a premium crossbow stopping scores of media and dealer reps in their tracks and leaving them to jack their jaws up off the showroom floor. This beast unleashes 390 fps of whisper quiet destruction from an industry light 155-lb. draw. How do they do it? With BowTech’s typical, forward-thinking focus on research, design, innovation and development – see their line of compound bows to further support this claim.

Stryker Solution LS Crossbow Tags
Stryker Solution LS Crossbow Tags

The Solution LS boasts a light 6.9-lb. carry weight, premium multi-reticle scope, cam assist system, auto-flip magnetic safety, Cease-Fire secondary safety, Arrow Sensor safety, fore-end grip shield, Stryke-Lite Trigger System with .015-in. travel and 3-lb. pull, and non-slip arrow hold-down security. The Stryker Solution LS Crossbow walks the leading edge of optimum balance, size and weight and includes 5 bolts, a 5-bolt quiver, string stops and a cocking aid. If you’re looking for premium quality, uncompromising performance, blistering speed and comfort-driven shootability, you need to take a hard look at Stryker Crossbows!

Stryker Solution LS Crossbow Limbs
Stryker Solution LS Crossbow Limbs

While these amazing crossbows comprise my list of the five most notable product offerings at ATA for various reasons, the list is incomplete. Certainly, other crossbow offerings rank among the top-tier as well. In the end, like bows and any number of other personal equipment choices, the way a crossbow fits and feels before, during and after a shot is critical.

To complicate things, each person is different, what I look for in comfort, quality, shootability and overall performance may not be be-all, end-all fix for other discerning crossbow enthusiasts.

At the end of the day, investigate these crossbows and others before arriving at your own conclusion. 25 centuries of crossbow history are waiting for you to write your story.

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Samsson
Samsson
4 years ago

Stryker for life! I purchased a stryker 380 2 years ago and i cannot tell you how pleased i am. Taken many deer out to 50yds and outshoot anyone with a crossbow at the range especially the 2 ton 1600$ ten point. I must admit my limb started peeling mid rut this year and i called my dealer who told me i had to bring it in so he could confirm for the lifetime warranty. He said botech was so swamped with there new improved solution model cam that it would take at least 2 weeks to make the switch.… Read more »

Phil Abrahams
Phil Abrahams
4 years ago

When they say stuff like only 150 lb’s or 175 lbs of draw weight on a compound crossbow well this is not true at all.The real draw weight on a cam’ed compound or crossbow should be measure’d at the very beginning of the powerstroke before the cam’s break as they work in reverse to a recurve or indeed a compound with simple pulley’s so really you are talking more like 350 lbs +.

gilles r laforest
gilles r laforest
5 years ago

solution ls the best i never by 20-35-55-75- fast silent and same at all shoot i am appy of my buy

CH
CH
5 years ago

I’m with Happy, too. Before Christ (or) Anno Domini–The year of our Lord. 🙂

Mike D
Mike D
5 years ago

The Stryker Solutions seems too light to be a durable bow at 390fps!! Sounds like future problems possibly! If I buy a high velocity crossbow I don’t care too much about how much it weighs. Time will tell. 6.9# in a bow shooting 390fps. I. D. K. I hope I’m wrong for all the BowTech fans, but it would worry me personally. 390 is a nice speed though. I hope it holds up! Or is backed with a great warranty and solid customer service. That’s always a good remedy if things go wrong.

Sharon Thalove
Sharon Thalove
5 years ago

I’m with Happy. Gotta watch that slippery slope of militant political correctness. BC or AD.

HappyClinger
HappyClinger
5 years ago

“BCE?” What is that? I think you mean “BC.” “BCE” is an attempt to obscure and eventually erase the historical fact that our calendar dates from the era of Christ (AD) or Before Christ (BC). Nothing more, nothing less. It’s never a good idea to try to obliterate historical fact, or to even unknowingly participate in that.

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Reply to  HappyClinger

Happy: BCE is the abbreviation for Before the Christian Era. But BC works just as well.

Mike
Mike
5 years ago

Most science types, non Christians and atheists refer to BCE as “before the common era” not Christian.