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The Evolution of the Crossbow

The Popularity of Crossbow Hunting is Growing

by Wade Middleton

Hunter wading through water with crossbow

In this episode of Cabela’s Deer Gear TV, we are looking at the evolution of the crossbow and how it has become a popular option when hunting for big game, especially whitetail deer. Brian Flaherty from TenPoint Crossbows joins us in this episode, as we discuss the newest crossbows (Vapor RS470, Vengent S440, and Viper S400) to hit the market and the revolutionary technology that they possess. No matter your opinion on crossbows, you can’t deny the amazing advancement in technology that they have had over the years.

I’ve had a chance to hunt with a lot of different models of TenPoint Crossbows. Field test them or provide feedback about each one of the different models that we’ve used and what’s been exciting to me is to see the evolution of them. Whether I’ve been deer hunting with them in many different situations and scenarios, whether I have taken exotics, I shot a giant fallow one time with them. Turkey hunting with them, lots of hogs at various times. All year long, I’ve found reasons and needs to go hunting with a crossbow.

 

Brian Flaherty Posing with Deer

Brian Flaherty poses with his long 8-point and the Viper S400

Whitetail hunting is something that has driven and seen such a huge increase in the crossbow market. Crossbows have always been both not only a recruitment tool but a retention tool. So crossbows on the recruitment side, you can start kids at young ages that maybe can’t pull a vertical bow back yet and you take them out there and they can be shooting bullseyes with their crossbow or they can go out and they can harvest an animal at such a young age, that just gets them into the sport of archery and they get excited about it. Naturally, they may transition to a vertical bow, but on the recruitment side of it, now we’re building the numbers of hunters out there. On the retention side, there are situations that come up whether it’s a shoulder surgery or maybe just whatever physical things may prohibit someone from getting out there and drawing their vertical bow. They can still get out there and enjoy the sport of bowhunting and then for gun hunters that want to get into some archery seasons or some late season archery hunters, it’s just all over the place from recruitment and retention crossbows are doing a great job. – Brian Flaherty, Marketing Manager for TenPoint Crossbows

Hunter smiling with deer and crossbow

Wade is all smiles with his first buck with the TenPoint Vapor RS470

I’m a person that just loves to hunt with a lot of different means and methods and TenPoint Crossbows and I have been working together for quite some time now. What I learned about the TenPoint models looking at their innovations, field testing them, and taking them hunting for a lot of different types of game species is that their innovation and advancement continue to evolve hunting with crossbows into levels of comfort and deadly accuracy that are mind-boggling.

 

 

There’s still a little bit of a mindset with vertical bow hunters that the crossbow doesn’t belong in archery season, I would just tell you to go out there and try them, they’re very cool to shoot, they’re very fun to shoot. They provide tons of opportunities for hunters and it’s growing in numbers every single year and we’re just happy that we’re the forefront of it. For the past 25 years, TenPoint Crossbows have been at the forefront of crossbow technology and continuing to push the envelope and provide more opportunities for hunters everywhere. – Brian Flaherty, Marketing Manager for TenPoint Crossbows

The Fastest and Narrowest Forward-Draw Crossbow Ever

TenPoint Launches Fastest Forward-Draw Crossbow with
440 Feet-Per-Second and Safe De-Cocking in the
NEW 5.8” Wide Vengent S440

TenPoint Crossbow Technologies launched the NEW Vengent S440 at the 2020 ATA Show in Indianapolis, Indiana.  TenPoint’s fastest and forward-draw crossbow ever, the Vengent S440 delivers lightning speeds up to 440 FPS and features the NEW revolutionary ACUslide cocking and de-cocking system.  The ultra-fast crossbow is also our narrowest ever, measuring an incredible 5.8-inches wide, and weighs a half-pound less than previous TenPoint flagship models.

“We have always committed ourselves to building the best crossbows on the market and, while de-cocking is not a new concept to the crossbow market, the silent ACUslide is the first safe option to de-cock a crossbow with a crank,” said Rick Bednar, TenPoint CEO.

The NEW ACUslide features the company’s groundbreaking Auto-Brake Gear System, which allows for silent cocking and safe and controlled de-cocking of the crossbow.  The Auto-Brake Gear System eliminates the potential of losing control which can lead to injury or costly bow damage during the de-cocking process. While de-cocking with the ACUslide, the user can remove their hand from the handle at any point, with no other action required – and the handle will stop in place.

The NEW 7 ½-inch XTEND Adjustable Crank Handle reduces the cocking effort to 5-pounds and stores securely into the butt-stock.

The ACUslide system is integrated into the company’s NEW TEC-X stock.  The high strength-to-weight ratio of the NEW stock reduces the weight of the Vengent S440, including the cocking mechanism, to 7.7-pounds – a half-pound lighter than previous TenPoint flagship models.

 

Fueled by RX6-Cams™, the forward-draw bow assembly is the difference-maker for TenPoint’s fastest and narrowest forward draw crossbow. The innovative cam system rotates 360-degrees which powers the DUAL FLEX™ limbs to produce speeds up to an incredible 440 feet-per-second. The assembly’s revolutionary Vector-Quad™ cable technology utilizes four cables instead of the traditional two which eliminates cam lean and generates straight-nock travel leading to same-hole downrange accuracy.

A lightweight CNC machined 6061-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum riser featuring the company’s TRI-LOCK™ pocket system ensures perfect alignment between the pocket and limbs for further increased accuracy.

The bow assembly is mounted to a NEW 20-inch -MICRO-TRAC™ fluted aluminum barrel which reduces the flight deck surface by an incredible 50%.  The minimal string-to-barrel contact provides the longest string life in the industry.

The new barrel is fitted with the company’s NEW S1 3.5-pound, two-stage trigger that delivers a crisp, consistent break. The trigger is equipped with a DFI™ (Dry-Fire-Inhibitor) and is fitted with a nylon-filament arrow retention brush that improves arrow grip and alignment to reduce noise and vibration. An integrated string stop system is also included to further reduce noise and vibration.

Fully assembled, the crossbow weighs just 7.7-pounds, measures 35-inches (w/o stirrup) in length and shoots up to a supercharged 440 feet-per-second.

Decorated in Veil® Alpine camo or Graphite Gray, the Vengent S440 ships completely assembled and includes an extensive Ready-To-Hunt package.

The package includes:

  • ACUslide™ cocking and de-cocking system
  • RangeMaster™ Pro Variable Speed Scope
  • TenPoint Blazer™ Soft Crossbow Case
  • 6-pack of EVO-X CenterPunch™ Premium Carbon Crossbow Arrows (.001” straightness)
  • Integrated String Stop System
  • NEW 6-arrow Tech Quiver

Vengent S440 MAP:

  • $2,099.99 – Veil® Alpine Camo
  • $1,999.99 – Graphite Gray

 

TenPoint Crossbow Technologies is 100% American owned, operated, and all of its crossbow models are manufactured in Mogadore, OH.

TenPoint Raises the Bar with the Vapor RS470

470 Feet-Per-Second and Safe De-Cocking in the
NEW Ten Point Crossbows Vapor RS470

At the 2020 ATA Show in Indianapolis, IN, TenPoint Crossbow Technologies launched the world’s most technically advanced crossbow ever produced – the NEW Vapor RS470. Delivering supercharged speeds up to 470 FPS and featuring the NEW revolutionary ACUslide cocking and de-cocking system, the industry’s premiere crossbow measures an ultra-narrow 6.5-inches wide and weighs an incredible half-pound less than previous TenPoint flagship models.

“The Vapor is the most accurate crossbow I have ever shot.” Said Rick Bednar, TenPoint CEO. “We have always committed ourselves to building the best crossbows on the market and, while de-cocking is not a new concept to the crossbow market, the silent ACUslide is the first safe option to de-cock a crossbow with a crank”

The NEW ACUslide features the company’s groundbreaking Auto-Brake Gear System, which allows for silent cocking and safe and controlled de-cocking of the crossbow.  The Auto-Brake Gear System eliminates the potential of losing control which can lead to injury or costly bow damage during the de-cocking process. While de-cocking with the ACUslide, the user can remove their hand from the handle at any point, with no other action required – and the handle will stop in place.

The NEW 7 ½-inch XTEND Adjustable Crank Handle reduces the cocking effort to 5-pounds and stores securely into the butt-stock.

The ACUslide system is integrated into the company’s NEW TEC-X stock.  The high strength-to-weight ratio of the stock helps reduce the weight of the Vapor RS470, including the cocking mechanism, to 8-pounds – a half-pound lighter than previous TenPoint flagship models.

Fueled by RX7-Cams™ and SLING-SHOT technology, the reverse-draw bow assembly is the difference-maker for the world’s finest crossbow. The innovative cam system rotates an industry-leading 404-degrees which powers the DUAL FLEX™ limbs, while the SLING-SHOT technology provides an extra turbo boost to produce speeds up to an unprecedented 470 feet-per-second. The assembly’s revolutionary Vector-Quad™ cable technology utilizes four cables instead of the traditional two which eliminates cam lean and generates straight-nock travel leading to same-hole downrange accuracy.

A lightweight CNC machined 7075-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum riser featuring the company’s TRI-LOCK™ pocket system ensures perfect alignment between the pocket and limbs for further increased accuracy.

The bow assembly is mounted to a NEW 20-inch -MICRO-TRAC™ fluted aluminum barrel that reduces the flight deck surface by an incredible 50%.  The minimal string-to-barrel contact ensures the longest string life in the industry.

The barrel is fitted with the company’s NEW S1 3.5-pound 2-stage trigger that delivers a crisp, consistent break. The trigger is equipped with a DFI™ (Dry-Fire-Inhibitor) and is fitted with a nylon-filament arrow retention brush that improves arrow grip and alignment to reduce noise and vibration. An integrated string stop system is also included to further reduce noise and vibration.

Fully assembled, the crossbow weighs just 8-pounds, measures only 31-inches (w/o stirrup) in length and shoots up to a supercharged 470 feet-per-second.

Decorated in Veil® Alpine camo or Graphite Gray, the Vapor RS470 ships completely assembled and includes the most extensive Ready-To-Hunt package in the industry.

The package includes:

  • ACUslide™ cocking and de-cocking system
  • Evo-X Marksman™ Precision Scope
  • TenPoint STAG™ Hard Crossbow Case
  • 6-pack of EVO-X Lighted CenterPunch™ Premium Carbon Crossbow Arrows (.001” straightness)
  • 6-pack of EVO-X CenterPunch™ Premium Carbon Crossbow Arrows (.001” straightness)
  • 3-pack of EVO-X CenterPunch™ Rear-Deploying Broadheads
  • Sling
  • Integrated String Stop System
  • NEW 6-arrow Tech Quiver

Vapor RS470 MAP:

$2,999.99 – Veil® Alpine Camo

$2,899.99 – Graphite Gray

TenPoint Crossbow Technologies is 100% American owned, operated, and all of its crossbow models are manufactured in Mogadore, OH.

Wade Middleton Reviews the TenPoint Crossbows Nitro XRT

“We’ve compared it against .44 Magnums shooting through giant buckets of water to see what kind of energy we’re dealing with down range, what kind of power will be impacted in the target…because that’s what you’re looking for in a hunting situation. You want to be able to prove that power, that knockdown capability is there, that’s what you want as an ethical hunter.” – Wade Middleton

 

Wade Middleton takes a quick look at the knockdown power of the new Ten Point Crossbows Nitro RDX model. He shows how much energy it has when compared to a 44 Mag and he also shows several impacts on various animals from the field while showcasing how easy it is to handle in the field.

TenPoint Crossbow Technologies’ New 2019 Nitro XRT is unlike any crossbow ever produced.  Unleashing speeds up to an industry first 470 feet-per-second and generating a jaw-dropping 190 Foot-Pounds of power, the ultra-smooth Nitro XRT generates 25% flatter arrow trajectory, leading to precision downrange accuracy and devastating knock-down power.

“The Nitro XRT is an industry transcending crossbow,” said Rick Bednar, TenPoint CEO.  “The industry has never seen a crossbow with this much speed and knock-down power, yet be whisper-quiet, have perfect balance, and deliver a super-smooth shot.”

The Nitro XRT is engineered with a reverse draw bow assembly featuring a center-mounted riser that provides superior balance. By shifting the riser from the front of the crossbow to its center, the design eliminates the “nose heavy” feel of traditional crossbows, making it easier to hold steady and keep the crosshairs locked on target. The reverse draw design is also more efficient than traditional crossbows. Drawing the string through the riser creates an elongated power stroke, which generates greater speeds with less poundage, leading to a smoother, lower-vibration shot that is 3x quieter than competing models.

Watch the full test between a handgun and the TenPoint Nitro XRT in our full episode here.

GEAR SEEN IN THIS VIDEO:

TenPoint Nitro XRT Crossbow: https://bit.ly/2AROhdj

BlackOut™ Six-Sided Foam Archery Target: https://bit.ly/2RafEwj

Cabela’s O2 Octane Camo: https://bit.ly/2F5ccvD

Rage Chisel-Tip SlipCam 3-Blade Broadheads with Shock Collars: https://bit.ly/2SGmgiN

Performance Center® Model 629 Stealth Hunter Revolver: https://bit.ly/2PEHtIg

Hornady Ammunition: https://bit.ly/2R4AE7q

Bog Pod Shooting Sticks: https://bit.ly/2s4vPMG

 

 

 

TenPoint’s NEW Nitro XRT™: Unprecedented Knock-Down Power

 

TenPoint Crossbow Technologies’ New 2019 Nitro XRT is unlike any crossbow ever produced.  Unleashing speeds up to an industry first 470 feet-per-second and generating a jaw-dropping 190 Foot-Pounds of power, the ultra-smooth Nitro XRT generates 25% flatter arrow trajectory, leading to precision downrange accuracy and devastating knock-down power.

 

“The Nitro XRT is an industry transcending crossbow,” said Rick Bednar, TenPoint CEO.  “The industry has never seen a crossbow with this much speed and knock-down power, yet be whisper-quiet, have perfect balance, and deliver a super-smooth shot.”

The Nitro XRT is engineered with a reverse draw bow assembly featuring a center-mounted riser that provides superior balance. By shifting the riser from the front of the crossbow to its center, the design eliminates the “nose heavy” feel of traditional crossbows, making it easier to hold steady and keep the crosshairs locked on target. The reverse draw design is also more efficient than traditional crossbows. Drawing the string through the riser creates an elongated power stroke, which generates greater speeds with less poundage, leading to a smoother, lower-vibration shot that is 3x quieter than competing models.

Fueled by RX7-Cams™ and SLING-SHOT™ technology, the reverse-draw bow assembly generates the unprecedented power. The innovative cam system rotates an industry leading 404-degrees which powers the DUAL FLEX™ limbs, while the SLING-SHOT technology provides an extra turbo boost to produce record-breaking speeds up to 470 feet-per-second, leading to devastating impacts. Meanwhile, the assembly’s revolutionary Vector Quad™ cable technology utilizes four cables instead of the traditional two for increased strength and stability. Connecting at the cam, wrapping around the turnbuckle, and terminating on the riser, the cable system creates perfectly level cams, generating straight-nock travel and pin-point down-range accuracy.

At the bow assembly’s foundation is a lightweight CNC machined 7075-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum riser featuring the company’s TRI-LOCK™ pocket system that ensures perfect alignment between the pocket and limbs for increased accuracy.

The bow assembly is mounted to a 20-inch TAC-LITE™ fluted aluminum barrel that reduces the weight and increases the accuracy of the crossbow. Its weaver-style dovetail is fitted with a nylon-filament arrow retention brush that improves arrow grip and alignment to reduce noise and vibration and improve accuracy.  In addition, the Nitro XRT is equipped with the new T5 trigger, which features an auto-engaging safety and a DFI™ (Dry-Fire-Inhibitor).  The combination of the new trigger and the reverse draw design make the Nitro XRT the smoothest shooting TenPoint crossbow to date.

An integrated string stop system is also included that fits into the end of the barrel to further reduce noise and vibration.

The Nitro XRT features TenPoint’s lightweight, three-piece C3™ stock.  Designed to reduce weight, noise, and vibration, the high-tech stock is fitted with an adjustable cheek piece and butt plate. The rubber cheek piece adjusts to three separate positions by removing the screws and sliding it to create perfect eye-level alignment. Likewise, the rubber butt plate adjusts to two positions to match the shooter’s length-of-pull.

The bow and stock assemblies combine to create a perfectly balanced, sharp-shooting crossbow that weighs 7.4-pounds, measures only 30.7-inches long, and shoots up to a supercharged 470 feet-per-second – making it the fastest and shortest crossbow ever.

Like all TenPoint models, the XRT is equipped with dual-purpose rubber safety wings to reduce noise and vibration as well as helping to keep the shooter’s fore-grip hand safely below the flight deck.

Double-dip fluid imaged in KUIU® Verde 2.0 camo, the Nitro XRT ships completely assembled and is available with an extensive Ready-To-Hunt package.

The package includes the ACUdraw PRO™ silent cocking device, Evo-X™ Marksman™ Precision Scope, TenPoint STAG™ Hard Crossbow Case, 6-pack of EVO-X CenterPunch™ premium carbon arrows NEW Alpha-Nocks™, dovetail bubble level, integrated string stop system, sling, and a quiver.

 

*** Watch the Cabela’s Deer Gear TV Episode on the Nitro XRT here. ***

Nitro XRT MAP:

$2,499.99

TenPoint Crossbow Technologies is 100% American owned, operated, and all of its crossbow models are manufactured in Mogadore, OH.

 

Crossbows: Power, Speed, Accuracy – Full Episode

In this episode of Cabela’s Deer Gear TV, we are looking at the extraordinary knockdown power, speed, and accuracy that comes from a TenPoint Crossbow. We’ll review TenPoint’s Crossbow of the Year, the Stealth NXT and also debut TenPoint’s newest and most powerful crossbow ever to hit the market the Nitro XRT. You’ll see incredible hunting action showing the knockdown and accuracy of the models as well as insight on the features of both the Stealth NXT and Nitro XRT models. We’ll also then look at a comparison of the penetration power of the new Nitro XRT next to a 44 Mag handgun when it comes to creating wound channels. Later on, in the show, we’ll also go on two separate crossbow hunts where we’ll showcase hunting action from the field on two whitetail hunts.

GEAR SHOWN IN VIDEO:

TenPoint Stealth NXT Crossbow: https://bit.ly/2GW0C8N

TenPoint Nitro XRT Crossbow: https://bit.ly/2AROhdj

TenPoint Nitro X Crossbow: https://bit.ly/2RwKnD5

TenPoint Stag Hard Crossbow Case: https://bit.ly/2CXY1V8

CenterPunch Premium Crossbow Arrows: https://bit.ly/2C2G60a

Rage Chisel-Tip SlipCam 3-Blade Broadheads with Shock Collars: https://bit.ly/2SGmgiN

Bass Pro Shops BlackOut™ Six-Sided Foam Archery Target: https://bit.ly/2RafEwj

Cabela’s O2 Octane Camoflague: https://bit.ly/2F5ccvD

Cabela’s Instinct® Men’s Pursuitz Hunting Boots: https://bit.ly/2VtKdeL

Cabela’s Intensity 1600 Laser Rangefinder: https://bit.ly/2GQxfo6

Cabela’s Comfort Max 360° Original Blind Chair: https://bit.ly/2R9qoLr

Cabela’s Intensity HD 10×42 Binoculars: https://bit.ly/2Vu7ldb

Cabela’s The Species XL Ground Blind: https://bit.ly/2LQmdhB

New Archery Products Mantis 2 Ground Blind: https://bit.ly/2COIZDz

Performance Center® Model 629 Stealth Hunter Revolver: https://bit.ly/2PEHtIg

Yamaha Viking VI Ranch Edition Side-by-Side: https://bit.ly/2Sxaeb3

Yamaha Wolverine X2 Side-by-Side: https://bit.ly/2TqPMsE

Bog Pod Shooting Sticks: https://bit.ly/2SE3U1G

ConQuest Stink Stick® with Evercalm® Deer Herd Scent: https://bit.ly/2SB48Xt

Garmin VIRB® Ultra 30 Action Camera: https://bit.ly/2s8qNPj

Garmin Fenix Watch: https://bit.ly/2F6xmu8

Walker’s XCEL Electronic Muff: https://bit.ly/2FYvQLQ

 

Every episode of Cabela’s DeerGearTV offers insight into new products for deer hunters, how to choose a hunting rifle, what to do when deer hunting, how to deer hunt, what to wear when deer hunting and insight in tactics for deer hunting.

TenPoint Introduces High-Performance Aluminum Omni-Nock

Crossbow leader, TenPoint Crossbow Technologies, recently launched their new High-Performance Aluminum Omni-Nock.  Weighing 25 grains, roughly 10 grains heavier than traditional polymer Omni-Nocks, it is designed for superior durability and accuracy.  The red anodized nock features a fluted design which allows it to easily transform into an Omni-Brite lighted nock with an LED Lite stick (sold separately).

“During our final testing of the Nitro X crossbow, with its NEW revolutionary SLING-SHOT technology producing speeds up to 440 FPS, we experienced superior performance results with the new aluminum omni nock,” said Rick Bednar, CEO.

While the new nock is compatible with all TenPoint, Horton, and Wicked Ridge crossbows, it is REQUIRED for use with the company’s new Nitro X crossbow. The traditional polymer Omni-Nock CANNOT be used with the Nitro X.

The Nitro X crossbow package includes nine High-Performance Aluminum Omni-Nocks.  Six of the High-Performance Aluminum nocks come pre-installed in EVO-X CenterPunch Premium Carbon Arrows.  Three extra aluminum nocks are also included for use with additional arrows (sold separately).

The High-Performance Aluminum Omni-Nocks are also available in a 6-pack as a stand-alone accessory, or in a 3-pack Aluminum Lighted Crossbow Nock System.

MAP: 6-pack Aluminum Omni-Nocks – $29.99. 3-pack Aluminum Lighted Crossbow Nock System – $39.99.

For more information, contact Brian Osterwalder, National Sales Manager, at bosterwalder@tenpointcrossbows.com

To check out more Omni-Nocks by TenPoint click here.