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6 of the Best New Crossbows for 2018

by Haynes Shelton   |  June 21st, 2018 0

The latest product cycle shows there’s still plenty of interesting refinement taking place in the crossbow category!

TenPoint Nitro X

TenPoint Nitro XAlthough the Nitro X delivers 440 fps arrow speeds and 166 ft-lbs of kinetic energy, the bow weighs 7.8 pounds, measures 30.7” in length and is a mere 7” axle-to-axle when cocked. The package includes an EVO-X Marksman scope, ACUdraw cocking device and premium carbon arrows. (

Ravin R20 Sniper

Ravin R20 Sniper

The R20 Sniper boasts 430 fps arrow speeds and creates 164 ft-lbs of kinetic energy. The bow has a 13” power stroke and takes only 12 pounds of pressure to cock. It measures 34.5” in length and just 6” axle-to-axle when cocked. In addition to its built-in cocking mechanism, the bow features an anti-dryfire/auto-safety device. It weighs 7.1 pounds. (

PSE Thrive 400

PSE Thrive 400

Reverse-cam technology helps the Thrive 400 shoot over 400 fps. The bow has a 175-pound draw weight and produces 142 ft-lbs of kinetic energy. It measures 18.27” axle to axle and is finished in Kryptek Highlander camouflage. (

Mission SUB-1

Mission SUB-1

The SUB-1 was built for maximum accuracy, thanks in part to a match-grade dual-stage trigger that breaks crisply at 3.4 pounds. The bow has a 13.75” power stroke and 200-pound draw weight and fires a 400-grain arrow at 350 fps. The Removable Silent Draw system allows you to stealthily cock the bow in the field. The bow weighs 7.5 pounds. (

Wicked Ridge Invader X4

Wicked Ridge X4

The American-made Invader X4 has premium features but an affordable price tag. It shoots 360 fps, produces 112 ft-lbs of kinetic energy and measures 15” axle- to-axle. The provided package includes a TenPoint Multi-Line scope, ACUdraw cocking device, detachable quiver and arrows. (



The A4 shoots 370 fps, measures 35” in length and is 10.5” axle-to-axle when cocked. It weighs 7.5 pounds and comes with the ARC 370 4x32mm illuminated scope, which was designed specifically for this bow; it comes pre-calibrated for different ranges. Available bow finishes include Realtree Xtra, Mossy Oak Treestand and black. (


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