Lab Tested: Crossbows are a Force to Be Reckoned With

It is a massive understatement. Crossbows have greatly improved as a result of advances in science and technology. 

Shooting a crossbow at 250 feet per second was considered an unfair advantage a few decades ago. Crossbows today are more powerful and accurate than ever before. The modern crossbow has evolved alongside society. Crossbows are becoming more popular due to their ease of use and inexpensive upkeep. Now is an excellent moment to begin selling horizontal bows or to expand your current horizontal bow business by introducing new technology and accessories.

Technology and Development Do Not Happen Overnight

Any crossbow producer must invest in ongoing research and development. Future engineering will develop new bows in five or more years. Engineers have new and fascinating tools to create bows and components and test them to ensure they are sturdy enough for North American hunters to utilize.

Engineers can examine numerous characteristics of the shot by measuring factors like torque, speed, noise, and stress. 

Previously, a fully new crossbow would have to be created from scratch to test and establish the strengths and limitations of a new crossbow. Crossbows are now designed using 3D models, which can be printed for testing and laboratory use.

More and more improvement is being made in the design of limbs, strings, stocks, triggers, and other aspects that affect comfort, steadiness, and accuracy.

Speed Demons

Modern bows are speed demons of the archery world. The Nitro 505 from TenPoint is one of the fastest shooting bows on the market, exceeding expectations in speed. A chronograph can be used to test how fast a bow shoots an arrow, and this bow shoots over 505 feet per second. I like the new bow because it is very consistent. Seven shots were fired from the Nitro 505, and the average speed was 509 feet per second, with one variation measuring 508 feet per second. The consistency of a bow means that it is accurate and will deliver the same results every time you pull the trigger.

Most crossbow manufacturers are trying to make crossbows that are faster. Wicked Ridge Fury 410 is economical and fast. 

The Ravin R500E is another speed demon in a compact package. Excalibur has not changed its recurved limbs and has produced a crossbow that shoots over 400 feet per second.

We live in an era where you can go into a store and purchase new items. Most companies will let you order and test their products online with a satisfaction guarantee. Keeping up with new technologies can be difficult, so the best way to determine whether a bow is suited for you is to shoot it.

Reverse Draw

Crossbows have become faster and more efficient thanks to the development of reverse-draw technology. This design features cams that keep the string at the end of the rail, increasing the length of the power stroke as it is drawn down. As a result, more energy can be transferred to the arrow for better accuracy and speed.

 The draw limbs on these crossbows have been designed to achieve higher speeds while keeping the power stroke relatively short, with the string stopping three to four inches below the rail. This simple and effective design makes them ideal for hunting any game in North America.


The most difficult aspect of a contemporary crossbow to comprehend is, without a shadow of a doubt, the limbs, which are typically quite narrow. How can a crossbow be as thin as a pair of binoculars yet still achieve such a high rate of speed?

A significant amount of energy can be stored in limbs made of short fiberglass rods. Along with the object’s weight, the angles and energy curves of a stable object also play a part in determining the object’s level of stability. Cams have been introduced to crossbows to generate consistent rotational energy, and the crossbow’s limbs have become smaller. The cams on the Nitro 505 have a rotational angle of 404 degrees.

Cocking Devices

The Ravin R500E is an incredibly compact crossbow, as it is only 3.6 inches wide when cocked and boasts a draw weight of 300 pounds. The bow is powered by a battery that automatically draws the crossbow into the cocked position. TenPoint and Wicked Ridge have developed an ACUdraw draw system that reduces the draw weight to just 17 pounds, allowing for easier cocking and de-cocking of the crossbow. 

 When choosing a cocking aid for the bow, it’s important to consider price point and safety features like safe de-cocking. Fortunately, most big businesses provide these tools, so you may pick one that works for you. With high-quality equipment like this, crossbows are becoming more accessible to everyone who wants to enjoy archery.


Modern crossbows feature much improved triggers compared to older models. Newer triggers are smoother and have controlled weight for better accuracy. Advanced technologies allow for a clean-breaking trigger that has been likened to custom firearm triggers in terms of quality, helping to ensure consistency and accuracy with every shot. 

In addition, new crossbow triggers also often come equipped with safety mechanisms that help prevent dry firing, which can lead to limb explosion and injury. This technology is often built into the trigger box or assembly, making them safer and more reliable. For the best results when choosing a crossbow, visit a local archery store and test different models to feel the difference in their triggers and accuracy. With quality engineering and safety features included in modern crossbows, you can be sure of achieving precision targeting with every shot.


An arrow’s nock, or back end, is a crucial part of the trigger assembly that keeps the string pulled back and ready to fire. 

Nocks have changed over time to prevent dry fire, which occurs when the archer accidentally releases the bowstring without an arrow attached. Crossbow users should use the correct nock design for their equipment to ensure optimum performance. 

The nock is a small but important piece at the end of the arrow that harnesses and transfers energy from bow to arrow. For bows and arrows to function properly, adhering to manufacturer guidelines is crucial, as most improvements call for a new nock design.

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