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Proud New Member of 2 New Organizations: NSSF and IBO

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Thecrossbowstore.com is now a member of the NSSF

NSSF

Thecrossbowstore.com is now a member of two of the hunting industry’s leading foundations. The first is the NSSF. They are better known as the National Shooting Sports Foundation, and they are dedicated to promoting, protecting, and preserving all hunting and shooting sports. They have been around since 1961, and they are showing no signs of wear. They boast a membership base of more than 11,000 dedicated members.

We joined the NSSF for various reasons. One of which was the strength that it gives to our community of archery shooters. We know that the NSSF is out there every day fighting for our all of our collective shooting sports, and we thank them for that. They also help to usher in the new group of shooters that our sports needs to continue to thrive.

 

IBO

We are also now a member of the IBO, or the international bowhunting organization. Their preamble states “…they want to unify bow hunters to promote, encourage, and foster the sport of Bowhunting.” It sounds similar to the NSSF, but this organization has more of a focus on the bowhunting/archery industry. It was created in 1984 by a group of bow hunters that wanted to preserve the ideals of bow hunting and ensure that spirit of the sport lives on. Thecrossbowstore.com is now a member of the IBOThe times may changes, but we want to preserve the nature of bowhunting as a sport. Since their inception, they began a “Triple Crown” shooting event which consists of 3 national 3-D tournaments in separate states. This tournament is becoming the 3-D shoot to attend.

The fees that are collected from their IBO Bowhunter Defense Fund Range are earmarked for the defense of furthering and protecting the sport bow hunting. To date they have used 550,000 to ensure that the sport lives on. It does not matter if you are shooting a compound bow, or a recurve, what matters is that you are bow hunting In 2009 the organization held its 25th anniversary.

 

FULLY STOCKED! – 3 New Packages, Same Dependable Prophecy Pistol Crossbow

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The Prophecy pistol crossbow is back in stock now at thecrossbowstore.com! There was a huge demand for these powerful varmint hunters this past holiday season so we decided to add a few more options for our customers to select. You can still get the regular 80 pound aluminum Prophecy with the iron sights, but we now offer a few other accessories.

Prophecy pistol crossbow w/ fore grip

Now I know that this is not a submachine gun from the 40’s, but there is no denying that the foregrip would serve the same purpose for this pistol crossbow. This forward grip will help you utilize your off hand to get you more accurate shot placement. This addition will also help you to absorb any recoil when the Prophecy is shot and help to keep the crossbow stable.

Prophecy Pistol Crossbow w/ red dot scope

Those of you that are familiar with the Prophecy pistol crossbow know that the base model comes with iron sights. If you are not used to using iron sights, you will need to practice before you start getting the hang of it.  This is because you have to align your vision with the sight axis, and this takes time. Adding a red dot sights makes target acquisition that much easier. You can get both eyes open, allowing you to get a clearer/more well rounded sight picture. Kiss those pesky critters goodbye!

Prophecy Pistol Crossbow – Black

At the crossbowstore.com have always been a big fan of the wood-look aluminum version of the Prophecy, but we know that not everyone was as enthusiastic as we were. This is why we decided to get the same aluminum model in an all black version. You will get the same dependability that can be found on the brown Prophecy, just in a different color. Stop by and check them out today in our showroom, or place your order online before they run out!

 

Have You Tuned Your Compound Bow for Hunting Season?

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Compound Bow Tuning

If you have not begun to sling a few arrows at your targets, then you have already fallen behind every other bow hunter that is out there. The reason that most of the most successful hunters out there are good at what they do is because they know that they have to practice vehemently with their compound bow once they know that the season is just around the corner.

Expert hunters also know that they have to tune their bows before they even consider hitting the field. I always follow something that my dad used to tell me, “If it has moving parts, then you can sure bet that it requires maintenance.”

Once you take into account the intricate nature of all of the moving parts on a compound bow, you realize that if you do not tune your bow, you are setting yourself up for failure.

There is a lot of force that gets behind the arrow when you take a shot. Over time this will cause the limbs to require minor adjustments before the season starts. You can’t forget that the materials that the bow string is made of will also stretch.

Have you checked the serving lately? If you haven’t, you might just realize that you are in need of a replacement.

Remember that the earlier that you prepare, the more time you will have to practice with your compound bow before the season starts. You don’t want to be THAT guy who has to miss opening day because his bow is still at the shop.

The archery shop should do everything in their power to get the bow back to you in a timely manner, but you must remember that other people are most likely waiting until the end as well, and this could further delay the fix. I always say that it’s better to be safe than sorry. I get my compound bow tuned well before the season begins to ensure that I am ready to go the moment the season starts. I’m ready, are you?

Crossbows Are Here to Stay

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Crossbows are here to stay

I believe that the strife that is associated with the use of crossbows during hunting season needs to stop. It took ages for the wide acceptance of compound bows by the extreme traditionalists, but in 2014 compounds were the preferred choice for hunters. Many people make it seem like you can shoot a crossbow perfectly the moment that you walk right out of the door from the sporting goods store. Those of us who shoot crossbows know that this is not the case. There is still a good deal of practice that needs to go into using this particular weapon. It would be no different than someone who just bought a Remington, an Elite or an Excalibur crossbow for sale.

The thing that the naysayers do not understand is that there are people out there, like myself that take hunting in this fashion very seriously. People are not out there with me when I am practicing taking shots. If they were, then they would see that I take a shot in every which way to ensure that when the time comes, the shot will be spot on. I make sure that I don’t leave the practice field until my shot becomes automatic.  I am willing to bet, that I practice more that some compound bow shooters out there. I do this to perfect my shot, so that I know that when I hit the field, there is very little chance that I will make a human error.

When compound bows first came on the scene, there was a huge commotion from the stick bow shooters. Then, as if overnight, they were the dominating force in the industry. They completely transformed bow hunting. Now crossbows for sale are flying off the shelves. There are not many manufacturers that can keep enough of them on the shelves. Why not extend your hunting season(s) by picking up an Excalibur crossbow for sale? Crossbows are here to stay.

Excalibur Crossbow for Sale V. Kodabow

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If you are looking for a recurve crossbow, then I think that there are only two brands that you should be looking at. The first is a company that has been around for a long time now, and they go by the name of Excalibur. The other company is Kodabow, and they are relatively new to this space. If you are Excalibur Crossbow for Sale V. Kodabowlooking for an Excalibur crossbow for sale, then it is safe to say that you value consistency and durability. If you feel that there is something more that might be missing in the recurve crossbow market, then you are probably looking for Kodabow’s. Whatever your preference, I will point out the strong points for each brand.

There are a few things about the Kodabow that caught my attention. The first thing that stuck out to me was the fact that the manufacturer designed it on the AR-15 platform. I feel that this recent trend for crossbows adds another dimension for the shooters. It provides a not-so-foreign transition from guns to crossbows. Plus, I just think that it looks more aesthetically pleasing. When I picked up the Bravo Zulu I noticed that it felt more centered than many of the other crossbows that are on the market. Many times a larger crossbow will tend to feel front heavy but this was not the case.

I then tested the Excalibur Matrix 380. Immediately, the craftsmanship on the Excalibur crossbow stood out to me. It seemed like it was built a little better. I also believe that the Matrix 380 also shouldered exceptionally well. If you are looking for a recurve crossbow that is tough as nails, then I would suggest that you get yourself an Excalibur crossbow for sale. They both offer their strong selling points, but I think that the Excalibur wins this battle.

Congratulations to our Grand Prize Winner!

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Scott Chiang is happy to win the raffle for the grand prize at thecrossbowstore.com

We would like to congratulate our Black Friday raffle winner Scott Chiang on winning the PSE Summit. He as well as many others stood in line to take advantage of our door buster deals. You can see the look of excitement on his face. Scott now has a powerful new weapon to use at our new archery range. If you have not done so already, see what made Scott so happy and check out our showroom and archery range. Stop by and get 15% off your order!

Excalibur Crossbows: A Staple in the Industry

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There are many things that change in this industry from year to year. There have been so many advances in just the past 10 years that the entire industry has drastically changed. With that being said, there are a few things that have not changed. One of the company’s that has been around since 1983 is Excalibur crossbow. They have dominated the recurve crossbow market for some time now. If you are looking for a consistent, rugged crossbow, then you should be looking for an Excalibur crossbow for sale.

Excalibur crossbow for saleThe one thing that I enjoy about this company is that you can tell that they are all avid hunters. All of their crossbows are made with the hunter in mind. I have had my Equinox since the day that it came out, and to this day I have not had an issue with it. If I didn’t thoroughly enjoy the specs on the Excalibur Matrix 380, then I would have probably never put my Equinox to rest. I doubt that I will sell it, or give it away, and I think that this is one thing that gives Excalibur such an appeal to me.

Don’t get me wrong, I am very intrigued with everything that is happening in the industry, but I will always be a minimalist. I am not saying that I won’t ever purchase anything other than an Excalibur; I am just saying that nothing has caught my attention yet. I have looked at the Kodabow Crossbow, but it just doesn’t catch my attention like an Excalibur crossbow does. I have always been a fan of the AR-platform, but I am just not sure that I like how it shoulders. That is just my two cents. If you are looking for a crossbow, then I would suggest that you look at purchasing an Excalibur crossbow for sale.

Who Hunts With Excalibur Crossbows?

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Who uses crossbows?

I am always taken back by the amount of false knowledge that is out there regarding crossbows. There is so much information that is out there being perpetuated by the anti hunting group that new comers often have a difficult time deciphering the facts from fiction. I understand that there is always going to be a certain element of opinion that is involved when this discussion comes up, but you shouldn’t confuse new hunters that are just getting into the sport, just so that you can satisfy your own agenda.

One of the most common misconceptions is the people who actually hunt with crossbows. Most believe that they are only for old hunters, and while this may be a decent portion of the market, there are other hunters out there that make up a good chunk of the overall user base. There are a good percentage of hunters that use a crossbow because of an existing disability. These hunters make up about a quarter of the market.

Another category that has recently revved up is the youth shooters. I find that using a crossbow is a great thing for new shooters because it allows for a softer introduction into the world of hunting. If you’re the type of hunting family who hunts with different weapons (bows and guns) they will help your kids get a holistic concept of trajectory. If you (god forbid) get injured, but you still need to put meat on the table, crossbows become a very good option. If you are someone, like I will most likely be, that will not be able to let go of the outdoors then the getting the right crossbow will be the thing that keeps me out in the in the forest that I love so much. If you want to get an Excalibur crossbow for sale, click here.

 

My Thoughts on the Matrix 380 Excalibur Crossbow for Sale

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One thing that many people have always given Excalibur grief for is that they tended to be a little wider than other options on the market. The 380 Xtra, and the entire 2014 lineup changed that perception. All of the new crossbows feature Excalibur’s patented CRT technology, which makes them more compact. The CRT technology coupled with the overall smaller profile of the crossbow makes for an extremely comfortable shooting experience.

ExcaliburMatrix380The 380 Xtra was compact, and more balanced than anything that I had shot from them before. I used to think that the Equinox was the best bow that they had made, but after shooting this I have since changed my mind. Balance and the maneuverability are paramount to me when I am looking to get a crossbow for sale.

This Excalibur crossbow shouldered exceptionally well. I feel that this was due to the reduction in the overall size of the crossbow, and the fact that they made this model slightly lighter than previous other models. It was also much faster than I thought that it would be clocking in on my chronograph at 380 feet per second. If you are looking to purchase an Excalibur crossbow for sale then try out the Matrix 380.

 

The Two New Excalibur Crossbows for Sale

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Excalibur crossbows have just come out with a few new crossbows for those of you that are looking to purchase an Excalibur crossbow for sale. They are adding new crossbows to an already jam packed lineup that has featured the likes of the  Matrix 380, Matrix 355, 380 Xtra, 380 Lynx, 380 Blackout, and the 405 Mega. These have all been big hits with consumers, with the 380 Xtra being the top seller of the bunch.  I expect that both of these new models will be great hits with hunters just as the 2014 lineup was.

The Matrix 380 Mad Max is made for the person who hunts the open country and wishes to have something that will be a unique addition to their arsenal.  The main difference from this and the other Excalibur models is that this one features Realtree Max-1. It still features the 380 feet per second and the [roughly] 113 ft./lbs. of kinetic energy to deliver those 2 New Excalibur Crossbows for Salebone splitting hits. It also features the Compact Recurve Technology that has made this last batch of Excalibur Crossbows a huge hit. Excalibur is only making 1000 of these, so you have to act quickly if you are planning to get one.

If you are looking for an Excalibur crossbow for sale that is even more compact than this year’s models, then you should take a look at the Micro 335.  It is proof that you can fit a lot of power into a small space. It measures 25” with a 10” powerstroke. This makes it one of the most compact crossbows that are on the market right now. It is able to achieve these feats with the Gen 2 CRT limbs as they help to give this crossbow a smaller profile. Given its much smaller size, it is quieter and smoother than any of the recurve crossbows that I have shot. To cut down the weight just a little bit more they also now have a feather-lite skelotonized stock. Check out our Excalibur crossbow for sale here.