TenPoint Crossbows Turns Heads at Archery Trade Association Show
By Burt Carey
Building on its reputation as the industry leader in precision engineering and crossbow technology, TenPoint Crossbows introduced a series of new products for 2015 that members of the Archery Trade Association welcomed with open arms.
You would expect TenPoint to nudge the crossbow industry into a whole new class, and it did with the top-of-the-line Stealth FX4. Not to be out-performed, TenPoint’s other companies, Wicked Ridge and Horton Crossbow Innovations, also caused a buzz among show attendees.
While it was relatively old news that TenPoint CEO Rick Bednar purchased the Horton brand in July 2013, he formally launched the new company at the ATA show in January and then absolutely rocked the house with the introduction of the reverse-draw Storm RDX crossbow, which only slightly overshadowed his announcement of the Horton Legend Ultra Lite.
And just in case anyone wasn’t already in awe, Bednar slipped in the introduction of the Wicked Ridge Ranger and Lady Ranger, crossbows designed for youth and other small-framed hunters.
“Whether you are an experienced crossbow shooter who wants the best there is, a youth or women just getting into the sport, or someone looking for the most radical crossbow technology, we have it all for you,” Bednar said. “Three brands, one family, continuing to set the bar in the crossbow industry!”
The TenPoint Stealth FX4, quite simply, redefines the compact crossbow landscape.
The Stealth FX4 is driven by a supercharged bow assembly that fires an arrow up to 370 feet per second. Its FSB stock and fluted aluminum barrel serve as the foundation of a rock-solid crossbow that’s built like a tank but maneuvers like a luxury automobile.
At 185 pounds of draw weight, it powers a 370-grain Pro Lite Arrow to 113 foot pounds of kinetic energy. If you want a bit more knock-down power, the 425-grain Pro Elite Arrow zips along at 350 feet per second and slams into its target at 116 foot pounds, and the 435-grain Magnum XX75 Arrow registers 345 feet per second and 115 foot pounds of energy.
The Stealth FX4 measures just 34.4 inches in length, with axle-to-axle distances of 17.6 inches un-cocked and 13.3 inches cocked, with a 13.4-inch power stroke. It weighs a mere 6.8 pounds.
The manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $1,319 also includes: TenPoint’s 3x Pro-View 2 Scope mounted on a machined aluminum 7/8-inch Fixed Dovetail Mount; your choice of either the patented ACUdraw or ACUdraw 50 cocking mechanism; Instant Detach 3-Arrow Quiver; ambidextrous Side-Mount Quiver Bracket; a three-pack of TenPoint Pro Elite carbon fiber arrows with 100-grain practice points; TenPoint’s exclusive Bowjax Crossbow Noise Dampening Kit; an owner’s Instructional DVD; and a TenPoint vehicle window sticker
To give you an idea of the care TenPoint takes to ensure any product that reaches the marketplace has been researched, designed and tested to the most rigorous standards in the industry, it took five years to develop the Wicked Ridge Ranger and Lady Ranger.
The Ranger features a molded PlastiComp Duplēt, semi-skeletal stock assembly with weight reduction in mind. Its safety-engineered pass-through grip helps keep the shooter’s fore-grip hand safely below the bowstring release path. The stock includes glass reinforced nylon safety wings mounted just above the grip that serve as an additional barrier to help prevent hand injury. Wicked Ridge outfitted the stock with TenPoint’s DFI (Dry-Fire-Inhibitor) and 3.5-pound T2 trigger.
Both Ranger models shoot the recommended 18-inch Wicked Ridge Ranger carbon arrow at 300 feet per second owing to the power of its 150-pound draw weight, which produces 70 foot pounds of kinetic energy.
At only 33.9 inches long, the Ranger sports an easily managed 19.9-inch axle-to-axle width when cocked. Wicked Ridge built the Ranger’s bow assembly around a new lightweight, machined aluminum riser fitted with 12.3-inch WL12 limbs. The configuration, powered by a new Energy Wheel and DynaFLIGHT 97 string and cables with tunable yokes, is matched for optimum functional efficiency.
The Ranger is available in two packages. The standard package retails for $399 and includes the crossbow in tactical black, TenPoint 3x Multi-Line™ Scope, and a quiver. The premium package is sold for $499 and includes the crossbow double-dip fluid imaged in Mossy Oak’s popular Treestand camo pattern, an ACU-52 cocking mechanism, TenPoint 3x Multi-Line Scope, three Ranger Victory Archery arrows, and a quiver.
The Lady Ranger is available in one package, which includes an ACU-52 cocking mechanism, TenPoint 3x Multi-Line Scope, three Ranger Victory Archery arrows, and a quiver. It sells for $499.
The new Horton Crossbow Innovations made a bold statement with the introduction of the Storm RDX and Legend Ultra Lite.
The Storm RDX was designed for hunters who like the feel of adrenaline while refusing to be fenced in by conventional thinking. Bednar says it is the best reverse-draw crossbow on the market.
Horton’s new RDX technology delivers incredible speed and power with an incredibly narrow cocked axle-to-axle width of just 10 inches.
Drawing to just 165 pounds, the Storm RDX delivers a 400-grain carbon arrow downrange at a blazing 370 feet per second, producing 122 foot pounds of kinetic energy.
“The RDX bow assembly sets an unprecedented standard in crossbow maneuverability with its remarkably narrow profile,” Bednar said. “A machined, lightweight aluminum riser is outfitted with a self-locking limb pocket and cap system that prevents limb twist and provides added cushioning that reduces limb stress.”
The pockets are fitted with 13-inch, 165-pound limbs in tactical black. Powering them is a custom RDX Cam System and DynaFLIGHT 97 string and cables. The machined aluminum RDX cams feature 440 stainless steel bearings, which increase performance and improve stability on the 7.7-pound crossbow.
The Storm RDX also features an ABX adjustable bullpup crossbow stock cheek piece and butt plate. By removing the screws, shooters can easily slide into any of seven cheek pieces or three butt plate positions to achieve perfect eye-level adjustment and length of pull.
Retailing for $1,219, this Horton crossbow comes with a Horton 4×32 Multi-Line Scope; your choice of either the patented ACUdraw cocking mechanism or Dedd Sled; a Horton 3-Arrow Quiver; and three carbon arrows.
The Horton Legend Ultra Lite is also an ABX adjustable bullpup crossbow. Weighing just 6.8 pounds, the Legend Ultra Lite combines a robust 175-pound bow assembly powered by 13-inchHL Limbs, and a lightweight carbon-injected polymer barrel.
It measures just 35.5 inches in length, draws to 175 pounds and features a power stroke of 12.9 inches. Its axle-to-axle width of 21.6 inches un-cocked and 18.375 inches cocked, provides a narrow but powerful platform designed to drop any big game with its 97 foot pounds of kinetic energy.
Included in this package for just $919, are a Horton 4×32 Multi-Line Scope; an option to go with or without the ACUdraw or ACUdraw 50 cocking mechanism; Horton 3-Arrow Quiver; ambidextrous Side-Mount Quiver Bracket; and three carbon arrows.
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Original Source; Sportsmans Lifestyle.com