6 Things Every Crossbow Buyer Should Know
And you thought your days of homework were long gone. If you want to make an intelligent purchase on a new crossbow so you’ll have years of shooting pleasure, follow these practical guidelines to help you reach a decision so you won’t be sorry once you take to the woods. OK, get crackin’—let’s open the “books.”
1: DOES IT SUIT YOU?
First, the best advice is: Don’t buy any crossbow without shooting it enough times to be able to decide if it suits you. Better yet, don’t buy any crossbow without trying out as many of them as you can get your hands on. Crossbows vary considerably from manufacturer to manufacturer, and you want to be certain that you can operate yours without difficulty and that it offers you the right fit, feel and balance. Simply stated, the best crossbow for you will feel right when you cock, load, aim and shoot it. We’re confident that the combination of speed, weight, versatility, and maneuverability on our MXB Crossbows will be just “suit” you perfectly.
2: ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR SHORTCOMINGS
Before handing over your hard-earned money, recognize any physical limitations you may have. While the crossbow makes it possible for most everyone, regardless of age, sex, size and/or physical ability to bowhunt, not all crossbows are equally easy to operate for those with physical limitations. Included with all Mission MXB Crossbows is a rope cocking aid, which are the most common solution to loading your crossbow. If not having enough strength to cock your crossbow is a concern, or if you have a physical ailment or a disability, then a crank style cocking aid may be just what your looking for. Mission Archery has the first-ever silent mechanical cocking device. The RSD stands for “Removable Silent Draw” and fits all Mission MXB Crossbows and can be installed or removed in a matter of a few seconds. In addition to being completely silent, the RSD improves accuracy through the use of a floating rope-pull that ensures equal tension is applied to each side of the bowstring during the draw. The RSD System will reduce the operator’s effort by twenty five times; offering new levels of convenience and accuracy.
3: MONEY IS A FACTOR
Consider cost before you enter the store. Crossbow prices range from about $599 (Mission-320) to $1199 (MXB-400) for a high-performance model. Obviously, if you have a price in mind beforehand that you cannot exceed, let the salesperson know that up front. A good salesperson will probably ask you how much you are willing to spend anyway so that he or she can serve you better.
4: THE TRACK RECORD
Check the track record of the crossbows you are considering. Again, not all crossbows or crossbow manufacturers are the same. You can tell some things about the quality of the crossbow by examining how well it is made. If certain parts look flimsy, cheaply made, or do not fit together well, you can expect them to fail under more-than-average use. One look at the Mission MXB Crossbows and you’ll appreciate every ounce of pride and attention to detail that goes into our manufacturing process.
Additionally, an experienced salesperson should have a good idea about the quality of each manufacturer’s products, customer service department and the overall brand reputation. Always ask about the warranty on a product and whether its Made in the USA. At Mission, we pride ourselves in offering our customers the highest quality crossbow that is made right here in the USA, while backing it up with a lifetime warranty.
5: SPEED, NOISE, RECOIL AND WEIGHT
Consider the crossbow’s speed, noise level, recoil and weight. On average, today’s crossbows shoot between 250 and 400 + fps. Shooting at 250 fps is plenty fast enough to do the job efficiently, but a 400-fps crossbow will hit harder and have a flatter trajectory, making distance judging less of an issue. To many archers, noise level is a primary concern. They want to be as quiet as possible in the woods. And, excessive recoil can affect shooting accuracy. A crossbow can also be too light or too heavy for a particular shooter. A light crossbow with severe recoil can be hard to control. A crossbow that is too heavy can also be difficult to control. It is very hard to shoot accurately with a crossbow that wants to move around while you are aiming and shooting it. In general, the more crossbows you test fire the better able you will be to zero in on the model that has the best speed, weight, noise and recoil configuration for you. Watch and learn how our revolutionary design and technology will provide you a better all-around crossbow experience.
6: TRIGGER PULL
Trigger poundage and creep affect shooting accuracy. A trigger with no creep (one that releases without any travel or warning) is dangerous, and one with too much creep is difficult to squeeze steadily. Similarly, a trigger that is too light (a hair trigger) is dangerous, and one that is too heavy also is difficult to squeeze steadily. Crossbows like the MXB Crossbows with premium triggers shoot more accurately because they are more likely to have optimum travel and poundage.
As you can see, there are several factors that go into making an intelligent purchase. Give these ideas some thought. Do your homework. In the long run, you’ll be glad you did.