First Look: New Mission Sub-1 Crossbow

Mission Crossbows’ new Sub-1 has been completely redesigned from stem to stern, with several features including an adjustable stock, match grade trigger and trim profile.

Mission Crossbows’ new Sub-1 has been completely redesigned from stem to stern, with several features including an adjustable stock, match grade trigger and trim profile. 

Bowhunters will be learning soon about some of the hottest new archery gear for the coming year, and Mission Crossbows is the first to bolt out of the gate with its new Sub-1.

As has been the trend in the last five to 10 years, this new bow has a narrow design and incorporates some impressive features. A six-position adjustable stock is one that should be welcome to hunters. If you’re hunting in early season with few clothes, or winter with thicker garb, an adjustable stock can be a big difference. Crossbows are notorious for having thick, sluggish triggers but Mission says this one’s match-grade and set at 3.5 pounds. Hunters will be the ultimate jury, as with any new product.

The MSRP: $1,499 and up.

Here’s the press release from Mission about the new crossbow:

Mission Crossbows Sub-1, which is for 2018.

Matt McPherson, chief engineer and founder of Mission Crossbows, and his engineering team at set out to improve crossbows in every category – accuracy, ease of use, stealth, maneuverability, and fit and feel. Each component was scrutinized, resulting in more than 24 patents/patents pending for the all-new SUB-1.

Consistently delivering groups less than 1 inch at 100 yards, the SUB-1 also features an innovative trigger system that has the ability to safely de-cock with the push of a button. With its compact frame and uncompromising commitment to high quality materials, the SUB-1 promises an unmatched shooting experience.

McPherson applied what he learned from more than 30 years of innovation in the vertical bow world to build the best crossbow possible.

“I looked at conventional crossbow designs and was blown away at how cumbersome, loud, inaccurate, and cheap they felt,” he said, “and thought to myself, we can do this better.”

Benchmark Fire Control
Three years in the making, this patented system is the first of its kind to allow shooters to safely de-cock their crossbow without disengaging the safety, pulling the trigger or shooting a bolt – no more bag targets, discharge heads, and broken bolts. At the core of the Benchmark Fire Control system is a two-stage, match grade trigger that utilizes a fully contained rolling sear set at a crisp 3.4 pounds. It’s Easy-Load bolt retention arm allows for effortless loading while applying optimal downward pressure on the bolt for a more secure hold, eliminating noise and vibration, while ensuring consistent accuracy.

The new Mission Crossbows Sub-1 has a narrow design, less than 11 inches wide at full draw, which hunters should appreciate in a stand or blind.

Controlled Acceleration
Precision shooting is achieved not by one specific component, but by the sum of its parts. The SUB-1’s patented Sync X cam system utilizes two circular and concentric string tracks, allowing the string to travel at a constant distance from the center of rotation resulting in unparalleled accuracy. This fully synced cam system works in unison with the CNC machined flight tract completely eliminating horizontal and vertical nock travel. The 80 percent letoff Sync X cams deliver controlled acceleration resulting in uniform arrow launch while providing effortless cocking and de-cocking.

The new Sub-1 has an adjustable stock, synchronized cams, match grade trigger system and more.

Fit & Feel
The SUB-1’s rifle-inspired stock is fully-adjustable for a custom fit. Stock length can be set in 6 different positions (LOP 14.5 to 15.75 inches) and the comb height, with ambidextrous cheek piece, has a range of 1.25 inches. The ergonomic over-molded AR style pistol grip is contoured for a positive feel and is fully interchangeable with aftermarket AR style grips (non-beavertail style grips).


Silence was a crucial performance metric that drove our design. The SUB-1 is significantly quieter than competitors’ crossbows, and even more so when you compare our R.S.D System (Removable Silent Draw) to the loud boat-winch like cranks on other models. Mission Crossbows engineers designed this crossbow to be extremely compact and easy to maneuver in the field, ground blind or tree stand.