New Crossbows at ATA Stronger, Faster and Cooler!

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The editorial, television and advertising staffs from Deer & Deer Hunting are scouring the annual Archery Trade Association show to find some of the newest archery and hunting gear, so be sure to check in throughout the day for updates …

Carbon Express Intercept

Carbon Express redefines the crossbow category with their newest offering the Intercept.

Calling the Intercept “a new crossbow” doesn’t do the revolutionary nature of this product justice.  The Intercept is a new kind of hunting crossbow engineered and built to enable amazing customization and provide unmatched adjustability right out of the box.

Carbon Express Intercept

“We’re creating a whole new segment in the crossbow category with the design and architecture of the new Intercept,” stated Rob Eastman III, CEO of Eastman Outdoors.  “We see the Intercept as the first evolution of a new type of hunting crossbow that gives hunters a crossbow that feels and fits ‘just right’ and can accommodate the parts they want so we’re referring to it as the I-Crossbow .”

The key differentiating feature of the Intercept is the Picatinny platform that accommodates most military and commercial spec AR parts to allow hunters to customize the crossbow to their body type, technique and shooting style. This, combined with the unmatched, multi-point adjustability right out of the box provides a consistent shooting position that’s needed for repeatable performance in the field every time.

The adjustable fit and custom features mean hunters no longer have to compensate their shooting posture, style or set-up for the weapon. The adjustable 6-position pull stock (13”-19”) creates a custom and consistent shoulder mount. The bow also offers a number of connection points for accessories on the 29 inches of overall Picatinny rail including 15 inches on the top rail, 9 inches on the forearm rail and four inches on the stock rail. In addition, the Intercept includes two sling studs on the riser and one sling plate located on the butt stock.

The upper and bottom rails are designed to accept military spec or commercial spec parts and take advantage of an entire worldwide after market industry for tactical guns.  Hunters can attach a new forearm, grip, butt stock, mount the quiver on top or on bottom, upgrade and/or move their scope, etc.

“While the standard Intercept package is a performance story by itself, the key differentiator for Intercept is that the ability to customize and adjust it the way that you want it.” Eastman said. “It is the first crossbow to combine high quality components,  multi-point adjustability, and unlimited customization options in a single offering. This design lets you create your crossbow, your way and that’s why we’re referring to the Intercept as the I-Crossbow.”

A few of the planned accessories include:

  • Folding grips
  • Fore Grip Bi-Pods
  • Adjustable Fore Grips
  • Quick Detach Scope Mounts
  • Compact Flashlight w/Quick Detach Mount
  • Adjustable Butt Stocks
  • Compact Crossbow Case
  • Tactical Single Point Shooting Sling

In addition to being the most customizable crossbow in the market, the Intercept’s slim design allows for easy transport in the field. The uncocked size is 17 inches with a cocked size of just 13-1/2”. With an estimated weight of slightly more than 8 pounds, staying stealthy in the field while moving to new hunting locations is easy. And, while the Intercept is compact, it is packed with power delivering 360+FPS with a draw weight of 185 pounds and 122 foot-pounds of kinetic energy.

“The team at Carbon Express is very excited about the introduction of the Intercept,” Eastman said. “The Intercept is the result of our team combining their knowledge of hunting with our technological expertise to offer a new kind of crossbow that we believe will re-define the category. This new open-platform gives the crossbow hunter a way to optimize and customize his weapon for the way he wants to shoot.”

The Intercept opens the door to unlimited customization yet comes packed with premium quality components, ready- to- shoot with multiple points of adjustability out of the box. The kit includes; 1.5-5×32 Illuminated Scope, 3-arrow quick detach quiver, 3 Maxima Blue Streak bolts, field points, cocking rope and rail lube.

Other key features include:

  • Field Storage Tube (patent pending)
  • Adjustable Scope
  • Custom Trigger (3lbs. Pull)
  • High Performance Speed Cams
  • Butt Stock Attachment Adapter

Info: Carbon Express Crossbows


Mission Archery MXB Series

Only three months after launching its first crossbow, Mission Archery has expanded its crossbow line with two new introductions in its MXB series.

Mission MXB

“The response to the MXB-360 has been so positive that we decided to forge ahead with more options,” said Jon DuMars, Director of Mission Archery. “MXB-Tactical is faster and a little tougher looking than the MXB-360, and the MXB-320 is an outstanding option for price-conscious crossbow shooters looking for better design and performance.”

Mission’s new MXB-Tactical and MXB-320 were launched to an enthusiastic crowd at their Mathews/Mission Retailer Business Show last autumn in Wisconsin.

The MXB-Tactical takes crossbow performance to the next level with speeds up to 400 fps with very little noise or vibration. It includes an accessory rail as well as a sleek carbon finish for $999 MSRP.

For budget-minded shooters, the new MXB-320 is a shorter, lighter crossbow with extreme accuracy and powerful speed (320 fps) for only $599 MSRP. It features an adjustable stock and a new trigger system that automatically goes into safe-mode when it’s cocked.

Mission also added new accessories to complete MXB package including Mission rail lube, cocking ropes, slings and discharge targets. The MXB-Tactical and MXB-320 will ship in Spring 2013.

Info: Mission Archery


Barnett Upgrades Ghost Series

Barnett Crossbows introduces three new models in its Ghost series – the 350, 385 and 410 – with the Ghost 410 featuring a blistering 410 fps, nearly a pound in weight reduction, and a more compact, forgiving design

Barnett Ghost 410

The Ghost 410 is a game changer. When building this bow, the demand for cutting weight and size was at the top of the priority list and with Barnett’s innovative technology the Ghost 410 weighs in at just 7.3 pounds and only 19 inches wide!

Just like its predecessor, the Ghost 400, the 410 is equipped with Barnett’s proprietary new Carbonlite Riser Technology (CRT) giving it the perfect balance of weight and speed. Barnett has the only patent-protected, ultra light, super strong Carbonlite riser available for crossbows, which boasts an incredible 5-to-1 safety factor.

The aluminum flight track produces the smoothest shot in the industry without the added weight while the standard ADF trigger (anti dry fire) assures the safest experience available. The CROSSWIRE string and cable system also comes standard on the Barnett Ghost 410.

Three 22-inch arrows, Barnett’s new Talon crossbow sling, a new Carbon Cross three-arrow quiver, a rope-cocking device and premium paper-sighted illuminated scope are all part of the standard Ghost 400 package.

Features at a glance:

• Ultralight CRT (Carbonlite) Riser

• Barnett Custom Composite Laminated Limbs

• ADF (Anti Dry Fire) Trigger Safety System

• MIM (Metal Injection Mold) Tight Tolerance Trigger

• CNC Machined Aluminum Flight Track

• CNC Machined 7/8” Picatinny Rail

• CROSSWIRE String and Cable System

• Barnett Talon Crossbow Sling

• Rope Cocking Device included

• Allows for the Integration of a Crank Cocking Device

• Finger Guards Pass Through Foregrip


• 7.3 lbs weight

• 38-inch length

• 19-inch width

• 22-inch arrow length

• 410 fps

• 185 lb draw weight

• 151 ft. lbs energy

• 15.75-inch power stroke

Info: Barnett Crossbows


Velocity Armageddon

Inspired by the incomparable Barrett .50-caliber BMG platform, the all-new Armageddon crossbow from Velocity Archery incorporates a tactical look and feel with the exceptional high-caliber performance demanded by today’s discriminating crossbow hunter.

With an average arrow speed of 350 fps (IBO), while delivering an impressive 110 foot-pounds of kinetic energy, the Armageddon’s suggested retail price of $499.99 places it in a performance class with crossbows nearly twice its price.

Designed totally from scratch from front to back, the Armageddon’s sleek Combat Black finish on a Dual-Cam frame gives crossbow enthusiasts some “gun grit” as a bonus to their archery adventures.

Add the standard 4×32 red/green adjustable-intensity scope with retention brackets, Oscill-X energy-reduction pads on the forearm, an Oscill-X rubber recoil pad at under 8 pounds of loaded weight and you’ll head afield carrying a serious shooting instrument with lethal potency.

The Armageddon has a peak weight of 175 pounds with a 15-inch power stroke. It measures 35 inches in length and has a physical weight of only 8 pounds.

In addition to the standard scope, each Armageddon crossbow comes with a quiver, three bolts, cocking rope and rail lube.

Info: Velocity Archery