February 12, 2024
Crossbows continue to grow in popularity across North America. New technologies and engineering have created horizontal bows that are faster, safer, consistently accurate, and intuitive to use. Keeping up with the new designs and science behind the new crossbows are the accessories. Electronic optics, enhanced arrows and broadheads, targets, and storage systems are leaping forward as fast as the crossbows they support and augment.
TenPoint Axis Tripod
If you hunt from a blind, the Axis Tripod is designed for stability and maneuverability in tight spaces. The leg design and angles use a much smaller footprint than others on the market without compromising steadiness. The tripod uses a clamp to firmly hold the forend of a crossbow, placing the weight directly over the legs. The clamp and stability allow you to leave your crossbow locked in place and ready to shoot without movement. A quarter turn of the clamp knob loosens it enough to make adjustments quickly and quietly. The Axis is extremely lightweight, collapses to 25 inches, and extends up to 40 inches tall. There is even a “hunt hammock” on the tripod to keep essentials at your fingertips. A built-in compass ensures a direct line on a shot animal or helps you recover an arrow. A bubble level ensures your bow is not canted, improving accuracy and arrow flight.
Hawke XB30 2-7x32 Crossbow Scope
The XB30 crossbow scope is built tough for serious hunters and features a 30 mm tube chassis. The scope can be used on various crossbows with speeds rated from 280 to 440 feet per second. Dial the speed on the adjustable ring, and the reticles will line up for direct hold at different distances. There is a fast-focus eyepiece, and the unit has a fixed parallax at 45 meters. The turrets are low profile with ½ MOA adjustment. The zoom ring is easy to manipulate from 2 to 7 power. Clarity and brightness are enhanced and maintained with 11-layer fully multi-coated lenses, including a 32 mm objective. The optic is a second focal plane, and illumination has five intensity levels in red or green. The scope is compact, with an overall length of 9.4 inches, weighing 14.4 ounces.
SEVR Titanium 1.75
The SEVR Titanium 1.75 mechanical broadheads have blades that fold into the ferrule and use acceleration, wind, and travel speeds to stay closed in flight. An O-ring provides insurance against deployment. The blades are rear-deploying, open on impact, and lock in place. The angle of the blades creates a slap-cut on entry, cutting more than the blade’s 1.75-inch diameter. When deployed, the blades steer around bone as they cut without changing trajectory. An included lock screw keeps blades from deploying when using the head for practice, allowing you to shoot it, remove the lock screw, put on an O-ring, and go hunt.
Ravin Integrated Xero X1i Crossbow Scope
If you own a Ravin crossbow, check out the Garmin Xero X1i, which is customized for different models based on range and crossbow setup. The electronic optic features 3.5x magnification and digital overlays to improve sighting accuracy. With a customized heads-up display, the Ravin integrated Xero X1i Crossbow Scope can range targets up to 125 yards away. The onboard electronics are pre-programmed with Ravin crossbow models for precision setup, consistency, and accuracy. Choose your bow model in the setup mode, and shoot at 20 yards to get started. The Garmin sophisticated processor automatically adjusts its ballistic algorithm for the Ravin model chosen. The optic then provides digital pins, allowing it to be set up in as little as 10 minutes. Advanced ranging optics are available for all Ravin models except the R18 and can be purchased at
Rage NC Crossbow X
Rage has dominated the broadhead market for years and continues to improve designs to benefit hunters. The Rage NC is a no-collar design that contains the blades in flight and eliminates the need for a collar, O-ring, or band. The broadhead features a chisel tip, anodized aluminum ferrule, and two blades that sweep back at an angle, ensuring deployment when finding its target. The Rage NC Crossbow X is available in 100- and 125-grain options with a two-inch cutting diameter. This mechanical broadhead’s .035-inch thick stainless steel blades are ultra-sharp and fly with deadly accuracy.
Buk Ops Cycloptic-X
Buk Ops is a product line from Buck Commander that uses digital technology to enhance what is seen through optics. Brightness, color, and image quality are increased, and the Cycloptic-X is its basic crossbow scope. The Cycloptic-X offers a color vision for hunting prime hours and the black and white night vision to maximize what you see without ambient light. The Cycloptic-X features a button to record your hunt utilizing high-resolution digital imaging like you see when hunting. The digital optic offers accuracy and clarity with a 25mm objective lens, manual focus lens, 1-5X zoom range, and a 1.39 inch HD viewfinder. The unit uses a Micro SD card to record your hunt. The crosshair is fully adjustable and illuminated red or green, with extended battery life.
Morrell Targets BOA Compression Target
Morrell continues to produce targets to keep up with new and incredible speeds within the changing crossbow market. The BOA Compression Target will stop arrows well over 500 feet per second. The stopping power is impressive, but the ease of arrow removal is shockingly simple. The target design uses a wooden frame to compress the target material for high density. A Gridlock Nylon Facing is durable with multiple aiming points. The target is equipped with a handle, is weather resistant, and is meant for fieldpoints. The BOA comes in three sizes: 18-, 20-, and 24-inch models. The 20- and 24-inch models have no limit on the feet per second your arrow travels. The endless speed rating ensures use as new and faster crossbows are introduced. The 18-inch target will stop arrows at 500 feet per second.
Bow Spider Crossbow Spider
Bow Spider is a unique carrying, storage, and retrieval system for your crossbow. The Crossbow Spider fits most models, is durable enough to withstand the toughest hunting conditions, and is easy to attach. A lightweight, round hub or receiver holds the crossbow. A short aluminum arm attaches to the crossbow’s Picatinny rail with clamps. The arm slides into the receiver and uses gravity to hold the crossbow securely, which can be retrieved in seconds by lifting upward and taking the bow’s weight off the receiver. The receiver can be mounted to a backpack, belt, or bino harness but also works as a storage system at home or in a tree. Mount the receiver where you want to hang the bow and know it is secure. The Crossbow Spider comes with everything required for attaching and setup. Extra receivers can be purchased for storage at home or even on the back of a headrest in your vehicle. The unit is lightweight and versatile for hunting and storage.
.30-06 Outdoors Crossbow Sighting Target
Getting a new crossbow or upgrading optics means time on the range to get sighted in and ensure reticles are perfectly aligned at shooting distances. A new Crossbow Sighting Target makes getting dialed in with exact speed and aiming points easier than ever. Start by sighting your crossbow in at 20 yards. Use a chronograph for the actual feet per second of your hunting setup. With speed verified, go to the target options and find the one that matches the speed. The calibrated target has a 20-yard bull’s eye at the bottom, with 10-yard intervals going up to 80 yards. Aim at the 20-yard target with your 30-yard reticle, and the arrow should hit the 30-yard bull’s eye. Shoot the 40- to 80-yard increments to confirm all aiming points. Never move from the 20-yard shooting position; know you are lined up from 20 to 80 yards. Targets are provided for crossbow speeds from 280 to 500 feet per second.
Barnett Gamecrusher Hybrid Broadhead
The Gamecrusher Hybrid Broadhead is designed for use with high-speed crossbows and high-velocity compound bows. The Gamecrusher Hybrid offers the benefits of fixed and mechanical heads, with a four-blade design featuring two mechanical and two fixed broadheads. The combination of blades provides accuracy, consistent flight, and deep penetration. The Gamecrusher has a stainless steel ferrule and blades, weighs 100 grains, and has a tanto tip. The 100-grain head has a 2.5-inch cutting diameter and flies like a field point.