Now that the ATA Trade Show and the SHOT Show have come to a close for the year, there are many new noteworthy products that have been released. Take a peek at some of the hottest products for 2019.
Barnett’s HyperGhost 425 puts the power in crossbow hunters’ hands to take down game with a single shot. As part of the all-new Hyper series, this high-performance crossbow comes packaged with Barnett’s exclusive Hyperflite arrows. These .204” small diameter arrows are designed exclusively for use with Hyper crossbows and harness incredible strength and power. The HyperGhost 425 has speeds up to 425 fps, and includes premium enhancements such as a complete accessory package (including a 1.5 x 5 x 32 illuminated scope), CNC machined aluminum flight track, retractable underarm counterbalance support, Soft Lok floating bristle arrow retainer and an anti-dry fire TriggerTech trigger.
Learn more at Barnett Crossbows’ website.
The 2019 Bear Archery Kuma 30 is the flagship of the new Legend Series, an exclusive dealer-only line of ultra-competitive compound bows with attractive price points. The Kuma 30 is a little more compact and a bit lighter. The bow measures 30 inches between the axles and weighs 4.1-pounds bare, but its H-19 hybrid cams deliver arrow speeds of up to 345 fps via a 6-inch brace height. The hybrid system also provides a solid back wall and zero hand shock on release. The Kuma 30 includes the patented Roller HingeGuard, Shockwaves limb dampeners, interchangeable VersaGrip/NanoGrip options and dual Sonic-Stops string suppressors. The Bear Cage riser starts with a 1-inch-thick forged-aluminum base. Special machining techniques strategically hollow out the riser from the sides and edges for lighter mass and exceptional balance. Look for it dressed in Veil Alpine, Realtree Edge, One Nation Midnight and Iron finishes. It has draw-weight parameters of 45- 60 and 55-70 pounds. The new Kuma LD is also offered for those with longer draw lengths.
Learn more at Bear Archery’s website.
The ingenious Breadcrumb Bluetooth Trackable Nock lets bowhunters recover missing arrows with help from their smartphone. They were engineered for a controlled and consistent arrow release to ensure accuracy. No magnets, pullout switches or knife points are required. The Breadcrumb Bluetooth Trackable Nock is armed and ready with a simple touch of its water-resistant activation button. An LED light acts as an illuminated tracer in flight, and it becomes a pulsating beacon to further aid in retrieval.
Learn more at Breadcrumb’s website.
The remarkable Oracle laser-rangefinding bow sight provides precise, compensated yardages and corresponding aiming points while at full draw. The 17-ounce Oracle measures target distance and lights up the proper pin for dead-on aiming to 80-110 yards. It’s made from tough aluminum, and its housing is highly water-resistant. Sighting-in is accomplished through microadjustments, including second- and third-axis tuning.
Learn more at Burris Optics’ website.
Covert Scouting Cameras
Covert Cameras’ 2019 Code Black LTE cellular trail camera now includes 20MP resolution and GPS capabilities. It is able to transmit 5-second videos and high-resolution images to a compatible handheld device via the company’s free app. Stolen or lost cameras can now be easily tracked through the Covert App or the company’s web portal.
Learn more at Covert Scouting Cameras’ website.
CuddeLink Cell is the first affordable cell-camera technology that allows customers to check up to 16 cameras remotely on only one cell plan (starting at $15 per month). Based on proven CuddeLink technology, images are easily relayed between cameras to cover thousands of acres, and even reach spots without reliable cell coverage. The CuddeLink Cell camera acts as a base to receive relays from other CuddeLink cameras. It can then email them to a home computer, tablet or smartphone.
Learn more at Cuddeback’s website.
For 2019, Easton combined its proven FMJ technology with a tapered profile. The result is flatter downrange trajectory, built in F.O.C. and deeper penetration on game. The new T64 FMJ measures 6mm at the front and 4mm at the rear. This design adds 30 percent more F.O.C. for improved long-range accuracy, and the ultra-low-diameter rear reduces friction when passing through game. T64s are straightened to the highest industry specs and coaxially aligned to +/- 3 milliradians for extreme precision. Two deflection grades cover arrow spines from 400 through 300 in shaft lengths from 26 to 32 inches. They are equipped with 8-32-thread-compatible RPS Inserts. They are sold as raw shafts.
Learn more at Easton’s website.
Excalibur’s 2019 Assassin 420 TD crossbow includes the built-in and silent Charger crank. It also features an accuracy-enhancing 3-pound ProShot Trigger, trouble-free recurve limbs and Tru-Fit adjustable stock. It produces bolt speeds of up to 420 fps. New Quick Loc Technology allows users to detach the front limb assembly in seconds for easier transport or storage. It includes a 290-pound draw weight with an 18.875-inch draw length. It weighs 8 pounds out of the box.
Learn more at Excalibur’s website.
For 2019, Mathews brings us the Vertix, which has 30-inch axle-to-axle specs, a 6-inch brace and 4.67-pound mass. A newly refined grip interface provides a repeatable and shock-free shooting experience. The 3D Dampening, with Enhanced Harmonic Stabilizer (EHS), produces perceivably less noise and 20 percent less vibration than the award-winning 2018 Triax. The patent pending SwitchWeight Technology allows users to change draw length and draw weight in 5-pound increments without swapping limbs. It works in harmony with the breakthrough 80- to 85-percent let-off Crosscentric Cam system to provide a silky-smooth draw cycle and top performance at any setting. The Vertix’s widely spaced limbs help eliminate torque for steadier shooting, and the Reverse Roller Guard removes lateral torque at full draw. Factory-installed Monkey-Tail string silencers and a Dead Stop string stop add to its hunting silence, while the “dual-cage” riser and forward-situated EHS system makes this the most well balanced Mathews in many years. Mathews bows are now offered in Realtree Edge, Black, Stone, Ridge Reaper Barren and Forest, and Gore Elevated II and Sub-Alpine. The Vertix has draw lengths from 26 to 30.5 inches and peak draw weights of 60, 65, 70 and 75 pounds.
Learn more at Mathews’ website.
John Musacchia, previous Muzzy Broadhead co-owner, is back with the refined NBS100 broadhead, which was designed to breech bone and penetrate deeper. Improvements include a stronger hard-coat-anodized 7075 T6 aluminum ferrule and a redesigned 416 stainless-steel trocar tip with angles optimized for deeper penetration on game. The .025-inch-thick, spooky-sharp blades (3- or 4-blade models) interlock and are held in place by a screw-in tip, creating a 1 1/8-inch-wide cutting diameter and reliable flight from the fastest bows. All told, the design is nail tough and made for reliable terminal performance on the toughest big game.
Learn more at Musacchia Broadhead’s website.
The all-new Cage Ripper from Ramcat Broadheads does exactly what its name implies. Its precise blades have oil-resistant rings that remain stealthy during flight. At the point of impact, the piston-driven deployment system uses a spring mechanism to deploy blades at precisely the right time. Then, the Cage Ripper’s Posi-Lock Plunger System locks blades in position for maximum cutting diameter. This broadhead is also made with hardened stainless steel for dependable performance.
Learn more at Ramcat Broadheads’ website.
The all-new R29 Crossbow from Ravin is an incredible 5.5 inches shorter than the company’s R20, yet it still delivers bolt speeds of 430 fps with a hard-hitting, deep-penetrating 164 foot pounds of kinetic energy. It includes a 12.5- inch power stroke, measures 29 inches front to rear and weighs only 6.75 pounds. The Ravin R29 is amazingly compact, measuring only 6 inches between the axles while cocked. The R29 will be offered in new Predator Dusk Camo. It comes with an illuminated scope, three-bolt quiver, draw handle, six pack of 400-grain match-grade bolts (.003-inch straightness tolerances), field tips and accessory bracket.
Learn more at Ravin Crossbows’ website.
Tactacam’s revolutionary FTS mount gives crossbow shooters an entirely new way to share their hunt. Tactacam’s Scope Viewing Technology combines the high-definition video of the Tactacam camera with the high-power zoom of a crossbow (or rifle) scope. This gives customers the ability to remotely view and record live footage on a smartphone via the Tactacam app by coupling the scope with the camera component. The unit will not interfere with viewing or crossbow operation. The Tactacam 5.0 now also provides 4K resolution, more magnification, WiFi and app viewing, slow motion and live streaming capabilities, and remote control activation.
Learn more at Tactacam’s website.
TenPoint’s revolutionary new Nitro XRT shoots bolts at 470 fps and generates 190 foot-pounds of kinetic energy. That speed and power translates into 25 percent flatter arrow trajectory for long-range accuracy, and it delivers devastating knockdown power. The Nitro XRT’s reverse-draw bow assembly features a center-mounted riser that provides superior balance and eliminates the “nose heavy” feel of traditional crossbows.
Learn more at Tenpoint Crossbows’ website.
TRUGLO’s Range-Rover was improved again for 2019. The Range-Rover Pro Duo now includes dual LED aiming points. The mover sight features PWR-DOT LED illumination with red and green dots that are integrated into the bubblelevel- equipped, 1.8-inch aperture lens. The design provides a clearer sight picture and more precise aiming points. The center green dot is ideal for ranges between 20 and 50 yards, and it is encircled by a .5-inch black reference loop to enhance long-range accuracy. For shooting out to 80 yards, the bottom red dot can be used for point-on aiming. The Range-Rover Pro accepts an optional Lens Kit, which includes 2X magnification with .5 diopter adjustment. The aluminum sight features a black hard anodized finish, second- and third-axis adjustments, glow-in-the-dark peep alignment ring and push-button/11- brightness-position control. Gear-driven range-pointer control and multiple speed-compatible range stickers make it easy to set up and use.
Learn more at TRUGLO’s website.
Xpedition’s new Mountaineer X is a top performer and one of the best mid-price point bows on the market. Its all-new rotating mod XS-V cam allows the bow to reach IBO speeds of 340 fps. Archers will be surprised by the smooth draw cycle and overall ease to shoot. This bow is the definition of affordable performance. All of Xpedition’s 2019 bows will also come with custom GAS Bowstrings.
Learn more at Xpedition Archery’s website.