Crossbows at the 2018 ATA Show

By author of The Realblog with Stephanie Mallory

Things are looking good here out on the floor of the 2018 ATA show in Indianapolis, especially when it comes to crossbows. Several of Realtree's licensees are introducing new crossbows that are faster, lighter, more stable and precise than their predecessors and, to make it even better, a few of them are in Realtree's new Edge pattern. Check 'em out!

Excalibur Assassin in Realtree EdgeExcalibur Assassin in Realtree EdgeExcalibur Assassin in Realtree EdgeExcalibur Assassin in Realtree EdgeExcalibur Assassin in Realtree Edge

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1 | Excalibur Assassin in Realtree Edge

New for Excalibur, the Assassin is decked out in Realtree Edge camo and is loaded with a ton of cool new features. The Charger Cranking System eliminates the need to load your crossbow before entering the field or treestand. The Tru-Fit Stock can adjust from 12 inches to 15 inches length of pull, while the cheek piece also adjusts 2 inches horizontally for enhanced comfort, stability and accuracy. The Pro-Shot Trigger offers a new frictionless, two-stage trigger that breaks cleanly and precisely every time. The Sliding Catch ensures consistent anchoring for repeated shot-to-shot accuracy. MSRP: $1699  www.excaliburcrossbow.com

Barnett Droptine in Realtree EdgeBarnett Droptine in Realtree EdgeBarnett Droptine in Realtree EdgeBarnett Droptine in Realtree EdgeBarnett Droptine in Realtree Edge

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2 | Barnett Droptine in Realtree Edge

The Barnett Droptine is one of two new Barnett crossbows decorated in Realtree Edge. This great-looking crossbow boasts a speed of 380 feet per second and a draw weight of 155 pounds. The bow weighs a light 6.9 pounds and features Barnett's TriggerTech technology for a smoother, lighter trigger. Barnett's new Step-Thru riser design provides increased stability and speed. MSRP: $499 www.barnettcrossbows.com

Raptor FX3 Pro in Realtree EdgeRaptor FX3 Pro in Realtree EdgeRaptor FX3 Pro in Realtree EdgeRaptor FX3 Pro in Realtree EdgeRaptor FX3 Pro in Realtree Edge

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3 | Raptor FX3 Pro in Realtree Edge

Barnett's most popular crossbow, the Raptor FX3 Pro just got an upgrade with the new Realtree Edge pattern. TriggerTech Frictionless Release Technology creates a free-floating roller between the sear and the trigger for a smoother, lighter trigger. Nock sensors and anti-dry fire give a peace of mind for double the safety. This bow boasts a speed of 400 feet per second and a 165-pound draw weight. The step-thru riser design provides enhanced speed and stability. MSRP: $599 www.barnettcrossbows.com

CamX A4CamX A4CamX A4CamX A4CamX A4

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4 | CamX A4

The new CamX A4 crossbow in Realtree Xtra features the new A4 suspension system, which includes a patent-pending swing arm system that keeps the string, cables and cams inside the tips of the limbs. This innovative system maximizes durability, minimizes noise and eliminates vibration. The A4 boasts a speed of 370 feet per second and 7 pound 8 ounce mass weight. The ARC 370 4x32 Illuminated Crossbow Scope includes fully coated optics, cross/dot reticle 1/4-inch MDA turrets and an independent eye piece focus.  MSRP: $1099 www.camxcrossbows.com

TenPoint EclipseTenPoint EclipseTenPoint EclipseTenPoint EclipseTenPoint Eclipse

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5 | TenPoint Eclipse

The TenPoint Eclipse in Realtree Xtra actually hit the shelves last year, but it's still a favorite on the show floor this year thanks to its effortless power, handling and accuracy.  Sporting TenPoint's incredibly narrow RCX bow assembly, the Eclipse RCX delivers pure power and accuracy at 370 FPS. Its lightweight FSB stock and carbon-injected barrel configuration create a rock-solid platform for this highly-efficient crossbow. $1099 - $1199 www.tenpointcrossbows.com