America’s Top Crossbow Manufacturers: a Brief Overview
Forty years ago, PSE (Precision Shooting Equipment) founder Pete
Shepley, was working for another corporation as a product engineer and
designing archery equipment during lunch hour. He first experimented on
bow release aids. He developed a flexible arrow vane to replace the
traditional feathers. Thus, a perfect compound bow (his first) was
invented. It was introduced at an Indiana tournament and within a week,
he received 200 orders. The following weeks, requests reached 700 with
customers ringing in from all over the country (and he only had to rely
on word-of-mouth advertising at the time).
Nowadays, PSE is the country's leading archery equipment manufacturer
with 120,000 SF factory located in Tucson, Arizone. , holding twenty
patens for bow designs and archery. A lot of effort is put into Research
and Development, which is pretty much how Shepley managed to nail his
first compound bow (and the first hundred requests).
techniques are employed in the production of PSE crossbows. The company
pioneered the use of solid aluminum for bow risers, reducing total
weight and increasing strength. They also manufacture crossbows with an
Integrated Quick Cocking Design Reload system, requiring force as low as
4 lbs, as well as an adjustable rear stock. It also uses a rail-less and
therefore, frictionless design, increasing the string life.
Crossbow Technologies is one of America’s leading crossbow
makers, and one that is recognized for constantly being on the cutting
edge of crossbow technology. Tenpoint is also a name in the same class
as the manufacturers already mentioned, and they offer unique material
hybrids in their weapons giving you some of the strongest and lightest
weapons on the market.
The company was founded in 1994 by Rick Bednar, the former Chief Operating
Officer of Horton Technologies. They hold various patents pertaining to
triggers, grip safeties and barrels, incorporating aircraft grade metals. Its
first product was the Huntmaster Advantage crossbow; at present, Tenpoint holds
eleven patents in the US with fourteen more pending, and has two successful
brands, TenPoint and Wicked Ridge. Its product range includes not just
high-performance crossbows but also a wide range of accessories.
Some of TenPoint Crossbow’s significant technological innovations include:
- PowerTouch triggers that are now standard in all of the company’s TenPoint
and 6 Point Series crossbows and has a lighter pull compared to standard
triggers available on most other bows.
- Dry-fire-inhibitor (DFI) prevents the crossbow from firing when there is no
bolt loaded on the flight deck, avoiding potential damage to the bow, as well as
injury to the user, that can result from dry firing.
- AccuDraw cocking aids help users cock bows with heavier draw weights and
auto-retracts the string after every use.
- GripSafety secondary safety helps the user avoid injury by ensuring that
thumbs and fingers are in the proper position before the trigger can be pulled.
For 2010, TenPoint’s newest model is the Turbo XLT, which features a compact
bow assembly that measures just 13.5-inches when cocked but has a draw weight of
180 lb, enough to deliver a 420-grain bolt at 315 fps with 92.5 ft/lb of kinetic