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ATA Show 2017: Shooting the New Ravin Crossbow

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The number of new products being introduced at the 2017 ATA (Archery Trade Association) Show in Indianapolis, Indiana, is staggering. And while taking it all in is a bit overwhelming, there was one product that stopped me in my tracks . . . and confession time . . . caused me to be 15 minutes late for a scheduled meeting.

Check this out: A new company called Ravin Crossbows out of Superior, Wisconsin, unveiled two new crossbows at this year’s ATA Show, the R9 and R15. Like many of today’s top-of-the-line crossbows, these models are packed with features, but I want to draw your attention to three in particular.

  • Because I first saw these crossbows on a display table in the ATA’s new product section, I immediately walked over to the shooting lanes. After a Ravin Crossbows staffer gave me a 1-minute overview of the bow’s design, I prepared to shoot the R15. I slipped off the safety and it made NO noise. I slid it back to the “on” position and it made a distinct click. I again slid it to the “off” position and it was totally silent. I looked up from the bow at the Ravin rep and he smiled and said, “I can tell you have experience deer hunting with crossbows; a lot of guys don’t notice that feature. We made the safety perfectly silent when you get ready to shoot so you don’t alert nearby animals.”
Ravin Crossbows drew a lot of attention at the 2017 ATA Show.

Ravin Crossbows drew a lot of attention at the 2017 ATA Show.

  • This is NOT a misprint: The axle-to-axle measurement on these cocked bows is an incredible 6 inches! Yes, the cocked limbs stretch out a touch wider than that, but only by another couple of inches. In a word – compact!

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Dave Maas

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