On Crossbows

Now that North Carolina has not only changed regulations to allow the use of a crossbow for hunting but gotten rid of its ridiculous requirement for a pistol permit to buy a crossbow, I am seriously thinking of buying one. Part of my rationale is that I just don’t have the upper body strength anymore to adequately and humanely hunt with a compound bow. Another part is that I think they are kinda cool. Finally, I want one just because I can have one now without all the regulations that were out there in the past.

So what do I see in my e-mail yesterday but a link to a story by Outdoor Life where they tested eight of this season’s newest crossbows. As shown in the video below, they were quite rigorous in their testing of things like vibration, noise, and speed. I really was surprised to find out that some of the bows exceed 100 decibels when fired. So much for believing what you see in a James Bond movie!

Their Editor’s Choice Award went to the TenPoint Stealth XLT. It retails for only $1,199. I didn’t realize that crossbow prices were quite that high. I’ve bought good rifles with good optics for half of that!

The Outdoor Life Editor’s Great Buy went to a crossbow from Horton Archery – the Horton Ultra-Lite Express – which retails for $599.

I think I have my work cut out for me. I see a number of visits to different outdoor and archery shops to check out and test fire a number of crossbows before I make a purchase.

If anyone who reads this blog has a crossbow, I’d love to hear your experience on buying one. Why did you buy the one you did? What features are essential and what are just nice to have?

100 Bad Ways To Die

Outdoor Life magazine’s website has a feature on the numerous critters in the wild that can kill you. Some are obvious like sharks and crocodiles. Some are not.

Whitetail deer aka Bambi kill more people than any other game animal in the United States mostly due to auto accidents.

While we don’t have puff adders or death adders or green mambas or black mambas in North America outside of zoos and reptile collections, it is still interesting to read about all the ways Mother Nature can get back at us for not paying attention.

Outdoor Life’s Fifty Best Made Guns of All Time

Outdoor Life magazine has released what they consider the fifty best made guns of all time.

It is an interesting list but I do wonder how one gun made the list but not another. For example, they have the AK-47, the AR-15, and the M-14 but not the M-1 Garand. Given that the M-14 is derived from the Garand it is hard for me to understand how that is a better rifle than the Garand.

As to shotguns, they chose the Browning Citori and the Ruger Red Label but not the Browning Superposed. I think among shotgun lovers there is more love for the Superposed than either of the other two.

The list is what it is but I think many will disagree with it.