Reverse draw technology has been around for some time now, but only recently has it taken off in terms of popularity. Scorpyd Crossbows helped to bring this technology back into the spotlight with their offerings. Horton has the technology, but when they ceased to exist, the number of crossbows for sale in this category dropped quite a bit. If you are considering purchasing a reverse draw crossbow, and you need a little refresher on the technology, read on .
Reverse draw crossbows and traditional compound crossbows both have a riser that is mounted to the rail, and two limbs that are mounted to the riser. They both also feature a set of cams that are connected by strings and cables that allow the crossbow to gather its force.
One of the main differences between the two is that the riser on the reverse draw crossbow is usually located on the lower half of the rail. This configuration means that instead of the limbs being pointed towards you (as with traditional compounds) they are pointed away from you. The cams also rotate inward instead of outwards, like they would on a traditional compound crossbow.
Off the top of my head, I can think of 5 unyielding advantages that reverse draw tech offers the shooter. They are as follows:
- A more balanced crossbow
- Lower draw weight, coupled with
- Longer power stroke
- Less Vibration
The power stroke is one of the most important aspects on a crossbow. The longer the power stroke is, the more time the string is able to stay in contact with the arrow. The longer that the string can stay on the arrow, the more energy that you can transfer to the arrow–simple enough. Because of the mechanics of this particular type of crossbow you will be able to achieve faster speed with a lower draw weight.
The advantage of a lower draw weight, would have been a moronic statement to make just a few years ago because everyone knows that the heavier the draw weight is, the more potential there is for speed. While this may be the case, reverse draw crossbows have made it so that you can get the same speed (if not better) from a lower draw weight. This means that you can still have blazing fast speed, but you do not have to place the limbs under the tremendous loads that they would once have to bear–thus prolonging the life of the bow.
Much of the vibration on crossbows can be attributed to heavy draw weights. Since we already know that the draw weight doesn’t have to be as high for reverse crossbows, we can also say that there will be less vibration. If there is less vibration, then there will most certainly be less noise.
If you put all of these advantages together, you will have an overall more balanced crossbow. Traditional compound crossbows tend to be front heavy because the riser is located at the very front of the bow. Reverse draw crossbows have them towards the middle meaning that they will not be front heavy. Given the advancements in technology, I would suggest that hunters look for a crossbow for sale that has reverse draw technology. I personally feel that you are getting more bang for your buck with this technology.