Excalibur Micro Suppressor Review
Excalibur has introduced to the market its 2017 flagship: the most stealthy and maneuverable crossbows of all times, the Excalibur Micro Suppressor recurve crossbow. The crossbow can shoot at a speed of 355 FPS, and features a sound deadening system that makes it the quietest crossbow in the series. With its innovatively compact design and lightweight, the Excalibur is also very easy to carry around and maneuver through the woods and in tight spots when you’re on the hunt.
Whether you are a pro hunter or a beginner, this crossbow is ideal for everyone that desires a compromise between power and discreetness when hunting. Let’s take a spin through the features of the Excalibur Microsuppressor with our in-depth review.
|Cocked AtA (inches)||21|
|Power stroke (inches)||10.2|
|Draw weight (lbs)||280|
|IBO rating (FPS)||355|
Materials and design
The Excalibur Micro Suppressor features a compact and simple “straight to the bone” design, made to last and endure harsh conditions. The crossbow is outfitted with Gen II CRT recurve fiberglass limbs measuring approximately 13 inches each, marketed as 60% stronger than the competitition, and a compact Quad Lock riser forged out of a light aluminum. The bowstring is made from BCY DynaFLIGHT 97 fibers material which is advertised as low creep and very durable.
The Excalibur’s length is relatively short at 31 inches, and width measured at the limb tips is recorded at 21 inches when cocked, for a feeling of enhanced focus and maneuverability. Weighing in at just 5.4 lbs., you can carry the crossbow around throughout your hunting trip easily.
The crossbow is connected to the buttstock with the aluminum rail, which is a one-piece extruded and machined bridge. On the top and rear of the rail is attached a trigger housing/scope mount unit. Housed inside the crossbow scope’s mount is the Guardian Anti-Dry-Fire system (ADF), a self-contained unit which helps to block the string if the crossbow is fired without a bolt loaded. Also, the ADF technology has a de-cocking feature that will prevent the accidental shooting of bolts when not in use. A three-sided Picatinny bracket is attached on the bow end of the aluminum rail for mounting the quiver and other accessories.
The foregrip and stock unit is a once-piece composite made out of injection-molded glass-filled nylon. The Bullpup ready rest buttstock design is essential and compact for overall size and mass weight reduction. Finger grooves along the lengths of the pistol grip and on the fore-end are an excellent addition to enhance grip and control further. The Excalibur comes with an ambidextrous cheekpiece that allows you to better focus on your target on the range by aligning your eye with the included scope.
The noise reduction system on the Excalibur Micro Suppressor is undoubtedly the most comprehensive and efficient on the crossbow market, and it’s worth spending a few words on its features.
For starters, the crossbow has Recoil Energy Dissipation System (R.E.D.S.) for noise dampening and vibration-free shots. The R.E.D.S. system features rubber padding over the aluminum fixtures on the rail. There’s also an Air Brake system that’s is fastened along the length of the limbs through the limb bolt and limb clamps. In addition, an energy absorbing compound that’s been forged on the limbs material reduces noise by up to 8 decibels without inhibiting speed.
The included sound-deadening system comprises five main components:
1) Ex-Shox dampening trusses wedges that have been installed between the string and the limb and are designed to reduce the impact on the bowstring when shooting.
2) Strings Stars (x2) to reduce oscillation.
3) Recoil Ant-Vibration System (R.A.V.S.) silencers wrapped around the limbs for additional noise absorption.
4)Hold down spring to retain arrow securely and avoid additional unwanted sounds
5) Over-moulded stirrup with rubberized coating to reduce vibration and cancel out the noise on firing of the crossbow.
With a firing speed of up to 355 FPS and incredible accuracy, the Excalibur Microsuppressor is a true killer. Excalibur guarantees groupings of max three inches at 25 yards with broadheads using this crossbow. With these kind of specs, we do not really have any reason to doubt the effectiveness of the Excalibur Microsuppressor in dropping just any size game in its tracks.
We are all familiar with hunting stories of guys scaring off their prey when cocking their noisy crossbows. Luckily, that’s not the case with the Excalibur Micro Suppressor Crossbow. Even with a blazing firing speed of 355 FPS, the micro suppressor crossbow is utterly silent, thanks to the aforementioned noise reduction technology. The cocking is also fast, quiet and smooth on this crossbow using the included rope cocking aid.
The Excalibur Microsuppressor package includes: a Tact-Zone illuminated scope, Guardian anti-dry-fire system, ambidextrous cheek piece, R.E.D.S suppressors, air brakes, x-hanger three arrow quiver with Picatinny bracket, 3 – quill arrows, 150 grain field points, sound deadening accessories and rope cocking aid.
For sighting, the Micro Suppressor comes with a premium illuminated—red and green—Tact-Zone scope with 30-mm aluminum rings. The Tact-Zone Illuminated Scope will take the stress out of aiming when you are hunting at dusk. This illuminated scope is one of the best on the market, allowing for flexibility over speeds between 275 and 410 feet per second. The reticle on the scope can get as far out as 60 yards, allowing you to hit distant targets in any light or weather conditions. You will be able to get your scope narrowed correctly within six shots or so. The see-through, flip-up scope covers serve to protect the lenses from rain and debris.
The arrows that come with this innovative hunting piece are lightweight, weighing 150 grains and a length of 16.5 inches. They are nontraditional stable and accurate, and you won’t find these arrows with any other manufacturer apart from Excalibur. Excalibur have also included an X-hanger quiver that attaches to the Picatinny brace. The quiver is lightweight and features an effective grip and quick detach.
Pros and Cons
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Excalibur Microsuppressor Crossbow Review: Conclusion and Rating
The Excalibur Microsuppressor rocks, no doubt about that. Is perfect for both hunting and target shooting, and its simplicity and compact design is quite an added advantage for many beginners. The power, accuracy and stealth features on this flagship are still unmatched within the recurve crossbows market. As expected, this top-notch technology demands a high asking price to the avid hunters who will want to get their hands on it. But then again, if you’re looking for the best of the best in terms of stealth, few if any other models can perform as well, and this one it’s worth every penny.
How does it compare?
Here’s the Excalibur Microsuppressor rating compared to another premium crossbow, the Ravin Predator R9.
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