If you want a limbless crossbow that’s super accurate and launches airbow standard size arrows and full weight broadheads at speeds of 450 FPS, then you’ve found the right place!
This technology is pneumatic and launches the arrow from the front instead of the rear. This puts less stress on the arrow and the archers paradox is virtually zero, achieving incredible accuracy. It’s important to realize the arrows used are hollow and full sized. They fit over a tube (barrel tube) that expels the air pressure inside the front area of the arrow, acting as a pulling dynamic instead of pushing.
So, you get a super fast speed with super accuracy, while used in tandem with a scope (usually included) is almost irresistible.
How does pneumatic pressure (PCP – Pre-charged pneumatic) pair with crossbow design to provide this much speed and accuracy?
Just like an aircraft carrier uses steam pressure in its catapult to attach to the nose gear and launch airplanes weighing tons into the air safely, this intense air pressure focused inside the tip of a light airbow arrow does the same.
The arrow is hollow and slides over what’s called a barrel tube. This tube, by design, connects to the air reservoir inside the airbow. An airbow comes from the unique method of propelling the arrow. Arrows are pulled from the front rather than pushed from the rear, as with crossbows, resulting in remarkably tighter shot groupings. There is no Archer’s Paradox, canting or other disturbances which result in amazing 2-inch groups at 50 yards. Again, it is important to mention these arrows are full size as compared to the shorter bolts used in conventional crossbows with limbs.
How do I fill the airbow with air pressure?
Generally, you can fill the air pressure tank with any air compressor and a tip that fits the airbow is included with the purchase of an airbow. Some airbows also include a lever which allows it to be pressurized manually with lots of elbow grease and about 15 minutes. A full air tank will deliver a full 8 shots at 450 fps.
It can launch more arrows on a single charge. Just keep in mind they launch at lower speeds. On most airbows, the pressure gauge for the air reservoir is located and easily visible at the front of the reservoir.
An included adaptor is inserted into the reservoir just behind the gauge, connected to your fill solution (tank or pump) and easily filled. Quality airbows like the Crosman Pioneer feature an integrated pressure regulator that ensures consistent velocities.
Since the pressure gauge for the air reservoir is at the front of the reservoir, airbows come with an included adaptor, which is inserted into the reservoir just behind the gauge, connected to your fill solution (tank or pump), and easily filled. Most airbows feature an integrated pressure regulator that ensures consistent velocities.
The Benjamin Pioneer airbow by Crosman is an outstanding example of an all-new category of big game hunting innovation featuring full-length arrows and the ability to use full weight broadheads, all driven by air. Based on Benjamin’s proven American-made PCP (PCP – Pre-charged pneumatic) platform, the Airbow fires 8 shots at the same time to fire three from a limbed crossbow, all up to a blazing 450 FPS / 160 FPE. At 33.5-inches and just 2-inches wide. No crossbow can match the maneuverability of the Airbow.
There is a top cocking bolt that can be easily operated with two fingers, works the same whether the archer is left or right-handed, and is also used to de-cock the airbow, making it super easy and sleek to use in tree stands. Airbows are also ideal for archery enthusiasts who can no longer draw a bow or pull a cocking rope.
The superb shot placement capability of every Benjamin Airbow ships with a specially designed CenterPoint 6×40 mm scope. The adjustable features provide parallax settings from 5 yards out and the custom MTAG reticle provides aiming points out to 75 yards. A canted Picatinny base provides 20 MOA of additional adjustment.
Also included with the Benjamin Pioneer are three Airbow Arrows with nano-ceramic Victory ICE™ coating for increased speed and greater penetration. This also makes the arrows easier to retrieve.
Benjamin Airbow arrows are 375-grain (includes 100gr field tip), with hand-fletched helical vanes and feature a unique spine alignment for top-level performance. The pressure gauge for the air reservoir is located at the front of the reservoir. An included adaptor is inserted into the reservoir just behind the gauge, connected to your fill solution (tank or pump), and easily filled. The Airbow features an integrated pressure regulator that ensures consistent velocities.
The Benjamin AIRBOW arrows feature a nano-ceramic Victory ICE™ coating for increased speed, greater penetration, and easier retrieval. The unique spine alignment increases accuracy and grouping. These are 100% carbon fiber arrows with a 250 spine and hand-fletched, helical vanes. Features include:
- 26-inch, 100% carbon fiber arrows and 375 grain total weight
- Nano ceramic Victory ICE coating for increased speed, greater penetration and easier retrieval
- 100% hand fletched, helical vanes, with tight weight and straightness tolerances
- Unique spine alignment increases accuracy and grouping
For convenience but not needed is the Benjamin DOT Certified Charging System Cylinder
Benjamin 81001 90-Cubic Inch, DOT Certified Charging System Cylinder
For convenience, Benjamin offers a portable 90-Cubic Inch, DOT Certified Charging System Cylinder, which is easy to take along in your vehicle to the field if the desire is to stay all day or for a long weekend. No need to take a heavy, noisy and smelly generator along.
Compare the Benjamin Airbow, priced around $1,000 with it’s 450 FPS speed and pricing to the most accurate long-range crossbow ever, which is the TenPoint Vapor RS470 Xero Elite Crossbow Package, priced at a whopping $4,000.
Industry leaders TenPoint Crossbow Technologies and Garmin have teamed up to release the most powerful, most accurate long-range crossbow ever—the Vapor RS470 XERO. Delivering supercharged speeds up to 470 FPS and the revolutionary ACUslide cocking and de-cocking system, the Vapor RS470 XERO is equipped with the new Garmin Xero X1i Range finding scope to provide exact aiming at any distance for unmatched long-range accuracy.
Compare to the Barnett TS380 Crossbow @380 fps
Specs: 380 Feet Per Second, Weight of 6. 9 Pounds, Axle to axle width of 16. 75″, Dimensions: 33. 5″ X 36. 5″
There is also Torsion DriveTM Technology that is competing with the limbless crossbow line. It’s getting speeds up to 370FPS. Although some have been produced, they are not fully proven to be effective for the long term and still undergoing testing for safety measures.
I think with all the information and comparison the Airbow is an overall better choice for crossbow than the standard limbed crossbows. Considering maneuverability and the ability to launch your arrows faster and with so much more ease are big features. Imagine being in a tree stand with tree limbs all around and how easy it is to aim the airbow.
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