The crossbow explosion hasn’t waned or teetered. It hasn’t been snuffed out as some predicted. Rather, the crossbow craze continues to grow. As more states legalize the use of crossbows during archery seasons and create crossbow-specific seasons, more hunters reach for these horizontal rigs.

New from crossbow powerhouse Barnett is the Buck Commander Raptor Reverse. Showcasing an adjustable butt pad, CNC machined aluminum flight track, laminated limbs and an indestructible carbon riser, the BC Raptor is raising plenty of eyebrows.

“This is a super-compact axle-to-axle bow that hits speeds up to 330 fps,” said Aaron McCaleb of the Source Outdoor Group. “Weighing just 6.5 pounds, this bow is extremely maneuverable and comes in right around a $700 MSRP on the camo version.

“Because the bow is so compact and lightweight, it’s perfect for treestands, ground blinds and spot-and-stock. I really think the whitetail crowd will love it. And the best thing about a reverse draw bow is that the center of gravity is pushed toward your hand, so instead of the bow being heavy on the end, the weight is balanced right over your hand. When you shoulder this rig it just feels so balanced and natural. It builds shooting confidence and will no doubt boost in-the-field and on-the-range accuracy.

“When a hunter purchases this bow they are ready for the woods immediately. It comes as a package that includes a scope, quiver, three arrows and a rope cocking device. Really, all a guy will need to purchase is broadheads and put in some practice. This is just an excellent crossbow with throngs of cool features.”

For more information, visit www.barnettcrossbows.com.