Watch: The CAMX X330 Crossbow can take a real beating

CAMX Crossbows has released its first crossbow ever in 2017. Company representative Paul Vaicunas touts the CAMX X330 as one of the most durable crossbows on the market.

In these two videos, Vaicunas demonstrates the toughness and capabilities of this crossbow for the LAS team. In the video linked above, Vaicunas runs through the crossbow’s operation.

The bow shoots a bolt 330 feet per second, has spring-loaded finger guards that make it nearly impossible for an archer to raise fingers into the string track, and the arrow retention system keeps a firm grip on the arrow no matter what you do to the crossbow.

The weight of the crossbow is centered, rather than packed out at the bow end, which makes the CAMX X330 easy to aim.

The cams are recessed between metal reinforced limb tips so they can’t be damaged if you drop the crossbow.

CAMX makes its own scope, which is built to rigid specifications that insure the reticles don’t move, even if the crossbow is abused.

You can see some abuse demonstrations in the above video. The LAS team turned up the abuse in the second video, listed below.

Please note – LAS and CAMX put the CAMX X330 through excessive tests for the sole purpose of demonstrating the durability of the bow.

If it can survive these tests, Vaicunas said, then it certainly will not be affected by being dropped out of a tree stand, or falling off the bed of a pickup truck or other normal accidents a hunter might experience.

Do not attempt these tests in any location. Intentional mistreatment or abuse of a bow, crossbow or other sporting equipment could lead to a product malfunction causing injury or death.

Bowhunting Tech Tip: Crossbow Maintenance

Crossbows are becoming more and more popular these days, as their use during archery hunting seasons expands across North America. One of the reasons they are so popular is they are easy to become proficient with and easy to use, when compared to vertical compound and traditional bows.

Because they are so easy to use, however, crossbows often times aren’t maintained as diligently as they should be. Like other bows, crossbows have to be maintained in order to get peak performance from them.

In this video, Lancaster Archery Supply TechXpert P.J. Reilly runs down some simple crossbow maintenance practices. He covers checking the limbs and cams for damage, waxing the string and cables and lubricating the rail, among other maintenance procedures.

Before using your crossbow, watch this video to learn what signs of wear and tear to look for, and how to address them if you find them.

Bowhunting Tech Tip: Crossbow Safety

As more and more bowhunters pick up crossbows during archery seasons across North America, accidents with them are on the rise. Safety should be paramount for bowhunters no matter what weapon they use. Crossbows present some unique safety issues not found with any other archery equipment.

In this video, LAS TechXpert P.J. Reilly runs through the safe handling and operation of a crossbow. He discusses how to hold it safely, how to cock it safely and how to load it safely, among other issues.

Arguably, one of the most common accidents that occurs with crossbows is when archers place their fingers or hands inside the string track when the crossbow is fired. Many crossbows made today feature finger guards aimed at preventing archers from being able to shove their fingers up into the string track, but accidents continue to occur.

Never place any part of your body inside the string track when the crossbow is cocked. Think of it as a loaded rifle, and handle it accordingly – whether there’s a bolt loaded or not.


10 basic crossbow safety tips

As the use of crossbows during hunting seasons is expanded across the U.S., more and more people are picking them up. Currently, crossbows can be used for hunting big game in some fashion in every state except Oregon.


Compared to compound and traditional bows, crossbows are relatively simple to learn to use and they’re deadly accurate.

But they come with their own set of safety rules. If you’re going to pick one up and take it hunting, then you’ve got to know these 10 important safety tips for shooting a crossbow.


  1. Treat a cocked crossbow like a loaded firearm, whether it’s got a bolt in it or not. Always keep it pointed in a safe direction. Even if there’s no bolt on the rail, a dry-fired crossbow can hurl broken pieces down range.
  2. The North American Crossbow Federation recommends tree stand hunters cock their crossbows on the ground, and haul them up to their stands unloaded. Don’t ever lean over in a stand to cock a crossbow. (The only exception would be if you’ve got a crossbow fitted with a hand crank. You can draw that bow without leaning over.)
  3. To get your crossbow up to your stand, use a haul line that’s tied to the butt end – stay away from the trigger – so the crossbow faces the ground when you’re lifting it.
  4. Keep your fingers below the rail of a cocked crossbow at all times.
  5. Never dry fire a crossbow.
  6. Always check to make sure your bolt is seated firmly against the string before shooting, and keep the safety engaged until you’re about to shoot.
  7. With nearly any crossbow suitable for hunting, don’t try to de-cock it by hand.
  8. The best way to de-cock your crossbow is to shoot it. You can do so by shooting a bolt into a target; carrying a special de-cocking bag to shoot into after a hunt; or by shooting a de-cocking bolt into the ground.
  9. Be sure the foot stirrup is secure before drawing your bow. If it slips out of the bow, the butt end of the stock will hit you as you draw.
  10. Never shoot a bolt that’s shorter than what’s recommended by the manufacturer.

Mission Crossbows Available Online at LAS

Lancaster Archery Supply is now selling Mission crossbows on its website, In this video, Lancaster Archery TechXPerts Moose and P.J. Reilly run down the models and features of the four Mission crossbow packages we are selling.

We have the MXB 360, which is the fastest of the line at 360 feet per second; the MXB 320, which shoots bolts at 320 feet per second; the MXB Dagger, which is the shortest of the line, and shoots bolts at 340 feet per second; and the MXB Sniper Lite, which is the lightest crossbow in the line at just under 6 pounds.

The Sniper Lite only comes in Tactical Black, while the other three are available in either camouflage or Tactical Black.

Every crossbow package includes a case, three bolts, a cocking rope, quiver and scope. You can choose among four types of scopes for your package.