Friday, July 28, 2017

Parker Self-Cocking Crossbow

Handicapped Outdoors
Handicapped Outdoors
Coming to a freezer near me!
Hello, gang!  I know it has been a minute since my last article and I want to thank you for your patience.  Last January, my wife and I adopted our second child, a baby girl and we have been a little swamped since then.

So, it is late July and already my mind is on the upcoming deer season.  In fact, I want to share a picture of the big guy who is invited to our freezer right around the beginning of October.  Man, he is going to taste great - w00t!

As a disabled hunter, a crossbow is a consistent tool of choice.  It is undeniably lethal as well as convenient.  It is quiet and doesn't scare the neighbors like the crack of a rifle.  It is also undeniably in its inconvenient in certain areas as well.   Crossbows are difficult to cock and even more dangerous to de-cock if you do not get a shot at that 8-point, pig or gobbler.

Concorde Crossbow by Parker Bows
Courtest of Simmons Sporting Goods
These dilemmas have been addressed by the Concorde Crossbow from Parker Bows.  First of all, it is self-cocking.  That's right, you push a button in the butt of the stock and it cocks itself in less than 2 seconds using CO2.  What is even more amazing is that it can be decocked in the same manner with a smooth silent release of the tension of the bow.  No more decocking bolts and rummaging around in the leaves for the errant decocking shot.

No more worries about having to make your one shot count either.  Finally, you can reload the bow while in the stand yourself.

It shoots at a decent 300 feet per second which is plenty of power to kill a deer, pig, coyote, etc.

Their website did not give the weight of the weapon which I would assume would be a bit heavier than the typical crossbow due to the added CO2 tank.  So, a disabled hunter may need some assistance getting the weapon up onto a shooting mount or rest.

I was very impressed with the scope choices that come standard on the bow.  Most of the time, the scopes that come on a crossbow is just to the left of pure junk. These, however, are high-quality crossbow scopes with a very nice reticle picture and dot system to quickly sight in your target.  Your choice of standard or illuminated scopes is available.  The illuminated scope comes with both red and green lighting and the brightness is adjustable to your liking.

When the bow was originally created around 2011, the price-point was a bit high, but it is now available from Parker Bows at $550 for the standard sight and $600 for the illuminated sight.

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