Excalibur is the first major manufacturer to announce their first new crossbow of 2017, called the Excalibur Micro Suppressor. Aiming to be the quietest crossbow ever, Excalibur has added many accessories to assist in what they're calling a Sound Deadening System. They've also made some bold claims that are exciting for those who love compact crossbows. Excalibur claims it is the most compact crossbow they've ever designed.
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The Micro Suppressor is an evolution of the Micro 355 and makes some minor body adjustments, and a lot of accessory additions. The main reason they were able to make it so short was the addition of the Bullpup stock. Excalibur first added the Bullpup stock to the flagship Matrix model, the Matrix Bulldog 400 crossbow. It appears they are going all in on the Bulldog naming scheme as they've also announced the new Matrix Bulldog 380.
The Micro Suppressor is aiming to be whisper quiet, and could very well be the quietest crossbow in 2017. Below I'll list the new features and accessories that make up their Sound Deadening System.
The R.A.V.S. accessory's main goal is to greatly limit the recoil and vibration from your shot. This will give the user a really smooth shooting experience and can improve your accuracy and grouping.
The R.E.D.S suppressors are already included on the Micro 335 and Micro 355, and for good reason. The main goal of this accessory is to absorb all of the power still in the string after the arrow has been shot down range. This system provides the most overall reduction in vibration, shock, and noise.
Tests have shown that the Excalibur air brakes system can reduce noise by 8 decibels. Air brakes can be added to any Micro series or Matrix series crossbow.
These are attachments to the limbs to help absorb some of the vibration and shock that the limbs take.
By making the stirrup rubberized, the material naturally absorbs better instead of hard plastic.
The arrow retention spring (hold down spring) also switched to a more rubberized material to absorb shock and vibrations.
Many generic string vibration reducing kits are available, and it seems Excalibur is creating their own set called the String Stars. There isn't much information about these yet, but I imagine they will help take out some of the "twang" and improve the smoothness of your shots.
As previously mentioned, Excalibur has found a new love in the bullpup stock design, which is a great choice for their crossbows. They've always been known to offer lightweight compact crossbows, and this new stock design allows them to achieve that. Many hunters find this type of stock to be really comfortable, so not only does it reduce overall length, it should allow your body to naturally absorb some of the recoil to make your shots smoother.
The X-Hanger quiver has a quick-detach option which is always handy. It attaches to a 3 sided Picatinny rail. To fit with the ultra-compact design, this quiver only holds 3 arrows, as opposed to the rest of the Micro series quivers which hold 4 arrows.
The Micro Suppressor not only has great accessories for hunting, but also includes a lot of desired safety features. The main one is the Guardian Anti-Dry-Fire system, which not only is a great option for safety, but also saves your crossbow from getting damaged during a dry-fire scenario. Also included are oversized finger guards, so you don't put your fingers in danger.
Just like all other Micro series, except the Micro 315, they have the Excalibur Tact-Zone scope. Using 30mm rings, you'll be able to accurately aim for long distance shots.
If you're not sure you need all of the crossbow noise suppression but still want this crossbow, then I suggest reading our Excalibur Micro 355 review. You can always add the optional suppression upgrades later if you decide you do want them.