New Crosman Pioneer Airbow

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It may not be a firearm but it’s a weapon well worth a second look especially for hunters. New from Crosman is the Pioneer Airbow, which is technically a bow due to the simple fact that it shoots arrows but is operated like a gun with a configuration similar to that of a bullpup. The Pioneer Airbow features an integrated pressure regulator and is powered by compressed air. Filled to its maximum of 3000 psi the new Airbow can fire 8 shots – full-size arrows and full-weight broadheads. The two most interesting things about this are the first and most obvious fact that this is basically a bullpup that shoots arrows and that these arrows move with impressive speed.

Arrows fired from recurve bows travel at an average of 225 fps while arrows fired from compound bows travel at an average of 300 fps. But a 375 grain arrow fired from the Airbow travels at 450 fps. Not only that, according to Crosman it’s possible to fire all 8 arrows in the same timeframe it takes to fire just 3 arrows using a crossbow. Greater speed means a more balanced trajectory and increased resistance to wind, which translates to improved accuracy.

The Airbow has an ambidextrous top cocking bolt Crosman says can be easily operated using just two fingers thanks to a cocking force of 2 pounds. It’s 33.5″ long. Weight is not listed. Realtree AP decals are included for those who prefer a camo finish instead of black.

Of course, the catch many hunters may be thinking of is a rather big one: is it legal to hunt with the Airbow? Crosman has a detailed map on their website showing which states the Airbow can be used in to hunt what game (look at http://www.crosman.com/airbow). According to their map coyotes and predators are what can be hunted in almost every state using the new bow system and although larger game depends far more on where you live, hopefully options will increase soon. I, for one, cannot wait to take one of these hunting.

MSRP $849. The Crosman Pioneer Airbow can be pre-ordered now and will be available in April 2016. Visit http://www.crosman.com/airbow.

From Crosman: “The Pioneer Airbow features a black synthetic stock with a Picatinny rail system for mounting accessories and includes: Three 375 grain carbon fiber arrows with nano ceramic Victory ICE™coating for increased speed, penetration and easier retrieval, plus field tips; CenterPoint 6×40 mm optic with custom MTAG reticle offering aiming points to 75 yards; A canted Picatinny base providing an additional 20 MOA of adjustment; Custom sling Quick-detach quiver.”



katie.ainsworth

Katie is an avid shooter, hunter, military journalist, and Southern girl. Firearms are her passion whether at the range or on a spot-and-stalk after a big buck. She’s a staff writer at The Firearm Blog and writes about guns, hunting, and the military for various publications both online and in print such as Outdoor Life, Handguns, and Shooting Illustrated. Shoot her a message at ainsworth.kat@usa.com


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  • TheNotoriousIUD

    First customer.

    • Southpaw89

      Order now and it comes with a free sharpened metal boomerang.

      • Tassiebush

        I have this uneasy feeling that after collapse I’m not going to be Max. I’m not going to Lord Humongous either. I’m going to be that unfortunate transvestite with the mortal boomerang wound. Does anyone identify with that? I can’t be alone?

        • iksnilol

          Well, I am not a transvestite so I don’t think I will end up like a transvestite with a mortal boomerang wound.

          Considering I am in Norway, I presume I’d be hiding in a moose. Like, carve out the corpse of one and treat it like a pillbox/bunker. The last thing my enemies would see would be a rifle sticking out of the mouth of a “sleeping” moose.

          • Tassiebush

            Yeah I’ve got plans like that too albeit wallabies are smaller but I’m just being realistic…
            Oh yeah I’m currently not a transvestite either but I am rather lazy and if the right meal ticket came along…

          • iksnilol

            Too be honest, I can see that one.

          • Tassiebush

            It’s not an aspiration but I am a realist and a pessimist.

          • iksnilol

            I’m an optimist, I’d be the best transvestite in the wasteland.

            :p

          • Tassiebush

            I just caught a glimpse of my back in the mirror and I now realize it just wouldn’t be a workable option for me. :p

          • Edeco

            I plan to wear a top fuel mask, most of the time, after the collapse. That’ll be my thing. Might work well with transvestism since would obscure my jaw and Adam’s apple.

        • Nicks87

          No, but that was a great comment. Most people think that they would end up like Max or maybe a scag but I think most will end up like that unfortunate transvestite.

        • Mystick

          No. I’ll be running Bartertown.

          • Tassiebush

            Haha you mean stand in as Tina Turner? Genius! You and iksnilol can battle it out to be wearer of the best post apocalyptic transvestite tiara and sash. I just totally assumed you’re a dude of course. The feat would be significantly easier if I assumed wrong.

          • Mystick

            I am a dude. But I would not go all deviant dressing up in women’s clothing in this scenario… it says “Exit Only” back there. That being said, chainmail isn’t that hard to make 😉

    • MrEllis

      “Be still my dog of war. I understand your pain. We’ve all lost someone we love. But we do it my way!”

    • Tassiebush

      I watched Commando last night and it turns out that same actor played the villian Bennett
      “Bennett you need to let off a little steam”

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        I didnt know that but I believe he also plays the apocalyptic biker in Weird Science too.

        • David J. Stuehr

          Yep, a great “cameo”

      • Mystick

        “Stick arou-oond!”

        • Tassiebush

          “I lied” and “I let him go”

          • Mystick

            The cabuhnet ministuh, the whole bus-i-ness. Got us een he-uh to do yo-uh dirty work!

    • 101combatvet101

      insanity and a subhuman

  • iksnilol

    Cheap and amazing.

    I think I am in love. How many shots with less air? Like, how many shots if you regulated it to fire at the same velocity as a regular bow?

  • Shut up and take my money.

  • codfilet

    Awesome!

  • Joshua

    That’s actually really cool. I may buy one.

  • Griz

    Not legal in MICHIGAN, but would still be a lot more fun than a 1100 fps .177

    • Tiru Maru

      how do you know? just asking….

      • Griz

        Because a .22 caliber air rifle is more fun than a .177, and a crossbow is more fun than both.

        • jcitizen

          Pretty much my attitude, after 50 years of varmint hunting!

  • VeriAeq

    How quiet is this thing? Archery depends on near silence at velocities for all types (Long, Re-curve, Compound, Cross).

    • manBear

      uhhh if that bolt is doing 450 fps … nothing you’re shooting at it with will be able to even react to the noise before it’s already been poked

    • Tassiebush

      I reckon it’d be fairly loud given noise of pneumatic airguns usually is much louder than spring guns. Velocity would be enough to still hit things first though.

      • Joshua Madoc

        The discharge noise is actually pretty small, it only gets really loud indoors, where the walls and ceiling would bounce the noise around, but outdoor noise could probably easily drown out the *PSSHHTTT* sound.

  • Gabe

    Cool concept. For anyone who hasn’t already figured it out this is based off the Benjamin Bulldog air rifle. This is also not the first of it kind, FX Airguns has had a model that can be converted between pellet rifle and air bow. However, I believe rated velocity is much lower on the FX.

  • allannon

    I want one, but not at $850. The only thing it can be used for here in TX is apparently pests, so it’d be a range toy.

    I don’t think I own a single firearm (not including optics or accouterments) that cost that much. I guess I’m a cheapskate.

    • Glenn

      Hi I shot one yesterday at the ATA show in Kentucky. It’s really impressive. Louder than the cross bow and accurate. You have to buy their arrows. However I guess we can try other arrows when you get it.

  • Texas-Roll-Over

    Nifty thrifty. I’ll stick with my PSE.

    Anyone watch the promo video where two “hunters” walk up to a farm raised animal and shoot it with this thing from 10 yards away….twice none the less and then are paid to act like its an awesome product. What a joke.

  • Bill

    Will it work underwater?

  • Giolli Joker

    How does it compare the with the Swivel Machine Arrow Gun?

  • Southpaw89

    Looks like fun, but 850 is a bit much for just fun. Would love to get a chance to shoot one though.

  • Anonymoose

    Can’t wait to bring this to the archery club!

  • UCSPanther

    Looks like the “air crossbow” from the little known top-down post-apocalyptic action game “Take No Prisoners” has a real life counterpart…

  • MrEllis

    I’m fairly certain you couldn’t hunt with that in bow season in a lot of places.

    • codfilet

      The website has a map showing which states this thing can be used, depending on the type of game being hunted.

      • MrEllis

        Well you can use just about anything in rifle/open here. But bow and powder are very specific. You can’t use a crossbow or anything of that sort even.

  • George Griffin

    heavy metal style

  • Quasimofo

    Oh man, the Pope & Young crowd and other archery hunting “purists” that go apoplectic over xbows are going to stroke out over this thing. So enjoyable to watch.

  • Phil Hsueh

    I’m guessing that this wouldn’t be CA legal would it, or would it require a bullet button or something equally stupid.

    • avconsumer2

      Right? Who can ever tell anymore. I’d literally have to hire legal counsel for a consultation if I ever moved there (with my arsenal).

  • Phil Hsueh

    I wonder if this thing will somehow make its way onto The Walking Dead, never mind that it hasn’t actually come out yet and therefor wouldn’t actually be around during TWD but it would still be cool to Daryl with one.

  • Mark

    How much sound pressure is generated by firing the compressed air? I am skeptical about this being stealthy.

    • jcitizen

      True! I have a .22 rifle that as long as you use sub-sonic ammo is way quieter than any air or gas powered rifle. It uses a floating chamber, and can shoot almost any 22 ammo and still operate in semi-auto mode!!!

  • Mystick

    I like it.

  • Norm Glitz

    In good old NJ, this would be a firearm, NICS check and all.
    A bow uses a bow to launch its projectile, some form of leaf spring, whether it’s an arrow or something else.

    • jcitizen

      A lot of states treat anything gas powered fairly similarly.

  • Mcameron

    Awesome, now all i need to do is get a few riced out honda civics, and then i can start hijacking 18-wheelers carrying DVD players to fund my underground racing habit!

    • jcitizen

      HA! Kind of Mad Max already!

  • smartacus

    can’t wait till these start appearing in Sportsmans Guide at reduced prices

  • gregge

    I recall a gun magazine review of one back in the pre-internet era. (Before 1992) It was called the Air-Row or AirRow. A feature of it was the inner barrel, small enough to slide up inside the shaft of any aluminum arrow, just unscrew the nock. To ready for firing, insert an arrow into the outer barrel, giving a slight twist to push the fletching in. That increased accuracy by making the arrows spin when fired.

    The reviewer shot over a chronograph, recording velocities of 500 FPS or higher and the thing was so accurate he had to aim at different areas of the target to avoid jamming one up the back end of an arrow already stick in the target.

    The heads of the arrows had to be well secured to the shafts or the air pressure blown inside could pop them off.