This customizable crossbow designed and assembled in the U.S.A. is another scope worth your money. The accessories that come with it are ideal for any shooting situation. The crossbow features an Eight-Position Picatinny Stock Rail System that accommodates most military and commercial AR parts, great for unlimited custom styling. The crossbow is also slim and because of this, balance is improved and you can shoot better. The Micro Adjustable 5-Positiion Tactical AR Stock Design allows you to repeat your shots because of its optimal length-of-pull.
Another great thing about this crossbow is its unquestionable durability. For a crossbow to be used in any hunting scenario, it needs to have a great build. Its 3.5lb. trigger pull is gun caliber machined, too, which gives more lethal results. You don’t have to worry about the vibration and noise because they are controlled by the rubber-like exterior finish coating, called SilenTech, for quieter hunting. Most crossbows nowadays have an anti fry fire system that helps keep you safe. And that is another feature in this Intercept Axon. Into the bargain, it even includes a lighted scope with red and green illumination.
One of the best features of the Carbon Express Intercept is its innovative Picatinny rail system. It’s the most widely used and accepted mounting system in the firearms industry. Designed to appeal to lovers of AR rifles, the Intercept is the perfect tool for hunters who already own a variety of lights and lasers, bipods, grips and additional tactical-style gear. An imaginative hunter can even configure this crossbow for bow fishing, night hunting, shooting out of high-elevation treestands, confined one-man blinds, and other non-deer hunting scenarios. With this set-up, it might even be difficult for you to get your hands off of this crossbow.
For starters, a 15-inch Picatinny rail allows for precision scope placement using Carbon Express’ QD scope mounts. This gives the shooter a clear field of view on every shot and proper eye relief when shooting from acute angles — such as over bait in a 20-foot-high treestand or in a blind where the target appears from an unanticipated direction. Many modern crossbows are actually designed with a one-position scope mounting system that often requires wiggling and jiggling at the moment of truth, which isn’t true with the Intercept.
The Picatinny rail also allows the user to make the necessary stock and grip adjustments for basic shooting at the range and for specialty uses such as competitive shooting, woodland practice ranges, roving and other off-season events and pastimes.
This crossbow requires 175 pounds to draw, so I recommend the use of a rope cocking device. The included rope cocking device lowers the effort required to cock the crossbow down to about 90 pounds, and ensures you have an even, consistent pull on the string, so that’s equal to about 50 points bonus. Plus, the cams work flawlessly for every shot. Another 50 points.
When it comes to the weight, the Intercept is listed at 8.3 pounds minus scope, quiver, arrows and fore-grip, but the differential is insignificant when hunting out of a stand or blind without the quiver. The length (30 ¼ to 35 inches depending on stock adjustment) and width (13 ½ inches axle to axle when cocked) makes the Intercept the perfect crossbow for midday still-hunting through thick cover such as bedding areas or rut zones. Balance becomes essential here, and that’s not going to be a problem with Intercept. Its slim profile design makes it a pleasure to hold while zigzagging through saplings, brush and briars.
With no creep, the trigger pull is crisp and dependable at 3 ½ pounds. Its Anti Dry-Fire (ADF) mechanism is another safety feature for it requires each arrow to be firmly seated on the string or the locking mechanism will not release even when the trigger is pulled — either on purpose or by accident.
Let’s now discuss the arrows. It’s important to know that various arrows and points will shoot to a different point of impact when shaft or point changes are made. Always sight in and hunt with the same arrow configurations and use field tips that are similar in weight to the broadheads you intend to use. It’s your responsibility to combine the crossbow, arrow and points. Any crossbow will perform well with fine-tuning, but it all boils down to the use of proper equipment.
Moreover, if you’re planning on shooting over 50 yards with confidence, you need to upgrade the scope. On a positive note, Carbon Express has done an excellent job developing this scope with good light gathering capabilities regardless of lighting conditions.