Crossman Elkhorn Jr. Compound Bow Review
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Crossman Elkhorn Jr. Compound Bow Specifications
- Draw Length: Up to 26 inches
- Brace Height: 8”
- Draw Weight: 17 to 21 lbs.
- Bow Length: 33”
- Bow Weight: 3.3 lbs.
- IBO Speed: No Info
- Let-Off: 65%
If it is time to introduce your kid to archery, you should look no further than the Crossman Elkhorn Jr. Compound Bow.
This is an excellent choice for a kid who has so much to learn. It is engineered with the look as well as the feel of a professional compound bow.
Crossman have included the most essential features a kid could ever wish for in a beginner bow. The very first thing that will inspire you to buy this bow is its adjustability.
A draw length of up to 26 inches and a draw weight that ranges from 17 to 21 pounds are ideal for an archer who is learning the skill for the first time.
Material & Design
The design of this bow isn’t far behind when compared to professional or adult bows. It may appear simple, but it will feel great in the hands of your kid.
The center-shot riser is made of composite materials. With this design, the window is cut past the center line of the bow so that the arrow rests more in line with the center of the bow.
The fact that the nocked arrow is aligned with the longitudinal axis of the riser helps to reduce the young archer’s paradox.
The heavy-duty composite limbs are lighter and faster. The solid limb design stores enough energy your kid generates to deliver fast shots.
The soft composite grip is uniquely contoured to fit the hand of a young archer. In fact, the grip allows for steady hand placement.
Even though the IBO speed of this bow is not provided, you can tell that this bow is capable of delivering reliable speeds for young archers.
The eccentric wheels and cams on the ends of the Crossman Elkhorn Junior increase leverage and improve the energy storage capacity of the bow.
The cam system is smooth-drawing, quiet as well as dependable and has superior adjustability, which makes it easy to shoot.
Suitability for Hunting
It is a kid’s bow with low draw weight and a short draw length. So, it is reasonable to say that this bow is not entirely suitable for hunting.
The brace height of 8 inches and let-off of 65% are certainly forgiving, and may probably allow for fairly accurate shots.
However, the shot may not be fast enough to deliver a single kill shot, even when hunting small game. Not to mention that the IBO speed hasn’t been provided.
According to our assessment, the Crossman Elkhorn Junior doesn’t even qualify to be a transition bow. It is simply a beginner compound bow.
However, it is a superb choice for a kid who is learning the skill for the first time on a target board in the backyard.
To find either carbon, aluminum, or composite arrows that are best suited for this bow, you need to consult a spine chart.
To use the spine chart, you will need the draw weight and the correct arrow length for your kid. The correct arrow length will be your kid’s draw length plus 1½ inches.
The extra 1½ inches is to make sure that the field point or broad head doesn’t get riskily close to either your kid’s hand or the bow should he or she overdraw slightly.
See our complete guide on arrow selection.
- Has a good feel and balance
- Suitable choice for kids eight years and up
- A highly forgiving bow design
- Soft composite grip allows for a steady hand placement
- Smooth-drawing cam system improves adjustability
- Not a suitable choice for hunting
- Steel tension cable is not as effective as a real bowstring
Ready to Shoot Package
The ready to shoot package for this junior bow includes a finger tab, 2 piece quiver, arm guard, a sight, a rest, and 2 composite arrows.
If you are looking for a compact, dependable, fun, and well-built bow for your kid, this is the real deal. Perfectly design for first-time shooters.
The draw length and poundage are just enough for your kid to master as well as nurture his or her newly found hobby.
As a parent, you should not have very high expectations of this bow. It isn’t suited for hunting, but it is certainly equipped to teach your 8-year old the basics of archery.
You can only get it in black color.