|Model||Draw Weight||Stroke||Velocity||Suggested Arrow Length||Crossbow Length / Weight|
|Arrow Precision Inferno Firestorm 2|
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|165 lbs.||14.2"||375 FPS||20"||40.5" / 8.2 lbs.|
Welcome to my review of the Arrow Precision Inferno Firestorm II Crossbow. This crossbow is an extremely durable and accurate hunting crossbow that can take down just about any game you can legally hunt in North America. Each package delivered by Arrow Precision includes the following items:
- The Arrow Precision Inferno Firestorm II crossbow, including stock and prod
- All assembly hardware and tools
- 4 x 32mm Illuminated Multi-reticle scope
- Padded sling
- Detachable quiver
- Rope-cocking device
- 4 20” carbon arrows
Assembling The Crossbow
Assembling the Arrow Precision Inferno Firestorm II crossbow was pretty easy, since all I had to do was attach the prod to the stock, then attach the quiver and mount the scope. The included instructions weren’t terribly clear on how to install the cable guide, but a telephone call to Arrow Precision had that cleared up within five minutes.
All in all, it took me less than half an hour to put this crossbow together, mount the scope, and be ready to head out to the range.
Accuracy And Power
The Arrow Precision Inferno Firestorm II blasts its arrows off the rail at 375 fps. The arrow strike the target with almost 125 ft. lbs. of kinetic energy, tearing through my foam core target so brutally that the arrows come through the other side and dig 4” into my backstop. I’ve had to set up a second foam core target behind the first just to make sure I don’t damage my arrows too much. It’s that powerful at close range!
Accuracy is also quite amazing with this crossbow, in part because of its extremely light 2.4 lbs. trigger pull. After I’d sighted in the crossbow, I was able to maintain 1.5” groupings at 35 yards and 2.5” groupings at 50 yards. I felt this was more than enough accuracy to take on any game, whether it’s small, medium, or large.
Hunting: What To Expect
Weighing 8.2 lbs., this isn’t a light crossbow to carry around in the bush. However, the included padded sling is a very nice concession to the weight, and makes carrying the crossbow very comfortable.
The Arrow Precision Inferno Firestorm II packs a lot of punch, and is more than powerful enough to take down the largest buck or even a Cape buffalo. I personally saw my arrow go through the largest buck I’d ever seen, a 20-point buck, and come out the other side with speed to spare. The buck ran for about 35 yards, and then fell down out of exhaustion from blood loss. I’m planning a hunting trip out West soon, and hope to see how this crossbow fares against a buffalo. From the amount of power I’ve measured, I’m confident the Cape buffalo will be no match for this baby!
Cocking The Arrow Precision Inferno II
Cocking the Arrow Precision Inferno II isn’t real easy, with its 165 lbs. draw weight, but I’ve certainly seen heavier pulls. The drawback is nice and smooth, and the included rope-cocking device makes the job much easier.
For an even easier draw, I’d recommend a hand-crank cocking device, which should be able to mount to the butt stock. I would not recommend cocking this by hand alone, as the weight of the draw would make it very difficult to get the even, consistent draw required to be accurate.
The Crossbow Scope
The included crossbow scope is a 4 x 32mm illuminated mult-reticle scope, which we’ve seen on plenty of other crossbows by Arrow Precision. It sights in quite easily, so easily that I had it sighted in within 3 shots. Once sighted in, it holds zero quite well; I have not had to adjust windage or elevation even once in a dozen shooting sessions.
The only complaint I have with this scope is the light gathering ability. Under normal daylight, the scope works perfectly and is deadly accurate. When the light is low or the air is foggy, however, details get washed out in the scope so badly that all I can make out is a faint silhouette, even though I can see the target clearly with my naked eye.
Arrows For This Crossbow
The Arrow Precision Inferno Firestorm II ships with 4 20” carbon arrows and 100-grain field tips. The arrows are very nice quality, and stand up to the abuse the crossbow throws at them very well. These arrows have a total weight of 400 grains with the field tips; I would not recommend using less than 400-grain arrows, but you can certainly shoot heavier arrows if you wish. Make sure to read our arrow selection guide for more help on this subject.
Safety and Design
This crossbow does not feature an anti-dry fire mechanism or automatic safety, so care must be taken when cocking and loading the crossbow. I have fired hundreds of shots through the Firestorm II, and never experienced any failures from the safety. It’s unfortunate that Arrow Precision has incorporated a manual safety, though, as it’s very handy to have the safety engage as soon as you cock the crossbow. If you think of the crossbow in terms of firearm safety, though, you should be able to easily get into the habit of turning the safety to Safe after you’ve drawn and cocked the crossbow.
The limbs of the Arrow Precision Inferno Firestorm II are made of compression fiberglass, and the track and barrel is extruded and machined aluminum. A CNC machined aluminum riser complements the rest of the components, with a lightweight composite rear stock fleshing out the rest of the crossbow.
Arrow Precision provides a 1-year limited warranty for the Inferno Firestorm II. Arrow Precision’s customer service personnel are top-notch, with the owner often answering the calls and taking care of problems and other issues right away. I’ve rarely seen an owner so involved in his company, so this is quite impressive.
Thanks for reading our crossbow review of the Arrow Precision Inferno Firestorm II. This is an excellent crossbow, and is very budget-conscious, too. The Inferno Firestorm II can easily take down any game you might come across and can legally bag, and the crossbow will stand up to years of traipsing around in the bush looking for prey. Make sure to check out Amazon.com’s excellent discount on the Inferno Firestorm 2 which also includes free shipping.