Carbon Express Intercept Supercoil Review – Comp. Crossbow

ModelDraw WeightStrokeVelocitySuggested Arrow LengthCrossbow Length / Weight
Carbon Express Supercoil

Carbon Express Supercoil

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175 lbs.13.5"360 FPS

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20"31.25" / 7.8 lbs.
- AR-style design is customizable
- Multi-position stock
- Very fast, accurate, and powerful

- Longer than usual assembly/setup time
Small Game Hunting?yes2
Deer, Elk Hunting?yes2
Moose, Bear Hunting?yes2
Target Shooting?yes2
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Putting it Together

supercoil2Assembly of the Intercept Supercoil takes a bit longer than other crossbows, because almost everything is customizable. The stock is a multi-position tactical stock, so you can cater it to your own size and shooting style. If you want to get really fancy, the Picatinny design platform allows you to customize the fore arm, grip, stock, and quiver using military and commercial AR parts. Let’s assume you’re just assembling what’s in the box, though.

You attach the cable slide, then mount the riser to the stock. Adjust the stock the way you want it, install the foot stirrup, and then mount the quiver. Round things out by mounting your scope, and you’re good to go. It took me about 30 minutes to have the Supercoil set up the way I wanted, but I still make adjustments from time to time, depending on how heavy a coat I’m wearing to hunt or shoot.

Accuracy And Power

Once I had the x-bow set up, I headed out to the range to sight ‘er in and test the accuracy. Sighting in the crossbow took just a couple of shots, because the included scope was nearly sighted in out of the box. I tested with several rounds of shooting at 25, 50, and 75 yards. From 25 yards, my groupings were so small the arrows touched each other, and I maintained a three-quarter-inch grouping from 50 yards. Stepping back to 75 yards, the accuracy dropped a bit and I could only hold a 2” grouping. I’d hardly call that a drawback, though, since few crossbows are really designed for shooting at that range (the scope’s reticles only go to 50 yards).

With speeds of 360 fps and kinetic energy tipping 122 ft. lbs., this crossbow is faster than average as well as being powerful enough to drive my arrows all the way through my target block. You definitely get your money’s worth in terms of both accuracy and power with the Intercept Supercoil.

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How Is the Intercept Supercoil for Hunting?

supercoil1Since it’s so new to the market and I had other crossbows to test, I haven’t had the opportunity to hunt with this baby just yet. However, based on my field tests and the characteristics of the crossbow, it looks to be my next favorite hunting crossbow. It’s compact, very customizable with AR-style components, and lightweight. It’s also powerful enough and accurate enough to take on any game, large or small.

The crossbow also has SilenTech Coating, a rubber-like exterior finish that cuts down on vibration, making this crossbow quieter than almost any of its competitors. I also like the Krptek Camo finish, since it makes the crossbow ideal for either stand or ground blind hunting.

Cocking The Intercept Supercoil

Once cocked, this crossbow is only 13.5” wide, making it easier to maneuver in a tree stand or ground blind. Cocking the crossbow is smooth and easy, and the safety and anti-dry fire mechanisms engage reliably before each and every shot. The cam sets are aluminum alloy, giving plenty of speed and kinetic energy, and the bow string is tunable synthetic string.

Ballistic Data For The Carbon Express Intercept Supercoil

Your actual results will vary slightly depending on weather, and significantly with arrow weight change. See our Crossbow Ballistics Guides section for a complete understanding of how we conducted our tests and why this data matters.

The Crossbow Scope

The Carbon Express Intercept Supercoil comes with the same scope as the Covert CX-3 SL, a 4×32 glass etched multi reticle scope with illuminated red or green dots. The scope provides excellent light-gathering capabilities, and the red or green light illumination settings are perfect for every imaginable light condition.

The scope sights in quickly and easily, and holds zero for months. The optics are nicely coated, and resist fogging in all weather conditions.

See our detailed guide on how to sight-in your crossbow


Carbon Express ships along 3 20” Maxima Headhunter arrows with the Intercept Supercoil, arrows that I’ve become a big fan of. They are very durable, lasting for many shootings and still looking brand new. They are nice and straight, shooting fast and accurately. If you do want additional arrows, stick with 20” arrows at 425 grain, and you’ll be in good shape.

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Safety and Design

supercoil3The modular design of the Intercept Supercoil ushers in a new age for crossbows, an age where you can customize just about any part of your crossbow with AR-style components. What you get out of the box, though, is very well designed and constructed. The trigger pull is a nice, smooth 3.5 pound pull with a terrific, consistent break point.

The cams work flawlessly, the safety engages when it should, and the anti-dry fire mechanism is superbly reliable. I’ve tried to find something not to like about this x-bow, and simply can’t. It oozes quality, and is worth well more than the sticker price Carbon Express puts on the bow.


All Carbon Express crossbows come with a 5-year warranty, and Carbon Express stands by their products. Their customer service folks are top notch, friendly, and knowledgeable. When I’ve had problems with other Carbon Express bows and arrows, they’ve been very quick to rectify the problem. I expect nothing less from them, since they’ve set the bar that high!

What Crossbow Case Fits the Carbon Express Supercoil?

The Supercoil is compact as crossbows go so there are several possible case choices. Two of the best are the soft Carbon Express Deluxe Case and the hard SKB Hunter Series Crossbow Case. This hard case is on the expensive side; however, it features wheels for easy transport and allows plenty of room for accessories.

Crossbow Review – Summary

Thanks for reading our crossbow review. Carbon Express’s Intercept Supercoil is like a dream come true, melding together crossbow with AR-style rifle. This particular baby has no real drawbacks that I can identify, other than taking a while to assemble, so I’d strongly recommend this crossbow to anybody. Take a look at today's price on this crossbow and check out our top 10 crossbows rankings for more.


    1. HI Mike,

      Thanks for the compliment! Have not reviewed the XForce 454, actually I’m pretty sure I’ve never heard of that one before. I’ll look into it and will e-mail you what I find if you’d like.

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