Every ranged weapon is only as good as the projectile – regardless of whether it fires a bullet (such as a rifle or pistol) or an arrow (such as a crossbow or vertical bow). If the arrow or ammunition is of a poor quality, it is difficult to make good hits.
With the AR-6 Stinger II platform, the arrow determines the accuracy and penetration to a large degree. At the same time, proper arrows are also important for the reliability and functioning of the entire crossbow. One more reason to think carefully before making a choice.
We offer two product lines for our AR series: our "standard" aluminum arrows and our premium line of high quality carbon arrows.
We would not be Steambow if we did not strive to set new standards and take truly innovative approaches with our arrows, as we do with everything else.
And thus, our carbon arrows are very different from the alternatives that can be found on the Internet, most of which come from Asia. They are designed to work perfectly with our limbs and have undergone rigorous testing.
Our match arrows are optimized for maximum precision and meet all the needs of a dedicated target shooter. They can also handle higher draw weights without becoming deformed and allow repeatable tight groupings. The good characteristics of these carbon arrows shine especially at longer distances.
Our Premium Bodkin Arrows were developed for extreme penetration and terminal effect, and are 50% heavier than normal bodkin arrows at 231 grains. Thanks to the hybrid carbon fiber and aluminum construction, these arrows not only punch through hard targets but are also virtually indestructible – no matter what draw weight you use and even at short distances.
And the extra-heavy Premium Hunting Arrows offer extreme penetration and wounding ability. At 239 grains, they are extremely heavy – and feature the same robust carbon fiber and aluminum construction as the other Premium Series arrows. The Premium Hunting Arrows achieve greater penetration and can also pass through larger game. The significant bleeding prevents the animal from traveling any great distance, and the blood trail is easy to find.
With the right arrows – with straight shafts and intact vanes – you can achieve impressive accuracy with the AR-6 Stinger II. By contrast, cheap and poorly made arrows offer neither the desired accuracy nor reliable function.
Our new “gold standard.” These carbon arrows were developed specifically for the AR-6 Stinger II and are extremely robust while offering maximum precision. Above all, these arrows do not bend, even when fired with higher draw weights and at very short distances to the target – eliminating a frequent problem with aluminum bolts that can lead to poor accuracy and malfunctions.
This makes our Match Arrows ideal for demanding shooters who value repeatable accuracy. These carbon arrows are indispensable for serious practice and target shooting.
Thanks to the precisely milled stainless steel point, a full carbon shaft with an aluminum core, and an aluminum nock, these arrows are simply the best pistol crossbow arrows one can buy.
|Weight||10.5 grams / 162 grains|
|Material||Carbon fiber, stainless steel, color code “blue”|
Our heavy Premium Bodkin Arrows consist of a hardened tool steel point, a solid stainless steel segment for additional weight, and a carbon fiber half shaft with an aluminum core for optimal flight characteristics. These bodkin arrows were developed for maximum penetration and flight stability, are affected little by wind, and can be used with any draw weight without limitations.
At a weight of 231 grains, these arrows are considerably heavier than most pistol crossbow arrows, and strike their target with high momentum. They can penetrate hard materials like metal sheeting or glass with ease.
Even though they have no blades, these arrows cause considerably more damage than practice or match arrows. Combined with their ability to penetrate targets very effectively, this makes them highly dangerous. This means that greater care must be exercised when using bodkin arrows, and better targets are needed.
|Weight||15.0 grams / 231 grains|
|Material||Carbon fiber, stainless steel, color code “black”|
Our carbon Premium Hunting Arrows consist of a broadhead point with razor-sharp blades, a solid stainless steel segment for additional weight, and a carbon fiber half shaft with an aluminum core for optimal flight characteristics. These hunting arrows are designed for optimum penetration.
Our heavy carbon hunting arrows turn the AR-6 Stinger II repeating crossbow into a very dangerous weapon. These arrows cut with ease through hair, hide, and tissue and cause heavy bleeding. A single hit with such an arrow can easily cause mortal wounds. This means that these arrows must be handled with extreme care.
These arrows also feature aluminum nocks, and all components are of the absolute best quality.
We are particularly proud of the outstanding flight characteristics and precision of our hunting arrows.
|Weight||15.5 grams / 239 grains|
|Material||Carbon fiber, stainless steel, color code “red”|
Our practice arrows with blue anodized aluminum shafts are ideal for starting out with tactical crossbow shooting and are suited to low draw weights (our 35 lb and 55 lb limbs). Thanks to their somewhat lower weight, these arrows have a comparatively flat trajectory and lower penetration, which is ideal for recreational shooting and shorter distances.
When they were introduced together with the AR-6 Stinger II in 2019, these arrows were a quantum leap in pistol crossbow arrows and set an entirely new quality benchmark. Since then, we have added higher draw weights to the family, and these arrows are too light for these bows. But they are very good for somewhat weaker pistol crossbows up to an 80 lb draw weight.
Note: It is easy to bend these bolts when pulling them out of the target. Shots at very short distances or into targets that are too hard can also deform the shafts. Bent shafts cause poor accuracy, and can cause malfunctions and dry fires. Bent arrows must be straightened or discarded in any case.
|Weight||9.2 grams / 142 grains|
|Material||Anodized aluminum, color code “blue”|
The black anodized bodkin arrows have a sharp point and are significantly heavier than the aluminum practice arrows. The higher weight and hardened point give these arrows considerable penetrating ability. Even though they have no blades, they cause considerably more damage than practice arrows. This combined with their ability to penetrate targets very effectively makes these arrows highly dangerous. This means that greater care must be exercised when using bodkin arrows, and better targets are needed. We expressly advise against using DIY targets.
The higher weight means that these arrows cause less stress to the limbs and end caps, and are very good for draw weights of 75 lb and more. And only these or heavier arrows are approved for use with our 90 lb limb.
The arrow shaft can bend easily when striking hard targets or when fired from a short distance. This means that under frequent use, you must inspect the arrows for any bends and straighten them if needed. Bent arrows cause severe accuracy degradation, and can lead to malfunctions and dry fires.
|Weight||10.5 grams / 162 grains|
|Material||Anodized aluminum, color code “black”|
Our aluminum hunting arrows turn the AR-6 Stinger II repeating crossbow into a very dangerous tool. These arrows, fitted with razor-sharp blades, cut with ease through hair, hide, and tissue and cause heavy bleeding. A single hit with such an arrow can easily cause mortal wounds. This means that these arrows must be handled with extreme care.
We are particularly proud of the outstanding flight characteristics and precision of our hunting arrows – capabilities that the numerous knock-offs from China can only dream of.
These arrows were developed especially for hunting and pest control. And they already have an impressive track record in North America, where crossbow hunting is very popular.
Note: Hunting arrows are generally “single-use arrows”. In the event of a miss, the arrow either strikes a stone or tree and is damaged beyond repair, or is lost in the underbrush. And even with a good hit, such an arrow is frequently lost. Because of this, these arrows are approved for higher draw weights, but not for repeated use. The aluminum shaft can easily bend upon impact.
|Weight||10,0 grams / 154 grains|
|Material||Anodized aluminum, color code “red”|
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