SHOT Show 2019: Traditions Introduces Crackshot XBR

It's an odd blending of firearm and bow that uses blanks to shoot arrows.

Crackshot XBR
The Crackshot can fire bolts at 385 fps using .27-caliber blanks.Joseph Albanese

Traditions broke the mold with their Crackshot XBR, an odd melding of firearm and bow.

Superficially, the Crackshot XBR looks like an inline muzzleloader—except for the quiver holding three bolts strapped to the side. The unique gun(?) uses the expanding gases from a .27-caliber blank to propel the hollow bolts at approximately 385 feet per second.

Crackshot XBR
The arrows or bolts used by the Crackshot are hollow and capture the expanding gasses of the .27-caliber blanks much the way the Pioneer Airbow's arrows capture compressed air.Joseph Albanese

The bolts (they look more like crossbow bolts than arrows) are equipped with standard arrow threads, so you can use whatever field points or broadheads you prefer. At 30 yards, the arrows are said to deliver 94 foot-pounds of kinetic energy for plenty of game-taking performance, but so far, no state’s fish and game department has given the gun their seal of approval.

Crackshot XBR
The hollow arrows fit over a tube inside the barrel.Joseph Albanese

As with other innovations, time will tell, and you may just have to wait until the "firearm" starts shipping in May to get a ruling from your state’s DNR on what season the implement qualifies for.

No one trick pony, the Crackshot also ships with a 16.5-inch .22 caliber barrel for rimfire fun when you don’t want to fling arrows. The whole kit and caboodle has an MSRP of $449 for a black synthetic stocked Crackshot, and $499 for the Kryptek Highlander Reduced Camo model.

The proprietary XBR blanks will retail at $24 per 100 count.

Crackshot XBR
The Crackshot XBR comes with a side-mounted quiver and a .22LR barrel so it can be used as a plinker or varmint gun when not slinging arrows.Joseph Albanese