I still consider myself a new hunter, one who predominantly uses shotgun and bolt action rifle, as that is what I was exposed and introduced to. I have had a growing curiosity for bow hunting, but have not had the opportunity to take up archery. I insist on being properly fitted and measured for a hunting compound bow in order to develop the skills for a successful, ethical harvest. I had the nagging suspicion that a crossbow might be a great transition from firearm to bow, since it posed a familiarity of rifle platform I am used to.
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Imagine my excitement when “Women’s Outdoor News” asked if I was interested in reviewing a crossbow. I immediately replied, Yes!” But, I did not ask pertinent questions, like what brand and what model. I figured I would treat it like a surprise and maintain a true unbiased opinion. Imagine my surprise when package arrived it was from CenterPoint Archery . I felt double surprised when I opened the box and saw the Wrath 430 just sitting there, looking at me like it was telling me not to take it out of the box unless I meant business.
Coming out the box, this crossbow appeared to be very intimidating – as assembly is required. Surprisingly, the instructions were easy for me to follow – with crystal clear images, and an option to scan a QR code that links you directly to a video that will walk you through the assembly, as well.
Keep mind that the only experience I had with a crossbow were a few previous attempts with a different brand that I wasn’t that did not impress me. I knew enough to know that were I to acquire one, I would prefer one with a slimmer axel-to-axel width. Immediately, I was drawn to the compact size of the Wrath 430.
The Wrath 430 offers these features and specifications, which come directly from its website and manual:
A few things I discovered about the Wrath 430 that were not online or part of the manual:
When I originally realized that I would not be able to cock the Wrath 430 without someone stronger to assist me, I contacted CenterPoint and learned that a silent crank was scheduled to be released. So I patiently waited and a few days later, the Wrath™ 430 Silent Cranking Device (MSRP $129.99) arrived in the mail. It was the one of the top 10 liberating moments I have had in my outdoor adventures! I was able to cock the Wrath 430 in a matter of second. Attaching the unit was elementary and it shockingly is as silent as they claimed!
Since it arrived, I have been able to train and hike my local 3D archery field solo, and repeatedly cock the crossbow without any issues or need any assistance, which is a huge step in a positive direction for me. I might actually be able to harvest a whitetail during alternative weapons season with the Wrath 430. I have had reliable target accuracy in various conditions and yardage. With as little experience and expectations that I had, I am impressed with its performance. The ergonomics and functionality of the design give me a comforting sense of familiarity and confidence that I will make an ethical shot. I now enjoy the thought of leaving my comfort zone and exploring new alternative hunting options.
CenterPoint offers a bundle Wrath 430 Crossbow With Silent Crank bundle, listed at $749.99, saving you a little over the individual unit prices.