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Join Date: May 2007
Location: PA Mercer County
Crossbow Magazine/Winchester Archery Letter
I know there's been a lot of speculation surrounding the new Winchester Crossbows. I recently had a correspondence with Winchester's Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Johnny Grace. I received permission to release our correspondence publicly.
As the “new kid” on the crossbow manufacturer block, and with the excitement and reputation that they have generated in their prototype form, we know that our crossbows will be scrutinized very closely. Given Winchester’s long history of quality and performance we could only release these crossbows when they were up to the high standard that we have set for ourselves and that our dealers and customers demand.
Our biggest production challenges have centered on the Ultra Match Trigger because this trigger is like nothing that's ever been put in a crossbow to date. We have a number of patents on it with more coming. It is a very fined tuned and "bowhunter durable" piece of equipment like you would expect from a Winchester product and offers features that no other crossbow does. Yes it has taken us longer to be able to produce it in large quantities and maintain the custom trigger feel than we planned, but I promise the wait was worth it and they will be shipping soon. We have implemented minor engineering improvements along the way and it is even better now than when it was first seen publicly several months ago. Incorporating those improvements into the trigger required that we push back the release date.
It is important to say that the delay has nothing to do with receiving parts from China like many have speculated. Every single piece in the Ultra Match trigger is made from American material, machined in American shops and assembled and tested by American technicians. All final assembly and testing is performed in our facility right here in New Jersey by our trained technicians who, by the way, are all bowhunters. We have several different foundries, molders, machinists and engineers around the US that produce our raw parts. We have those parts decorated or anodized by US companies, delivered here, and then we assemble all the parts here into the final product.
It is also important to note that there has been no redesign of this trigger from its original prototype however, we've made small internal improvements as testing has progressed. Because of those changes the trigger is even better, safer and more durable now than the original prototypes that people have seen up to this point. Again, it’s all about putting out the best product possible and getting it right the first time.
We know that the late introduction of our crossbow has caused some to speculate about the reasons and we appreciate the opportunity you’ve given us to get the word out. There is nothing going on except good engineering and a commitment not to rush out a product that did not meet the standards of the Winchester brand. This is not just another crossbow and when bowhunters get their hands on a new Winchester Stallion or Bronco and start talking, then everyone will know the wait was worth it.