Before I got my Equinox, I was looking at all of the different Excalibur models. I knew I wanted an Excalibur, but didn't know which one. Since I'm of the opinion that "bigger is always better", I went with the Equinox.
Prior to that though, I was seriously considering the Ibex because it was lighter and shorter than the Equinox and I thought it might be a little better for my little boy to shoot also. Once I really got to looking at the what the numbers were as far as the differences in the Ibex and Equinox, I figured it wasn't enough to matter so I went with the big'un.
Personally, I like the thumbhole stock over the traditional stock.
A buddy of mine from far Eastern KY came down here to the house on Friday and I took him over to the local Bass Pro Shop on Friday, since I know he doesn't have anything like that around where he lives. I think he's getting ready to turn 68 years old and hasn't been able to bowhunt the past few years because he can't pull his vertical bow. I've been after him to get a crossbow and I think he's finally made up his mind to get one. He knows about Excalibur's reputation and has heard me brag about mine, so while we were at Bass Pro Shops we went and "fondled" the different Excalibur models they had on display (funny that we didn't even look at any of the others
). With all of the different models they had, we talked about them and he got to handle them all. They had one of the SMF models there. He knew that I recommended a 175 lb draw model for him (he's a pretty little guy). After handling both the traditional and thumbhole stocks, he liked the thumbhole stocks. After handling both the SMF and the aluminum rail models, he said that the SMF was lighter, but like the aluminum rail better. He said that the SMF seemed "kinda' cheap". Looking at the prices, the SMF model was cheaper, but he said that he was willing to pay more to get what he wanted.
So................ After handling the different models, with the different stocks and rails, my buddy preferred the thumbhole stock, aluminum rail, 175 lb draw model. I wonder which one that is???
Here's an idea. If Excalibur is really about customer service and giving the people what they want, why not give people the option to choose different things? Why not give the option of camo rail or plain rail? SMF rail or aluminum rail? Still offer the "standard" build, but give people the option.