The Mathews Halon X…The Best of Both Worlds

By Tracy BreenOctober 26, 2016

The Halon X is touted as a crossover bow and that is just what it is. It has a silky smooth draw cycle and is a joy to shoot.


Anyone that picks up this bow will instantly notice one thing: it is rock solid in the hand. Mathews Archery Pro Shooter, Dan McCarthy had this to say about the Halon X: “Even when I am bowhunting, I prefer shooting a bow that is slightly longer than the norm. The Halon X is 35 inches axle to axle, so it is long enough to work well in tournaments and short enough to comfortably shoot from a treestand. Thirty-five inches axle to axle is what I would consider my ideal hunting bow. It is perfect for me,” McCarthy explained.

According to McCarthy, there are many benefits to shooting a bow that is a bit longer. “There are always going to be trade offs, but I am willing to shoot a bow that is longer and heavier in return for the added benefits of the bow being easier to aim and therefore more accurate,” McCarthy added.

If you shoots guns, you probably already know that a varmint rifle that comes with a heavy barrel and stock is more accurate than a lightweight AR style rifle. A heavy gun isn’t going to move around in the hand as much when you aim. A varmint rifle isn’t much heavier than an AR style rifle, but the extra few ounces can make a big difference in long range accuracy. The same can be said in archery. “A few ounces can make a big difference with down range accuracy,” McCarthy noted.

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Dan McCarthy is a big fan of the benefits that come with shooting a longer bow, like the Halon X.

“When I am in my backyard shooting at a target, I am calm, collected and get to shoot hundreds of arrows. In most cases, I can shoot almost any bow and am fairly accurate. When I am bowhunting, I probably haven’t shot an arrow all day, the weather is often cold, and I am stiff from sitting for hours. I will likely only get one shot if a deer steps out in front of me, so I need to make it count. I feel more confident with a bow that is a little longer and heavier in my hand because when I am bowhunting, extreme accuracy really counts,” McCarthy said.

Bowhunters and target shooters can be tough on their gear which means when a person is shopping for a new bow, they need one that is extra tough and can take plenty of abuse. “I like the Halon X because it is heavy duty. It can handle being bounced around in the woods and it can handle the abuse of going from tournament to tournament every week. It is well built so I am confident when I am shooting it.”

Mathews Halon X

The new Mathews Halon X is right at home, both on the line and in the woods.

Those interested in crossing over and purchasing the Halon X will be pleased to know that this bow has plenty of speed. The Halon X features the new perimeter weighted Mini Crosscentric cams that can put some speed behind the arrow. The bow is rated at 330 IBO. The Halon X has a generous 7-inch brace height which makes hitting the mark a little easier. Draw lengths from 25-30.5 are available.

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Tracy Breen
Tracy Breen is a full-time outdoor writer and marketing consultant in the outdoor industry. Over the past twenty years, he has been able to hunt and fish all over North America. Tracy was born with cerebral palsy and often writes and speaks about overcoming physical obstacles, chasing dreams and living life to the fullest. Tracy writes for a wide array of publications including Outdoor Life, New Pioneer, North American Whitetail, Buckmasters, Petersen’s Bowhunting and Bowhunting World to name a few. Tracy resides in Michigan with his wife, Angie and their two boys Thane and Hendrik.
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