Ravin R26 Crossbow: Short and Sweet

Ravin Crossbows shook the crossbow world up several years ago when they launched an incredibly fast and compact crossbow design. Other bow companies quickly scrambled to follow Ravin’s lead. The result has been a number of new crossbow options on the market with a much tighter axle-to-axle frame than what we’ve seen in crossbows from the past. At this year’s ATA show, Ravin stepped up again with an even more compact design in their all new Ravin R26 crossbow for 2019.

Ravin R26 Crossbow

We were impressed by the performance of the super compact Ravin R26 crossbow when we spent some time with it on the range at the 2019 ATA show.

Not only is the Ravin R26 one of the tightest axle-to-axle crossbows you’ll ever find, now it’s one of the shortest as well. The compact design of this new crossbow is beyond impressive. It provides the ultimate in maneuverability, whether hunting from the ground blind or treestand.

Check out this video for a closer look at the Ravin R26 crossbow…


Weighing in at only 6.5 pounds, the Ravin R26 generates speeds of 400 FPS from a 9.5-inch power stroke and measures just 26 inches in length. Ravin’s R26 axle-to-axle width is an amazing 5.75 inches when fully-drawn – making the Ravin R26 the most compact crossbow on the market. The new R26 will be available in the new Predator Dusk Camo, exclusive to Ravin Crossbows.

The Ravin R26 is priced at $2049. See more at www.ravincrossbows.com.


  1. John Jones says:

    I bought a R26 , love the bow , but absolutley hate that the arrows stick out so much out the front . I know that it will void my warranty , but I cut mine to 18 inches and added the extra 20 gr to front insert . Ravin needs to become more hunter friendly and realize that people love to work on their own arrows . Nothing wrong with requiring their nocks , but some of us wouldn’t mind loosing some speed and shooting a heavier arrow . Easier on our bow too . Also they might think of making an extended crank to help us older fellows and invalids crank it easier . To some of us 12 lbs is a lot

  2. I just traded my r20 sniper for the R26. I am in turkey blind as I write this. In a Permanent deer condo blind with horizontal windows It is impossible to rest this great shooting R26 on the window or on the fork of a tripod or bipod. The quiver and crank if attached also pose issues for resting the bow.
    I can shoot off hand fairly tight at close ranges of 30 yds or under but one must be super cautious to avoid injury.
    It does not fit well in my R20 case but with some old bulky wool sweaters for packing during transit, it is ok.
    I hope all the torque does not accelerate strings and cables to early deterioration. After all, this baby has a price tag.
    Over all it is a keeper. As soon as I have a little more muscle memory from use and daily entail practice, I will attain more comfort.
    Also I cannot stand the cocked and loaded bow in a ready position with a bolt protruding out 2+ inches especially with a fixed blade Broad head.
    So far I like it a lot for size, weight, maneuverability, and accuracy.
    It is new radical design and I realize minor tweaks like shorter bolts will be coming out.

  3. john jones says:

    i really dont understand the problem with a tripod as the front arm rest sticks down far enough that you should be able to rest your bow on that . sure you may have to modify your rest but it shouldnt be too big a problem . also a friend of mine cut his arrows off to 17.5 inches and is getting good results with them .


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