owned and shoot a TenPoint Stealth X2, one of
the old flagship models from TenPoint based on
the TenPoint high end frame, for several years
now. I have to admit that, ergonomically wise, I
like the SixPoint frame better: not only it is
lighter but the ability to move the front grip
much farther to the front balances the weight
much better making it feel considerably lighter.
The front grip is also considerably better as it
is fatter and rounded in lower part and much
slimmer in the finger rest area: it provides a
natural and solid grip. The large flat top of
the fore grip is also a good passive safety: it
is almost impossible to keep the fingers
straight up in a way they may interfere with the
string and cables.
Defender CLS is not a light crossbow, it tips
the scale at 8 pounds, the machined aluminum
riser gives a good contribution as well as the
“all metal” construction. Also the ACU Draw
mechanism adds some weight but being placed at
the other end of the stock it does not alter
names states (“CLS”=Compact Limbs System) the
Defender is designed with short and rather
parallel limbs: once coked from axle to axle it
becomes shorter than 20 inches (see pics).
Besides giving a compelling design to the
crossbow it also a practical bonus to those who
hunt in confined spaces such a as threestans and
ground blinds. The compactness minimizes inertia
on the longitudinal plane so that twisting
action during aim becomes very easy and fast.
stock (like most crossbow) is rather short: the
trigger pull measures nearly 13 inches, making it
better suited to treestand shooting than target
shooting, at least for tall people.
Draw is a crank coking mechanism that is housed
into a small box applied to the stock that
reduces the cocking effort down to a mere 8
pounds using a removable T handle. The AcuDraw
is also available in the AcuDraw50 variation
that instead of a crank uses a simpler and less
expensive rope cocking system that retracts into
a similar box housed on the stock.
AcuDraw adds some weight as well as some dollars
to the bill but goes a great length toward
helping those who have handicaps, physical
disabilities or simply cannot draw the 175 LBS
AcuDraw uses a U shaped slide connected to the
crank via synthetic cables to draw the string.
This slide is moved over the scope onto the
flight track when used and it rests on a support
just behind the trigger box. The rest position
does interfere with the back of your hand
especially if you have big hands or wear gloves.
Nothing important, just a minor annoyance.
AcuDraw takes some seconds to cock the crossbow
as you need to place the U shaped slide over the
string, be careful not to entangle cables onto
the scope here, set the AcuDraw lever onto
engage position, slide in the T handle and start
cracking. The de-multiplied crank mechanism
reduces the effort down to a mere 5 pounds so
that virtually everyone may be able to cock the
crossbow. Furthermore the crossbow can be safely
cocked in confined spaces such as blinds.
note that the entire procedure takes time to
perform: it is not something you want to do in a
hurry or under stress situations.
Defender CLS can be cocked by hand but in this
instance the short and rather parallel limbs
will create a steep angle near full draw and
placing more than two fingers per side becomes
Definitely hand cocking is something you want to
do just in emergency and not during extended