The Centerpoint XR175 Crossbow is an excellent starter choice for those first getting into hunting. Lightweight and coming in with a manageable velocity, this crossbow brings in the ease when shooting.
However, the lack of power may need to be addressed, especially if pro shooters get their hands on this crossbow. Additionally, the issue of inconsistent accuracy may prove to be a problem in the long run - beginners hoping to improve their marksmanship may need more practice taking their shots with this crossbow.
Overall this is a really fun crossbow to own especially if you are after small targets.
Technical Specifications and Features
- Power Stroke: 10.5"
- Draw Weight: 175 lbs.
- Construction: Composite Stock (Adjustable)
- System Configuration: Recurve (with single limb design)
- Limbs: Composite Fiberglass (engineered to be compression molded)
- Velocity: up to 245 fps
- Trigger Mechanism: anti-dry fire that comes with an automatic safety switch
- String Length: 26.5”
- Crossbow Length: 34.5"
- Crossbow Weight: 5.75 lbs.
- Preferred Arrow Length: 16"
- Preferred Arrow Weight: 420 grains
Reviewing the Different Centerpoint Tyro Crossbow
Ease of Assembly
The Centerpoint XR175 Crossbow is easy to assemble. It follows the standard process on how recurve crossbows are assembled, making it easy for pro shooters to set up. Beginners can also expect a simple and easy experience assembling this crossbow, with the user-friendly guide that comes with the gear.
To break it down in easy steps, the most important parts that are involved in the assembly are:
- Limbs – inserting and securing the limbs using plastic tips and press pads (that come with the gear) is as easy as it gets. Adjusting the limbs (once the string has been attached) is also a simple process.
- Stirrup – this involves setting up screws on both sides of the crossbow's stock.
- Bow String – using the stirrup, attaching the bow string is a really simple process.
- Butt Stock – in the event you need to adjust the crossbow's butt stock, increasing or decreasing the length can be done by removing the screws found on this part.
- Quiver – attaching the quiver to the crossbow's stock assembly involves the use of a medium hex wrench.
- Scope – mounting a cock follows the standard among other recurve bow models.
Focusing on Safety
A standout among the Centerpoint Crossbow Tyro parts is its auto-safety cocking mechanism. This automatic safety feature, at default, comes engaged everytime you pull back towards a fully cocked position.
Additionally, manually changing the safety to a shooting mode is also done in a simple and easy manner. The shooting mode (firing position or OFF SAFE) essentially allows the crossbow to accept the string to be shot. You need to be in this mode to either shoot an arrow or when you're attaching the bow string. Shifting towards this position can be done following these easy steps:
- Check if the crossbow is engaged in the safety direction.
- Find the safety switch once you have identified that the crossbow's safety is engaged (the switch is located at the side of the crossbow stock).
- Slide the safety switch from the ON SAFE position towards the FIRE position.
Also, the crossbow comes with an anti-dry fire trigger mechanism. This is an additional layer of safety that you would accidentally mess up your crossbow even with no bolt cocked!
Centerpoint Tyro Crossbow Firepower Check
Here's a major issue that you may need to know about with this crossbow. In terms of Centerpoint Tyro Crossbow specs, a 245 fps velocity may seem to provide the right amount of force to take down small to medium sizes of game. However, with a draw weight of only 175 lbs., you may be shooting less than other conventional recurve crossbows in the market.
It may not be as fast or as strong as other crossbows, but with the right kind of set up, you just may have the right amount of firepower to get the job done.
Centerpoint Tyro Crossbow Ballistic Data
To further explain that the Centerpoint Tyro Crossbow may just have the right amount of force and speed, let's try to explain it through the use of some ballistic data.
Conventionally speaking (if weather, wind, and severe arrow weight changes aren't factored in), the farther your target is, the slower your arrow will fly towards it. Let's use these variables:
As seen with the figures above, the farther your arrow needs to travel, the lower the velocity gets. A Centerpoint Tyro fps of 232 at 50 yards may be a respectable force to have, if you're hunting small game - in terms of kinetic energy, this crossbow produces an average of 45 to 50 lbs. That amount of kinetic energy should be more than enough to ethically kill any small game.
Construction and Durability
At just 5.75 lbs., the Centerpoint Tyro Crossbow is a compact and lightweight crossbow. As mentioned above, it does deliver when you are depending on a crossbow meant for small game.
The crossbow's limbs are built tough. Made out of fiberglass, its compression-molded design makes it a reliable crossbow to have in the wild. Able to withstand all sorts of elements you expect to meet while hunting, it does have the additional edge of being a recurve bow - this type is meant to grow old with you.
Accuracy and Shooting Speed Checks
We've mentioned the Centerpoint XR175 Crossbow's velocity above - it's workable, given that the crossbow isn't meant for large game anyway.
However, another issue that may need some attention to is its accuracy. Although tuning is easy (and using the right bolts will definitely help), this crossbow isn't exactly a great choice in getting those consistent shots. Still, it's a subjective take - smaller games may not need that many accurate shots since you need to be closer to it. It's just that pro shooters may find this bit of getting that pinpoint accuracy missing in this crossbow.
Centerpoint Tyro Crossbow Hunting Cocking and Aiming Information
Let's talk about how the Centerpoint XR175 Crossbow deals with the cocking process. First, some crucial reminders:
- For safe and proper cocking, only use the rope cocking device meant for the Centerpoint Tyro Crossbow. Other rope cockers may have a different hook orientation or rope length – you may be putting yourself in harm's way (or damaging your crossbow) when using other rope cockers.
- For safety and convenience, apply lube wax along the Centerpoint Tyro Crossbow string towards the center serving before going through the cocking process.
- Make sure that the safety switch is set at the Firing mode or OFF SAFE position. Cocking the crossbow properly will automatically engage the crossbow to the ON SAFE position.
With those safety reminders done, the Centerpoint Tyro Crossbow does follow the standard and easy crossbow cocking process. Here's a short summary of the process:
- Position your crossbow with the cocking stirrup on the ground (make sure that the surface is clear and level).
- Have your foot securely placed in the cocking stirrup.
- Line up the center of the cocking rope in the rope groove of the crossbow.
- Align the hooks of the rope cocker onto the Centerpoint Crossbow's string.
- Make sure that the hooks are facing up (this will allow for a maximum pull motion).
- In a smooth motion, pull both handles of the rope cocker.
- Wait for the main string to click in place (you will know you are doing this right if the safety switch engages to the ON SAFE mode).
- Remove the hooks.
Aiming is standard in the Centerpoint Tyro Crossbow. Just make sure to practice basic crossbow safety procedures when aiming (such as keeping your fingers off the travel path and not shooting at water or hard surfaces).
Practical Hunting Usage
Given the Centerpoint XR175 Crossbow's lightweight construction, this is more of a good choice for hunting medium to small sized game. This crossbow is also a good choice for beginners who want to get a good feel on how it is to hunt with a crossbow.
A nice advantage it has when used for hunting is its safety features. The automatic safety switch is a winner in getting the right shooting ethic up. Not to mention, the small yet thoughtful feature of having an adjustable stock will allow you to get the most comfortable configuration for you to shoot with.
Maneuvering in the wild with this crossbow is a breeze as well. Aside from being really light, its compact construction will prevent snags or weird positioning from happening. Also, being a recurve crossbow, it'll be able to withstand almost anything in the wild.
If you're just after small prey, then this may just be the perfect recurve crossbow for you. For bigger or more dangerous games, however, you may want to get something bigger or a compound crossbow instead.
Centerpoint Tyro Crossbow Accessory Check
Aside from the standard Centerpoint Crossbow Tyro parts, these accessories come packed with it as well:
- Warranty Card
- Press Pads
- Hex Wrenches
- Rail Lube
- A Quiver
- Four Aluminum Bolts (16" that come with field tips)
- Red Dot Sight (1x40mm)
- Rope Cocker
- Bow Stringer
FAQ about the Centerpoint Tyro Crossbow
Here are some of the most common questions (and answers) asked about this crossbow:
Are the arrows that come with the Centerpoint Tyro Crossbow any good?
It depends on how you define reliable - but if you can, go for other bolts available in the market. Suggested arrows to use to maximize your experience with this crossbow are carbon types. Also, another reason why you may want to replace these aluminum arrows is that they may not really be that straight as you'd thought they'd be!
Can I shoot a 20" bolt with this crossbow?
You may but it isn't recommended. Not only will the crossbow bolt go way beyond the stirrup, you may be placing your gear in harm's way doing this. Stick with the recommended length of 16" instead.
Does this come with warranty?
Yes - a standard Centerpoint warranty comes with the crossbow. Take note that the warranty is limited to the original owner.
Why the Centerpoint Tyro Crossbow Bow is Recommended
Let's list down some factors on what makes this crossbow a great choice:
- Safety is paramount in this crossbow. The anti-dry fire and safety switch features are top-of-the-line.
- The velocity that this crossbow has is manageable – even beginners will find this crossbow easy to use.
- It's compact yet tough construction will make hunting small game a breeze.
- The fiberglass limb is a tough part that definitely needs more appreciation.
- The warranty that comes with the crossbow gives you the peace of mind you deserve.
Issues that May Need to be Addressed in the Centerpoint Tyro Crossbow
Here are issues that you may need to work on with this crossbow:
- Some of the accessories that come with this crossbow may have better alternatives in the market.
- The velocity may be a turnoff for archers craving for more power.
- The need to get near targets may be a hindrance for those aiming for long-distance shots.
- It’s a small observation, but this crossbow does not come packed with string wax. It’s a really minor maintenance tool, but having this archery essential may help shooters in keeping the crossbow in great shape.
- This crossbow does not work with crank cocking devices.
- Although it does come with a warranty, coverage is only good for a single year.
Want to know more about this crossbow? Here are some helpful links:
- Shooting Gear Reviews presents a nice comparison in this video - Center Point TYRO VS Wildgame Innovations XR250!
- This Crossbow Nation forum discusses something interesting - will the Centerpoint Tyro be able to take down a deer?
- Want to see the Centerpoint Tyro Crossbow in action? This Weapon Lovers Inc. Facebook video shows just that!