Ravin R29 Crossbow Review [October 2022]

Ravin R29 Crossbow

  • Compact and lightweight design.
  • Fully assembled and pre-tuned.
  • Built in cocking mechanism.
  • Comes with a scope.
  • Anti-dry fire feature.
  • Helicoil technology.

Ravin is one of the well established names in the industry of crossbows and is known for its high-quality, powerful and accurate crossbows. All the crossbows made by Ravin compete directly with other industry leaders like Barnett, TenPoint, Excalibur and are deadly enough to tackle big games. 

The Ravin R29 Crossbow is one of the best products in the crossbows segment. It is compact, lightweight and powerful. It can easily be used in small areas because of its compact form factor. It comes fully assembled and pre-tuned from the company. It produces no sound while shooting or cocking. The package includes all the necessary accessories you are going to need in hunting. To know more about it, you can go through the full article below.


Ravin R29 Crossbow Review: First Impressions​

ravin r29 crossbow review

Ravin R29 Specifications
Speed430 fps
Draw Weight12 lbs
Width Axle-to-Axle (Uncocked / Cocked)10.5″/ 6″
Kinetic Energy164 ft. lbs
Weight 6.75 lbs
Length29″
Power Stroke12.5″
Hand OrientationAmbidextrous

Reasons To Buy

  • Comes with all the necessary accessories. 
  • Powerful and accurate.
  • Lightweight.
  • Safety features.
  • Handy Design.

Reasons To Avoid

  • Slightly on a costlier side.
  • Package does not include string dampers.

Detailed Specifications​

Design And Construction

The Ravin R29 comes with a compact, lightweight and handy design while delivering the accurate and powerful hunting experience. The R29 comes completely assembled and pre-tuned from the company so that you can perform some range practice shots as soon as you take it out from the package. Also it comes with a rubberized foregrip which makes the bow more comfortable to hold. 

The Ravin R29 is 29 inches long which is just 3 inches longer and 0.25 inches wider than the most compact crossbow present in the market which is also from Ravin, the Ravin R26 crossbow. The width of R29 is 6 inches cocked and 10 inches uncocked. The R29 shoots an arrow at a deadly speed of 430 feet per second. Like all other Ravin crossbows it also features HeliCoil technology which coils the cables away from both top and the bottom ends thus maintaining the proper balance of the crossbow.  It also comes with a built-in cocking mechanism and a removable crank.

Performance

Talking about the performance, this hunting crossbow produces plenty of force to take down larger games without an issue, even when the speed of the bow is decreased. The R29 can shoot the bow at a deadly speed of 430 feet per second with an incredible kinetic energy of 164 feet pounds. The bow is lightweight and easy to hold. A person having middle height and an average posture can use the bow seamlessly. The automatic cocking mechanism makes it more easy to use. Not much force is required to cock this crossbow. The unmatchable accuracy of the bow makes it more deadly.

Assembly

The Ravin r29 comes fully assembled and pre- tuned. You just have to mount the scope, quiver bracket and quiver which were removed to avoid  damage during shipping. These are super easy to install and hardly take a few minutes. Also there is no need to sight on the scope as it comes pre tuned from the company. This make this crossbow a complete ready to hunt package.

Cocking

Cocking a crossbow is quite a task itself. Thanks to the built in cocking mechanism of the R29 that reduces the draw-weight to only 12 pounds. Manual and rope cocking is not possible because of the Trac-Trigger system. The Ravin R29 can only be cocked with the built in mechanism. The mechanism is completely silent and does not produce any clicking sound when you cock your crossbow.

Trigger and Safety Feature

The R29 comes with a pre-installed trigger system that works together with the Trac-Trigger system. After cocking the crossbow the trigger will automatically engage along with an anti-dry firing and safety switch. When you load the Ravin 0.003 arrow the anti-dry mechanics will automatically disengage . You will get to hear a clicking sound when the arrow is loaded correctly. The loading of the arrow will require around 10 pounds of force.


Accessories

A crossbow is incomplete without accessories. To increase the performance some accessories must be used. Fortunately Ravin provides all the necessary accessories required with the crossbow. It includes:

  • 100 yards illuminated scope.
  • Attachable quiver
  • 6 Ravin 0.003 arrows

Scope

A scope is an important part of hunting. It gives you a better view of the hunting field. Ravin always includes a compatible scope with each of its crossbows. The one that comes with the R29 is a 100 yard illuminated scope, one of the best scopes available today in the market. This scope is 9-dot, red or green illuminated and comes pre-tuned for 20 to 100 yards.

Arrows and Quivers

With the R29 package the Ravin 0.003 arrows and field tips are included. The total weight of one arrow is 400 grains where the shaft weighs 300 grains and field tips weigh 100 grains. This crossbow has a powerstroke of 12.5 inches and still can shoot the arrows at a deadly speed of 430 feet per second. Specific nocks are required with these arrows to properly cock and load the crossbow. If any other nocks other than the Ravin nocks are used then the warranty will be voided.


Final Verdict

From the above article we can say that the Ravin R29 is one of the best crossbows available today. It is powerful, accurate and comes in a compact form factor which makes it easy to hold and take a shot completely. As soon as you open the package you find the crossbow fully assembled and pre-tuned. All the necessary accessories are included within the package. You do not need to spend a single penny on the accessories. 

Moreover Ravin has not forgotten to add some safety features for your safety. It has an anti-dry firing feature which prevents dry firing and an auto cocking mechanism. The package includes a quiver, 6 Ravin 0.003 bows, a 100 yard illuminated scope. If budget is not an issue for you then this is the best value for money you can get.


Frequently Asked Questions​

1. Does it come with a soft case ?

No, it does not come with any soft or hard case. All other necessary accessories are included within the package.

2. What is included within the package ?

The package includes the Ravin R29 crossbow, 6 Ravin 0.003 bows, quiver, bolts and a 100 yard illuminated scope.

3.  What type of scope is included in the package ?

The scope is 9-dot, red/green 100 yards illuminated and pre-tuned for 20-100 yards.



Nisha Batel
Nisha Batel

About the author

Nisha Batel is a senior staff writer for Best Crossbow Guide, where she covers outdoor gears and hunting tools. Nisha began her career in blogging as an outdoor writer at the AnG Eesti Technologies. She keeps a beady eye on all the latest comings and goings in the crossbow world. She believes in writing creative articles & blogs on travel, adventure, and health. She has a keen interest in learning new things and sharing her knowledge with others. Exploring various platforms for blog writing is one of her passion.
She also loves to design indoor and outdoor spaces. In her free time when she’s not writing, she enjoys watching movies, exploring different places with her beloved husband. Also, she is very into fitness activity. She believes in staying fit is the root of good health.