Bowtech Assassin Review

The Bowtech Assassin is one of the best looking rigs on the market today and is still quite popular amongst shooters, even though it was released roughly 3 years ago. Minus the revolutionary features that we were gunning for, the Bowtech Assassin does not disappoint in terms of performance and aesthetics.


The Bowtech Assassin comes with an RAK or Ready Aim Kill package that lets you use the bow as soon as you get it.

Bowtech assassin specs

  • Dura-FLX String Dampening components that can last a lifetime
  • BCY String Loop that removes nock pinch and increases string life.
  • 4-pin TruGlo Apex Sight
  • 1-pc 5-arrow Camo Ultra Lite Quiver
  • Octane Hostage XL arrow rest
  • 4″ light stabilizer
  • Comfort Wrist Sling
  • Alloy Peep
    The Bowtech Assassin has an axle-to-axle length of 30.625” with a brace height of 7.0” and weighs 3.8lbs. This makes it one of the lightest bows in the market, but don’t be fooled by its weight. It has a let-off of 65 to 80% with draw lengths of 26” to 30”. The draw weight peaks at 50”, 60”, and 70”.

The Bowtech Assassin is often compared to the Hoyt Rampage XT, which is also one of the rigs that’s considered the best bang for your buck. Compared to the Rampage, the Assassin is a little faster with a bit of a hump at the end of the drawstring. Comparatively, the Assassin has a higher draw weight and draw length than the rampage, though the difference is not that noticeable. The Assassin is clocked at an IBO speed of 333fps while the Rampage is clocked at 323fps, which is not that big of a deal.

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Bowtech assassin review

The Bowtech Assassin looks good, as most Bowtech products are, but it doesn’t really have that the features that we were expecting. The Bowtech Assassin is designed with a very amazing ready-to-shoot package, along with a very innovative number of engineering solutions that’s capable of giving the user full control. Without a doubt, the Bowtech Assassin is one of the bestselling rigs that Bowtech has ever devised.

  • Now let’s talk about what the Bowtech Assassin that makes it so darn good.
  • The Bowtech Assassin comes with a very impressive R.A.K. or Ready to Shoot Package:
  • 4-pin TruGlo Apex Sight – a very lightweight sight from one of the best sight manufacturers in the world.
  • 1-pc 5-arrow Camo Ultra Lite Quiver – made out of ultra-light materials but very durable and strong. It also releases easily/quietly.
  • Octane Hostage XL arrow rest – This is a fast and quiet arrow containment system with little to no fletch damage. It is designed to work with aluminium or carbon arrows
  • 4″ light stabilizer – lightweight Bowtech’s stabilizer
  • Comfort Wrist Sling – a very comfy and adjustable sling made out of water resistant neophrene, along with logos and patches of Bowtech.
  • Alloy Peep – made from anodized aluminum and has rounded corners to prevent wear and tear.
  • Dura-FLX String Dampening components have a long lifetime
  • BCY String Loop helps to increase string life and eliminate nock pinch

This package allows you to use the bow straight away.
First, let’s talk about the InVelvet Finish. For Bowtech Fans, the InVelvet Finish is something that they pride in using for their rigs and the Assassin comes with a very high quality finish. The InVelvet Finish used on the Assassin is reported to be very soft yet durable by a lot of archers, to the point that it’s durable enough to withstand wear and tear after extensive use. The InVelvet Finish also makes the Assassin very easy to hold in harsh weather conditions. Whether you’re out hunting in the hot humid forest or the cold conditions of the sea, the InVelvet Finish will help solidify your grip on the Assassin.

As one might expect from expensive Bowtech rigs, the limbs are high quality. But with the Assassin, you get a different set of limbs given its affordability. The limbs of the Bowtech Assassin are manufactured with less expensive materials and processed differently, but it doesn’t mean that the quality is anything but terrible. The Assassin has proven itself to be reliable on all fronts, and the limbs are very impressive. To top it off, the use of the different manufacturing process and techniques allow the Assassin to be more affordable without risking the quality of the rig itself. Frankly, we were hoping that the quality of the limbs and the bow itself could be a bit higher given its innovative nature. In addition, utilizing this technology helps reduce the bow price to make it much more affordable compared to high-end Bowtech bows.

Let’s talk about the draw cycle. The Assassin’s draw cycle is very smooth, but it doesn’t make for being an easy draw. Most of the professional archers using this rig state that the draw cycle is often “stiff” but still smooth. At the end of the day, you still get a very fast bow, so it’s no surprise that you get some kind of stiffness in exchange for speed.

It has been noted that there are some shooters that are satisfied with the draw cycle, but there are others that have noted a little hump at the end of the cycle, but is easy to get over. Apparently, they say that the draw depends on what kind of rotating module is used. A fast module will give off a more pronounced hump and a stiffer draw cycle whereas a smooth module would make for an easier draw but at the risk of reducing speed. We can safely say that the Assassin has a decent volley.

As the name implies, the Assassin has been noted to be very quiet. Out of the box, it is already quiet as noted by a lot of satisfied users, but some shooters suggest that they can still make it quieter by eliminating the after-shot noise coming out of the string. Noise also refers to the way the bow vibrates after firing, and the Assassin is as smooth as the backside of a baby seal.

The bottom line: The Bowtech Assassin can be one of the best rigs that you can buy. A lot of experts and professional shooters can attest to the statement of the Assassin being a sound and worthy investment.

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