The TAC-15 Tactical Assault Crossbow bridged the gap between firearms and archery in a very interesting way. This strange device makes your AR lower receiver an integral part of a one-gun-for-everything concept. Basically, the TAC-15 is an AR-15 upper receiver with a crossbow strapped to it. To be more precise, it’s a CNC-machined aluminum bow secured by two 5/16-24 screws to the aluminum barrel assembly. When you attach it to your AR-15 lower, it uses the same fire controls and ergonomics of your existing lower, creating a complete weapon.
The regular traits of the TAC 15’s trigger, such as pull weight, creep, and overtravel, reflect the performance of the unit in the chosen AR-15 lower receiver. That said, most factory-installed AR-15 triggers offer an improvement over typical crossbows. However, there are numerous aftermarket AR-15 triggers available if you want a replacement. PSE reports the TAC-15 has a quick, 12-millisecond lock time.
The barrel assembly measures 28 inches in length and 34 inches when you use it with the front assembly. PSE also skeletonized the front to reduce weight. Weight is important is you intend to use the crossbow on extended hunting or hiking ventures. The barrel and front assemblies together weigh about 6.7 pounds when you attach it to a lower receiver. With the buttstock fully extended, the TAC 15’s length was 44.63 inches—exceeding most other crossbows on the market.
Unlike most crossbow designs, in which a barrel channel serves as the bolt’s guide, the TAC 15’s barrel directs only the sled-like cocking mechanism; a Whisker Biscuit sits on the front assembly and guides the PSE TAC-15 arrow. The TAC-15 can use only the 2613⁄16-inch arrows, not bolts available from PSE. The TAC 15 does not come with a quiver. However, side, back and backpack models that are suitable for arrows for traditional and compound bows will also work with the TAC 15 arrows.
You might notice there is no foot stirrup for cocking. Instead, the TAC 15 uses a cocking aid built into the barrel assembly. To prevent an accidental dry-fire, the unit features an anti-dry-fire catch. However, the user should pay close attention to whether or not they nocked an arrow.
While the price tag is substantial for most, consider the price of a quality crossbow. AR-15 experts who want more from their platform or for those who want a longer deer season would do well to acquire a TAC-15. I like the concept of using one lower for all uses, and the TAC-15 gives the shooter functionality that was not there before.
Specifications and Features
- Speed: 402-392 fps (425 grain bolt)
- Kinetic Energy: 153-145 ft-lbs (425 grain bolt)
- Peak Weight: 155 lbs
- Overall Width: 20 3/4″ (measured from cam to cam)
- Axle-to-Axle: 17″ at brace, 12″ at full draw
- Powerstroke: 17 1/4″
- Mass Weight: 6.5 lbs (8.9 lbs with lower receiver, grips and buttstock installed)
- Overall Length: 33 7/8″ (unmounted)
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