Armex Tomcat Mk2 80lb self cocking pistol crossbow
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Armex Tomcat MK2
80lb self cocking pistol crossbow
The Tomcat MK2 builds on the strength of its original platform.
It has a full aluminium body, a quality 80lb limb
and the effective 'fold in half' cocking design.
The changes in looks are instantly noticeable;
There is a complete new body design with
contour finger grooves in the cocking arm and the new wood effect or black ABS grip and fore-end.
The 11mm scope rail has been replaced with a 20mm weaver rail.
Less obvious are the performance improvements;
The trigger is now much lighter and smoother.
The safety catch is also much smoother and lighter.
The cocking mechanism has been improved with the new design being a one piece aluminium body. The benefit being, less string drag and longer cocking arms which reduce string contact on firing.
It's slicker and it's smoother, with improvements on both accuracy and looks.
Dimensionally the same as the Mk1 Tomcat .
Tested over our chronograph average bolt speed is 180 fps (123 mph) with aluminium bolts and 190 fps (130 mph) with abs bolts.
To say we are impressed with this crossbow is an understatement .
Price has gone up by a mere £5.00 over the old model.
Kit includes crossbow, allan key for assembly and 3 x aluminium trueflight bolts
See the review and assembly tutorial By Giles Barry of AirGun Tv
Below is a short video review from "Pete" one of our customers .
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Reviewer: Jamie from Leeds
What a suprise, better than i couldve imagined...for 30 quid your getting a quality little item, great fun to shoot and as my old man would say, i'd rather have one and not need it, than need one and not have it. Think i'll be going for a 150lb next, from these guys of course, B&B service is second to none 5*
Reviewer: JUSTIN from United Kingdom
Fantastic product!! very impressed with strength & accuracy from the outset.
Reviewer: Al from N.Wales
As with others, delivery was next working day very good service. Took a few minutes to assembly (You might need a 2nd person, or if you look up a video of it on a well known site you could find a way of doing it on your own. Bought to use as an introduction and bit fun and have loved every minute of it. A good tip I found on another review is to make a 'stopper' box - cardboard box full old jeans as it does have a nice bit of power behind it !
Reviewer: JOHN from MERSEYSIDE
I have never had a crossbow so i thought i would try this, and what a surprise when it came couldnt believe how well made i had to get help stringing it , but only took ten mins to assemble tried it in back garden , was very impressed powerful and accurate .blades&bows service second to none thanks liz for all your help.
Reviewer: jimmy from scotland
well made, great fun, for the money, what more could you ask for, would recommend it once again the service from B&B is top notch thanks!!!
Reviewer: Alex Green from United Kingdom
Ordered this after doing googling and looking through the different options for the best pistol crossbow for general fun and target shooting. Received it within a couple of days-thanks for the fast delivery. Very happy with the xbow, great quality, well put together and it feels tough and sturdy, good value for money. What I will say is make sure you order some string wax, the first you should do after you assemble it is wax the string and the rails, and use the grease provided to lubricate the other rails where the arms from the cocking lever go, otherwise the string will fray and the rails will get scratched. This is standard with xbows though they have to be kept well maintained or they will break. Fired a few bolts after it was all set up and as everyone else here has said, it's great fun to shoot, reasonably accurate up to 10 metres and fairly powerful as well. Good bit of kit at a reasonable price, would recommend it.
Reviewer: Brian from E.Yorks
bought a jaguar xbow last month, bought 2 of these this month due to demand from family, few points:1.brilliant service guys, well done. 2.top kit these bows, better than described, more fun than a barrel of squirrels:) 3.now getting requests from my close friends, who want to join in the fun, so I`ll want 2 more next month...should be on commission:) 4.how in the hell are you guys making a profit?.....seriously, brilliant fun, very inexpensive etc, but collectively this is going to get expensive...oh and by the way, I'm not building a private army:) anyone wanting to explore archery of all types should deal with blades & bows, you will be hooked! Many thanks guys, ordering again in about a month:)
Reviewer: Martin from Merseyside
Everything from the Tomcat Mk II, too the service and delivery is excellent. Blades & Bows are without doubt the *TOP* web site for this sort of gear, you can't get better. The Tomcat II is easy to build, great to shoot and marvellous value for money. Quick couple of tips for other crossbow purchasers. 1. Don't bother with alloy bolt's go with the abs, they are great value for money, tough as nails and accurate too. 2. Get an old mail sack (the single nylon weave type) and fill it with as much old clothing as you can find (really pack it). Then spray a dot in the centre with a ring around it with some cheap spray paint, and what you'll have is a self healing target boss that you'll be able to remove your bolts from with just a finger and thumb.
Reviewer: Jo from Oxford
It broke on the first day, in two areas the trigger and the sight. Bows and Blades UK have failed to get back in touch with me when i have contacted them about this several times, several months ago. I would give it less if there was an option.
Reviewer: Dan from Rotherham
Most fun you can possibly have for £38 (with delivery)!! There isn't an inanimate object that I haven't shot today. Very easy to assemble, very accurate after a small play with sight at 35ft and packs a punch. As for blades and bows, they get 5 stars too. Came day after ordered even with ID check. Great communication. Will be using this site lots I think!
Reviewer: daniel from jamez
What can i say ???? PERFECTION ! this bow will not be disappointing anyone , well made with quality materials and is so easy to assemble as iv come to realize myself blades and bows do NOT sell tat , every item purchased has been even better than i could of hoped for and this cross bow is no exception ! by with confidence
Reviewer: Ric from Merseyside
Does this cross bow really need another 5 star review? Short answer, YES! The resources on the website; both details and video links should be enough to convince you of the pleasure of firing this pistol. Having never owned the Mk1 cross bow I can''t compare them; however as a stand alone product this 80lb pistol is brilliant. I had the pistol set up and was firing it within minutes, with a little technique and skill you can string the bow without a second person. If you have old clothes lying around, instead of donating them to red cross simply pack them tightly into the box that the cross bow was delivered in, secure with duct tape, print off a couple of targets and start enjoying your own personal indoor shooting range. William Field from Wales does say that the self cocking mechanism will scrape away some of the black paint along the runners. In fairness to Armex they do provide you with grease and DO state that it is important to grease the runners every 5-10 shots. But as soon as you''ve started you''ll soon lose track of the number of shots you''ve fired.
Reviewer: Anthony from Manchester
I''ve just assembled and fired what will be the first of many crossbows I will own. I had to have help putting on the string. I greased the string , but not the running arms . This caused scratching, that was my fault I was too over-eager. I lost one of the bolts , due to the bolt travelling faster than the speed of light. Okay maybe that is a slight exaggeration , but you get the gist .
Reviewer: Dan from South Yorkshire
What can I say this crossbow is amazing for the price. Very accurate I had the mark one and got this as my replacement as it broke down. It is even better i can''t believe how much this is better over the mark 1. What can I say about the service it was fantastic next day delivery blades and bows go out of there way to help and have excellent comunication very friendly and very helpfull keep it up guys. other sites could learn from this amazing service thank you very much.
Reviewer: graham gault from ayrshire scotland
was most impressed with the pistol crossbow a good balance and weight and of great quality i have ordered a red dot sight just to fine tune it for myself but the iron sights are very good would recomend both crossbow and your selfs for a great service the pistol is way up on power than what i thought it would be and very stable on close grouping shots thanks guys .
Reviewer: sean from norfolk
just recived the armex alloy self cocking pistol crossbow and for £30 ,its well worth the money and built strong so should last as long as you want , i only ordered it very late teusday night and came this morning (thrusday) i shall be ordering more from this site in the very near future and hope this company are around for years .great sevice and best price
Reviewer: david from wales
awesome buy well worth the money i checked youtube reviews on it and hopefully would save other people time in going through youtube its well worth the 30 quid takes a couple of people to string but its completely understandable why... it packs a punch going into targets excellent service by blades and bows took a couple of days to come but i had to go through age check and i slowed down the process by not checking my mail lol will defiantly be buying again from these guys again ty blades and bows got ur self a lifetime customer
Reviewer: Phil from Leicester
Excellent crossbow. Lightweight, accurate and ideal when target practising. Also excellent service - arrived couple days after ordering
Reviewer: Martin Fortune from Plymouth
Ordered this on Wednesday, here on Friday morning, outstanding service! Put it together quickly (did require help with string though). I got a bit stuck with putting on the red dot sight, phoned for assistance, staff very polite and helpful, Cheers Nick, and got it sorted. Anyway I''m off to go play. Thanks guys.
Reviewer: Robin from Somerset
FIrst time purchasing from this site, and I have to say super fast delivery and excellent quality of items. The crossbow was fairly simple to assemble the only difficult stage was trying to tie the bow string to the other side which got me into a bit of a hot sweat. Overall the crossbow once assembled, is great quality, feels sturdy and packs a punch for the price! I recommend to anyone for endless hours of fun. I shall certainly be returning for more purchasing I the near future! Great site.
Reviewer: Adam from Southampton
First of all, I wanted to give a big shout out to blades & bows for their fantastic service. I ordered on Sunday evening and had my order on Wednesday morning - presumably it would have arrived on Tuesday, but I''ve recently moved house and my current address wasn''t on the electoral role. A quick photo of my ID texted over and the delivery was on its way, delivered really quickly with a tracking code and everything. The bow itself is great, only had a brief play around with it but thoroughly impressed. I was ready to spend a lot more on a pistol crossbow, after a feeling a bit of a void having no room at my new place to use my old 175lb crossbow - if I''m honest, I didn''t expect much for £30. But it''s pretty decent! Bought 40 ABS bolts with it as I expected them to break/bend after one shot and B&B were out of stock on aluminium bolts, but as long as you have a cushioning back-stop these placcy ones are fine (using a box with a few pairs of old jeans pressed into it with a target pinned on the front). Cheers to all at Blades & Bows!
Reviewer: Haris from Barnsley
Great item just received it took me 5 min to build its very easy no problems at all This is my second crossbow form blades and bows and I could not be happier with the service delivery was really fast and once again I am very happy with my item :-) This little crossbow is very powerful it''s a must have for any crossbow lovers out there :-) Thanks again blades and bows for fantastic service
Reviewer: Pete from Ivybridge
Delivery not brilliant but not down to Blades and Bows but more down to UK mail sending to the wrong place!! Build quality is ok, actually for 30quid its very good, I couldn''t get to grips with the sights for some reason however I''ve put a red dot sight on it and now its awesome , if you don''t have the space to shoot a rifle Xbow then buy this and have some fun.
Reviewer: Geo from Paisley
After reading all the reviews on Blades and Bows site i have to say, i was skeptical that they could be as good as everyone says they are. Sometimes though, you have to bite the bullet and take people at their word, and on this occasion i''m really glad i did. They really are just as good as everyone has said :) This little pistol crossbow certainly punches above it''s weight, it''s powerful, well made, good looking and feels really good in the hand, and when you get the loading down you can put a heck of a lot of bolts in to a target in no time at all. If you are thinking about getting one of these i can only say, go for it, you won''t regret it :)
Reviewer: kevin legge from march cambs
never used a pistol crossbow before was a bit worried about assembling it but found it very easy. after ajusting signs very accurate would recommend it. very fast delivery very please.
Reviewer: John Kemp from Lincolnshire
You kind of expect to be disappointed don''t you? The descriptions always seem to outdo the reality. For whatever reason I couldn''t get to this review page before I ordered so I knew I was taking a big chance. BUT it''s superb. Heaps better than I thought it would be. The construction is solid, doesn''t feel like a Taiwanese special, the pistol grip is excellent and the stock grip is nicely sized if you choose to use it. It is NOT a toy! So not the kind of thing to hand to a hormonal teen to play with because I have to say it could kill -and not just with a lucky shot to the eye or throat. I assembled it -easy peasy- and of course immediately wanted to try cocking it, as anyone who has bows or crossbows know, you can''t dry fire them or they disintegrate. So I had to take it outside and shoot one of those dinky looking plastic ABS steel tipped bolts I bought with it. As I looked around for a suitable target I was thinking these dinky little bolts aren''t going to need much to stop them, and then I saw a snow shovel I''d made out of a few bits of spare wood a couple of years ago. Perfect I thought, it''s basically an old wooden shelf made of that kind of ply-board about an inch thick, that''ll stop it no worries. So I took aim and released the natty little safety catch and bang -straight through with only the flight stopping it going through altogether. Surprised or what, rapid re-evaluation of this little monster and a desire to do some serious practice. Smooth trigger pull weight, jumps high on firing but you can compensate with grip and practice and don''t forget it was my first shot. Little tiny word of advice on assembly. The instructions mention a pad to go between the prod and the locking screw. Well there are 3 pads, two rubber and one metal. I chose to put the metal one touching the lock screw and a rubber pad on each side of the prod. In addition I trimmed the rubber pads by a couple of millimetres in order to clearly see the two vertical lines on the prod so I could get it centred.
Reviewer: john from manchester
what an absolutely fabulous piece of kit for the price, it is very well made very very easy to put together and very easy to load i would recomend this crossbow to anybody and defy anybody to get a better piece of kit for the price its brilliant
Reviewer: Liam from UK
first off, very good service from blades and bows, fast and good communication. The crossbow itself is brilliant considering the price of £30. Soon as i got it i assembled it with ease (apart from stringing it, get somebody to help you with that) I then took it out and shot it at a homemade target. Good weight to it, easy to aim, cock back and fire, overall very pleased with purchase. Will be buying from blades and bows in future 5*
Reviewer: Hamsta from Manchester
Recieved my Armex Tomcat Mk2 80lb self cocking pistol crossbow today, assembled in no time,(about five minutes). Looks the part,ordered extra bolts (20) and some string wax,all for under fifty quid what a bargain,delivery was quick,ordered friday,came tuesday. Not shot it yet,(hence only 4*) but i bet it wont dissapoint...........will keep you all posted, this is my first order with blades and bows,it wont be my last. Good communication is the key to great customer service,and liz certainly proved this,i have to admit i had a bit of a whinge about the postage costs(its cos im a tight git) then liz explained the costing structure and then reduced it !Gobsmacked!!!!!!! Thats what I call service,you don''t find that quality in abundance these days. Can''t wait to upgrade to a fullsize crossbow.............just counting the days..... Thank You,Blades And Bows (Liz) for a quality product and service. Kind Regards, Hamsta.
Reviewer: Max from Davies
I bought this one a whim, and it was one of the best things i have ever bought. i set a target across the room and time flies. and if you do it enough your arms get a good workout and you wouldn''t care less. So much fun, just make sure you dont miss and poke holes in the wall. Dont worry its very accurate.
Reviewer: Rob M from Dorset
Very impressed with this indeed. It''s simplicity and ease makes it such a pleasure to use. I was also quite suprised that I was able to string it on my own, simply by first tightening the limb at one end instead of in the middle and thus being able to flex the limb using one hand. I have been shooting for nearly 15 years now and after using rifles and shotguns I certainly never expected the kick that this little bow has in it. The weaver rail does make it very tempting to want to fit a red-dot if you have one, my advice would be to stick with the sights that are on there. The second time I took off the rail to replace the iron sights after using my red dot I overtightened the screw and subsequently wore the head down. This makes it impossible to remove again unless you know a welder! So leave it be! But that aside, this really is an astonishing little pistol considering the such good price :)
Reviewer: Matthew from Chelmsford
Great crossbow very easy to put together its very accurate even at a distance with no recoil really so the bolts fly true. only thing that i could fault would be the runners grease them thoroughly otherwise they start to cut through the paint apart from that brilliant little crossbow
Reviewer: Paul from Leeds
Just set-up and test fired my new Armex Tomcat Mk2. It is far better than any Air Rifle I have ever fired. At 15 yards it is quite capable of taking-out small game such as Rabbits and Squirrels. It really does pack a punch for such a small crossbow. You need to take the 80lb pull serious. Its shown to me not to be a toy. Paul, Leeds. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Reply by Blades and Bows. Thank you for you review. Please be aware hunting with crossbows is banned in the UK.
Reviewer: bob from the toon
First class service, delivered in two days and well packed. Never having used a crossbow previously I did not know what to expect. No problem, easily assembled, loaded and fired. Unfortunately have not been able shoot outside so restricted to 8yard range. I marked each supplied arrow 1,2,3, and fired each 3 times in groups. Each group was within a 20mm. diameter circle. The centre of the groups were, one on aiming point,one 35mm high left at 45 degrees and one 25mm high right at 20 degrees. This strikes me as being extremely accurate and from a box of bolts it should be possible to find a set of 3 or 4 to hit the mark consistantly. I last shot seriously with the old Lee Enfield Mk4 in the early 1950s and think I am running out "lamp oil". The open sights may have to be replaced. In conclusion I cannot speak too highly of the service and the product.
Reviewer: Rob from Southport
Great quality crossbow pistol well worth the price and excellent as an introduction if you have never owned or used a crossbow before this was my first time ordering from blades&bows their service was excellent they kept in touch via email or txt through the entire ordering process I can''t fault the customer service or product one bit.
Reviewer: Barry from Kincraig, Scottish Highlands
Great pistol, less intense(!) than the Titan I bought first but perfect for out in the garden. It does pack a punch that''s for sure and it''s certainly not a toy. Assembly was fine but you can''t rely on the white lines on the limb- as others have noted it''s best to assemble it and string it, then centre it by measuring in from the tips to the rail either side and adjust until it''s equal either side then nip it up, otherwise the string will not be 90 degrees to the rail and this will affect the accuracy. I can safely even use it indoors with a Thirdhand Archery Rag Bag(hint to bladesandbows- why don''t you start selling these bags? Only one other place does in the UK sure you could still make a healthy profit undercutting them!!!!!! ;-) ) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Reply to Barry from Blades and Bows We are just working on some custom target bags and hopefully they will be available soon. The estimated price will be a lot less than the rag bags ;)
Reviewer: Stanny from Cardiff
Excellent delivery! Got it next morning like 9am! Full marks for delivery. As for the crossbow! Totally worth it for 30 quid, great fire power, easy to reload, came with 3 bolts. Definitely going to get the Firecat for my next crossbow! Thank you Blades & Bow!
Reviewer: DHW from Wales
Excellent product at an amazing price. Easy to put together in just a couple of minutes. Easy to set the sights and very accurate so far (my garden is about 30 feet). Have so far fired about 150 times, no sign of wear on nocks or string but you will need to regularly grease the rail and sidebars (grease was included). Spares are cheap enough if you need them. Aluminium bolts have a nice weight and fly well. Cocking action is smooth and efficient. Service from Blades & Bows was superb. They offer fast delivery and have always answered my many questions without complaint. And I dare you to find the same products cheaper elsewhere! 5 stars guys, am well happy with my purchase!
Reviewer: Dave from Gloucester
The crossbow was easy to assemble and I had no trouble stringing it single-handed. No spare string or limb ends though. A bag of grease is included to lubricate the cocking arm slides. The bolt rail has to be lubricated with wax, which is not supplied. I used carnauba furniture wax but I guess any kind of polishing wax would do. Surprisingly easy to cock (doesn’t feel anything like 80lbs) and trigger release is smooth with only a tiny amount of recoil. The aluminium bolts weigh 105gn and at a velocity of 180 ft/sec, yield a power of about 7.6ft/lbs. I test fired at a softwood plank from 10m and the bolts penetrated about 5/8” Shorter ranges gave less power (I guess the bolt was still accelerating) and velocity “at the muzzle” was measured at 165 ft/sec with a Pro Chrono Digital chronograph, equating to approximately 6f/lb. At a distance of 12ft the velocity was 184 ft/sec and at 15ft it was 182 ft/sec, so I guess about 12ft is optimum, giving a power of approximately 7.9 ft/lbs I used a 90cm straw target boss as a backstop and it held the bolts well – do not fire into soft ground or the bolts will disappear and you will need a metal detector to find them. This is a great little tool for indoor or backyard shooting, where a full sized crossbow would be too powerful. Alloy bolts are cheap as chips so get loads. I bought thirty but wish I’d got more now. Top target tip? ‘grab a free cat every time you go to Tescos or Argos – they come in very handy!’ I’ve only had it for a couple of days so too early to assess reliability but it seems to be reasonably well made and for thirty quid, you definitely can’t go wrong.
Reviewer: z00perman from Aylesbury
epic piece of kit! i was interested in buying a full price xbow but figured i might be wasting a lot of money if i dont enjoy it, so ill test this bad boy out first and see just how much fun you can really have! to cut a long story short im now saving for the real deal and will be ordering from this site again. friendly, reliable service at competitive prices bladesandbows kicks ass!
Reviewer: Chris from Fife
Great little pistol, more than enough power for up to 10m or so. Don't expect great accuracy from this although it is adequate for the price, the trigger is awful however and holding your aim while squeezing it is a little tricky. But for £30 you can't argue, great fun to be had with one of these. Two of my friends have placed orders also as once you have a go you're gonna get hooked. The service was excellent, package arrived quickly and undamaged. Recieved an email telling me when the order was received, one when it was complete, and one when it was dispatched. The courier Then sent me an email letting me know it was picked up and gave me a number to track its progress. Truly an excellent and informative service and i have already placed another order and i will do so many more times.