By: Friedrich Seiltgen

Copyright © 2022

The Steambow company, based out of Austria, has a new tactical crossbow for Gunpowder readers.  It’s ultralight, quick to aim, accurate, powerful and is capable of a high rate of fire!  “High rate of fire” and crossbow usually aren’t used together in the same sentence.  The folks at Steambow designed their crossbow to cock using a quick release lever, and with its six-round magazine, the shooter can reload and fire off six bolts in 10 seconds!

The Stinger II now includes an AR-style length-adjustable stock with a standard buffer tube, so shooters can get a customized length of pull while also benefiting from a stable and comfortable hold that rests on their shoulder. It also makes cocking easier.  A forward pistol grip helps keep things stable. With its polymer-based construction, the Stinger II weighs in at only 2.5 pounds!  The Stinger II can be stored safely loaded and be made ready to fire in seconds.


Sights: Fiber optic front sight with picatinny rail for optics, red dot, laser

Overall Length: 21.9 to 24.9 Inches

Weight: 2.5 pounds

Width: 17.5 inches

Bolt Length: 6 inches

Magazine Capacity: 6

Bolt Speed: 220 feet per second (with 90-pound hunting arms)

Kinetic Energy: 15.4 ft-lbs. (with 90-pound hunting arms)

MSRP:  $399


The Stinger II is a great little crossbow.  Its powerful, lightweight, compact, and with its six-round capacity, the shooter can make quick follow-up shots.  The Stinger II is quite accurate out to 20 yards.  It’s great for hunting small game, plinking, or even home defense!

That’s all for now folks!   Please keep sending in your questions, tips, and article ideas.  And as always – “Let’s Be Careful Out There.”

Friedrich Seiltgen is a retired Master Police Officer with 20 years of service with the Orlando Police Department.   He conducts training in Lone Wolf Terrorism, Firearms and Active Shooter Response.  His writing has appeared in RECOIL, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, American Thinker, Homeland Security Today, and The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International.  Contact him at