I was picking up some crossbows the other day at GM, and I really did not like the way they felt. I was thinking, "now suppose Martin designed one".
I personally do not like them. I have an old Browning from back in 1984 or thereabouts, and I just do not like the cocking, and to me the inherent unsafetyness of the deal. I inherited it from my Dad, and it is a pain. I believe it was one of the first compound crossbows. I do not fool with it much. But as I get older a crossbow might be a viable option. Also, they are selling like hotcakes. Here in NC at the local bow shop, they jump off the shelves.
I know if I designed one, what I would like. I would like a forend that is longer than the current offerings, I would like a no fail guard that keeps fingers away from the rail. I would like an adjustable stock. A good crisp trigger. A anti-dry fire of some type. And less poundage where legal. No more for sure than 150lbs. Narrow ATA. A nice scope. Maybe even a bi-pod.
Anyway, just thinking, this could really be a big seller for Martin. I just read where Bowtech just bought Excalibur crossbows.