PSE Stinger Review

PSE Stinger

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PSE Stinger Review5.0511 out of 11 user reviews


  • Forgiving brace height
  • adjustable (6 inches of draw length adjustments)
  • Good Shootability
  • Inexpensive


  • Wide grip
  • Does not come with String Stop
  • Slightly noisy without adding vibration dampening components

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Editors' review

The Stinger is a very good value for a hunting bow. It has everything you need; speed, consistent and accurate shootability and its priced under $300. With six inches of draw length adjustments, this bow can fit a wide variety of shooters and could be a great first bow for beginners. Combine the short axle to axle length with the smooth draw and this bow is going to work well in the tight quarters of a ground blind or treestand.


Depending on the model year of the Stinger you purchase you may or may not have a choice in finishes. Older models are finished in either Mossy Oak New Break-up or Mossy Oak Treestand, while the 2011 model has choices of Mossy Oak Break-up Infinity or Skulz Camo. With any of these finishes the buyer will get a durable finish that will not fade.

Limbs & Riser

The riser on the Stinger is a fairly simple design but this partially enables PSE to keep the cost of the rig so low. The shape comes from CNC machining to the 6061 T6 aluminum, which is attached to the limbs through machined aluminum limb pockets. The precision engineered limbs used on this bow are pre-stressed to optimize performance.


The Stinger is equipped with the Vibracheck rubber grip. This grip gives a soft comfortable feel but also helps to suppress vibration. On the down side, this grip is wide and can induce some torque. If you are not a fan of this grip it can be switched out with any of the older PSE grips, plastic or wood, which ever you like best.

Eccentric System

The Stinger has utilized a few different cam systems during its productions time. The current Stingers uses PSE's new HP cam, which like previous models, is designed to be easily adjustable, have a smooth draw cycle and produce consistent shots. The difference is that the new HP cam has an increased IBO speed to 316 fps. Each cam system allows draw length adjustments with the use of just an allen wrench. Past models also allow let-off to be adjusted from 80% to 65%, while the 2011 model has a fixed let-off at 75%.

Draw Cycle and Shootability

The Stinger flaunts a smooth draw cycle thanks to its single cam performance system. This rig is also well balanced upon release; however it does have some noticeable vibration. The addition of a string stop and stabilizer will suppress this vibration to the point that it is negligible, keeping the bow quite quiet. Furthermore, the very forgiving brace height helps make it easy to shoot for even the most inexperienced archer.

PSE Stinger vs. PSE Brute

The PSE Stinger and the PSE Brute are two very similar bows. The main difference between the two is in the design of the riser; the Brute has more machine work and thus is a more stable riser and has a lighter mass weight. In the new models the Brute also has a better grip and parallel limbs. However, both models use the same cam system along with featuring very forgiving brace heights, thus they both shoot accurately and fire arrows at similar speeds.
The price difference between the two bows is only $100. Many archers choose the Brute over the Stinger because of the slightly better shootability and the extra features it has. However, for another $100 you can start to climb into PSE's Bow Madness line up, which are said to out shoot both of the above bows all day. Still, if you are on a tight budget and are looking for a good hunting rig, the Stinger may fit the bill.
Bow PSE Stinger PSE Brute
Version 2013 3G 2013 X
Picture PSE Stinger PSE Brute
Brace Height 7.75 " 7.25 "
AtA Length 33 " 31 "
Draw Length 25.5 " - 30.5 " 25 " - 30 "
Draw Weight 40 lbs - 70 lbs 40 lbs - 70 lbs
IBO Speed 306 fps - 314 fps 312 fps - 320 fps
Weight 4.7 lbs 4.7 lbs
Let-Off 75% 75%
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Good Hunting Bow

The Stinger is built for the hunter on a budget. Its short axle to axle length makes it great for in the ground blind or in a treestand. Additionally, it is lightweight making it a desirable bow for spot and stalk hunting as well. This bow may be built into a small package but it packs enough power and speed to take down any game the hunter desires.


The Stinger is a simple bow. It does not have all the bells and whistles the higher end bows do but it will get the job done. However, adding a couple inexpensive components will help this bow shoot like one that costs a lot more. Combine its price point with its shootability and you have a great bow for beginners and experienced archers alike. This rig can also be a great fit for teens because it has 6 inches of draw length adjustment to grow with the shooter. Because of its affordability and shootability some hunters, especially those that travel to hunt, purchase the Stinger as their back-up hunting rig. All in all, this bow is a bow that does not cost "an arm and a leg" and will do what you need it to do.
PSE Stinger Review5.0511

User Reviews

  • 11 reviews
  • ( out of 11 reviews for all versions)
  1. Add a back stop and serving 1/8"above to 1/8" below your stop.

    Version: 2011 PSE Stinger HP


    Pros: r.t.h.stinger add a back stop your still under $500.00.It has speed,it’s compact, add a quality string and you have a nice bow for under $600.00.

    Cons: The grip may be wide for smaller hands,but that’s an easy fix PSE has wood or plastic grips that fit.

    Full review:
    I tried it,saw what a few more bucks would do for it, bought it and for my 2011 sept.Az 6-a bull hunt I have no doubt it will do the job I bought it for.What ever bow you buy you will put money into it to get it where you want it.

  2. Very, very nice bow. Vibrationless, quiet, and fast.

    Version: 2012 PSE Stinger 3G


    Pros: Parallel limbs, speed, low cost, beautiful riser design, all around great bow. It beats alot of flagships out there.

    Cons: None

    Full review:
    It is vibrationless, quiet, fast, and affordable. It has a nice thin grip,comes with a string stop, and it is a very forgiving bow for beginners. It Is an all around great bow for the money.

  3. Outstanding bow

    Version: 2012 PSE Stinger 3G


    Pros: So far everything

    Cons: None

    Full review:
    Love my PSE Stinger. I am not a high tech bow guy by any means. But I bought this bow took it home sighted it in and shoot bullseye Everytime. My buddy been shooting bows for years he has thousands tied up in bows we went shooting the other day an I out shot him hands down. I only shoot one arrow at one spot on a target because robin hooding or hitting my arrows coat to much I’ve robin hood at 20,30,40 yards now it’s costly cool first few times but price you pay for a accurate bow. I have only been shooting 6 months now

  4. A great bow at an unbelieveable price!

    Version: 2012 PSE Stinger 3G


    Pros: Very accurate, extremely quiet (once you add the back stop, limb bands and the shock obsorbing stabilizer), fast bow and very smooth shooting bow

    Cons: Nothing yet

    Full review:
    I previously owned a Parker 32 before buying the 2013 Stinger 3g. The biggest difference between my old Parker and the Stinger is the "recoil". By that I mean the torque I felt after releasing the Parker. With the Stinger the shot was just a smooth feeling with no torque. Now to be fair, my Parker was a 2004 model and I absolutely loved that bow (or at least I thought I did). After purchasing the Stinger I immediately started practicing with it. In one hour I was grouping a 3 inch ring out to 40 yards. My first pin (came with an illuminated 3 pin sight) was set for 30 yards and in. I had to stop shooting because I was starting to nick my other arrows and replacing them gets expensive. My second pin was set for 40 yards, and I was still inside the 3 inches. My third pin I havent set yet as I had no time. After practicing for 1 hour I headed out in the woods and hunted. Unfortunately I didn’t see anything. I’ve been bow hunting for 40 years, I started with a recurve that was set at 45 lbs. I’ve owned Bear, Parker, Hoyt, Martin and now PSE bows. I can tell you that the PSE is hands down the smoothest, quiet and most accurate bow I’ve ever owned. Even if your an experienced hunter like myself or a beginner just picking up the sport, you will love shooting this bow. I hope this helps in selecting your new bow.

  5. Well Built, accurate, and overall a great bow

    Version: 2012 PSE Stinger 3G


    Pros: Quiet, sturdy, accurate, and very forgiving.

    Cons: can’t think of anything…

    Full review:
    This is a great bow and I was shocked by the price. It’s durable and accurate. Accidentally dry fired it the first day (new to archery). only thing that broke was the sight. $15 dollars later, I was at the range shooting it. Put about 200 shots through it no problem. Every time I’m at the range people ask me about me about the bow. Got it at BPS, and with everything including tax, 6 blackout envy arrows, scott wildcat release, and case $613. Next step is to take it out hunting…

  6. in the last 3 seasons the stinger has put down 10 whitetail deer for me, great product

    Version: 2010 PSE Stinger NI


    Pros: accuracy, dependability, smooth draw, no vibration once you add the stabilizer and the string stop

    Cons: none

    Full review:
    I have owned a pse stinger for 3 yrs and i have killed 10 whitetails with it! I used to shoot a hoyt, but after i bought the stinger, I loved it so much I sold the hoyt! Bow is great for beginners all the way through veteran archers! great price if your on a budget! I would recommend this bow to anyone, fast enough and has more than enough kenetic energy to do the job! I have accurately shot my stinger up to 72 yards! But i have also added a custom string from string addictions, a 6 pin sight from pse, qad drop away rest, vibracheck string stop & stabilizer and went with a high end quiver from pse! Thanks pse for such a great product! I was so happy with it I told my brothers about it and we bought 1 for our Dad for fathers day split 3 ways!

  7. great bow for hunting, easy to draw and shoot.

    Version: 2013 PSE Stinger 3G


    Pros: this stinger 3g at 55 lbs. has the same trajectory as my 73 lb. mach 6 pse compound bow. light and handles smooth, 35 yard shot at a mule deer this year produced a complete pass thru. !!!!! a really great bow !!!!! thanks pse !!!!

    Cons: keep an eye on the screws on the cam, they loosen easily…

    Full review:
    I like the speed even at 55 lbs. I have arthritis in the shoulders and hands, however the draw is smooth and can be held steady,. quiet too !!!! shots in the kill zone,out to 60 yds. are easy with lots of PRACTICE…

  8. Fantastic bow its an animal killing machine!

    Version: 2013 PSE Stinger 3G


    Pros: It is fast,quiet, very dependable and real smooth draw with a nice let off.

    Cons: None

    Full review:
    I took it hunting this year it took down a 4×3 muley at 80 yards the deer only made it 50 yards before it was done with a clean pass threw it is a phenomenal bow and produces amazing results everytime. I would consider this bow for anyone on a budget or not you can throw on some nice pin sights and a good rest and just be as good at the $1000 bows.

  9. Amazing all around bow

    Version: 2013 PSE Stinger 3G


    Pros: Price is unbelievable for what you are getting

    Cons: None

    Full review:
    The ready to shoot Package comes with a sight, sting stop, rest, quiver, stabilizer, D-loop, wrist strap, and peep sight. Anybody who can pull back this bow can shoot it. I absolutely love my Stinger. The IBO speeds are between 308-314 fps. I have nothing bad to say about my bow.

  10. Bang for your Buck…No pun intended! Ha-ha

    Version: 2013 PSE Stinger 3G


    Pros: Speed for the money
    Accessories for the beginner
    Reliability in the field

    Cons: There are not cons, it’s a 299.00 bow. If you expect the world at that price you need your head checked.

    Full review:
    This was a perfect starter bow. I was able to become a decent Archer using this bow. The sites, arrow rest, and stabalizer were all changed (probably worth more than the bow) but it got the job done. 2015 was my first Archery Buck Season and I went into the mountians with my Stinger.

    I spotted a 4×3 Black Tail at 63 yards, just coming out of a tree line. All of the practice paid off, I didn’t even think about it. The string was back, the arrow was loosed, and the Buck was down. PSE Stinger got me there.

  11. Accurate. Affordable. Absolute Quality. Altogether the best in an entry level compound bow

    Version: 2012 PSE Stinger 3G


    Pros: the first thing I liked about this bow was that it was a PSE. After a lot of research and a limited budget I settled on the Stinger. Best long term decision I made. This bow will become a part of me for many years to come

    Cons: None

    Full review:
    out of the box I was grouping arrows within 3" at 20 yards. I’ve personalized my bow with an upgrade sight, cable and string but that was it. I’m over 70 years old and can’t handle the higher poundage but at 45# for me it shoots plenty fast and has been accurate out to 50 yards with no problem. I’ll be shooting this bow for as many years to come.

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