Barnett Quad Edge Compound Crossbow Review

Summary 

The Barnett Quad Edge is a solid entry level, to mid-level, crossbow. It has good performance (340 fps.), a solid design, and all the safety features you would expect from a crossbow these days.

Not only that but this bow has earned a solid reputation in the accuracy and shooting department, and certainly can stack up the arrows. All in all the Barnett Quad Edge has everything the everyday shooter and hunter could ask for.



8/10
Solid choice

Barnett Quad Edge 350 FPS Crossbow Package, Camo

Intro

The hunting gear we choose to buy and use is often a reflection of our personality.

Folks who show up to the range with the fanciest, tricked out, and high performance bow generally have personalities to match.

On the other hand, some people just want a bow that gets the job done. They are looking for a blue collar bow. The Barnett Quad Edge may be the right bow for someone with that in mind.

It won’t blow you away, but at the end of the day, this bow can be a capable and hunting, and target shooting, tool.

Scores

Assembly 4/5
Accessories 4/5
Trigger 4/5
Styling 4/5
Stock 4/5
Performance 4/5

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Pros

  • Good arrow speed
  • Accurate
  • Lightweight

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Cons

  • Lacks a supplied rope cocker
  • Loud

Specifications

Draw Weight:

150 lbs

Power Stroke:

14.625″

Bow Weight:

6.9 lbs

Speed:

340 fps

Kinetic Energy:

109 ft. lbs.

Bolt Size:

22″

Axle-To-Axle:

21″ Uncocked

Overall Size:

36″

Price Range:

Low-Mid

Color:

Black

Warranty:

Who’s it designed for?

The Barnett Quad Edge is a step up from an entry level bow.

It is a little faster than the entry level bows, and has a few more bells and whistles. That being said, if you are looking to buy your first crossbow, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say this might not be a bad choice either. It is sort of a ‘tweener in that regard.

What can I hunt with it?

If you are looking to hunt with the Quad Edge you are in luck. This bow produces nearly 110 ft. lbs. of energy upon impact. Using the accepted guidelines for big game energy standards, this rig will allow you to hunt anything you can settle the crosshairs on. If you hunt the standard deer, turkey, and black bear, you’ll have absolutely no worries with this one.

Crossbow Comparison Tables

All the bows we review (and some we haven’t yet) get added to our crossbow comparison tables alongside a guide that helps you understand what features and specifications actually mean. They’re a great place to get a quick overview of what’s on the market, and find something that fits with your requirements.​

Videos

Here’s a brief video which will give you rundown of what to expect from this bow.

In-Depth Review

Assembly

Assembling the Barnett Quad Edge is not a big hassle. You have to attach the riser with a few hex bolts, making sure the string and cables are in the correct locations.

After that it just takes a little wrench turning to attach the stirrup, quiver, and scope. The ease of setup makes this ideal for anyone, but especially people with limited mechanical skills.

Accessories

Scope

The scope that comes standard with this crossbow is the same 4×32 Barnett puts on all their mid-level crossbows. It has earned a reputation for being deadly accurate once you get it dialed in. That being said, there are a few cautious voices out there who don’t feel the scope gives you a very good field of vision.

All in all we feel that the scope is adequate. That is especially good news for new shooters, or those who may not have a favorite scope yet.

Cocking Device

The Quad Edge does not come with any sort of cocking device. Once in awhile Barnett throws in this curveball into their packages. Fortunately cocking devices can be picked up for less than $20 pretty easily.

You certainly can cock this bow without the aide, although accuracy tends to suffer. If you currently have a rope cocker this may not be a big hangup, but if you are just getting into shooting crossbows you’ll most likely want to pick one up.

Quiver and Bolts

Barnett includes their 3 bolt quiver and three 22” carbon Headhunter bolts with this bow. The Headhunter bolts are of good quality and stand up to the rigors of shooting.

Although 22” inch bolts are not the norm, they certainly are not hard to pick up. This means if you’d like to try some other bolts, you should be able to find a good fit easily.

Trigger

The all metal trigger on this bow is about par for the course with Barnett’s other mid-level bows and has about a 3.5 pound pull.

The crisp break will attribute to accuracy down range.

Anti-Dry Fire and Auto Safety

​​Like all crossbows these days, the Quad Edge comes with an Anti-Dry fire system. This is a great feature, and ensures you won’t damage your bow upon the shot.

Barnett also includes a brush arrow retention system that will make sure your bolt stays on the rail when the string is released. Additionally, the auto safety engages as soon as you reach full draw. This feature makes the bow more safe, which anyone can appreciate.

Styling

The Quad Edge is a fairly plain bow in terms of styling. It is offered in only the flat black color option. Although it is only one color, black works well in hunting situations, and is generally just a sharp looking color all around.

In terms of branding, Barnett put a few logos on the limbs, and small logos on the stock. If you are not looking to stand out in a crowd, you’ll probably like this bow’s style.


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Stock and Limbs

The stock of this bow has a few key features shooters should appreciate. First off, the foregrip is pass through, and has a flared finger guard as well. This increases the safety design, and should keep your fingers out of the flight track.

Another feature about the stock you might find appealing is the ability to mount a mechanical cocking device. These must be purchased separately, but really ease the cocking process and make your bow much more accurate as well.

Finally, Barnett did use a unique stock design. It has a long sweeping guard that connects to the pistol grip. This contributes to the bow weight of less than 7 pounds, feature folks who do lots of walking when they hunt can appreciate.


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Shooting

The Barnett Quad Edge is a fine shooting crossbow. It shoots tight groups at short ranges, and even inexperienced shooters should be able to step back to 60 or 70 yards within a few shots.

One thing that will stand out is the relatively loud report when the bow is shot. Loud bows are certainly not ideal while in the woods, although the 340 fps arrow speed should help diminish any negative effects.

If you hunt close ranges the noise shouldn’t be a big issue.

“How does it compare?”

Barnett Jackal

“a capable entry-level alternative

Barnett Jackal Crossbow Package (Quiver, 3 - 20-Inch Arrows and Premium Red Dot Sight)

If the Quad Edge seems a bit too much bow for you at the moment, the Barnett Jackal might be a better option.

The Jackal is Barnett’s true entry-level bow in both price and performance. This bow still hits arrow speeds of 315 fps., which still makes it an adequate hunting tool for short distance shooting.

If you are looking to take your first dive into crossbow shooting the Jackal is a good place to start. Here’s our review.

Barnett Whitetail Hunter

solid speed, performance and good looks

Barnett Whitetail Hunter Crossbow, 4 x 32'

If you are looking to go a step above the Barnett Quad Edge, you might take a look at the Barnett Whitetail Hunter.

This bow has garnered a large following for its speed, performance, and wicked good looks. Although it boasts the same 340 fps. arrow speeds as the Quad Edge, it only weighs 6.2 pounds and is just a shade over 18” axle to axle.

This makes the Whitetail Hunter an ideal hunting bow, that can fit into the nooks and crannies whitetail hunting sometimes requires. Not only that, but the Whitetail hunter is one that people simply rave about its accuracy.

Barnett Ghost 410

mind boggling performance

Barnett Ghost 410 CRT Crossbow Package

In case these bows still don’t have what you are looking for, you might appreciate Barnett’s flagship bow, the Ghost 410.

As the name indicates this bow is capable of hitting arrow speeds of up to 410 fps. That makes this bow scary fast and ideal for any hunting situation.

It is also worth noting the Ghost isn’t all about speed, and it may actually be one of Barnett’s most accurate bows as well. If you are looking for the complete package, the Ghost 410 should pop up on your radar. Checkout our review.

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Barnett Jackal Compound Crossbow Review

Summary 

All in all the Barnett Jackal is a good entry level crossbow for shooters of all ages. It has acceptable performance for hunting and target shooting and can be a great bow to learn on.

It comes with all of the safety features you would expect from a crossbow these days, and will help you stay safe while in the field.

Not only that, but after buying this bow you’ll have it assembled and ready to shoot in less than 10 minutes. It is simple, straightforward, and a low risk investment to get you out hunting or target shooting.



8/10
Good

Barnett Jackal Crossbow Package (Quiver, 3 - 20-Inch Arrows and Premium Red Dot Sight)

Intro

Every bow is designed with a purpose in mind. Some bows are designed to be the ultimate target archery bow with accuracy as the key goal in mind at each step in the process.

Other bows are designed to reach maximum speeds that would make your head spin. Still others try to fit niches as traditional bows, comfortable bows, or even just cool looking bows.

The Barnett Jackal was designed for the very specific purpose of getting new shooters involved in crossbow shooting and to make that first experience a good one. While this bow could certainly be a capable tool for anyone, it is a simple and low maintenance bow that is perfect for those just joining the ranks.

Scores

Assembly 4/5
Accessories 3/5
Trigger 4/5
Styling 4/5
Stock 4/5
Performance 3/5

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Pros

  • Low risk – affordable
  • Enough power to hunt most game
  • Designed with safety in mind

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Cons

  • Lack of a cocking aid
  • Fairly loud

Specifications

Draw Weight:

150 lbs

Power Stroke:

12″

Bow Weight:

7.7 lbs

Speed:

315 fps

Kinetic Energy:

95 ft. lbs.

Bolt Size:

20″

Axle-To-Axle:

20″ Uncocked

Overall Size:

36″

Price Range:

Low

Color:

Camo

Warranty:

Who’s it designed for?

The Barnett Jackal is a capable crossbow designed to be a shooter’s first bow. It is a complete package that can offer an enjoyable shooting experience, while still providing an economical option.

If you have never shot a crossbow before, but are entertaining the idea of getting started, this is a low risk option that still puts a solid bow in your hands.

What can I hunt with it?

In terms of kinetic energy produced, the Jackal is substantial at 95 ft. lbs. of energy upon impact. This sort of power should allow you to adequately hunt big game animals like elk and moose, and is plenty of power for smaller animals.

If you ever have plans of hunting dangerous game like grizzly bear or water buffalo, you may consider going with a bit larger bow in that case.

Our Comparison Table

All the bows we review (and some we haven’t yet) get added to our crossbow comparison tables alongside a guide that helps you understand what features and specifications actually mean. They’re a great place to get a quick overview of what’s on the market, and find something that fits with your requirements.​

Videos

Here is one solid review showcasing the Barnett Jackal in action.

In-Depth Review

Assembly

The assembly of the Jackal isn’t a huge chore, and can be accomplished in around 10 minutes. You will have to attach the quiver, cables, strings, and cable slides, all of which have photos to accompany, and help you get setup.

After that, the riser of the bow simply snaps into the stock and after a few more screws to secure things, the majority of the bow is locked in place. To finish the setup process you need to attach the foot stirrup and scope.

None of the assembly is beyond the skills of even an inexperienced archer and is nothing to be afraid of.

Accessories

Scope

The scope that comes with the Jackal is an entry-level red dot scope. This scope should have you shooting close groups at 20 yards out of the box.

After that, it will be up to you to tighten things down and get your crossbow grouping where you want it. It is an illuminated red dot, so that can be attractive to hunter’s planning on taking this into the field. Red dots allow you to sight with both eyes and track fast moving prey more easily than a normal scope.

Cocking Device

One feature that is a bit of a letdown with the Jackal is the lack of a rope cocking device included. You can easily pick one up for less than $20, and it will be in your best interest to do so. Not only do rope cockers make it easier, but they create more consistency and thus make the crossbow more accurate.

Quiver and Bolts

The quiver that attaches to this bow is a standard 3-bolt quiver you will have to attach when you get the bow. In addition to the quiver, this crossbow package also comes with 3 20” Easton carbon bolts complete with screw-in field points.

If you are a beginner, you’ll really appreciate how this crossbow contains everything you’ll need to get started. The screw-in field point feature is also beneficial for someone with hunting aspirations as many entry level crossbows come with glued points, meaning the archer must buy brand new arrows to go hunting.

Trigger

The trigger on the Barnett Jackal is set at an average 3.5 pounds and breaks cleanly. Having a clean breaking trigger will help you stay accurate and consistent on your shots.

Anti-Dry Fire and Auto Safety

The folks at Barnett didn’t overlook anything in the safety department with this crossbow. Like nearly all bows it has a anti-dry fire system that requires a bolt to be in place before firing.

It also incorporated an automatic safety, which means when the string hits full draw it will automatically come on. Both of these features are great for all shooters and will make your time in the field more safe.

Styling

The camo and black model is the only color choice for the Jackal. This particular color scheme is good for hunting and looks pretty sharp in general.

In terms of branding this bow isn’t overly ornamented. Both the upper and lower limbs on both sides of the rail have branding in addition to some minor branding above the trigger.

All in all, this crossbow certainly wouldn’t be the last girl asked to dance.


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Stock and Limbs

For building materials this bow features an aluminum rail that is designed to last for years to come. The aluminum is not only durable, but its lightweight contributes to the balance of the crossbow. Like most bows these days, the limbs are a composite material that are built to withstand the high pressures they are under, and are more durable than other materials. This bow was built as a great entry level bow, but it was also built to last as well.

Another aspect of the stock worth mentioning is the foregrip design. As mentioned, Barnett incorporated many basic design features to make this bow more safe. One feature in the stock is the pass through foregrip and flared finger guard. Both of these features will make it difficult, if not impossible, to get your fingers in the way of the string upon the shot.

Again, this feature is great for anyone, but especially for someone just learning the ropes.


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Shooting

In the shooting department this bow winds up about where you’d expect. It has good accuracy for the short to mid range shots, but won’t excel in long distance shooting. If you are looking to hunt, or just do some target shooting, it should be adequate in most circumstances.

One beef a few shooters have with this bow is the noise level. It does happen to be a bit on the loud side, a feature that isn’t great for hunting. With a bow shooting 315 fps, and being a touch noisy, it would be best to keep your hunting shots at a minimum distance if possible.

“How does it compare?”

Barnett Whitetail Hunter

“a more powerful and customizable alternative

Barnett Whitetail Hunter Crossbow, 4 x 32'

If you’ve looked over the Jackal, and think you’d like to get something with a little more power, you might take a look at the Barnett Whitetail Hunter.

This bow uses a heavier 160 pound draw weight to get arrows into the 340 fps range. The extra speed could certainly help out in hunting situations.

The Whitetail hunter is also more customizable with an adjustable butt plate and picatinny rail as well. Checkout the full review.

Barnett Ghost 410

break-neck performance

Barnett Ghost 410 CRT Crossbow Package

For a shooter looking to get top notch performance, the Ghost 410 has to be on your radar.

This compound crossbow put out by Barnett can hit breakneck speeds of 410 fps. That’s almost a full 100 fps. faster than the Jackal. It also is touted to be one of the quietest and most comfortable crossbows to shoot.

All of that performance does come at a price, and the 410 requires more of an investment up front. Read more in our review.

Parker Thunderhawk

well appointed and accessorized

Parker Crossbows Thunderhawk Outfitter Package PARKER BOWS Thunderhawk Crossbow Package

Another crossbow roughly the same caliber as the Jackal is the Parker Thunderhawk. This compound bow arcs arrows at a respectable 325 fps, 10 fps. faster than the Barnett bow.

It also comes with a few nice accessories, like a 4 arrow quiver and 4 arrows to fill it up.

The Thunderhawk may also be ideal for those hunters who do lots of hiking, as it weighs just 6.9 pounds. Take a closer look in our review.

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Barnett Ghost 410 Compound Crossbow Review

Summary 

The Barnett Ghost 410 is a great bow for the serious crossbowman. It combines both speed and accuracy into a sharp looking package that is an excellent hunting tool.

Barnett also spared no expense to craft this bow using only top quality materials to give the shooter an excellent experience. If you are looking for a flagship bow that is the whole package, the Ghost 410 is certainly worth a closer look.



9.7/10
Top Quality

Barnett Ghost 410 CRT Crossbow Package

Intro

Numbers can be a great indicator of achievement. A running back in the NFL that rushes for more than 2,000 yards has had a season few would ever dream of. 

A mile-runner who eclipses the 4 minute mile has done something incredible as well.

The crossbow world also has a noteworthy number; 400 fps. Many crossbows try to meet this milestone while still maintaining accuracy, but most will fail.

That being said, the folks at Barnett have released the Ghost 410 capable of speeds up to 410 feet per second. In terms of pure speed, it is in a very exclusive class.

Scores

Assembly 5/5
Accessories 4.5/5
Trigger 4.5/5
Styling 5/5
Stock 5/5
Performance 5/5

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Pros

  • Ultra fast arrow speeds
  • Ease of setup
  • Accuracy

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Cons

  • A bit long
  • Only a 5 year warranty

Specifications

Draw Weight:

185 lbs

Power Stroke:

15.375″

Bow Weight:

7.3 lbs

Speed:

410 fps

Kinetic Energy:

150 ft. lbs.

Bolt Size:

22″

Axle-To-Axle:

20″ Uncocked

Overall Size:

36.5″

Price Range:

High

Color:

Black

Warranty:

Who’s it designed for?

The Barnett Ghost 410 is designed for a shooter who is looking for top end performance from their crossbow.

At 410 fps this Ghost will outshoot nearly any other crossbow you could match it up against. It also matches accuracy with the speed, and this crossbow can really stack them up.

What can I hunt with it?

This is one of those crossbows you can hunt anything you want with. With 150 ft. lbs. of kinetic energy produced on each shot, it almost doubles the recommendations for big game like moose.

It is safe to say if you can’t hunt an animal with the Ghost 410, you can’t hunt it with any crossbow.

Our Comparison Table

All the bows we review (and some we haven’t yet) get added to our crossbow comparison tables alongside a guide that helps you understand what features and specifications actually mean. They’re a great place to get a quick overview of what’s on the market, and find something that fits with your requirements.​

Videos

Here is a good video review of the bow that will take you through the specs top to bottom.

Here is another that showcases the accuracy of the bow.

In-Depth Review

Assembly

If you happen to order a Barnett Ghost 410 and have it delivered to your house, you’ll have to assemble it on your own.

The bow is super easy to assemble and can be ready to shoot in less than 5 minutes. Assemble requires you to attach the riser to the stock with a few allen bolts, and then attach the quiver mount.

After that you are ready to start shooting. Heck, Barnett even throws in the allen wrenches you’ll need to get the job done.

Accessories

As you would expect from a flagship bow like the 410, this bow comes with all the trimmings. Here is what you can expect from a few of the accessories that come standard with the bow.

Scope

When your 410 arrives the scope will already be mounted and ready for shooting. The scope gathers light well, and has an illumination feature.

These features are ideal for hunters due to the fact game animals tend to be most active in the twilight hours. Another nice feature of the scope is that it comes with a lifetime warranty. If you plan on shooting the bow for an extended period this should come in handy at some point.

Cocking Device

The cocking device on the Ghost 410 isn’t anything fancy, but rather is a time-tested rope cocking device. If you can still handle a draw weight of around 90 lbs., you shouldn’t have any problems cocking this bow with the rope cocker.

One complaint of the cocking device is that the manual doesn’t specify whether they hooks go up or down. For the record, the hooks on this cocking device are designed to face up when cocking the bow.

Quiver and Bolts

One nice feature of the quiver is its ability to be mounted on both the right and left side of the crossbow without needing to flip the quiver. This allows you to mount the quiver based on your preference which is a small, but convenient, attribute.

The bolts that come with this bow are 400 grains. These bolts are ideal if you want to get the pure speed offered by the bow. As mentioned, these are heavy enough, and flying fast enough, to pursue any animal on the planet you would want to hunt.

Trigger

The trigger on this crossbow comes set at around 3.5 to 4 pounds of pull. This isn’t a feature you’ll like if you appreciate a light trigger pull, but it does have a crisp break. Having a crisp break contributes to the crossbow’s overall accuracy.

Anti-Dry Fire and Auto Safety

Like nearly any crossbow these days, the Barnett Ghost 410 comes standard with an anti-dry fire system. These system ensure the bow can’t accidentally be fired without a bolt in place.

The safety on this bow also sets itself automatically when the bow is cocked, and must be manually placed in the “fire” position. Both of these features are ideal for all shooters, and will help you stay safe in the field..

Styling

In terms of color options on this bow, you are limited to black. Black is a pretty universal color for both hunters and target shooters, and shouldn’t really be too distracting in any situation.

The branding on the bow is simple as well. Above the trigger on both sides is a small plate that says Ghost 410, along with some branding on the limbs. If you don’t like walking around with a company billboard in your hand, this bow is right up your alley.


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Stock and Limbs

When it comes to build quality the Ghost 410 is built using only quality components and materials. It has a carbon riser and an aluminum picatinny rail.

These quality materials make the bow light, easy to handle, and able to last for years and years. The picatinny rail also allows you to attach your favorite AR features seamlessly.

Finally, this crossbow also features a pass through fore-grip that will keep your fingers out of the path of the string upon the shot.


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Shooting

The Ghost 410 is a great shooting crossbow and a breeze to setup. As mentioned, the scope comes mounted and can easily be dialed-in after just a few minutes.

Once you get it sighted the way you want it, this is one of those bows you don’t want to aim at the same bull’s-eye twice. You’ll just get too many damaged arrows. It’s that good, and that accurate.

Anyone serious about accuracy will certainly find this bow meets all expectations.

“How does it compare?”

Barnett Whitetail Hunter

“a less powerful but more pocket friendly alternative

Barnett Whitetail Hunter Crossbow, 4 x 32'

Another option that could possibly meet your needs is the Barnett Whitetail Hunter. This compound crossbow uses a 160 pound draw weight to zing arrows downrange at 340 feet per second.

While that is modest compared to the Ghost 410, it certainly is still capable in the hunting woods. This crossbow still delivers over 90 ft. lbs. of kinetic energy upon impact.

That still is more than enough to hunt anything you might have your eyes on. Read more here…

Barnett Jackal

economical and low risk

Barnett Jackal Crossbow Package (Quiver, 3 - 20-Inch Arrows and Premium Red Dot Sight)

If you’ve looked at the Ghost, but think it may be just out of reach, you might consider the more economical Barnett Jackal instead.

This bow still has a few features worth mentioning including the sleek design. This design was based on military weapons design, so it is great to carry and hunt with.

Combine the comfort with the crisp trigger pull, and you have a crossbow that could easily handle like a bow twice its price. Finally, the picatinny rail will allow you to outfit this bow with your favorite accessories.

Take a look at our in-depth review.

Parker Thunderhawk

well appointed and accessorized

Parker Crossbows Thunderhawk Outfitter Package PARKER BOWS Thunderhawk Crossbow Package

Another intriguing option is the Parker Thunderhawk. This bow is a great mid-level bow, that could be perfect for someone looking to dive into the lineup of premium bows on the market. At 160 pounds of draw weight, the Thunderhawk shoots arrows at a respectable 320 feet per second

Although this is 90 fps slower than the Ghost 410, it still is plenty fast for close hunting situations. If you like to get within 30 yards, this bow could certainly be a good friend of yours right off the bat.

Finally, the Thunderhawk has a bull-pup trigger and an ergonomic design that will have you loving the feel of this bow as soon as it hits your shoulder. Here’s the lowdown from our review.

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Parker Thunderhawk Compound Crossbow Review

Summary 

Overall the Parker Thunderhawk is a fine crossbow, especially for someone getting into shooting sports. The Perfect Storm package comes with absolutely everything you’ll need to get started shooting and hunting. In terms of performance, the Thunderhawk has enough to be a capable hunting crossbow at ranges of 40 yards and less. Finally, the crossbow is quality controlled right here in the United States and backed by a lifetime warranty. If you are looking for a bow to keep around for a while it may be worth a closer look.



8.2/10
A fine bow!

Parker Crossbows Thunderhawk Outfitter Package PARKER BOWS Thunderhawk Crossbow Package

Intro

Once in awhile you hear things advertised as “the complete package.” Nothing is lacking, and anything you could hope for is included. The Parker Thunderhawk in the Perfect Storm package is exactly that; the complete package. This bow has moderate performance, a lifetime warranty, 6 carbon arrows, field points, hunting broadheads, rope cocker, rail lube, string suppressors, scope, sling, and crossbow case. If you happen to be a shooter that is starting from scratch, the Thunderhawk is as complete of a package as you will find these days.

This bow has also become the most popular crossbow in Parker’s lineup for its shootability, comfort, and effectiveness in the field. This is an all-around crossbow that certainly should warrant a closer look.

Scores

Assembly 4/5
Accessories 5/5
Trigger 4/5
Styling 4/5
Stock 4/5
Performance 4/5

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Pros

  • Available as a complete package (Perfect Storm)
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Made in the USA

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Cons

  • Arrow speed a little slow
  • Short string serving life

Specifications

Draw Weight:

160

Power Stroke:

11.5″

Bow Weight:

6.9 lbs

Speed:

325 fps

Kinetic Energy:

91 ft. lbs.

Bolt Size:

20″

Axle-To-Axle:

20.25″ Uncocked

Overall Size:

34.25″

Price Range:

Mid

Color:

Camo

Warranty:

Lifetime

Who’s it designed for?

The Parker Thunderhawk is a great bow designed for a new shooter. This crossbow comes in two different packages the Outfitter package and the Perfect Storm package. The Perfect Storm package has much more to offer, and if you are a new shooter it will set up you up absolutely everything you’ll need to get started.

What can I hunt with it?

Hunting most big game animals in North America shouldn’t pose too much of a problem with this bow. It produces 91 ft. lbs. of kinetic energy upon the shot, which is more than enough for deer, black bear, and elk. However, if you ever have dreams of chasing dangerous game, you might be better off going with a little more bow.

Crossbow Comparison Tables

All the bows we review (and some we haven’t yet) get added to our crossbow comparison tables alongside a guide that helps you understand what features and specifications actually mean. They’re a great place to get a quick overview of what’s on the market, and find something that fits with your requirements.​

Videos

You can watch the promotional video from Parker here.

Here is another video of a satisfied customer.

In-Depth Review

Assembly

Assembling the Thunderhawk is no major chore. It requires attaching the riser to the stock, and then attacking the quiver. There are a few little nuances that need to be considered as well, but they are covered in the manual. If you are more of a visual person, Parker actually released this video demonstrating how to set the crossbow up as well. 

Accessories

Scope

There is an included illuminated multi-reticle scope on this crossbow. Illuminated scopes are great for hunters, as they provide more light in the low light conditions that game animals tend to move during. Another benefit of the scope is that it comes bore sighted from the factory. This will make it easy for someone not accustomed to sighting in bows to get this bow dialed in.

Cocking Device

Parker throws in the Red Hot roller cocking device with the Perfect Storm package. This bow requires a 160 pound pull to cock, but you can expect to pull less than half of that with this rope cocking device. Many people around the web praise this crossbow as being a dream to cock, which would be ideal for smaller framed shooters who may have a hard time with heavier bows.

Quiver and Bolts

In order to truly make this a bow you can hunt with right out of the box, Parker went all out in the arrow department. It includes the 4 arrow quick detach quiver to mount on your bow. Most bows come with 3 arrow detach quivers, but any hunter can tell you having the extra arrow is never a bad thing.

The package also comes with 6 Red Hot arrows ready to shoot. Each arrow comes with field points to get you started shooting in minutes. Not only that, but Parker also includes 3 broadheads as well. This is another factor that would be ideal for someone just getting involved that needs to buy everything at once. 

Trigger

The trigger is an all metal trigger covered by the lifetime warranty of the bow. If you are looking for a bulletproof bow, this attribute will be one you should appreciate.

Anti-Dry Fire and Auto Safety

In order to ensure this crossbow was safe to shoot, Parker included some standard features including the anti-dry fire system and automatic safety. These features are so dependable, if you watch the second linked video above, you can watch the shooter actually try to dry fire the bow to no avail. The safety is also ambidextrous, which makes it functional for anyone out there.

Styling

In the styling department the Parker Thunderhawk comes in only the camo color choice. It is a fairly mundane pattern, and won’t be eye catching on the range. On the other hand, if you are just looking for a bow that can be a solid hunter, you will likely appreciate the finish. There is very little branding on this bow as well. Overall, it is a utilitarian design and one blue collar folks will likely find appealing.


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Stock and Limbs

One thing that stands out on this crossbow is the quality of the build. Parker crossbows are made in America and backed with a lifetime warranty. This ensures you are getting only the best materials included in this crossbow that contribute to its overall lifespan. If you are looking for a bow that can last for decades, the Thunderhawk is certainly worth a look.


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Shooting

In the shooting department the Thunderhawk is a solid bow. With the factory installed string dampeners this bow is considered a pretty quiet shooter. This feature is ideal for hunters pursuing skittish game animals. Also, once dialed in this bow can really stack up the arrows out to about 40 yards. If you are looking to do most of your hunting and shooting within that range, this bow is lights out.

Due to the low arrow speeds, shooters looking to extend their range may find this bow isn’t the best fit though.

On a final note, one area of concern with this crossbow is a problem with a short serving life. We’ve heard tell of a few complaints that due to downward pressure on the rail, this bow needs to be re-served every few months. 

“How does it compare?”

Barnett Jackal

“economical and straightforward

Barnett Jackal Crossbow Package (Quiver, 3 - 20-Inch Arrows and Premium Red Dot Sight)

If you are just making a splash into the realm of crossbow shooting, another bow you may consider is the Barnett Jackal.

It is an economical entry-level crossbow that just slightly underperforms the Thunderhawk.

This bow hits modest speeds of 315 fps. and has a 150 pound draw weight. Like the Thunderhawk, the Jackal is a low maintenance bow that shouldn’t confuse a new shooter.

It is straightforward, and a good crossbow for the first time shooter. Read our full review.

Barnett Whitetail Hunter

better performance, better looking

Barnett Whitetail Hunter Crossbow, 4 x 32'

Another very popular bow is the Barnett Whitetail Hunter. The Whitetail Hunter offers a little more performance, with arrow speeds of 340 fps.

It also has earned a reputation for being deadly accurate in hunting ranges. Also, in terms of styling, the Whitetail Hunter is a good looking bow.

This has a unique high def camo pattern and sleek design. If you want to turn some heads at the range, this bow might be worth a closer look.

Barnett Ghost 410

maximum performance

Barnett Ghost 410 CRT Crossbow Package

Finally, if you are looking for maximum performance, the Barnett Ghost 410 is a bow you simply can’t overlook.

With arrow speeds of 410 fps. this bow is one of the fastest on the market.

Not only that, but it is highly accurate as well and doesn’t have many weak spots. What’s more is that upon the shot, the Ghost 410 produces a steel punching 150 ft. lbs. of kinetic energy.

If you are looking to travel around and hunt dangerous game, this might just be the bow for you. Read more in our review.

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Barnett Whitetail Hunter Compound Crossbow Review

Summary 

After tallying it all up, the Barnett Whitetail Hunter rings in as a great mid-level bow for someone looking to step up their game. It has everything you could want from a crossbow including adequate performance, comfort, and customization to fit the bow to you. If you also take its great looks into account, you can see why this bow is turning into a classic hunting crossbow.



9/10
A classic!

Barnett Whitetail Hunter Crossbow, 4 x 32'

Intro

For some people a crossbow is a tool to get a job done. For others it is an expression of their personality. Still for others it may be a chance to push their shooting limits.

Whatever you use a crossbow for, the Barnett Whitetail Hunter likely has something that would appeal to you. It combines performance, good looks, and price into a package that offers something for everyone.

Scores

Assembly 4/5
Accessories 5/5
Trigger 4.5/5
Styling 5/5
Stock 5/5
Performance 4/5

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Pros

  • Loaded with great accessories
  • Awesome high-def camo
  • “Deadly” accurate

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Cons

  • Average arrow speeds

Specifications

Draw Weight:

160 lbs

Power Stroke:

16.125″

Bow Weight:

6.2 lbs

Speed:

340 fps

Kinetic Energy:

103 ft. lbs.

Bolt Size:

20″

Axle-To-Axle:

18.25″ Uncocked

Overall Size:

34.25″

Price Range:

Mid

Color:

Hi-Def Camo

Warranty:

Who’s it designed for?

The Barnett Whitetail Hunter is a compact and effective crossbow for anyone looking to step up their hunting game. This is a mid-level crossbow and offers good performance, great looks, and customization that can help you become the best hunter you can be.

What can I hunt with it?

The Whitetail Hunter packs a wallop, and produces around 103 ft. lbs. of kinetic energy upon impact. While the name would indicate this bow was designed strictly for whitetails, it has enough hitting power to hunt nearly any animal you would ever dare tread after. Needless to say for common species like whitetail, turkey, and black bear, this crossbow is more than capable of getting the job done.

Crossbow Comparison Tables

All the bows we review (and some we haven’t yet) get added to our crossbow comparison tables alongside a guide that helps you understand what features and specifications actually mean. They’re a great place to get a quick overview of what’s on the market, and find something that fits with your requirements.​

Videos

Here is a good breakdown of the Whitetail which includes some shot footage as well.

In-Depth Review

Assembly

Assembling the Whitetail Hunter is a breeze and shouldn’t take more than about 10 minutes. You’ll need to attach the riser to the stock and rail, making sure the cable and strings are in the appropriate slots. It then clicks into place and takes a few hex bolts to secure things.

After that you’ll just need to attach the quiver and stirrup and you’re in business. The owner’s manual makes this a breeze and it shouldn’t intimidate you if you’ve never assembled a crossbow before.

Accessories

Scope

The scope on this crossbow is one people are really raving about. It is a 4×32 multi-reticle scope that Barnett mounts on many of their mid to upper tier crossbows. Anyone looking to up their shooting and hunting game will appreciate this quality scope. Another benefit of the scope system is that it mounts on a picatinny rail. This means you can swap it out for any scope that a picatinny accepts, and that is a slug of them. If you’ve dropped some cash on a scope that you’ve fallen in love with, chances are it can make the swap to this crossbow.

Cocking Device

This Barnett crossbow does come standard with a rope cocking device. Rope cocking devices not only make cocking the bow easier, but they increase accuracy as they replicate the draw with each draw.

Barnett also went ahead and designed this bow to accept a mechanical crank cocker if you would like to mount one of those. Mechanical cranks take cocking to the next level, increasing both the ease of the crank and the accuracy of the shot.

Although it is not included, if you want a mechanical crank device you can rest assured you can install one at some point.

Quiver and Bolts

Another unique feature of this crossbow is the 3 arrow quick detach quiver that comes standard with it. The quick release quiver allows you to keep your bolts secured while you are hunting, and then quickly remove it while you drive back and forth from your hunting area.

Barnett throws 3 20” carbon Headhunter arrows in with each package. These bolts weigh a salty 400 grains, which contribute to the +100 ft. lbs. of kinetic energy. They are deadly arrows, and are a nice addition if you are looking to hunt right out of the box.

Another way Barnett sweetened the pot with this bow is the inclusion of a glow in the dark decocking bolt. Crossbows should be unloaded if they are to be put away for an extended period, and the only way to do that is to shoot a bolt. This heavy duty bolt is built for the job and contributes to this bow’s ability to be used right out of the box.

Trigger

Shooters like this bow’s trigger, and we think it has a crisp and clean break and shoots like a quality rifle.

Anti-Dry Fire and Auto Safety

​Barnett had their customer’s safety in mind when they created the anti-dry fire system and automatic safety on this bow. Each of these features will engage without needing you to remember to do so. Not only will it keep you safe, but it will keep your crossbow safe as well.

Styling

When it comes to style, Barnett really knocked it out of the park. This bow comes in high definition camo, with attractive skull designs throughout the pattern. Not only that, but the skeletonized stock not only makes this bow lightweight, but also gives it an edgy appearance as well.

In terms of branding, this bow is about par for the course with logos on the split limbs and above the trigger guard. Needless to say, if you want good looking bow, the Whitetail Hunter is right up your alley.


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Stock and Limbs

Although it looks great, this bow also has a few design features the utilitarian can appreciate. First off, the pass through foregrip and finger guards are just another way to keep you safe. Who wouldn’t benefit from that is beyond me.

Secondly, the adjustable butt pad can help you find the sweet spot as you ready for the shot. If you are looking for a bow that feels as good as it looks, you might take a closer look here.


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Shooting

In the shooting department, this bow will earn its reputation as being “deadly”. It is well balanced so the center of gravity rests closer to the shooter than the front of the bow.

If you do a lot of offhand shooting, this really will be a feature that improves your accuracy. Once you get this bad boy dialed in you can expect to be accurate well past your furthest ethical hunting shooting limits.

“How does it compare?”

Barnett Jackal

“a capable entry-level alternative

Barnett Jackal Crossbow Package (Quiver, 3 - 20-Inch Arrows and Premium Red Dot Sight)

If you are looking for a more entry-level crossbow, the Barnett Jackal may be a good fit.

Although it doesn’t have the same performance as the Whitetail Hunter, it is still a capable hunting tool for the fledgling shooter. It has a draw weight of 150 pounds and can hit arrow speeds of 315 fps.

Like the Whitetail Hunter, this bow comes with many features you’ll need to get started shooting right away. Read more…

Barnett Ghost 410

mind boggling performance

Barnett Ghost 410 CRT Crossbow Package

On the other hand, if you are looking to enter the realm of flagship crossbows you have to take a look at the Barnett Ghost 410.

This bow boggles the mind with its 410 fps arrows. That means it is shooting a bolt over the distance of a football field in less than 1 second.

Impressive to say the least.

Not only that, but the 410 can stack up arrows so well you’ll have to be sure to pick a different point of aim under 30 yards. Our Ghost 410 review.

Parker Thunderhawk

another mid-level performer

Parker Crossbows Thunderhawk Outfitter Package PARKER BOWS Thunderhawk Crossbow Package

Another mid-level bow is the Parker Thunderhawk. Although it doesn’t quite reach the performance of the Whitetail Hunter, it can still hit speeds of 325 fps.

Not too shabby, and still capable in hunting situations. The Thunderhawk is also a lightweight bow, and weighs in at 6.9 pounds, a nice feature for those of us who do plenty of walking on the hunt. Here’s our take on the Thunderhawk.

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