Barnett Jackal Crossbow Review

The Barnett Jackal Crossbow lives up to the brand. The Barnett’s Jackal Crossbow comes with an assortment of features to help give a clean and effective shot.

  • Made in the USA, this all-American crossbow features a divided foregrip for secure hand placement.
  • The quad limb assembly and high energy wheels make it easy to use without any hassle.
  • Equipped with quiver, three 20-inch arrows, and premium red dot scope, with arrows speed of 315 FPS.
  • Built-in ADF MIM triggers allowing for 3.5 lb trigger pull.
  • The Jackal crossbow is 35.5 inches in length, 26.5 in width, and weighs 7.7 lbs.

Barnett Crossbows has been a reputable and well-known American company specializing in Crossbows, Archery, and Slingshots. Established over half a century ago, Barnett focuses on continuing to engineer fast, efficient, and strong crossbows for their clients. Their reputation doesn’t fail them as they internationally are the lead manufacturer of youth archery and slingshots. Barnett continues to progress the technology in crossbows by having their engineers continue to push the boundaries of design and power. The Jackal Crossbow falls right under the high-quality standards that Barnett sets. The Jackal has a military design, with its compound design easy to carry around – designed truly for a hunter. The camouflage finish gives the lightweight Jackal a modern and sleek design. Barnett wanted to give beginners an opportunity to purchase a crossbow with all the features of a “high-priced” crossbow, without the price. The fair priced, relatively lightweight, and compact crossbow, makes a great crossbow for beginners. Designed by hunters, for hunters.

Barnett Jackal Crossbow Review

Pros of Barnett Jackal

Great for beginners
Like said before, the lightweight and compound design make it easy for hunters to carry around. If you’re just starting out with a crossbow, the Jackal won’t cramp your arm. The price is also a huge factor. The Jackal is extremely accurate, great for beginners learning the proper shooting techniques.  The arrow speed is fast enough for target practicing and hunting. The crossbow has all the functions of a more expensive crossbow – Anti-Vibration Foot Stirrup, aluminum riser, CROSSWIRE String and Cable system – are all the makings of a reliable and high-quality crossbow. Though this crossbow is not only for beginners. It’s great for intermediate and advanced cross bowers as the crossbow itself has everything anyone would look for in a crossbow.

Barnett is a great company when it comes to listening to its clients and supporting them. If something breaks or a part malfunctions, your crossbow comes with a five-year limited warranty. The limited warranty covers the stock, trigger mechanism, and limb assembly. Not only that, if you have any questions or concerns about your crossbow, customer support is readily available for all of Barnett’s clients.

High-quality design and function

People may not think that design matters, but it does greatly affect the outcome of your shot.  The fact that it’s compact and lightweight already places itself among the rest of the crossbows on the market. The aluminum riser reduces weight and the divided foregrip allows the hunter to have comfortable hand placement when shooting. The quad limb design not only creates a sleeker design but reduces air resistance allowing for the limbs to accelerate. The Jackal sight includes a 3-dot sight which you can switch between either red or green dots. Not only can you switch the color but the dots come with five brightness settings which can be adjusted to any weather and lighting conditions. On top of all these features, the Jackal has a great camouflage finish, making it a true crossbow in appearance.

Suitable for any game
This crossbow is ready to take down whatever you aim it at. Suitable for all small game, deer, elk, moose, bear and targeting shooting. With all these features, it would be a waste to have a limited range of target opportunities.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1440862421797{padding-top: 5px !important;padding-right: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 5px !important;padding-left: 10px !important;background-color: rgba(221,153,51,0.1) !important;*background-color: rgb(221,153,51) !important;}”]

Cons of Barnett Jackal

No cocking device
There is always a con, as nothing is ever designed without an imperfection.  The Jackal does not come equipped with a cocking device. The cocking device lessens the tension when cocking so that it prevents the hunter from having pain or soreness in their hands when cocking.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Barnett Jackal Crossbow Review

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does the crossbow come assembled?
  • No.  Minimal assembly is required. The assembly of the crossbow takes between 10-20 minutes.
  • Can the bow be uncooked without firing a bolt?
  • No, it cannot. Instead, use a blunt tip or target tip on it and fire it at either the ground or the target.
  • Can you use this if you’re left-handed?
  • Yes, you can. It’s useable for any hand.
  • Can you put the safety on after the crossbows been loaded and cocked with an arrow?
  • Yes, safety will automatically turn-on when the bow is drawn and cocked.
  • Does this crossbow come with a cocking device?
  • No. However, if you are in need of the cocking device, you can purchase a separate, additional add-on for the crossbow.
  • Can I buy a crossbow online?
  • It is legal to own a crossbow in most states and countries, however, the laws around purchasing on may vary depending on where you’re residing. Every state has its own laws regarding crossbows, some require you to carry a license. Check your state laws regarding the purchasing and owning of crossbows.

Barnett Jackal Crossbow Review


For the price, the Jackal crossbow is the finest in its category. Beginners, intermediate or advanced cross bowers will have a great time hunting or target shooting with this crossbow. Power, speed, accuracy, and affordability – it’s a true all-in-one crossbow. If you want a dependable and long-lasting compact crossbow, the Barnett Jackal Crossbow is for you

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