Barnett Penetrator Crossbow Package Review

Let’s look at the Barnett Penetrator Crossbow Package. The crossbow has some great features that definitely deserve a look into. Here are some noteworthy features of the Barnett Penetrator Crossbow.

  • 175-pound draw weight with 116 feet-pound of kinetic energy, 12-inch power stroke, and shooting at 350 FPS.
  • Lightweight, weighing in at only 8.6 pounds.
  • Five-to-one safety factor
  • CROSSWIRE string and cable system
  • Anti-Dry Fire (ADF)
  • Metal Injection Molding (MIM) trigger system with a 3.5-pound trigger pull
  • GAM composite stock
  • Allows for the installation of an integrated crank cocking device
  • Smoother, faster, and quieter shots

First of all, it’s manufactured by Barnett Crossbows, the leading American-made crossbow, slingshot, and archery manufacturer. Having their company well established for over half a century, their principles and traditions are well rooted and carried out in all their products that they design and produce. The Barnett Penetrator Crossbow is yet again another example of an amazingly designed and hand-crafted crossbow. The Mag Riser possesses an amazing 5 to 1 safety factor. While being conscious of safety, the Penetrator is designed and built to provide an incredibly smooth, fast, quiet, and precise shot. The 175-pound draw weight and 116 feet-pound of kinetic energy give the Penetrator a whooping shooting speed of 350 FPS. The Penetrator is ambidextrous, so both left and right-handed hunters can use this crossbow. Also, the safety is designed so that it can be accessed by both left-handed and right-handed shooters.

Pros Of Barnett Penetrator

Hand crank insert installed

The Barnett Penetrator does come with a rope crank cocking device, however, if you prefer a hand-crank cocking device Barnett included an insert for it. Unfortunately, you will have to buy the hand-crank cocking device separately, however, it’s a great investment if you’re an avid hunter. The hand-crank cocking device will prevent your shoulder and/or arm from straining.

Extremely accurate

The Barnett Penetrator shoots an arrow at 350 FPS with 116 feet-pound of kinetic energy driving straight through your target. In other words, your target never had a chance. It’s recommended that you buy carbon arrows, they have better flight qualities and have a longer life. The aluminum arrows that come with the Penetrator bend quite quickly when using them, as opposed to the carbon arrows. Its power can shoot any target, small game, elk, deer, moose, and bear. The 4xs 32mm scope is pretty good and only needs minimal fine-tuning to level it out.

No matter how innovative the design is, Barnett always holds the highest safety standards for their products. The grip makes holding the target very easy and the bow doesn’t pull the front of your crossbow down with shooting. This is great for all hunters, specifically those who may not be avid hunters. The Anti-Dry Fire (ADF) mechanism on the Barnett Penetrator prevents dry firing so that the bow won’t release until the arrow is secured in place.

Quick assembly

When you get the Barnett Penetrator in your hands, you want to try that out as fast as possible. Luckily, the crossbow literally takes 5 minutes to assemble, and then you’re ready to go hunting. You simply have to attach the prod to the stock, tighten the bolts, and then install your scope. Barnett’s 4x32mm scope is really easy to mount.

Cons Of Barnett Penetrator

Cocking device not included
It would be a nice feature if the cocking device was included with crossbows. It does come with a rope-cocker but not a hand-crank cocker. There is an insert for a hand-crank cocking device to be installed, but you have to purchase it separately. Hopefully, Barnett and other crossbow companies will start including this in their base packages, as most hunters find this to be a needed feature on their crossbow.

Rope cocker sensitivity
Some customers have complained about the sensitivity of the rope-cocker as it has been noted to be fragile. That being said, this crossbow needs to be properly taken care of and maintained to prevent this from happening.

No padded sling

I realize this isn’t a huge con, but when carrying a crossbow it’s always nice to have some comfort for your shoulder. It doesn’t come with a padded sling which if hunting for longer periods of time, can be grueling.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Barnett Penetrator Crossbow Package Review

Frequently Asked Questions

• Does the crossbow come with the crank attachment?
• No, you will need to buy the crank separately

• What grain field tips come with this crossbow?
• 100 grain.

• Can you uncock this crossbow or do you have to fire the bolt?
• You can cock it, but it’s not recommended as it’s not safe. You should fire the bolt.

• Does the Penetrator come with a rail slide?
• Yes, it does

• Is wax included with the Penetrator?
• Yes, a tube of wax is included in the package


Let’s be real here. It’s a great crossbow. In fact, there are hardly any complaints about it and most people who have one, love it. You made need some minor investments, in a padded sling or a hand-crank cocking device but other than that, the Penetrator comes fully locked and loaded. The warranty on the Barnett Penetrator is a standard five-year limited warranty and doesn’t cover string failures and issues connected to the misuse of the crossbow. However, it does cover the stock, trigger mechanisms, and limb assembly. Overall, taking into consideration all the aspects that matter on a crossbow; safety, design, power, speed, accuracy, and price, the Penetrator has it all.

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