This year, Barnett’s line features two significant upgrades. The first is the addition of the TriggerTech trigger on all Barnett models, which means you can shoot a premium trigger even if you’re buying a wallet-friendly bow. This rifle-style trigger offers a crisp, 3-pound pull with zero creep. The trigger also has a nock sensor to ensure the bolt is seated correctly. If the nock isn’t correctly in place, you won’t be able to pull the trigger.
The second upgrade is Barnett’s patented Soft-Lok floating bristle arrow retainer, which keeps the bolt in place even as you’re shifting the bow around in your treestand or ground blind.
The Whitetail Hunter Pro
One of Barnett’s most popular models has been the Whitetail Hunter, so the company introduced the full-sized Whitetail Hunter Pro. At just over 16 inches axle to axle, it’s a nicely compact bow, and at only 6.4 pounds, it’s an incredibly pleasant bow to shoulder and shoot. Worried that such a lightweight bow might be a little on the noisy side? Not a problem, says Grand View’s expert bow tester, Rick Combs. Combs also found the Whitetail Hunter Pro to be noticeably comfortable, thanks to the soft cheekpiece, the contoured, nonslip butt pad and the textured pass-through foregrip.
The Whitetail Hunter Pro offers a draw weight of 160 pounds with an overall length of 32.25 inches, and it reaches speeds up to a deadly 380 feet per second. It boasts an exclusive TRUBark HD camo finish, developed by Barnett. The Whitetail Hunter Pro comes in a package that includes a 4x32mm multi-reticle scope, a rope cocking device (it’s also compatible with Barnett’s optional crank cocking device), a side-mount quiver, two 20-inch Headhunter arrows, string dampeners and lubrication wax, all for $599.99.
The Ghost 420
Another new offering from Barnett for 2017 is the Ghost 420, the company’s fastest crossbow ever. At $1,199.99, the Ghost 420 is a premium crossbow with an eye-catching look and thoughtful design features.
This flagship crossbow weighs 7.6 pounds. The step-through Carbonlite riser allows for a shorter crossbow that’s still very, very fast at 420 feet per second. The riser also shifts 43 percent of the weight back to the stock, making it incredibly easy and comfortable to shoulder. The riser allows for a longer power stroke and makes cocking easier, thanks to the shortened reach to the cocking rope. The Ghost 420 features a draw weight of 185 pounds, measures slightly over 20 inches axle to axle and has an overall length of 37.4 inches.
One of the most striking features of the Ghost 420 is the special Mossy Oak Treestand Monochromatic pattern. This sleek pattern, which Combs described as giving the bow an “aggressive, futuristic look,” is exclusive to this bow, and while performance is what you want (fortunately the Ghost 420 has you covered there), enviable looks never hurt.
The Ghost 420 comes with a top-of-the-line 1.5-5x32mm illuminated scope, a rope cocking device (like the Whitetail Hunter Pro, it’s compatible with Barnett’s crank cocking device), a side-mount quiver, two 22-inch Headhunter arrows, a crossbow sling, rubber butt pad, string dampeners and wax.
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