With a military style, the Barnett Jackal Crossbow is a powerful weapon that will actually devastate any target. This bow shoots like it is a high-end model, but it is not priced like one. Instead, it is a very affordable making it a good value for those who like to use crossbows for hunting and for target practice.
This crossbow is loaded with desirable features. It is sleek and lightweight with a synthetic string. The cable system delivers a fast shot. It has a military-style shock and a comfortable forward grip. It does not require any assembly and is ready to use as soon as you get it home and out of the box. The bolts and quiver are easy to remove and the red-dot sight allows for accurate shooting. The arrows shoot at speeds up to 315 feet per second, making it deadly for game at varying distances.
At 150 pounds, the draw weight can be tough for beginners, but this is not a beginners bow. This draw weight can help build muscle and it can also be easily accessed with a simple cocking rope.
The arrow speed is 315 feet per second. This is serious speed that gives a hunter the ability to use this bow on small, medium, and large game. With the draw weight and the fps, this bow does have sufficient hunting energy for nearly every type of game.
Like most crossbows, this one does require maintenance. It is recommended to wax the string after every five shots, to keep it from fraying from the pressure and force of shooting. Without proper care, the string could break after missing just a few waxes.
This bow feels like it should cost much more than its actual price. Veteran shooters love the fact that this bow is affordable and in actuality, it is rather inexpensive. The low price makes it a great choice for new shooters, as long as they have help from a veteran.
Pros & Cons
The crossbow is loaded with a quad limb assembly and energetic wheels. The ADF MIM trigger has a 3.5-pound pull. It also has a Picatinny rail that can be used as a mounting platform. As an added benefit, it comes with a five-year warranty and the product is proudly made in the USA.
This crossbow can be used with small, medium, and large game. Many white-tailed deer have been effectively killed with shots from this bow. The red-dot sight allows hunters to get a good bead on a target, even if it is moving. It usually takes users a few shots to become fully familiar with the accuracy of the sight. For shooters who prefer a different type of sight, it is removeable so a new one can be attached.
The draw weight might sound like it is too much for anyone other than an extremely strong man to pull, but it is nearly effortless. However, it is good idea to use a tool to cock the bow, otherwise fingers do become tired rather quickly. Many owners have added cocking ropes or other devices to make the process faster and more comfortable. Arrows can be used repeatedly, especially during target practice due to the power of the release. The bow does not harm the arrows and it shoots them cleanly through targets, so the points are not dulled or damaged – the same goes with the fletching.
Some users have complained about the noise, especially when the arrow is released. Since the arrow flies so fast to the target, most animals do not have time to get away before they hear the sound. If it is a problem, owners can put a silencing device on it.
Overall, this is a great bow for the price. It has a compact design with military quality, making it easy to use in the woods, behind a blind, and during target practice. It is loaded with performance, so it truly pounds into a target with 95 foot pounds of energy. There are very few, if any, bows in the same price range that can compete with what this one has to offer. Shooters appreciate the durable quad limb design, synthetic strings, and high-energy wheels. It is easy to see why so many hunters and target shooters enjoy using this crossbow.