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Barnett Predator Test and Review

Are you a fan of sport shooting, leisure shooting or hunting with a crossbow? Do you hesitate among the many choices of models and types on the market? Today we offer you the opportunity to discover Barnett crossbows. Our article will explore in detail everything there is to know about the Barnett Predator type.


The American crossbow specialist "Barnett" has built up a reputation for its know-how and expertise. Today, thanks to its experience and the advanced technology it has been constantly innovating for years, Barnett has become one of the best crossbow manufacturers in the world.

This renowned brand offers so many variations of crossbow that everyone can find what fits him or her. These include a compound crossbow, a hunting crossbow, a single crossbow and a variety of archery accessories.


Barnett Predator


From the first time we hold the gun, even before firing it, we can notice that the Barnett Predator is fast and easy to assemble. It’s a quality that is well appreciated in such a weapon. With the push of a button, this technological gem takes shape. Once assembled, it’s impossible not to fall in love with this avant-garde crossbow design. Every little detail has been designed to combine elegance and robustness in this exceptional product.

To differentiate itself from its competitors, Barnett offers a longer frame with the Predator, which is very different from the Barnett Jackal for example. Obviously, once positioned on the shoulder, the Predator's particular design offers a better fit with a smoother and more consistent feel.

Stability and comfort are optimised by rubberised grips. This prevents the weapon from slipping once in hand. Its weight is well calculated, it is neither too light nor too heavy. This gives a very pleasant feeling when shooting.


Projectile speed

430 FPS (471.8 km/h)


187 lbs

Kinetic energy

156 lb-ft

Power stroke

41.2 cm

Total weight

3.4 kg


94.3 cm long and 50.1 cm wide

Axle to Axle

45.4 cm


  • Patented carbonlite step riser.
  • Rope dampers, for stealth shooting
  • CNC machined aluminium flight tracks
  • Possibility to integrate a Barnett crank arming device
  • Equipped with a retractable counterweight support under the arms
  • Equipped with a knock sensor and an anti-vacuum pull system. It also has a finger guard and safety reminders.
  • The finish: Black


If you are thinking of purchasing a Barnett Predator crossbow, you should know that it will be delivered with :

  • The 4x32mm high performance rifle scope for precision shooting,
  • Seven layers of multi-layer polarized lenses
  • Three 50.8cm arrows in ammunition
  • A side-mounted, quick-release quiver
  • A shoulder strap
  • A rope cocking device and lubricating wax.


The Barnett Predator crossbow is a model known for its power, efficiency and robustness, perfect for hunting. In order to be more manageable and ergonomic, the Barnett engineers who participated in its design, innovated by equipping the crossbow with a Carbonlite riser. This has reduced the overall weight and has provided more balance to the entire weapon.

The riser of the Predator crossbow rifle is equipped with a stretched out crowbar that is well hidden in the structure of the weapon so that it is virtually invisible. This is a big leap forward from some of the stirrup mechanisms that typically protrude from the front of a crossbow.

To provide exemplary shooting comfort and handling worthy of the greatest crossbow shooters, the riser is equipped with a flat front grip. The bow is compatible with the cocking cranks if you choose this option as well.

We have tested other sorts of Barnett (see our comparison) and like them, the Predator has also inherited the unique RUCS or Retractable Underarm Counterbalance Support system. This is a big advantage. The retractable arm, unique to Barnett models, can be lowered under the synthetic stock and retracted under the arm for extra support and balance.

Other features that make the Predator exceptional include:

  • Its Soft-Lok floating bristle holder,
  • Its CNC machined aluminium flight tracks,
  • Its four Picatinny rails for mounting numerous accessories,
  • Its rope shock absorbers.


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Without a good trigger, it would be difficult to ensure the safety and success of a crossbow shooting. With the availability of the latest research and technological findings, it’s now possible to overcome the limitations imposed by conventional sliding friction triggers. This is called "TriggerTech".

For the benefit of all current and future Barnett Predator owners, it’s important to know that this little gem has the "TriggerTech" in its mechanism. As a result, the Predator's triggering system is frictionless for a smoother and lighter result.

To maximise the shooter's performance, it is imperative to create a calm and serene atmosphere. In addition to his environment, the weapon he uses must also meet this reliability requirement. With TriggerTech, the Barnett Predator crossbow is equipped with multiple junction sensors and anti-vacuum shooting technology to provide more confidence and peace of mind.




  • Fast, powerful calibre and accurate at long range
  • Includes a 4 x 32 mm viewfinder
  • Optional hand-crank cocking device. Works well and is easy to install.
  • No hand-crank cocking device
  • Trigger is very sensitive

Buy the Barnett Predator Crossbow


If you are looking for a powerful crossbow, don't ask yourself any more questions and go for the Barnett Predator. It has several interesting features for shooters or hunters looking for comfort. All this without neglecting its performance to not miss any target and catch the big game or the wild boar. For $1399, we recommend it without hesitation.

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