11 Top Crossbows Reviewed

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Anyone that has anything to do with the world of hunting will agree that crossbows are rapidly becoming one of the most popular hunting items. There are a lot of benefits to using a crossbow, which is probably why they have become so popular. One of the benefits of a crossbow is that they are easy-to-use.

The reason for this is that a crossbow does not require you to apply any tension or resistance when you use it. Therefore, it is a lot easier to use than a traditional bow and arrow where you have to apply tension to the bow string while attempting to properly aim at your target. 

Since you do not have to apply tension to a crossbow, it is ideal for children and anyone that has a limited range of motion or the ability to hold tension on a traditional bow and arrow. They are good for children because they usually do not have the physical strength and coordination to take a shot while drawing back on the bow.

Unlike bows and arrows, you can use a crossbow in a crouched position which makes it possible for you to hide from your target. You can also make your shot more accurate because it is easier to maintain your stability since you can rest your arms on the crossbow. Crossbows combine the benefits of a gun and bows and arrows with the use of just one weapon. 

When you are looking to buy a crossbow, one of the things that you need to decide is if you want a compound or recurve crossbow. Recurve crossbows are more traditional in nature and have a more basic design. Compound bows have a narrower frame due to the fact that they have a pulley system attached to their limbs. 

You also need to consider if the crossbow you are considering getting fits your frame and stature. A crossbow needs to be comfortable for you when you use it, and choosing a crossbow is similar to picking out a pair of shoes. You also need to decide what size crossbow you are getting. 

If you are just going to use your crossbow for target shooting, then it does not matter what size you get. If you are getting a crossbow for hunting, size does matter and you should get a smaller one. A compact crossbow will provide you with more mobility, especially laterally. 

You also need a crossbow that makes the least amount of noise possible by purchasing string suppressor systems and limb vibration dampeners.

Other things that you need to consider what kind of scope to get, what to look for in the trigger of your crossbow, what type of warranty to get, what accessories you should get to go with your crossbow, and how easy or difficult it will be for you to get your crossbow serviced as well as how easy it will be to get the manufacturer to get your bow replacement parts.

Now that I have shared with you what you need to know about buying a crossbow, I am going to review eleven crossbows so you can get a taste of what crossbows are available on the market for you to purchase.

Product

Summary

Our Rating

CenterPoint Sniper 370
  • Very Accurate
  • Consistent Speed
  • Shoots Quietly

Barnett 78128 Whitetail Hunter II

  • Has A Nice Feel
  • Very High Quality
  • Very Nice Scope

Cobra System Self Cocking Pistol Crossbow

  • Easy to Put Together
  • Accurate
  • Well Made

Tactical Crusader Crossbow

  • Cost Effective
  • Great for Beginners
  • Strong Crossbow

This crossbow is camo in color, so it will be easy to conceal when you are hunting with it. It has a 370-feet per second firing velocity and 185-pound draw weight. It is fully adjustable and it has a tactical stock and forearm.

The other features of this crossbow are a 4X32 mm scope, three twenty-inch carbon bolts, a quiver, and a rope cocker. The anti-dry fire and auto-safety trigger mechanisms prevent misshots and the string suppressors keep your shots free of noise and vibrations.

PROS

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    It is Very Accurate
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    Has Consistent Speed
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    Shoots Quietly

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    Reports of Crossbow Breaking
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    Reports of String Breaking

Barnett 78128 Whitetail Hunter II Crossbow


This crossbow is made in the United States. It has an 150-pound draw weight and 122 feet pounds of kinetic energy. Weighing in at only 6.4 pounds, this crossbow is very light in weight. The limbs and strings of this crossbow are custom composite laminated, which, along with its string dampeners, make this a very quiet crossbow. 

Its high-end TriggerTech trigger is made out of stainless steel components and it has a three pound zero creep release. Since it arrives mostly put together, it will take a few minutes of your time for you to assemble it.

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    Nice Feel
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    High Quality
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    Nice Scope

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    Optics are Not  Highly Durable
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    Not The Best Shooter

Cobra System Self Cocking Pistol Tactical Crossbow


This crossbows draw weight is eighty pounds. Its cocking mechanism is simple to use and you will not get hurt in the process of using it. Its plastic body is very durable and compressed molded fiberglass bow make this crossbow pistol strong and ideal for hunting small game and target practice.

Every one of these crossbows has fifteen arrows that are made out of aluminum and their tips are metal, and a tactical sight that can be adjusted It also comes with eighty pound string. The firing speed of 165 fps makes this crossbow perfect for shooting small game. This crossbow also has a new self-cocking mechanism that makes it simple to use and you will not get harmed when you use it. 

All you have to do is simply pull down on the pivoting arm lever and then this crossbow cable is cocked a lot more which engages the safety automatically. The new cocking mechanism is very fast, which shortens the time it takes to reload and makes it possible for you to start shooting again in a very timely manner.

PROS

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    Easy to Put Together
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    Easy To Use
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    Very Accurate

CONS

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    Instruction Manual
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    Strap May Break

Tactical Crusader Hand Held Crossbow


This crossbow is a fifty pound pistol and it comes with five bolts. It only weighs three pounds, so it is ideal for children and people who cannot handle heavy objects to use. The body is made out of cast aluminum and it is very strong. Since the bow is made out of metal and not fiberglass, it will not bend.

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    Very Cost Effective
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    Great for Beginners
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    Very Strong

CONS

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    Difficult to String
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    String Comes Loose

Last Punch Self Cocking Crossbow


This crossbow has an eighty pound line and is self-cocking. It has fifteen arrows and a laser dot scope which makes it easier for you to see your target. The benefit of having a self-cocking crossbow is that it makes it possible for you to shoot repeatedly in a more timely manner.

You can easily load it again with just your hands as it does not require a lot of force. The metal arrows that it comes with do not break easily and the self-cocking feature is very easy-to-use and it is safe as well. The auto safety feature engages when cocking to allow for greater accuracy and control.

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    Very Powerful
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    Very Accurate
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    Easy to Cock and Reload

CONS

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    Made from Thin Metal
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    Hard to String

iGlow Camouflage Hunting Crossbow


This crossbow has 150 pound draw weight and an arrow speed of 220+ FPS which makes it possible for you to hit your target with precise accuracy. The wooden stock and fiberglass limb are nicely polished and it also performs very well. It also has an auto safety cocking mechanism. It comes with an 4X20 scope, seven arrows, and a rope cocking device.

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    Easy to Load
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    Safety Automatically Engages
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    Ideal for Beginners

CONS

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    Construction
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    Cheap Materials

Prophecy Pistol Crossbow


This crossbow is wood aluminum in color, has an eighty pound draw weight, and its arrows travel up to 165 FPS. It has 6-⅘ power sight, is easy to put together, and it has an adjustable sight. It is also easy to cock and use.

You will like that is to easy-to-use as it does not require a lot of energy to use, it is very powerful, and it can quickly release many bolts quickly at high speeds over a good distance. The Prophecy is a break action, semi-automatic loading pistol crossbow and it has a high-quality wood-feel aluminum stock, an adjustable rear sight, and a bead foresight.

PROS

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    Accurate
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    Well Made
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    Powerful

CONS

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    Packaging
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    Construction

Kings Archery Crossbow Pistol


This crossbow has an eighty-pound draw weight, is self cocking, and is easy-to-use. It comes with twenty-seven aluminum and PVC arrow bolts and adjustable sights that will help you have a precise aim. The bow is made out of durable fiberglass and the new self-cocking system makes it easier to reload. It is also black in color and it comes with multi colored arrows.

PROS

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    Light Weight
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    Well Made
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    High Value

CONS

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    Difficult to String
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    Construction Quality

PSE Fang Series Compound Crossbow


This crossbow has redesigned cams and shoots at the breakneck speed of 350 FPS. It has an anti-dry fire trigger and a 4 X 32 scope that can be removed. It is also cost-effective, lightweight, and versatile. The draw weight of this crossbow is 155 pounds and its total length with the stirrup included is thirty-five inches.

PROS

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    Accurate
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    Fast
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    Quiet

CONS

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    Difficult to Assemble
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    String Quality

Wicked Ridge TenPoint Crossbow


The Invader G3 crossbow is the safest, most lightweight, and the quickest Wicked Ridge Invader crossbow. This crossbow comes with everything you need for hunting from the arrow quiver to the practice tips. You will not have to search anywhere for the accessories that you will need as they come with this crossbow.

This crossbow is 37.75 inches in length and it weighs 6.6 pounds. It is proudly made in the United States of America. Some of the features include an ACU-52 cocking device, a fore grip and wings made with your safety in mind, and a dry-fire inhibitor.

PROS

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    Small and Lightweight
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    Easy to Cock
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    Easy to Assemble

CONS

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    Scope fogs up in Rain
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    Reports of Stress Cracks

NXT Generation Crossbow and Target Kit


This crossbow shoots over seventy feet and is very accurate. The hanging target helps you teach your children how to shoot. It comes with six nerf-like projectiles and it is perfect for children age 14 and up. Not only is this crossbow easy and safe-to-use, it encourages children to go outside and have fun and not be glued to their electronic devices.

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    Accurate
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    Sturdy
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    Light Weight

CONS

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    Material Quality
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    Instructions Lacking

In conclusion, I highly recommend the Tenpoint Crossbow of all of the crossbows that I reviewed. It is small in size, is easy to cock, and easy to put together. Therefore, it will be easy for you to assemble and use. I hope this information has been very helpful to you and will continue to be as you search for the crossbow that is right for you.

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