Parker Centerfire Crossbow Review
With a new year comes new crossbows and the Centerfire is the new for 2014 offering from Parker Crossbows. If you’re not familiar with Parker Crossbows, they are American made and offer some of the best value in the crossbow market. The CrossbowExpert.com team had a chance to shoot the Centerfire at the 2014 ATA Trade Show in Nashville, Tennessee and I believe Parker has a winner.
First of all, the Centerfire is not a super premium crossbow. At $699.99, it is a mid-level bow for the crossbow hunter that doesn’t want to break the bank but wants more than an entry level crossbow. The Centerfire hits 335 feet per second with just 165 pounds of draw weight. It also has a very short power stroke of just 12 inches. This makes it easy for just about anyone to get the Centerfire ready to shoot.
How does it shoot? Like the other crossbows in the Parker lineup, the Centerfire is one of the most accurate crossbows in its class. We had no problem putting together tight groups at 30 yards with the Centerfire. It is also a quiet crossbow. The polymer barrel does a great job of absorbing sound and vibration. This crossbow also includes Parker’s Anti-Vibration and Shock (AVS) System. The factory installed string suppressors are part of the AVS System. Parker has one of the best stock triggers on the market and the Centerfire is no exception. It’s not like shooting an upper tier aftermarket trigger but most hunters will find it to their liking.
The Centerfire also has some features to make the shooting experience safer and more comfortable. The Monte Carlo Stock is reminiscent of many fine firearms. The vented forearm is intended to make the crossbow fit anyone. But the design also serves to keep your fingers below the string when shooting. The Centerfire includes an anti-dry fire mechanism and an auto-engage safety.
Parker touts their new bow as light and compact but realistically, it is about in the middle when it comes to size and weight. The Centerfire is 37.5 inches long and 18 inches axle to axle. Again, not overly wide or heavy but certainly not in the class with the lightest and most narrow crossbows on the market. Another thing to keep in mind is Parker does not include a rope cocker with their crossbows. Their Red Hot EZ Roller Rope Cocker is probably the best rope cocker in the industry but it is a separate add on. If you buy your Parker from CrossbowExpert.com, we will provide you (at no charge) with an entry level rope cocker.
The Centerfire package includes a four arrow quiver, four Parker arrows with field points, and has three scope options. You can go with a 3 x 32 multi-reticle scope,illuminated multi-reticle scope, and Parker’s 3X pin point scope.