Barnett Raptor FX Crossbow Review

Barnett Crossbows has a loyal following of crossbow enthusiasts thanks to crossbows like the Ghost 410 and Barnett Razr. The Raptor FX is the less expensive cousin to those well known premium crossbows.

The Barnett Raptor FX Crossbow is a great choice for hunters looking for an inexpensive crossbow to hunt whitetails. Barnett Crossbows has a loyal following of crossbow enthusiasts thanks to crossbows like the Ghost 410 and Barnett Razr. The Raptor FX is the less expensive cousin to those well known premium crossbows.

A lot of hunters are looking for lightweight crossbow and the Raptor FX definitely fits the bill. Most crossbow companies weigh their crossbows with no accessories on them. So the advertised weight is far below the actual weight. The advertised weight of the Barnett Raptor FX is 6.5 pounds. With all of the accessories including the scope, quiver, arrows, and rope cocker the crossbow weighed 7.3 pounds. This is what I call “real weight”. I’ve weighed just about every adult crossbow available and the Raptor FX is one of the lightest. Don’t compare the real weight to other crossbow’s advertised weight. The Raptor FX weighs less than 90% of all the other crossbows out there.

Lady Raptor FX Crossbow

The Raptor FX is also very compact. It’s just 34” long and 18 inches wide. It’s a great crossbow for treestand hunting and ground blind hunting. The trigger pull was tested over the course of ten shots and was measured between 3.9 and 4.2 pounds. Not great but not bad either especially at this price.  The Raptor FX comes in camouflage and in the very popular pink & purple Lady Raptor FX version. 

The Raptor FX Crossbow offered a mix bag on the range. We shot Raptor FX through the chronograph at 323 feet per second with the included 20 inch HeadHunter arrows, slightly less than the the advertised 330 feet per second. When you consider the weight of the HeadHunter you’re still delivering plenty of energy downrange. The Raptor FX was also incredibly quiet for a $400 crossbow. Most low priced crossbows tend to be loud, the Raptor FX isn’t bad.

When it comes to accuracy, the Raptor FX isn’t going to win any awards but is plenty accurate for whitetail hunters. We shot five groups at 30 yards using a bench rest. Groups averaged had an average of 3.6 inches of arrow spread. Again, that’s not overly impressive but it is more than adequate for most treestand and ground blind hunters who will be taking most of their shots at 20 yards.

The Raptor FX offers a five year factory warranty from Barnett. If you have any questions about the Barnett Raptor FX crossbow, feel free to contact us at 715-386-4188 or by email at brody@crossbowexpert.com.

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