The boys here at Crossbow Reviews found the Barnett Jackal crossbow to be built with a solid feel and weight with a very natural feeling trigger pull.
The scope that it comes with isn’t bad either with 3 dots for sight alignment. It was pretty straight forward to assemble for the most part, although the main instructions didn’t mention the cable slide that prevents damage to the cable.
The cable slide instructions are, however, in the cable slide package and needs to be assembled before you put the whole unit together.
Considering the relatively low power, I had quite some difficulty cocking the string. I had to use my own rope cocking tool which made it much easier. You’ll need one if you don’t have one already. They aren’t too expensive, it’ll usually set you back $20 or so.
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The red dot sight is pretty neat, but without any kind of magnification you might as well just aim down the track. I found it really accurate up to 100 feet. But it’s just my personal preference. I let my friend try it and he really like the red dot sight because he liked how it helped zero in on the target more clearly.
Here are the main features for this crossbow at a glance:
- Anti-Vibration Isolation (AVI) foot stirrup and bolt retainer
- ADF MIM trigger providing for a smooth 3.5 lb. trigger pull
- High-definition camouflage
- Quad limbs
- High energy wheels
- Synthetic cable system
- Picatinny/Weaver rail
I found the crossbow to have some recoil when I fired it. You can easily get your cheek or lip jabbed if you’re not careful or lazy. You want to be the one doing the poking don’t you? And poke it does! At 65 feet the arrow without a tip (just for fun) went straight through a foot of cardboard and 2 inches of plastic.
I love this weapon, I was able to get accurate shots without needing to adjust anything! For practice I shot through a target and it ended up lodged in an aluminum table. Powerful unit! And it didn’t even dull the tip of the arrows it came with. Needless to say, this packs more than enough power and accuracy to down a deer! (Luckyss)
Review paraphrased for size – view original review here
NOTE: Save your fingers and get the Barnett Rope Cocking Device to help you cock the string.