As the number one crossbow manufacturer, Barnett continues to lead the industry with their groundbreaking innovations, patents and products. The Barnett Raptor FX2 Crossbow is one of the latest crossbows in the Barnett family, one that adheres to the high standards of quality and performance Barnett stands for. Designed especially for small-framed hunters and women in particular, the Raptor provides the power, speed and accuracy you need to hunt effectively and in this barnett raptor fx 2 review we will reveal all pros and cons of the product..
Assembly and Parts
Similar to other crossbows in the Barnett family, the Raptor is extremely easy to put together. To be more precise, the only removable parts are the quiver and the scope, both of which can be seamlessly attached to the stock. You will be happy to learn that you can find all the fasteners and other tools necessary for the assembly within the packaged kit.
As a side note, there have not been any complaints regarding missing pieces from the package so far.
In case you’re not experienced with crossbow assembly, rest assured that you will find all the necessary details within the instructions manual. Irrespective of whether you’re an experienced hunter or you’re just trying to figure out if crossbow hunting is for you, the assembly process shouldn’t take longer than 20 minutes.
Accuracy and Power
Granted, given the compact design of this compound crossbow, you might be tempted to believe that the Raptor FX2 lacks the ability to take down large game. In reality, the bow performs very well in terms of speed, power, accuracy and consistency. Yielding a velocity of 330 FPS, this model is sadly not as fast as the similarly-priced Quad 400 and Barnett Penetrator. However, considering its lightweight design, its ability to fire arrows at 97 feet-lbs of kinetic energy, still makes it a great investment.
The Raptor FX2 can easily hit the bull’s eyes from 30 yards away and, as one customer pointed out, with the proper adjustments, you can obtain a similar performance even from 60 yards away. Without denying that there are numerous other more powerful models from Barnett out there, the Raptor is robust enough to take down any game you might encounter in a single shot. The incredible power of the Raptor is also ensured by the High Energy Cam System. Those unfamiliar with this technology should know that the system allows for the energy generated by the string to be transferred to the projectile and subsequently, the target. As expected, the bow also integrates the CROSSWIRE technology and Barnett’s custom string recipe, both features allowing for consistently powerful and accurate shots.
In terms of accuracy, most customers reported that the bow is evenly balanced. Considering that the only attachable pieces are the scope and the quiver, we couldn’t have it any other way. The scope is a 4 x 32 multi reticle featuring rings for enhanced precision. While some users state that the scope is decent enough to get them through their hunting trips, advanced hunters suggest investing in a higher quality scope for better aim and illumination, one that makes hunting in foggy or poor weather conditions possible.
The Barnett Raptor FX2 is an innovative quad limb compound crossbow that, in spite of the fact that it’s not as powerful as the newly released Ghost 410, compensates with its quad limb design. In fact, the revolutionary design is what grants the bow its excellent power to size ratio. With the release of the Raptor, Barnett proved to the world that small framed individuals aren’t forced to stick to recurve models.
All in all, the innovative design ensures a sufficiently high power, while maintaining a small profile.
Because it’s quite a powerful weapon suitable for shooting large game, it is understandable why the manufacturer has included several safety devices. The anti-dry fire mechanism is made of metal injection molding and can be found mostly on Barnett’s top end crossbows. In addition to keeping the trigger at a just 3 pounds, the ADF is also designed to automatically engage until you seat the arrow properly. Once the arrow is in place, you can switch the safety off by firing the bow.
The other features that recommend the Raptor as a quality hunting bow include:
- A velocity of 330 FPS
- A draw weight of 150 pounds
- A power stroke of 12.5 inch
- Adjustable butt stock and cheek piece
- The bow incorporates the High Energy Cams System (allows for a large amount of energy to be displaced into the projective and afterwards, the target)
- Features the CROSSWIRE String and Cable System
- The 5-1 safety system and the trigger mechanism that render the Raptor a safe weapon
- The package includes a 4 x 32 multi reticle scope (red light)
- A rope aid cuts the draw necessary for cocking in half
- The kit comes with a detachable quiver
- You will receive 3 20 inch Headhunter arrows with the package
Because it requires a draw weight of 150 pounds and this model is designed for small-framed individuals, the manufacturer decided to include a rope cocking mechanism within the package. Not only does the rope aid help you cock the device faster than a crank one, but it’s also easier and lighter, thus making it more convenient to carry around.
The opinions on the 4 x 32 multi reticle scope vary from user to user. While casual hunters and those who enjoy target practice are satisfied with the scope provided, more experienced users consider that you should upgrade it, particularly if you go on hunting trips fairly frequently. As previously mentioned, the Raptor package kit incorporates three 20 inch Headhunter arrows with grain weight of 400, which are ideal for shooting with this crossbow.
It could be because the Raptor has only been recently released on the market, but so far there haven’t been any complaints regarding the crossbow. However take note that the sight scope is the only average quality piece that you might want to upgrade later on.
Even if it doesn’t include a top end scope, the Raptor compensates with its other incredible features, which can be found on the top performance models. Packing power and accuracy in a compact design, the bow is an affordable weapon for small-framed people or the up-and-coming hunters.
As the number one crossbow manufacturer, Barnett continues to lead the industry with their groundbreaking innovations, patents and products. The Raptor FX2 is one of the latest bows in the Barnett family, one that adheres to the high standards of quality and performance Barnett stands for. Designed especially for small-framed hunters and women in particular, the Raptor provides the power, speed and accuracy you need to hunt effectively.
Assembly and Parts Similar to other crossbows in the Barnett family, the Raptor is extremely easy to put together.
- Crossbow Type: Compound
- Dimensions: 34 x 18″
- Weight: 6.5 lbs
- Draw Weight: 150 lbs
- Speed: 330 FPS
- Powerstroke Length: 12.5″
- Kinetic Energy: 97 ft-lb
- Arrow Length: 20″
- Arrow Grain: 400
- Warranty: 5-year Limited