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Barnett Outdoors® Introduces the Recruit XP Crossbow

Barnett® built its newest lightweight, compact crossbow for 2023. Women, young shooters, and new hunters were certainly not forgotten during that process. The Recruit XP represents an exceptional value in a crossbow offering a sub-$300 package that is incredibly easy to use while delivering deadly downrange performance. At a blazing 330 FPS, the Barnett Recruit XP has plenty of punch for anchoring big game. The Recruit XP’s one-bolt assembly is quick and effortless, and the crossbow includes the accessories needed for first-time hunters to head to the woods. 

The Barnett Recruit XP is one of the easiest crossbows to use. A combination of size, weight, and ease of cocking makes it the perfect choice for anyone looking for their first crossbow. With a draw weight of only 125 lbs, reduced by half when cocking with the included rope cocking device, this bow is extremely easy to draw—possibly the easiest on the market—and perfect for young shooters. Still, the Recruit XP’s 330 FPS rating sends arrows with pinpoint accuracy at speeds rivaling top-of-the-line vertical bows. 

Like all Barnett crossbows, safety was paramount to the Recruit XP design. An adjustable butt stock quickly customized fit for any sized hunter. Its Anti-Dry Fire trigger systems, Soft-Lok floating bristle arrow retainer, and pass-through grip automatically keep less experienced shooters safer, especially in the excitement of the hunt. 

The Recruit XP includes essential getting-started accessories like two 20-inch Headhunter arrows, an illuminated 3-dot sight, a lightweight side-mount quiver, and lubrication wax. An industry-leading TriggerTech trigger ($200 value) is a bonus on this entry-level crossbow. The zero-creep trigger ensures shot-to-shot consistency and improved accuracy.  

The lighter draw weight aids in the longevity of the Recruit XP, making it a workhorse for countless shots. It’s the perfect crossbow for hunting, shooting, and training for all ages and abilities. Recruit new outdoorsmen to chase big game out in the woods, and equip them with the Barnett Recruit XP to get the journey started!

Recruit XP Features: 

Rope-Hold™ Rope Cocking Device Groove Mechanism – (Patent Pending) TriggerTech 3 lb Zero Creep Frictionless Release Technology $200 Value Aluminum Flight Track Pass-Through Foregrip Soft-Lok Floating Bristle Arrow Retainer Adjustable Butt Stock Quick & Easy Assembly Crank Cocking Device Compatible Metal Injection Molded (MIM) trigger Anti-Dry Fire (ADF) Trigger system Includes:  Two 20 in. Headhunter Arrows 1 x 30 mm 3-dot, 2-color Illuminated Sight Lightweight Side-Mount Quiver  Rope Cocking Device Lubrication Wax

Recruit XP Specs:

Model: BAR78184 Dimensions: 35.5 in. x 19 in. Weight: 6.0 lbs. Width Axle to Axle (cocked): 13.1 in. Draw Weight: 125 lbs Kinetic Energy: 92 ft-lbs Power Stroke: 13.6 in Speed (fps)* 330  Color: Gray  MSRP: $299

About Barnett Crossbows

Barnett is the first and longest-standing crossbow company with a storied heritage. Founded in 1962, we are the pioneer of the modern-day crossbow. Barnett’s tradition of innovation has brought about numerous “firsts” in the crossbow & archery industry for the past 60 years. Barnett innovates and supplies a broad spectrum of high-performance and value-driven crossbows, vertical and youth bows, and archery accessories popular with both hunting and recreational shooters. Barnett is also the leading provider of slingshots and accessories.

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