Crossbows are becoming all the rage among hunters.  There are several quality crossbows on the market. Recently, at the ATA show, I was able to get my hands on three of the new crossbows Barnett is coming out with in 2018.

What I saw was impressive.  Check out the info on the Barnett Predator crossbow, and watch the video below for even more information.

Become the Apex Predator

All-new Predator is Barnett’s fastest, most powerful CarbonliteTM crossbow ever

TARPON SPRINGS, FL (2018) – Bernard Barnett started the modern crossbow revolution when he began making the very first contemporary models in his garage in the U.K. in 1962. Today, the 56-year evolution of the modern hunting crossbow reveals itself in Barnett’s all-new Predator – a powerful, high performance, precision hunting tool poised to do more and do it better than any other crossbow available. For crossbow hunters looking to upgrade, or for firearms hunters seeking to extend their seasons or expand their opportunities, there’s no better or faster way to become the apex predator.

Sitting atop a field of seven elite crossbows in Barnett’s expanded CarbonliteTM Series for 2018, the standout Predator is Barnett’s fastest and most powerful crossbow ever. Featuring a full carbon step-through riser, one-off ventilated composite stock and a machined aluminum flight track, the lightweight Predator combines a 187-pound draw weight with a deep, 16.25-inch power stroke to generate blistering speeds up to 430 feet per second and a whopping 156 foot-pounds of kinetic energy.

But speed and power are nothing without accuracy. Powerful compound crossbows tend to be nose-heavy and challenging to steady. Barnett addresses this in the thundering new Predator with their step-through CarbonliteTM riser and RUCS (Retractable Underarm Counter-Balance Support) System.

The CarbonliteTM riser effectively shifts 53% of the Predator’s overall weight from the riser to the stock for greatly improved handling and balance, while the RUCS employs a clever foldable arm that extends from the stock and hooks under the user’s arm to provide maximum stability. While the weight at the front of the crossbow pushes down, the pressure from the RUCS pushes the back of the bow up into the user’s arm. These counteracting forces result in less fatigue, rock-solid shouldering, increased control and, ultimately, unmatched repeatable accuracy.

Barnett’s premium 1.5-5 x 32mm illuminated scope further enhances the Predator’s performance and accuracy, as does its crisp, three-pound TriggerTech trigger system – the finest available on any production crossbow. Frictionless Release Technology employs a unique, free-floating roller between the trigger and sear, instilling confidence and boosting accuracy through an incredibly smooth and light three-pound trigger pull with zero creep. Nock sensors and ADF (anti-dry fire) keep a spring-loaded safety bar in place until the arrow is properly seated, protecting the user and the bow from accidental dry fire.

Predator’s apex features continue with string dampeners, a rubber butt pad, pass-through foregrip, four Picatinny rails and a streamlined side-mount quiver that detaches with the simple press of a button. Best of all, the top-performing Predator comes out of the box mostly assembled, requiring the installation of just a single bolt to become range- and hunt-ready.

The all-new Predator comes clad in an understated-yet-deadly stealth-black finish – the perfect match for a precision crossbow with this much lethal power.

Barnett Predator Specifications

• Model BAR78002 / UPC 0-42609-00003-6

• Speed: 430 fps (using a 380-grain arrow)

• Kinetic Energy: 156 ft. lbs.

• Weight: 7.6 lbs.

• Draw Weight: 187 lbs.

• Power Stroke: 16.25 in.

• Dimensions: 37.125”L x 19.75”W

• Axle to Axle Dimensions: 16.875 in.

• Made in the USA

• MSRP: $1,399.99

Barnett Predator Features

• Stealth Black Finish

• CarbonliteTM Step-Through Riser

• Soft-Lok Floating Bristle Arrow Retainer

• TriggerTech 3-lb. Trigger

• ADF (Anti-Dry Fire) Trigger System

• MIM (Metal Injection Molded) Trigger

• CNC Machined Aluminum Flight Track

• Four Picatinny Rails

• Crank Cocking Device-Compatible (not included)

• String Dampeners

• RUCS (Retractable Underarm Counterbalance Support)

• Finger Safety Reminders

• Pass-Through Foregrip

• 1.5- 5 X 32 Illuminated Scope

• Rope Cocking Device

• Side Mount Quiver

• Two 22” Headhunter Arrows

• Lubewax

Experience the 56-year evolution of the modern hunting crossbow. Barnett’s all-new made-in-the-USA Predator provides crossbow hunters with the performance, features and advantages necessary to solidify their status as the apex predator… and to drop the hammer on game wherever and whatever they hunt.


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Jason Houser
Jason Houser is an avid traditional bowhunter from Central Illinois who killed his first deer when he was nine years old. A full-time freelance writer since 2008, he has written for numerous national hunting magazines. Jason has hunted big game in 12 states with his bow, but his love will always be white-tailed deer and turkeys. He considers himself lucky to have a job he loves and a family who shares his passion for the outdoors. Jason writes full time and is on the pro staff of two archery companies; in his free time, he fishes and traps as much as possible.