Today’s crossbows tend to be toys or the hunting equivalent of nuclear war. This means that if you’re 10–16 years old, you either have to play with a toy or shoot the equivalent of a .375 H7H Magnum. Okay, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch, but no one has addressed the tween market until now. I’m excited to see Barnett enter that arena with the Recruit, pictured above. You may buy this bow for your youngster, but don’t be surprised if you get hooked on shooting it. It has plenty of energy to kill a deer, yet is small enough for a younger frame. Check out the details.

Africa 2010 Fahad jpg 350_renamed_7674Ideal for youth and small women, the compact Recruit is easy to handle, but it still provides plenty of speed and power for the hunt. At 300 fps, 140-lb/ draw and 80-ft. lbs of KE, the Recruit can take down the game animal of choice. With safety as a priority, the Recruit features the same 5-1 safety system and trigger system as other premium Barnett bows. Barnett’s high-energy cam system and Crosswire string and cable system contribute to a faster, quieter, more precise shot. The Crosswire string and cable system blends Barnett’s fibers with the industry’s toughest serving materials, ensuring the shooter has the most stable and reliable string in the industry. The Anti-Dry-Fire trigger system eliminates unintentional and costly dry fires. The system also boasts a 3.5-pound trigger pull and a revolutionary crank attachment built into the stock, allowing for the easy installation of the optional crank-cocking device. Thanks to the crank-cocking device, the shooter will never need someone else to cock the bow for him or her. At a price of $299, the Recruit makes the perfect crossbow for the beginning hunter.

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Joe Byers
Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.