Barnett’s New Recruit XP: The Accessible Crossbow for All Ages

Barnett's New Recruit XP: The Accessible Crossbow for All Ages
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Barnett Outdoors has launched the Recruit XP, a new lightweight and compact crossbow tailored for 2023. Designed with women, youth, and novices in mind, the Recruit XP offers affordability without sacrificing performance, all under $300.

This model boasts a speed of 330 feet per second (FPS), providing enough power to take down big game. Assembly is quick, requiring only one bolt, making it ready for the field almost immediately. It comes with all the necessary accessories for first-timers.

The Recruit XP stands out for its ease of use. It features a draw weight of 125 pounds, which is halved by the included rope cocking device. This makes it arguably the simplest bow to draw, ideal for younger users. Yet, it doesn’t compromise on speed or accuracy.

Safety features are front and center in the Recruit XP’s design. It includes an adjustable butt stock, an Anti-Dry Fire trigger system, and a Soft-Lok floating bristle arrow retainer, enhancing security for new hunters.

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The package also contains two 20-inch Headhunter arrows, an illuminated 3-dot sight, a side-mount quiver, and lubrication wax. A significant addition is the TriggerTech trigger, valued at $200, which offers a frictionless, zero-creep release for consistent shots.

With a lighter draw weight, the Recruit XP promises durability for numerous shots. It’s pitched as the go-to crossbow for all ages and skill levels, aiming to bring new enthusiasts into hunting and shooting sports.

The Recruit XP is packed with patented and quality features, such as the Rope-Hold™ Rope Cocking Device Groove Mechanism, a metal injection molded trigger, and is compatible with a crank cocking device.

The Barnett Recruit XP has an MSRP of $299 and includes specifications like a 35.5-inch length, a weight of 6 pounds, and a kinetic energy of 92 foot-pounds, making it a competitive option for those entering the world of crossbow hunting.


  • 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


  • 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

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