In today’s article, we’ll be conducting our Barnett Ghost 420 reviews. This awesome crossbow has a lot to offer, and it’s a great buy for its price range. It’s a crossbow so sweet that they even gave it its own exclusive color – Mossy Oak’s Monochromatic camo! It’s actually Barnett’s fastest crossbow, and it can deliver arrows at 420 feet per second.
While there are cheaper bows out there, it’s important to remember that you get what you pay for. A cheap crossbow always feels like a cheap crossbow. Really, the only bad thing about this crossbow is that it does not include a crank cocker, and it can take some real muscle to get this beast ready to go. Otherwise, it’s an awesome purchase. Interested in learning exactly what makes this crossbow so great and learning more about how it shoots? Keep reading to get a full overview of its features, specs and performance.
The Bow Specs
First, let’s talk about the specs, because even the best crossbow can be a poor choice if it’s not the right match for you. The specs for this particular bow are great. It hits hard and fast, and the draw weight is good enough to hunt pretty much anything you could want.
- Dimensions- 37.4″L x 22″W
- Axle to Axle 20.125 inches
- Kinetic Energy (ft lbs) 153
- Speed- 420 FPS
- Weight- 7.6 lbs.
- Draw Weight- 185 lbs
- Power Stroke (in) 15.375
- TriggerTech Trigger
What’s great about it?
One of the first things you’ll notice about this bow is how sleek it is. That’s not just the design either. This crossbow is super light, coming in at just over 7 and a half pounds. That makes it a joy to shoot, and it won’t be a burden to lug around the woods. The front end also uses an integrated step through riser. That means there’s not a bunch of weight hanging out on the front messing up your targeting. It’s a much better set up than the heavy cocking stirrups of other crossbows.
However, it also doesn’t sacrifice power for mobility, and it’s still one of the hardest hitting crossbows around. It also offers some pretty cool features that are super nice. Let’s take a minute to talk about some of the 420’s special features.
- High-quality Illuminated scope
This crossbow features a top of the line illuminated scope. The reticles sync with your speed as well so that you get the most accurate shot every time. The scope is one of the best things about the crossbow, and it’s excellent at improving your shots in low light conditions.
- Trigger tech control system
This crossbow comes with a Trigger tech control system. It offers exceptional accuracy, and it’s the most precise trigger system you can get, giving you confidence in your short.
- Ultra light weight
This crossbow comes with an ultra light frame, making it a joy to shoot, and an easy haul through the woods that won’t weigh you down. It’s also pretty compact, making it easy to pack with the rest of your gear.
- One touch side mount quiver
The bow assembly features a handy side mount quiver for storing your arrows, but it pops off with the press of a button if you need to remove it, or if you’d prefer a different storage solution.
- Transport sling
This crossbow also comes with a cool sling for transport. Using this set up you can quickly toss the bow over your shoulder for convenient transport without having anything to disassemble or store. The sling allows you to set up for your shots quickly if opportunity knocks.
- Single bolt assembly
The Barnett Ghost 420 is also super easy to assemble. It features two snap together pieces and a single bolt assembly, allowing you to get into the game fast so you don’t have to spend all your time messing with putting it together.
What’s included? What’s not included?
This bow package comes with pretty much everything you need to get started. There’s nothing to buy here, and you’ll get all of the quality pieces you need to get started using this great crossbow.
- 1.5-5x32mm Premium Illuminated Scope
- Rope cocking device
- Side mount quiver
- 2x 22 inch Headhunter arrows
- Crossbow sling
- Rubber butt pad
- Lubrication wax
How does it shoot?
Once you get the scope dialed in, you’ll find that this crossbow shoots great. It operates quietly, and the arrows fly fast. Thanks to the high-quality optics and the premium trigger systems, shots are insanely accurate. It also features an anti-dry fire mechanism. So, if you forget to load the arrow, the crossbow won’t fire, saving you from needing to set it up again.
Pros and Cons
Barnett Ghost 420 Reviews Pros and Cons
- Good for low light shots
- Super quiet operation
- Premium trigger system
- Ultra lightweight
- Crank cocker not included
- Rope cocker may be too long
What arrows do you need for this crossbow?
Barnett tries to help out hunters who may be new to crossbows by including arrows which they believe are appropriately weighted for the bow in question. The Ghost 420 comes with two 22 inch headhunter arrows, featuring field points. Field points are for target practice, so you’ll probably want to pick up some broadheads as well.
A good combo for this crossbow that you could try is pairing these gold tip ballistics arrows with some Rage bowhunting broadheads. If you’ve only have experience with target practice up to this point, keep in mind that there will be a bit of a learning curve when switching to broad heads.
Barnett Ghost 420 Reviews: The Verdict?
We’ve reached the end of our Barnett Ghost 420 reviews, so what’s the verdict? This crossbow is a joy to shoot. It hits hard and fast, and it comes with all the bells and whistles you need to shoot in any situation. The illuminated scope is excellent for hunting in lower light conditions, and the crossbow’s sleek frame and handy sling makes it easy to traverse your hunting grounds without your weapon becoming a burden.
The only potential problem with the bow comes from cocking. Some hunters have had to actually reduce the length of the rope cocking device in order to do it comfortably. It also requires a bit of muscle to get this beat ready to go, and you may want to consider upgrading to a cranking device to make things a little easier on yourself. It’s a great purchase that will serve you for years to come. Click here to see more reviews for this crossbow.