Barnett Raptor FX2 Crossbow Review [October 2021]

Barnett Raptor Crossbow​

  • Excellent build quality.
  • Compact and easy to handle.
  • Lightweight design.
  • Pass-through grip and Anti-Dry Fire system.
  • 3 years warranty.
  • Best crossbow for beginners.
  • Shoots at 330FPS velocity.

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This FX2 is a perfect starter crossbow that proffers a lot of value. It includes CNC machined 7/8″ Picatinny rail. Therefore, you can customize with whatever accessories you want.

It is available in three different packages. One comes with 4 x 32 Scope, one with a red dot scope and Lady Raptor FX2 crossbow. It shoots at a speed of 330 feet per second that will allow you comfortably hunt accurately up to 40 yards. The width is 18 inches making it a compact compound crossbow.

Below are the brief description and specifications of Barnett Raptor FX2 Crossbow. In this Crossbow review, we covered up features, pros & cons, power, built quality, accuracy, and included accessories.


Barnett Raptor FX2 Crossbow Review: First Impressions​

Barnett Raptor FX2 Crossbow

Raptor FX2 Specifications
Speed330 FPS
Draw Weight150 lbs
Width18″
Kinetic Energy97 ft. lbs
Length34.25″
Weight6.4 lbs
Power Stroke12.5″
FinishHigh-definition camo

Reasons To Buy

  • It is lightweight and narrow.
  • Great crossbow for hunting deer and turkey.
  • Ideal for beginners.
  • Offer an adjustable butt pad and custom composite laminated limbs.
  • Equipped with pass-through foregrip for a better hold.
  • Comes with a rope cocking aid, 4 x 32 illuminated scope, mount quiver, and three 22″ Headhunter arrows.

Detailed Specifications

Power and Accuracy
Sighting in Raptor is easy enough. It just requires three shots to have every shot in the bull’s eye. This crossbow gives half-inch groupings out to 40 yards and 1-inch groupings from 50 and 60 yards.

It is powerful enough to shell out 97 ft.lbs of kinetic energy. Therefore, the energy is enough to push your target block over.

Design

This crossbow is 18″ wide therefore it is excellent for going through brush and trees. It only weighs 6.5 pounds. So, you won’t get tired out carrying the crossbow through the woods. The only problem with it is the string snapping.

Cocking

The draw weight on this bow is 150 pounds. So you could draw it easily by hand. It offers a nice, smooth draw but it is recommended using a rope cocking device when cock a crossbow. With rope cocker, you get a much more reliable, consistent and even draw.

Safety

The Raptor’s safety and anti-dry fire mechanism work flawlessly. It looks quite nice. Its anti-dry fire system prevents accidental firing that may cause harm and damage. It also features finger reminders and pass-through foregrip for extra safety.

Warranty

Barnett provides three years warranty on all of their crossbows. Moreover, the customer service representatives are friendly and quick to send replacement crossbows.

Assembly

Assembling this Raptor FX2 is quite easy as it takes only a few minutes to set up. Install the riser onto the stock, attach the foot stirrup and then mount the scope and quiver. It only takes hardly 15 minutes to put together.


Accessories​

The Raptor FX2 package offers you to select between a scope this will either red dot or magnified 4×32 scope. It consists of:

  • 4×32 Multi-Reticle Scope
  • 3-arrow quiver
  • 3 20″ Headhunter arrows
  • Rope cocking device
  • Assembly tools and hardware
  • Owner’s manual
  • Warranty card

Bolts and Quiver

It consists of three 20 inches arrows with the Raptor. These arrows are decent enough, but it is recommended upgrading to carbon express or Firebolt arrows. Also, stick with 20″ arrows at 400 grain or higher. It will allow you to hunt up to 40 yards comfortably.

It also includes quiver that can hold three included Headhunter bolts.

Scope

It comes with Barnett Raptor 4x32mm scope. It sights in very quickly and almost sighted in the right out of the box. Moreover, it is pretty fog-resistant, and the clarity of the target is excellent.

If you like hunting for longer distances, then you should pick the 4×32 scope. If you are comfortable hunting from closer distances and want to aim quicker, the red dot scope should be your choice. With the Barnett Picatinny rail, it’s easy to swap scopes if you ever want to try something new.

Rope Cocking device

It comes with a rope cocker that helps beginner for easy cocking. Also, a foot stirrup is attached at the front of the crossbow for effortless cocking. In case you don’t want to use foot stirrup with the cocking rope, manufacturer left a spot for you to install a crank cocking device and included the required installation parts.


Raptor FX2 Packages​

The main difference between the FX2 crossbow is the type of scope you want. If you love to hunt from long distances, then go for a 4 x 32mm scope. Or if you are comfortable hunting from closer distances and want to aim quicker, the red dot scope should be your choice.

Moreover, it is easier to swap scopes with the Picatinny rail whenever you want to try something new.

Lady Raptor FX2 Crossbow Package

The Lady Raptor FX2 crossbow is the same crossbow, except it comes in pink camo. It is a great beginner crossbow for women.

4X32 Scope vs Premium Red Dot Scope

As the Raptor FX2 crossbow package allows you to pick either a red dot scope or a magnified scope. The premium Red Dot scope lets you hunt with both eyes open. It allows you to adjust the brightness of the dot to meet your hunting conditions perfectly. This red dot scope is good for close-range hunting.

The multi-reticle optics offers 25′ by 100-yard field of view. Therefore it is great for hunting big size game at a distance.


Final Verdict​

If you are searching for a beginner crossbow from a solid manufacturer, then Raptor FX2 is an excellent crossbow to buy. Also, The Raptor FX was given the award of American Hunter Bow of 2016, and the FX2 only improves on the FX. It is an excellent performer that suits new hunters very well and even seasoned hunters on a budget.


Frequently Asked Questions​

1. What Is The Difference Between Raptor FX vs Raptor FX2?

FX2 is an upgraded version of Raptor FX. It uses a Barnett bristle retainer that is a big improvement over other arrow retainers. The other difference is FX2 camo pattern received an upgrade and looks great.

2. What crossbow case fits the FX2?

Barnett has created a soft crossbow case that’ll fit the FX2. This padded crossbow case offers easy access to accessories. It also has additional compartments that provide space and protection.


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Nisha Batel
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