Traditionally Barnett products have struggled in the higher end of the market as they simply do not have the specifications one would expect from this type of crossbow. This is an issue that is more than addressed with the Barnett Razr, one of the premier products from this company that is now one of the most established in the field of crossbows and hunting equipment. Packing an incredibly powerful punch despite its slender appearance, the Barnett Razr is an incredibly desirable crossbow with specifications that will satisfy even the most adept of hunters. This Barnett Razr review contains all the information that you need to make a purchasing decision.
Once bought, it is of course in your best interests to have a crossbow ready and assembled as soon as possible. This is just one aspect that the Razr excels in. The shoot-through riser is attached to the stock and from there the only action that needs to be taken is mounting the quiver and the scope. The underarm support can be adjusted to suit your needs and off you go in less than ten minutes,to fine tune the crossbow further to your preferences.
Most crossbows in this price range tend to have an IBS range in the region of some 350fps. The Barnett Razr takes this figure and ups it to 400fps in IBS conditions. This figure in itself is hugely impressive, but when you combine it with raw power generation of some 142ft-lbs the numbers really are mind boggling. This value was achieved with 400 grain arrows that the unit ships with and there are not too many other crossbows out there that can reach such figures.
The Barnett Razr ships with a self illuminated scope that many users have found aligns itself properly as soon as the product is lifted from the box. The light gathering capabilities of the crossbow sight are also incredibly impressive, making hunting in the day time a joy as targets well over 100 yards away in terms of distance become incredibly easy to spot. At night the illuminated scope works just as well. There are multiple reticles in both green and red colours which allows for the scope to adapt to the situations you find yourself in incredibly well.
In terms of accuracy of the grouping of the shot, this is another aspect where the Barnett Razr excels. From 50 yards with consistent fire rate, users have reported spread of less than 1/2” for this particular unit and at 60 yards plus the grouping is well within the 1” boundary. Where you aim is exactly where you will fire in this bow, minus crosswinds and other environmental factors of course.
THE COCKING PROCESS
A smooth and easy to conduct cocking process is central to good crossbow design and this is another aspect this particular crossbow manages with ease. The draw weight for the crossbow is some 185lbs and there is a rope cocking device included which makes your job considerably easier. There is an integral issue of the rope cocking device disengaging the safety button after it has been removed, but this can be attended to with frequent usage of the bow.
SAFETY FEATURES AND USABILITY
Obviously the issue of safety is of paramount importance when you are handling a device capable of killing a decent sized buck and the Barnett Razr generally speaking complies with the issue well. It has already been raised bow the removal of the rope cocking device can disengage safety and this is an issue of paramount importance. In the heat of the hunt, mistakes can happen and whilst there is a great Anti-Dry Fire Mechanism installed, it is still a key safety issue.
Aside from this small stumbling block, the Razr fares well. The Anti-Dry Fire Mechanism is incredibly effective at stopping the fire rate of the crossbow unless fully cocked and the trigger itself also has a good solid feel to it so you will know precisely when the bow is fired.
The crossbow is also very compact for a unit of its power which makes it ideal for operations within the field. It can easily be held by the side when traversing terrain and is small enough to reduce the risk of snagging upon the surrounding environment.
- This is an incredibly powerful crossbow for its size and is capable of felling large prey at a distance of 100 yards plus
- Excellent sight in a range of scenarios
- Good trigger system
- Excellent, aesthetically pleasing design
- Disengaging the safety when removing the cocking rope is an incredibly dangerous and undesirable feature
- The crossbow comes with a knife holder that is incredibly hard to access
The Barnett Razr is an excellent crossbow that truly defines the meaning of the phrase “packing a punch”. Whilst being compact in design and repetitively innocuous in appearance, its hugely impressive firing rate and range make it perform right in line with more premium crossbows with ease. The disengaging of the safety mechanism is an incredibly undesirable trait and is something we hope is removed as soon as possible from the device as it massively compromises an otherwise excellent product. I hope that you have found this Barnett Razr review helpful!