Barnett is one of the most popular crossbow manufacturers. It has a great line of crossbows designed for both beginner and serious archers. Barnett Wildcat C5 is a great choice if you are looking for an entry level model for a reasonable price. It’s one of the brand’s best sellers for a reason and it qualifies as the perfect beginner crossbow. However, it also has the power and speed to be used for hunting by more serious users. It was designed with comfort and performance in mind, and provides surprising power and speed. Let’s take a closer look at the features this crossbow has to offer. Below in this Barnett Wildcat C5 review you can also find out the benefits and drawbacks of this bow.
The assembly of the Wildcat C5 is quite simple and even if you never used a crossbow before you will easily handle it. The crossbow comes with an owner’s manual that includes illustrated step of how to put the unit together. All assembly hardware is included in the package kit. The assembly requires attaching the quiver mount. Attaching the riser to the stock with the cables going through the groove in the stock. Using the supplied screws, attaching the foot stirrup. Lastly, mount the scope and secure the screws. All this can be done in less than 5 minutes.
Accuracy and Power
Even though the Wildcat C 5 weighs 8.5 pounds, it features a good balanced design. This crossbow might not be perfect for small frame users, however many have pointed out that they were feeling comfortable in using it after a few days of practice. So in the beginning, it might not be easy to pick it up and shoot, but once you get a feel of it, you can use it to its full potential with that high accuracy that it can provide.
Overall, the accuracy of this crossbow is dead on. Since most of the weight is positioned close to the user’s body, the crossbow’s front does not have the tendency to drop downwards when aiming.
The Wildcat C5 features a 13-inch power stroke, which with the combination of 150 pounds of draw weight and 400-grain arrows, can shoot with the power of 91 ft. lbs. of kinetic energy. However, after many users have tested it, they did not see the power exceed 88 ft. lbs. Nevertheless, this is still impressive amount of power and enough for hunting in the field.
This model is advertised by Barnett to have a velocity of 320 fps. Multiple user chronograph tests have shown that just like with energy this number is also inflated a bit. The maximum speed that the users were able to get is 316 fps (using the arrows that come with the crossbow). So not that far from what Barnett promises and this speed still makes this crossbow one of the fastest in this price range.
Some of the Wildcat C5 models come with the red dot sight. However, many users have complained about it not holding zero consistently. It is accurate when sighted, but to maintain that perfect accuracy you will often have to readjust with windage and elevation.
That’s why we recommend the Wildcat C5 model that comes with the 4×32 multi-rectile scope. It costs a bit higher than the model with the red dot sight, but it will definitely give you more enjoyment from using this crossbow.
The package of the Barnett Wildcat C5 includes 3 20-inch arrows. They are more than decent and you shouldn’t worry about them breaking. They are made from carbon, which is the recommended arrow material for hunting purposes as it tends to deliver slightly more kinetic energy compared to arrows made of other material. Barnett recommends using arrows from 400 to 450 grain. To make sure that the arrows, string and rail do not get damaged, remember to evenly cock the crossbow.
Design and Safety
This Barnett crossbow tends to be a bit on the heavy side, but the bow is constructed with a well balanced design. Most of the weight is distributed closer to the archer. The benefit of this is better shot placement, as well as higher accuracy.
The overall design of the crossbow is very durable. The company has put a lot of effort into making this unit sturdy and impressively comfortable to hold. The GAM stock not only makes the shooting more comfortable, but also adds to the durability of the product.
It features a wide stock butt, so you get a comfortable hold when aiming and it helps to reduce recoil. The produced shot is quiet with barely any vibration.
The fore-grip ensures that your fingers are not in the way of the string’s travel path.
The Barnett crossbow features a foot cocking stirrup, which is big enough for even very large boots.
Optionally, you can additionally buy a crank cocking device that you can easily attach to this crossbow. You just need to remove the two plastic coves on both sides of the back of the stack and then attach the crank.
The safety of the bow includes an anti-dry fire mechanism.
What’s in the Package?
- The Barnett Wildcat C5 crossbow.
- 3 20-inch carbon arrows.
- 4×32-millimeter scope.
- 3 arrow quiver.
- Wax for the string.
- Assembly hardware.
- Owner’s manual.
- 5-year warranty card.
- Durability and superior quality.
- Can be used for both hunting and target practice.
- High accuracy with deadly power and speed.
- Ergonomic and balanced design.
- Includes arrows.
- Easy assembly.
- Good warranty.
- Does not come with a rope cocking device.
- The weight might take some getting used to.
The Bottom Line
This crossbow was designed for hunters, but also it’s perfectly suitable for target shooters. It’s perfect for beginners, but also provides enough power for hunting in the field. You will be impressed by the power output and speed. The components it’s made of are durable and make the crossbow very comfortable to use. This Barnett Wildcat C5 review is based on thorough research of the tests done by multiple users.