Barnett Jackal Crossbow

Barnett Jackal Crossbow from HuntingCrossbow

Leave it to Barnett to come up with one of the most popular hunting crossbows ever! The Barnett Jackal Crossbow.

The Jackal is lightweight and produces arrows speeds up to 320 feet per second! It has quad limb assembly, high energy wheels, also a divided foregrip for comfortable and safe hand placement. With a bargain of a price tag, is this crossbow all it is cracked up to be?

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The Barnett Jackal features an ADM(Anti-Dry Fire) MIM trigger, allowing for a silky smooth 3.5-pound trigger pull with improved safety. The Jackal also features AVi bolt retainer and AVi foot stirrup; HD camo for increased concealment in the field; quad limbs, high energy cams, and a synthetic cable system; and don’t forget the Picatinny/Weaver rail for quick and easy optic mounting.

The Barnett Jackal Crossbow can also be purchased as a package and includes a quiver, three 20-inch arrows, and 4x32mm scope.

It has a speed of 320fps, draw weight of 150 pounds; kinetic energy is 95-foot pounds; power stroke 13”, axle to axle measures 26.25”, length 36”, weight 7.7 pounds, and suggested arrow length of 20”.

PROS of the Barnett Jackal are:

  • Great Entry Level Compound Crossbow
  • Extremely affordable.
  • Enough power & speed to easily hunt most U.S. game
  • Accurate straight out of the box
  • Comfortable stock & easily mobile

What Crossbow Hunters are saying about the Barnett Jackal Crossbow:

A crossbow hunter we interviewed said this about the Barnett Jackal: “purchased it because of a shoulder injury, this crossbow was one the easiest to operate.” “Extremely accurate to 40 yds.” He liked it so much that he purchased another one for his wife! She became interested in it when she saw him using it with relative ease.

Another Hunter commented on the design. He was specifically impressed with the cam and pulley system and how easily it was to cock. He noted how the weight seemed to be equally distributed.

CONS of the Barnett Jackal are:

  • Construction – Materials seem to feel “cheaper.”
  • The package does not include a rope cocking device
  • Noisy

The Barnett Jackal is possibly the most asked about crossbow we receive feedback on here at HuntingCrossbow.Net. We believe this is due to its entry level price point and the fact that is from a brand as storied as Barnett.

When considering this crossbow we need to stress that it is an ENTRY LEVEL crossbow. In order to have such an inexpensive package, less expensive materials will need to be used. The important thing is how these materials are assembled. It has been mentioned that the crossbow “feels cheaply made” and its construction has been questioned. We can honestly say that we have not heard of one single hardware failure due to poor construction or engineering.


If problems do arise, Barnett has a 5-year limited warranty as long as the product is registered within 10 days of purchase. Barnett has a reliable customer service team to reach out to if any issues may come about.


With the majority of hunting crossbows exceeding the $500 mark, it is hard to believe there is an option at just over $200! Not only is it inexpensive, but it is powerful enough to hunt most game in the U.S. This is an EXCELLENT choice for someone who has never hunted with a crossbow before. It allows the hunter to have a season to get used to the intricacies of crossbow hunting and fine tuning one’s personal style. Once you have become addicted to crossbow hunting, you can upgrade to any of the intermediate level crossbow models, and pass this little workhorse down to a wife, child, or buddy interested into getting started in the sport.

Primarily due to its low cost of entry into a relatively expensive hobby; and the fact that it has enough power to hunt most game straight away, we here at HuntingCrossbow.Net give this Entry Level crossbow a score of 4 Golden Crossbows!

4 Star Crossbow Review by HuntingCrossbow.Net

Barnett Jackal Crossbow from HuntingCrossbow

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