First Look: Barnett Hyper Raptor Crossbow

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posted on July 21, 2023
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Barnett has debuted its Hyper Raptor Crossbow. With a lightweight composite riser and measuring just over seven inches axle-to-axle when cocked, the crossbow provides maneuverability in tight-quartered hunting spaces. Its pivoting limb pockets put less weight at the front of the crossbow, while making a more durable shooting platform with reduced recoil and vibration. With its compact and energy-efficient design, the Hyper Raptor sends small-diameter HyperFlite arrows down-range at up to 410 feet per second, with 142 ft.-lbs. of energy for bone-crushing penetration.

Like all crossbows in the Hyper series, the Hyper Raptor is paired with Barnett’s exclusive and patent-pending 20 inch, .204-diameter HyperFlite arrows. The arrow's 21-percent increased FOC (front of center) and 61-percent greater ballistic coefficient reduces wind drift, which makes for a deadly combination of blistering speed, downrange accuracy and deeper penetration. Further, the arrows boast a straightness tolerance of +/- .001 inches.

Next up, Barnett’s Halo System eliminates cable crossing and cam lean to create balanced string travel for superior accuracy. Additionally, arrows are held secure with Barnett’s Soft Lok Floating Bristle Arrow Retainer System, while a CNC-machined aluminum flight track provides consistency shot after shot. To release shots, the Hyper Raptor utilizes a metal-injected molded trigger and TriggerTech Frictionless Release Technology. The TriggerTech trigger features a crisp, three-pound pull for consistent shots and improved accuracy. An Anti-Dry Fire (ADF) system and nock sensor are added to ensure the crossbow is loaded correctly. Additionally, the new Rope Hold Roller Ball technology keeps the RCD rope in place when hooks are attached to the string for more consistent cocking. The Hyper Raptor is also offered in a pre-installed CCD format to ensure all hunters can use this crossbow at their preference. Finally, hunter-friendly ergonomics are enhanced by multiple features like finger safety reminders above the pass-through fore-end with a Verti-Grip palm rest. An adjustable length-of-pull buttstock and a padded, micro-adjustable cheek-rest ensure a good length-of-pull and proper scope-to-eye alignment. Pre-installed string suppressors provide reduced recoil, vibration, and noise during the shot.

The crossbow comes outfitted with a premium 4x36 illuminated, multi-reticle scope with flip-up caps. The scope offers precise target acquisition in a full range of ambient light conditions from twilight to high noon. The scope is adjustable so that the reticles on the scope are calibrated to exact yardages based on arrow speed.

For more information, check out barnettcrossbows.comMSRP: $599

Hyper Raptor Specs:

  • 410 FPS
  • 214 pound draw weight
  • 142 ft.-lb. kinetic energy
  • 7.25-inch axle to axle length (cocked)
  • 7.12 pound overall weight

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