SusieQ Gets a Barnett Penetrator

By: Sue 'SusieQ' Burch

When I decided to buy a crossbow so I could hunt during archery season, I looked at a few companies. There are so many great crossbows to choose from that I had a hard time choosing which one I wanted to begin with but decided on Barnett. I looked over every crossbow that Barnett offered and studied the differences between each model. The final decision factor was that it had to offer a crank attachment built right into the stock as I needed the optional crank attachment. Everything I saw from weight, looks, performance and the draw string crank pointed to the Penetrator.

The Barnett Penetrator Crossbow

The best overall reasons for choosing my Penetrator:

  •   175 draw weight
  •   16 ft. lbs of energy
  •   12″ Power Stroke
  •   350 FPS


  •  8.6 lbs weight
  •   37″ length
  •   24″ width
  •   20″ arrow length

I received my Barnett Penetrator Crossbow package in the mail and with my husband Danny’s help we got it put together. I have to say the way it was packaged was impressive and complete. Barnett thinks of everything down to every detail. I was so excited I couldn’t wait to get it outside and shoot it.

Author sighting in her new Penetrator.

In my package I received:
• Barnett Penetrator Crossbow
• Quick Detach Quiver
• Three 20″ arrows
• 4 x 32 Scope
• Crank cocking device
• Plus all tools I needed to assemble my Penetrator.

Since I hadn’t gotten my new crossbow target yet, I used my old bag target, BIG mistake! I ruined one of my arrows on the first shot with complete penetration of the target. OK, I knew I had to get a better, stronger target.

The crossbow arrow author messed up by using bag target.

Just to make sure that I had enough crossbow arrows, I went to and ordered a pack of Barnett Crossbow arrows with 125 grain field tips and a new McKenzie Crossbow target.

15 yd shot with McKenzie Crossbow target.

When my McKenzie Crossbow target came in I was ready to try shooting again. We shot it from 15 to 30 yards. I was really thrilled with the way my Penetrator was shooting even though I had quickly ruined one of my arrows shooting at the bag target. From 15 to 30 yards, I had to use the top line in my Barnett scope. I was amazed. At 15 yards, I held at the top of the circle and 30 yards it was at the bottom of the circle.

Here is a 30 yd shot.

I am extremely happy with my Barnett Penetrator, it shoots absolutely outstanding and far greater than I ever expected. I just cannot say enough about how happy I am with my crossbow. It is fast, accurate and just plain fun to shoot. Being a life long bowhunter I never knew I would enjoy shooting a crossbow so much.

I have taken the Penetrator hunting since then and my stand is 20 yards from where the trail is. I have not seen anything so far when I have been out but I know this is a good location so it’s just a matter of time. Hopefully soon, I will be able to get something with my crossbow. Gun season has opened but I still want to take a deer with my Barnett. I also ordered the Barnett X-Blades 125 grain for this season.

I’m still in the learning stages as hunting with a crossbow is a bit different than my compound. The first time I went hunting, for example, I waiting until I got in my stand to crank back my Penetrator. The stand is so small that I just did not have enough room making it hard to do. On my second time, I cranked it back on the ground, pulled the bow up and then nocked the arrow when I was ready in my stand. It was so much easier than trying to crank it in the stand.

I love to bow hunt and the Barnett has enabled me to do what I truly love to do. It is a quality piece of sporting equipment and they are a great company to work with. So, if you want to give crossbows a try, regardless of the reason, start your search with Barnett Crossbows. After more then 50 Years in the business I can attest to their product and service. Good Luck Hunting!

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3 Responses to "SusieQ Gets a Barnett Penetrator"

  1. Jason R   2011/10/26 at 8:39 am

    I just got the penetrator on friday 10/21/11 and have been having a hard time sighting it in I am fine at the first at 20yds, 30yds but at 40, third line it is 6″ high, 50 goes right over the target. the instructions that are provided gives some strange ranges to sighting it in and the crosshairs seem to be not evenly spaced. Any thought.

  2. Sue   2012/02/10 at 1:03 pm

    Mine was shooting so straight that I used the first line for 15 to 25 then went halfway between the lines for the next setup. I hope this helps. I am so sorry I am late in answering your reply… I just happen to see it today. Please let me know if I can be of any more help.

  3. jeff collins   2012/09/29 at 6:12 am

    do you still like your penetrator. i bought one and the string has broke twice in my hands in 10 shots, very dissapointed