Barnett Ghost 410 CRT – Crossbow Review

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Barnett Ghost 410 CRT – Crossbow Review
9.4 Total Score

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  • Superb power & speed
  • Impressive accuracy
  • Light and compact
  • No front heaviness
  • Smooth trigger mechanism
  • Extraordinary scope

The Barnett Ghost 410 has for a long time been considered the king of all crossbows. It is a top-of-the-range performer, offering unmatched power and performance. But what exactly makes this crossbow so efficient? Let us take a close look at the major features that define it and set it in a class of its own.

9.4 Total Score

The Barnett Ghost features superb power and speed, along with an extremely powerful scope and great accuracy. The only complaint is it's slightly below par noise suppression.

Power
9.8
Durability
8.8
Quality of Optics
9.8
Noise Supression
8.5
User Comfort
9.5
Safety
9.8
PROS
  • Superb power & speed
  • Impressive accuracy
  • Light and compact
  • No front heaviness
  • Smooth trigger mechanism
  • Extraordinary scope
CONS
  • High vibration and noise due to high velocity
  • Short warranty period – 5 years
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BowAuthority’s Detailed Review:

Power 

This monster delivers 410 fps of shooting speed and kinetic energy levels of up to 150 FPKE, easily capable of bringing down even the largest animals. This power also allows you a range of up to about 80 yards of guaranteed accuracy.

Unlike most middle-level crossbows, the Ghost 410 has such immense power that the arrow drops effect remains accurate for up to 70 yards. For every 10 yards beyond the point blank range it only loses bout 2% of its kinetic energy, meaning that you would need to go pretty far to get below the required 75 FPKE needed to take down most big game. So technically, you still have the power to hunt from further distances (though the accuracy is reduced).

User Comfort 

The assembly process for this bow is rather straightforward and there is a thoroughly detailed instruction manual included in the package to help guide you. The foot stirrup is integrated into the riser and scope is already mounted so doing the rest should take just a few minutes.

Even though the scope comes sighted out of box, it might still be wise to take a few moments to confirm its alignment is dead on. Use a bipod to ensure perfect calibration since your arms might be shaky and the results would be compromised.

The crossbow package comes with a rope cocking aid to insure a smooth and easy cocking process, bringing down the draw weight from 185 lbs. to approximately 90 lbs. The string on this one is adjustable which means that regardless of your height you get to choose the most comfortable and suitable length. However, remember to properly position your foot right inside the stirrup while cocking. Improper foot placement might result in the stirrup slipping and this might cause serious injury.

The three carbon bolts that come in its package are 22” long and 400 grains in weight. The power and performance of the bow are directly proportional to the quality of arrows you choose to invest in. Therefore, ensure that whenever you buy other bolts they meet at least this specification.

The Barnett Ghost 410 CRT derives part of its name from the technology it uses. CRT refers to Carbonlite Riser Technology and is one of the biggest contributors to the performance and user-friendliness of this crossbow. It assists in keeping the device weight to a minimum and producing a balancing effect (particularly on the front side of the weapon).This eliminates the common issue of front-heaviness associated with most powerful crossbows. The weight is instead concentrated closer to your body and the design of the smooth stock lying on the shoulder makes it almost impossible to feel the weight anyway.

Additionally, the design is lightweight (8 lbs.) and compact. This allows you to stay in position for a longer period of time, allowing you to get increased accuracy. The trigger mechanism is extremely smooth meaning you need to apply very little pressure to fire a shot.

The icing on the cake is that the Ghost 410 comes with a talon-like sling that makes it easy and convenient to carry around.

Noise Suppression 

Being a compound crossbow, the Barnett Ghost 410 can’t be as quiet as any recurve model- but this disadvantage is more than made up for by the increased speed and accuracy. In fact, the reason for its noisy performance is the fact that such high speeds generate a lot of residual energy that is then transformed to become an audible vibration.

The Ghost 410 has such a high velocity that by the time your target gets startled, your shot will have landed anyway. If the noise is still an issue for you there is always the option of using vibration dampeners.

Quality of Optics 

The scope that comes included with the package comes pre-mounted and sighted. The factory settings allow for flawless accuracy for up to 20 yards. However, to get the most out of it, you would still need to do some fine tuning of your own. The scope covers a large area of view and its illumination is top-notch. It has light-gathering capabilities, is water-resistant and shock-proof and it also offers a lifetime warranty.

A 3×32 four-reticle device, it features illumination options in red, green and black. Also do note that it’s wide view feature is superior compared to most other scopes because the image is clear from end to end; there is no foggy effect on the edges. The multiple reticles allow a hunter to operate in total darkness as it has superb light-gathering capabilities. Even in the worst of weather conditions, the image is sharp and clear.

Safety 

The Barnett Ghost features an automatic anti-dry fire mechanism that completely eliminates the chances of accidental firing. This feature is extremely important because firing the device before everything is in place poses a risk both to the user and the weapon.

It also boasts a finger guard mechanism and allows for a comfortable hold due to the pass-through foregrip underneath the stock. Getting a firm hold on the stock would mean no accidental slips that could cause injury to the user.

Furthermore, its safety switch is designed to engage automatically and will only disengage when the arrow is properly secured.

These features combined make it virtually impossible to misfire, dry fire or even get your fingers tangled up in harm’s way. The safety of the bow is also enhanced by its patented CRT riser that creates a 5:1 ratio for safety factor by making this powerful weapon perfectly balanced.

They make the Ghost 410 one of the most ideal crossbows for novices and we highly recommend it for anyone learning to use crossbows.

Durability 

Unlike its scope which comes with a lifetime warranty, the Barnett Ghost’s warranty cover is only 5 years long and excludes the string and cable. This is quite a disappointment because such a mean machine deserves a lifetime warranty to grant the user complete peace of mind and an assurance of quality. Regardless, the bow is designed extremely well and with very durable materials. If you take care of it, it can easily last you well beyond the five year period.

 Summary

The Barnett Ghost 410 is one of the few crossbows that can be said to offer value well beyond it’s price point. It excels in every possible category and leaves no gaps in its performance that would require the addition of any extra features. Honestly, apart from its short warranty period, it is really difficult to find any weak points that negatively impact its overall efficiency. It still holds the record for the fastest bow in the market and provides the perfect answer to every hunter’s expedition challenge.

Barnett Ghost 410 Specifications