The Barnett Ghost 420 crossbow is the newest addition to the high powered Ghost series. After 2016's disastrous Ghost 415 issues that resulted in a recall, Barnett has solved the safety issues. On top of just fixing the issues, they also added some more FPS on top of an already crazy 415, and bumped it up to 420 FPS. Let's take a quick look at what Barnett is offering on the new Ghost 420 Revenant.
Of course, as the name implies, it shoots 420 FPS, making it one of the fastest crossbows available. One thing to note is this speed test was measured using a 380 grain arrow, as opposed to the typically used 400 grain arrow most other Barnett crossbows use.
The powerstroke is the same on the 420 as the 415 at 15.375 inches. Additionally the FPKE on both comes in at 153 ft lbs. Regardless if you're using a 380 or 400 grain arrow, you will be able to hunt the biggest game.
The 185 pound draw weight is another stat that is the same as the previous model. One of the improvements, however, is the shorter axel to axel, which is 20.125 inches. This takes off almost an inch and a half from the 415.
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As you can tell, they stuck with the unique camo, titled Mossy Oak Treestand Monochromatic. It is a very slick looking camo choice and will make the crossbow stand out, even beyond the 420 FPS. Compared to the previous Ghost 415 version, it weighs in slightly more at 7.6 lbs compared to the previous 7 lbs. Even though, it's slightly heavier, it is utilizing Carbonlite 2 technology, allowing it to maintain high durability without a major weight increase.
We'll briefly touch on some of the same features Barnett has been including on all of their flagship crossbows. This includes a TriggerTech trigger which make shooting feel effortless and perfect. You'll also have the ability to add your own crank cocking device if you don't like using rope cockers.
Some of the nice premium accessories are also included by default, such as string dampeners (which you'll definitely want for this kind of power), a sling, and a rubber butt pad. These are great comfort accessories to make long hunting trips just a bit cozier.
A variable 1.5-5x32mm illuminated scope is included in this package. Additionally you'll be provided with a rope cocking device, which is helpful with the 185 lb draw weight.
You will need to get your own crossbow case as one is not included, but we've got you covered with our article about the best crossbow cases.
It does appear Barnett has skimped on the arrows provided, as they list they're only providing two 22" Headhunter Arrows, while previously they provided 3. That's ok though, because you'll definitely want to have more than 2 arrows.
What are your thoughts on the new Barnett Ghost 420 crossbow? Has Barnett redeemed themselves from last year's issue? Let us know in the comments below!