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The Barnett Commando Crossbow: What Makes It So Special?

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Ned is a crossbow enthusiast who has an appreciation for fine craftsmanship and durable materials.

The Barnett Commando Crossbow has stood the test of time. Although no longer in production, this crossbow is still highly sought after by collectors and hunters, and still widely used for both target practice and hunting.

You can find this in two styles, the Commando I and the updated Commando II.

Commando I Crossbow

Commando I Crossbow

Commando II Crossbow

Commando II Crossbow

What People Say About These Bows

Barnett makes some of the best crossbows available. So much so in fact, avid bow hunters literally go on quests to locate and purchase vintage Barnetts. The Barnett Commando Crossbow is no exception.

One lucky collector was able to track down an early edition of the Commando Crossbow, manufactured in the late seventies or early eighties, and was tickled with his purchase. One of the favorite parts of the early Barnetts, he says, is the construction utilizing mag-alloy.

Birds of a Feather...Hunt Together

That collector is not alone in his love for early Barnetts and despite the fact that the early models were problematic, most avid bow hunters find them alluring in their value and reliability.

One collector points out the differences between the very early models, some of those being; leather protectors on the prod tips, the buttstock section of the bow had a pistol grip hinge with two flanges as opposed to newer models having the flanges actually molded into the pistol grip's finger groove.

Whilst the later models had dome-shaped heads on the cocking arm pivot bolts, the older models had hex-shaped heads.

It's What's Inside That Counts

Another collector further describes how the Commando Crossbows differed. According to him, the latest Commando I Crossbows were built to lessen string wear thanks to the molded plastic covers on the cocking hooks. They spread the load. The limb improved due to its 175-pound prod, which was plastic coated and entitled "velocity speed". The older limbs were apparently not as stable.

This collector says that when it comes to the newer plastic-coated model, he has yet to see one that was cracked. Additionally, a latch cover located at the point where the string runs below it flared out along the bottom edge.

Finally, protruding from the latch cover casting was a safety catch button whose head was dome-shaped. Our detail-minded collector claims that the Barnett Supreme is the Holy Grail of extraordinary crossbows. He also has an early model mint condition Trident and Imp pistol and is currently looking for a Panzer 1. Sounds serious.

My Very First Bow

Our last avid bow hunter says that the Barnett Commando was his very first crossbow. It was the one with prod ends that were made with molded plastic ends, hooks with latex tubing on them and round head screws. He believes that the model was a 1982, which was purchased in the summer of 1983.

His stock, rather than being made of magnesium, was constructed of aluminum. Alas, he is distressed over the fact that he did eventually part with it. He sold it and now wishes he had it back. It was in perfect condition. Kind of makes you wanna cry doesn't it?

After reading so many reviews on Barnett products, I must say—hunters believe in the name Barnett. They trust it for quality and value as well as accuracy.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 NedD

Your Thoughts On The Barnett Commando Crossbow

Steven on July 01, 2020:

I have one of the commando crosssbows its a brave age and it shows its age i dont know what lb of draw string it takes could anybody help

Snelgrave101 on April 17, 2020:

Barnett did do a 220lb commando limb prod my dad had 1 in the early 80s.

Gaz Harding on December 11, 2019:

Just acquired a commando need new prod and string not having much luck on internet

Danny -The Netherlands on October 30, 2019:


I own a Barnet Commando #175 which I want to sell.

The price is € 450,00. For pictures you can send me a PM. The location of the bow is The Netherlands. Shipping is no problem. The price for shipping will be around € 15,00.

Best Regards,


PhilBrock on August 17, 2019:

Hi I have a Barnett Commando from the early 1980's that I inherited. I don't plan on using it but have no clue where to sell it ?

Any advice ?



S. Philip on May 03, 2019:

Barnett never made a 220lb Commando crossbow.

Dean stokes on April 26, 2019:

Hi all I have and early 80’s Barnett commando crossbow for sale still in box and never used, I’m open to offers

Martinmac on March 16, 2019:

I have two commandos one 220lb and a 175lb one and love them always have I remember them coming out but could never afford one st the time I had a panzer 2 back then

Harry williamson on March 01, 2019:

I want one as i am ex forces and disabled and it looks good and cant go shooting anymore

Kerry Lyons on September 07, 2018:

Have one Commando vintage recurve hunting 75 lb need string and wingtips anybody got any suggestions where I get them

Dan L on July 08, 2018:

I just bought a Barnett commando 220# and I’m wonder what the value of this bow would be. I’m think the condition is about a 6or7 out of 10

Bow on June 25, 2018:

I love the Commando II. I have two Commando II that are "MADE IN THE UK." The most valuable of all.

Chris on May 24, 2018:

Ausum have one and shows it's quality in use mine is the 240lb power one don't know if they are more rare

mike on November 08, 2017:

does anyone know the string lenth is on the commando 150 pound crossbow

Dawn Romine from Nebraska on February 18, 2014:

My husband want to buy a crossbow to extend his hunting season, he has a rifle, muzzleloader and now he wants to hunt bow season too. Just call me a hunting widow.

Sandy Mertens from Wisconsin on November 21, 2013:

Looks nice. My husband use to bow hunt.

JLPTodd LM on October 24, 2013:

This is a great lens. I love bow hunting. Want one of these Barnett crossbows

anonymous on July 01, 2013:

im in the uk and trying to sell mine, how much can i get and where do i advertise it? please email me

anonymous on June 05, 2013:

Thank you for taking the time to do an excellent review of the Commando. Be Blessed!

GARYG68 on February 02, 2013:

I always wanted one of these babies, Nice lens.

SmittysReviews on January 30, 2013:

These are Awesome!!

anonymous on October 08, 2012:

Awesome to say the least

anonymous on October 05, 2012:

I own a barnett Commando M Veloci-speed Rclass.I really like it and i would like to find out the date of manufacture