The Barnett Commando Crossbow

Updated on March 24, 2018

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.

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 most 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 of 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 1 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?

Clearly, the Barnett Commando Crossbow is not only on the list of much wanted hunting gear, even the old originals are still desired and utilized. 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.

Your Thoughts On The Barnett Commando Crossbow

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      Kerry Lyons 

      2 weeks ago

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

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      Dan L 

      2 months ago

      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

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      Bow 

      2 months ago

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

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      Chris 

      4 months ago

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

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      mike 

      10 months ago

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

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      Dawn Romine 

      4 years ago from Nebraska

      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.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Wisconsin

      Looks nice. My husband use to bow hunt.

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      JLPTodd LM 

      4 years ago

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

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

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

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

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

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      GARYG68 

      5 years ago

      I always wanted one of these babies, Nice lens.

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      SmittysReviews 

      5 years ago

      These are Awesome!!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Awesome to say the least

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

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

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