Budget Crossbow Overview

What better way to kick off a website like Arrow Dynamic Solution than with a post over viewing the best budget crossbows that are available right now. People everywhere are increasingly interested in the hobby of bow hunting, but not everyone is a skilled enough to use an actual slingback bow and arrow set up. That’s where crossbows come in. It is seriously just an aim and shoot type deal using the scope. You only really need to know how the mechanics of the tool work in order to reload as well as fix any problems that might occur with your crossbow. Zooming in with your scope and actually pulling the trigger to shoot the arrow out is pretty much as simple as shooting a gun: you simply pull the trigger.


People always seem to think that crossbows are extremely expensive and that they need to drop 8 to 9 grand on just one bow, but that is not the case especially if it’s your first crossbow ever. Now, if you have the money by all means go ahead and spend whatever you like. But for beginners or those not looking to spend that much cash at all, you can definitely save some money by getting a budget crossbow that works just as fine mechanically.

The first crossbow I’d like to introduce to you guys is the Parker Enforcer. This was my personal first crossbow I’ve ever used and purchased myself, so it holds sentimental value. It works amazingly fine, even to this day where I would consider myself a more advanced hunting user. Actually but the Enforcer from a local dealer at around $500, but if you find it new elsewhere it could run you up to around $800. Still, it is an extremely cheap option and I always recommend it to my friends who start gaining interest in the sport. It’s the first crossbow that comes to mind when looking at options under a grand because it doesn’t even reach that whereas some crossbows can get extremely costly even as budget options.


The next crossbow was actually a recommendation from one of my hunting buddies. It’s called the Game Crusher, which he got for just $250. Obviously this is much cheaper than mine, but performance wise there aren’t many differences between the two. The Game Crusher is very lightweight, so it may feel cheap to some or for those that prefer a heavier crossbow, but it could also serve beneficial for the beginning hunter as there isn’t any additional weight to have to deal with when logging the thing around.


The Game Crusher is a great option for those just beginning with crossbows.

Another crossbow made by Barnett I’m not too sure the name of, as it doesn’t have a model number or any name on the actual crossbow. However, if you look at any of the products for Barnett, I’m sure you’ll find the exact crossbow I have, though it is pretty old. Anyway, I bought it for $350 and has pretty much the same features as the Game Crusher I mentioned above, except for the fact that it is a little bit bulkier and has a few more mechanisms that while not required, can be more useful and efficient one hunting. For example, it has a cranking mechanism to make loading the bow quicker for your next shot. This is an required, obviously, but having it is definitely more fun and engaging to have as a hunter myself.


So that’s it for my recommendations for now. It is actually quite surprising to get bows this cheap, as the common conception in the crossbow industry is that they are extremely expensive to get into. However, most people would be shocked to find out that you could actually get started with just 200 or $300 right out the gate and get a decent crossbow. When beginning, people usually just look for crossbow that you can point and shoot to hunt and get your feet in the water, but the crossbow that I outlined above such as the Barnett or the Parker Enforcer do much more than just point shooting. They are actually high-quality bows that do the job as well as feel and look great, while being built mechanically sound.

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