The Ghost 410 is among Barnett’s elite line of carbon designed crossbows that deliver one of the fastest arrows around. Nicknamed after the arrow velocity it delivers this Ghost model fires bolts at an initial speed of 410 FPS ranking it among the fastest in the market.
So did Barnett just focus on speed and forget everything else or did they make sure that the Ghost 410 gave shooters a top-notch crossbow overall. Here’s our review.
Barnett Ghost 410 Crossbow Package
The Barnett Ghost 410 kit includes the CarbonLite crossbow, 3 22” Easton arrows along with field tips, rope cocking aid, assembly tools, and users manual. This pretty much sets you up with all the things you need to put the bow together and go out start shooting without having to worry about ordering any other things.
Also included are the following crossbow accessories. A detachable quiver, crossbow sling, and a 3×32 mm illuminated scope that gives you red, green and black reticles.
The Ghost 410 is the flagship of Barnett’s CRT lineup, which stands for Carbon Riser Technology. What this means is that they’ve swapped out the aluminum or magnesium risers they use for many of their core crossbows like the Wildcat, Quad 400 and Jackal. And in its place use carbon which is lighter than the already very lightweight aluminum and magnesium risers.
The result is you not only get a lighter crossbow overall at slightly over 7 lbs., but also shift the weight distribution within the weapon. Crossbows, especially compound models are front heavy, so the introduction of the lighter carbon material moves the balance of weight more to the center giving the shooter an easier time to control and hold the weapon.
It spans 37.4 inches long and is fairly narrow at 19.8 inches from axle to axle making it easy to maneuver when you need to get around to position yourself for a shot.
Also unique is its foot stirrup design where you have it integrated into the riser’s structure. Instead of the solid forearm, Barnett uses a pass-through foregrip that helps keep your fingers away from the string’s shooting path.
Altogether, the all black stock with thumbhole grip gives the 410 a look that’s as modern and as far away from the traditional wooden crossbow as you’d get.
The obvious headliner for the Ghost 410 is its bolt velocity which at 410 ft/sec. will let you outshoot pretty much any of your friends unless they’ve got the same model. It comes with a 185 lb. draw weight which will require you to use the included rope cocking device.
You’ll be needing at least 400 grain, 22” crossbow bolts with this shooter, which are the arrows that come with the package. Because of the 410’s speed, you’ll easily be able to use heavier bolts without feeling much of its effects in terms of speed and trajectory. You’ll also want to take advantage of this when hunting which will allow you to deliver more kinetic energy on impact.
Just so you know, with the Barnett indicated arrows, the Ghost 410 pack a whopping 150 ft-lbs. of energy which will pretty much give you the freedom to hunt the largest game around, be it grizzly bears, bison or buffaloes, should you wish.
When it comes to shooting the 410, you’ll find a smooth 3.5 lb. trigger mechanism that comes with and anti dry-fire system, which adds another layer of safety so there are no chances that it can be fired when there is no bolt seated in the rail. The automatic safety engages once the weapon gets cocked.
The multi-reticle illuminated scope also works well and has been pre-sighted in the factory so all you’ll need is a few adjustments in windage and/or elevation and the target will be hit.
The power lets you easily shoot 75 yards with good penetration. What’s even better is you’ll be getting respectable groups (2 to 2.5 inches) at 60-65 yards and over. We know its got the distance so the accuracy level at longer ranges really gives you a distinct advantage over other similarly priced models.
The accuracy over long range distance, plus excellent take down power, gives a hunter that extra advantage of still being able to hit his desired target points on the prey even if they can’t get any closer without the risk of losing the element of surprise.
The Barnett Ghost 410 is one of the elite crossbows you’ll find in the market. In it, you definitely get what you pay for. In terms of quality, Barnett places a lot of thought and attention to detail, so it isn’t just a one-dimensional crossbow that focuses on speed and power. The extra modifications it makes in the design, material used and safety features all add up to make it one of the best crossbows in the market both for target shooting as well as game hunting.