Barnett Wildcat C5 Compound Crossbow:
Overview: See it on Cabelas.com. The Wildcat C5 features a lightweight GAM™ composite stock, thumbhole grip, vented quad limbs and the “Veloci-Speed” high energy wheel assembly. This crossbow has a revolutionary crank attachment built right into the stock. This allows for easy installation of the optional crank cocking device.
Barnett Wildcat C5 Crossbow, Review:
The Barnett Wildcat C5 Crossbow is one of the best selling crossbows of all time. We tested and reviewed the Barnett Wildcat C5 crossbow in our search for the best dollar value hunting crossbow, that when it is set-up properly, anyone would be able to shoot it accurately and un-assisted including individuals right handed, left handed, young, old, physically impaired.
At the conclusion of our results it became quite apparent as to why this crossbow is one of the top selling crossbows of all time. While this crossbow is very affordable it is a great value for the money spent as it is accurate, lightweight, very easy to use, well built and compact.
Our review of this crossbow did find that the Barnett Wildcat C5 Crossbow is a Medium Velocity Crossbow, with minimum Arrow Drop out to 30 yards. However this crossbow did not meet its advertised velocity out of the box. With that said the crossbow is still classed as a medium velocity crossbow as the velocity out of the box was high enough to keep it classed as such.
There are two key points I would like to make here. First, if you install the crank assembly in the Barnett Wildcat C5, the instructions are a bit vague I feel, the drum assembly that the cocking string winds onto comes apart so it can be installed and this is not illustrated in the instructions. The second point is this, the crank installs right side and or left side to accomodate either right or left handed shooters, very admirable feature.
As we tested the Barnett Wildcat C5 we noticed that the accuracy of the crossbow increased and became very consistent after installing the crank to cock system as well, again another plus for this crossbow.
The next thing I would like to point out about the Barnett Wildcat C5 Crossbow is the size of the overall unit, it is quite compact and fairly light making it easy for younger crossbow shooters to use and my daughters fell in love with these crossbows as well, so that would be another point in the wildcats favor.
The Barnett Wildcat C5 features a
- lightweight GAM™ composite stock,
- thumbhole grip,
- 4 1/2 lb. trigger pull,
- vented quad limbs,
- magnesium riser,
- “Veloci-Speed” high energy wheel assembly,
- ambidextrious crank attachment built into the stock, (crank is sold seperately)
- stealthy matte black finish or highly effective camouflage.
The Barnett Wildcat C5 is available as a
- crossbow only,
- crossbow kit with quick detach quiver and four 20" arrows,
- complete package with crossbow, quick detach quiver, four 22" arrows and choice of either Premium Red Dot Scope or 4x32 Multi Reticle Scope.
Technical specifications of the Barnett Wildcat C5
- 150 lb. draw weight
- 114 ft.lbs. limb energy
- 13" powerstroke
- 302 fps. - 400 gr. arrow (our velocity test)
- 81 ft.lbs. arrow energy (derived from our test velocity).
Dimensions of the Barnett Wildcat C5 are
- 5.9 lbs weight,
- 35.5" length,
- 26.75" width,
- 37" string length.
Barnett Wildcat C5 crossbow accuracy tests.
(2010 Update) Further accuracy testing of the Barnett Wildcat C5 Crossbow by myself, revealed this crossbow quite easily grouped arrows into a 2" dot at 50 yards by hand cocking. Rope cocking and crank cocking 1" at 40 yards depending on wind direction and speed. (Very Accurate)
Note: In this retest of accuracy for the Barnett Wildcat C5 Crossbow, I used the new StalkerXBolt's from Cabela's.
Barnett Wildcat C5 Crossbow take a look on Cabela's.
Note: All crossbow kits and packages below come with quiver and 4 arrows.