When we set out to try the Barnett TS380 crossbow, we made a checklist to see where the bow falls in ranking when compared to other crossbows—Here are our Barnett TS380 reviews…
However, it was a pleasant surprise that we forgot all about the list when we tried out the Barnett TS380!
If you can call holding a crossbow an experience, then shooting and hitting the target is an epic achievement!
A lot of research goes into the purchase of an ideal crossbow. The right build, the right features, and of course, the price! We tried cheap crossbows, and colorful, but the real deal is the one that can stand the test of wild.
While hunting, the crossbow should be such that it balances well, without missing the kill! Barnett TS380 proved to fit the description of an ideal crossbow for us, and here’s each feature in detail so you can also decide for yourself!
The Barnett TS380 At First Glance
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Here’s a brief description of the crossbow, along with some salient features. However, we do recommend you read through the detail that follows so that you know what you are buying.
Overall Rating: 9/10
- Power and performance combined
- Weighs 6.9 pounds
- 4x zoom 32mm multi-reticle scope, unfortunately not illuminated
- Comes with 2 bolts and a quiver
- Advanced trigger system
- Nock sensors supporting Anti-Dry Fire System and safety mechanisms
- Axle to axle length 16.75 inches uncocked
- 201 pound draw weight made super easy with integrated crank system, reducing force to cock the bow by over 90%!
- Sadly, some reports that the crank system was not correctly integrated out of the box and failed – consider the no-crank option if you are worried
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Holding the bow
As you hold the Barnett TS380, you will notice it’s a reasonably average weight for a crossbow, but it would have been nice if it were lighter.
The upside of this heavy crossbow is that it built for force and performance. When you are out hunting big game, you require both these qualities to hit your target and hunt it down! You can focus on your prey without worrying about balance, visibility, or a dry-fire spoiling the fun.
This tactical series crossbow has an adjustable AR15 buttstock, which has digital ruler markings for all body types. Another attractive feature of Barnett TS 380 is the industry-standard trigger system, which is responsive and allows a quick hit.
Amidst an array of crossbows in the market, Barnett TS380 manages to design one that stands out—The pioneer in bow-making has set a design bar, which is hard to meet as the parts are durable and long-lasting. The ventilated stock doesn’t just add to the look but can be adjusted according to the hunters’ requirements.
Design and build
The design of the Barnett TS380 is appealing, and the grey camo pattern gets you in the mood too—One look at the digital gray wrap and you will want to hold the bow.
All tactical Series crossbows come with this attractive feature. With a staggering speed of 380 FPS, the crossbow is all about power, power and more power! The kinetic energy of the TS380 is 122 ft-lbs, with a power stroke reach of 12.625 inches and a draw weight of 201 pounds.
These statistics make it possible for any user to manage this heavy crossbow and use it easily. The axle to axle length is around 17 inches, which makes it land a place among the middle-ranked crossbows. However, if you use the crossbow with a tree stand or a blind, it qualifies as a quick and precise hit!
We found the crossbow a good choice for beginners as well as seasoned hunters. It’s reasonably forgiving in terms of accuracy and the integrated crank makes it much easier for beginners to use cock the crossbow.
Unfortunately, although we did not experience this ourselves, there have been some reports that the integrated crank system was not installed correctly out of the box, resulting in early failure of the device and even injury in some instances. If you are worried, consider purchasing the crankless model and using an alternative cocking method or installing your own crank.
The TS380 crossbow also has an aluminum flight track, which adds strength to the bow. The excellent performance of this crossbow was not a surprise for us, and you will also fall for it, as you peer through the scope and aim.
Speaking of the scope, this is probably the main drawback. It’s not illuminated and is pretty vanilla. I recommend upgrading to better crossbow scope that has variable zoom and an illuminated lens.
The TS380 distinct features
The Barnett TS380 is a suitable weapon for the wild hunting adventures, which will support your hunting style without missing targets.
The scope provides 4x magnification but no variable zoom, and is the standard 32mm diameter. Sadly it’s not illuminated and you would probably be better off with an upgrade.
The TS380 includes three Picatinny rails, which can be used for mounting all the accessories you need for becoming a seasoned hunter!
The advanced trigger system and the frictionless technology are the added features that make every shot a success. Barnett TS380 uses brush-style arrow retainers, which add oomph and style to the crossbow.
The machined rail helps lay bolts flat, and this is a big advantage in precision — We shot a few customized bolts, and while the trigger was smooth, the shot was speedy and stayed on target!
Speaking of bolts, this crossbow comes with a quiver and 2 bolts, but you will almost certainly need more so consider getting yourself a few extra quality crossbow bolts , perhaps even some broadheads for when you go hunting. Probably one of the best features of a crossbow as it allows quick access to bolts.
The safety features of the TS380 are synchronized with the Barnett tradition of providing safety to hunters! To keep you safe from any risk of a dry-fire, the TS380 comes with an Anti-Dry Fire feature.
It has the nock-sensors to prevent premature shots. Other safety features include the soft-look arrow retainer that keeps the bolt in place as you load it. The finger guard and safety reminders ensure that it is the game you are shooting! If you are new to bowhunting, consider reading the archery safety rules.
Worth the price
Some of you might give a negative mark for the Barnett TS380 after you hear the price. Look again, and then compare the features with all the other options. The price of this crossbow is worth the excellent performance and long run. You can rely on this one for years, and still, this crossbow will be by your side
Low maintenance high performance
Barnett always creates designs that look complicated and intense, but don’t ever underestimate the ease and comfort that this crossbow comes with!
Easy to maintain, Barnett TS380 will require just basic cleaning and occasional tuning. The single bolt assembly is not at all complicated when you both get acquainted. The cams are simple, and there is no professional adjustment required. Once you understand the parts of your bow, it becomes a true weapon with the power to kill!
A silent bow is an efficient bow
You would never like vibrating strings or noisy shots, which might send an alert signal to the game. A vibrating string while you release the bolt can be risky for hunters as well. The TS380 comes with a silencing system that will not let your prey scurry away. String dampeners can eliminate vibrations and making sure you go for the kill-in silence!
It is true, the choice of a good crossbow is tough. You will find this one to be reasonably lightweight, sleek, stylish and with some nice features including an intergrated crank system to make cocking the crossbow super easy.
Barnett always sets a benchmark when it comes to attracting hunters on every front, and they’ve got another hit with the TS380.
Hunters in search of big game can enjoy their adventures and rely on the Barnett TS380 for power and performance. Precision shots at 380FPS – that’s how you take down a big buck!
The scope which comes with the package is the only real let letdown, so its best to get yourself a new sight ASAP. As previously noted some customers have also complained that the integrated crank was not set up correctly and failed. We had no such issues, but if you are concerned perhaps go for the crank-free model and use a cocking rope or get your own crank installed.
You can keep your bolts accessible with the quiver that accompanies this crossbow, but you’ll need more bolts soon enough as you’ll be having a blast with the baby!
As always, stay safe and be sure to read up on the local crossbow hunting regulations before you set out to hunt.
For better satisfaction, You can also read Barnett TS380 reviews at amazon before making your purchase!