Hi everyone! This is my second crossbow and my first post. Much of my review on the Vengeance is a comparison to the only crossbow im familiar with, the Wildcat C5. Since beginning my research ive always had my eye on the Vengeance, but being new to crossbows i purchased the Wildcat C5 because i thought it would be the best bang for my buck. That lasted for about a month then my champagne taste on a beer budget caught up with me and i still wanted the Vengeance, so i purchased it. Now my $300 Wildcat C5 has really impressed me, and i have a personal rule that has proven true over and over. Once i try to go past about 90% of what im happy with it ends up costing signifigantly more for something just slightly better, the law of diminishing returns you might say. Well i feel that may be what has happened here with the Vengeance, which was almost three times what i paid for the Wildcat C5. First off the weight balance is great, and the visual appearance is awesome! It is quieter than Wildcat C5, and shoots faster. All the online reviews rave about it which is what led me to pull the trigger on the Vengeance. Now for the negative. My first gripe is that when it arrived the pre-assembled bow section had debris all over it almost like someone ran a leaf blower 1 foot away. Second, the instruction addendum that is included states that when attaching the bow to the stock to start the bolt on either hole, which i believe is in response to people having fitment issues with the threads...well i did it the way Barnett recommends and the bolt was so long it indented the inside of the barrel and left a small dimple which im hoping didnt distort the barrel surface in any way Next, due to the reverse limb design you cant cock it with your hands, you MUST use the special cocking rope. This is due to the shape of the limbs and how far away the string is. So if your in the woods and you realize you forgot your cocking device its game over until you get your hands on it. The Wildcat C5 you can cock by hand pretty easily even with its heavier(by 10 lbs) draw weight. The length of pull when cocking the Vengeance is really long even with two additional knots that i tied to each handle to help shorten the rope, but what frustrates me most off all is the fact that the cocking device literally scratches the finish off the bow stock in the area where the bolt goes as well as the scope mount, then it binds to where you must push it forward. I do not feel very comfortable doing this because my fingers get dangerously close to the string. Whats worse is that the cocking device has a metal bar that connects the two sides, and almost every time i cock it back the bar hits the plastic piece that holds down the bolt, finally loosening it up so much it would not even hold the bolt down snugly. So now i must remove the scope to adjust this piece but im afraid the issue may reoccur at a very inconvenient time. Also the foot stirrup is loose, and after so many reviews mentioning this i dont see why Barnett doesnt design a new one and send it out to Vengeance owners. Frankly, for this price point im a bit dissapointed. These issues are what id expect from something in the prototype phase. Truth be told, I actually considered the Scorpyd SLP but due to Barnetts reputation and my awesome experience with the Wildcat C5 i gave it a shot. Now im wondering if i really made the best decision and how these issues will pan out.