"New" 1981 Model Barnett Commando
Posted 27 November 2010 - 10:02 PM
The invoice is 4/24/81. The price was $333.60 so I assume this was a pretty good crossbow based on how well made it is as well as it's 1981 price.
My daughter would like us to read up on the crossbow, practice and then deer hunt with it...
Would this bow be usable as-is...the strings would be OK? The bow arm will still be good to use?
We've put the string on this bow (a challenge for a novice...I now know why the call it the "bastard string") and hope with some learning and practice we can hunt.
Assuming this bow is good to go...what is it's effective range for whitetail? We can hunt well within 50 yards if that's the cut-off.
Any suggestions or ideas would be much appreciated as we are at the very beginning of our learning curve.
Posted 27 November 2010 - 10:15 PM
Posted 28 November 2010 - 01:01 PM
Posted 28 November 2010 - 01:25 PM
They all came with plastic protectors on the limb tips. Otherwise, the strings won't last long wrapped around the semi-sharp edges. As far as the string on the rail/track....just keep it and the string waxed/lubed well.
The one I used to have was very accurate. At about 25 yards, I could shoot five arrows and they'd all be touching each other.
Noise, they are a little noisy. As noted, there's a lot of pieces to rattle around.
You've got yourself a very fine old crossbow there. Though, because of it's collectability, not sure I'd hunt with it. Pick a newer bow that if something breaks, it can easilly be replaced.
Posted 16 December 2010 - 11:12 AM
Posted 17 December 2010 - 07:02 PM
That aside, I have improved the string wear issue on mine by polishing, and slightly modifying the angle of the brass draw hooks so the string isn't pushed so hard to the deck when approaching full draw. Smoothing/polishing both the brass where it meets the trigger box, and the upper edge of the trigger box also helps.
Another contributer to string wear is the damage caused on string release. As the single fingered string latch falls, it strikes the arrow nock, denting its surface before the string makes contact with the now "roughened" nock face. Not the best recipe for serving preservation. I guess the arrow nock could be mounted just forward of the string latch, but there then could be a risk of partial dry fire? The early Barnett prods were pretty prone to delamination, and risking this with an obsolete 175lb limb is to me out of the question.
I grip the brass cocking arms while shooting my Commando, and find it the best way of stopping the rattles.
I find this crossbow also drives better with feathered arrows, as the arrow groove is a little too shallow for most vanes. Plastic vanes can also be damaged by rough edges in the casting of the nose groove.
Posted 18 December 2010 - 06:07 AM
Posted 18 December 2010 - 07:39 AM
My only concern would be that sitting that long that the limbs may go. Time and lack of use are the enemy of fiberglass and epoxy.
If your not in love with it for any personal reasons take UL up on his offer and trade for something that will make a better hunting tool for both you and your daughter.
Posted 18 December 2010 - 04:16 PM
There was a Commando II that addressed many of these issues, and introduced a few new ones lol, came in recurve and compound, and is very rare indeed. They weren't around for long though, as I think they cost too much for Barnett to build. There are of course, the cheep asian rip offs of the Commando, in pistol form, still widely available.
Personally, I still think there is a place for the crossbow with integrated cocking mechanism. Even if the cost is a little more, the benefits of a reliable and light weight mechanism are huge, and we could do away with rope and crank cockers, foot stirrups etc etc. Swissbow are onto it, but it surprises me why other manufacturers aren't.
But yes, as others have said, and despite the work I've done to mine, the Commando is more of a collectors piece, curiosity, a showy bit of film prop history, and certainly looks fantastic hanging on a wall!
Posted 14 November 2011 - 10:16 AM
ed shooting is a joy I will continue to use this extrordinary bow without concern, but with care. It is of higher quality and tolerance (ed.)than any of the new models barnett has. I am sure barnetts current weapons are superior in ways, but i wish there was a new model identical to mine.. i would pay up to 1000$ to replace it. The only comprable model i would see is the Parker Concorde. Which is self cockinjg and 1000$.com I encourage you and your daughter to enjoy your crossbow.
I am very happy to have happened upon it. I love the commando crossbow. I posted quick vid of my commando on my pist0l3r0 channel on youtube
Edited by pist0l3r0, 14 November 2011 - 11:16 AM.
Posted 18 November 2011 - 01:36 AM