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New to xbows, my dad is selling his vertical bow as an arthritic shoulder has put him out of the game. He qualifies for a medical permit that will let him use an xbow in regular archery season here in PA.

So I've been looking for an xbow to set him up with. I was pretty well set on getting a TenPoint, then i came across a local guy who is selling an original Stryker xbow kit for $900. The kit was purchased last fall at a local big retailer and is complete. Dad and I went to see it and were able to shoot it. Everything appears to be in mint condition and fully functional.

One problem i see is the non-transferrable warranty. The current owner has registered it online. It also appears from the light reading i've done here in the past little while that customer service is bad to begin with.

I don't have much time to close on this deal if it is actually a good one, so i am looking for advice on whether or not to buy.

Are there any major issues with the original stryker that i should know about and avoid??

Thanks in advance!
 

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Welcome to the site, I dont have the answer for you but you came to the right place
 

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This really is a tuff one.
A reasonable price for that bow...as long as you get everything.

I have been lucky. I had a notable problem with my Stryker...aparently somewhat caused by the shipping people (UPS-FedEx). And one problem with the bow itself. It was all handled very well and quickly by Bowtech.

Agreed, the original owner deal is a bit of a question.I would call them (Bowtech) and ask the actual horse that question.

As for the current customer service...as I said..get a feel for it yourself when you call about the guarrenty.

I've had no problems with mine. At first I shot it quite a bit. I have 7 crossbows...so my time is split..! Most of my shooting is with a Darton crossbow.
That said, the only thing I've seen is the string wear is the highest of all my bows. The Darton and now the Horton reCon is the easiest on strings of my bows.

The Styker is a fun bow...have fun, good luck on your decision.

Mike
 

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Being the 2nd owner, you don't have any warranty unless Bowtech decides to cover a repair. That being said..their products are the best engineered in the business. Customer Service is not their forte but we will help them help themselves in that area. I have two Desert Strykers and think I have the best xbow going. Next choice would be a Tenpoint or a Excalibur with the Tenpoint accudraw installed.
 

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Stryker for $900.00 complete

Good buy - fast- heavy- fun to shoot :)
 

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the price is right, I would buy it if it shot well and fit me when I shot it... if he liked it I would get it... especially if it comes with all the stuff as pointed out...the overall quality of these is highly regarded.
let us all know
dk
 

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As cool and fast as the original Stryker is, it is also bulky and a one-shot machine. From what I have been told, it has to be loaded and unloaded with a crank and is slow. Heavy to carry and balance, which is not going to help dad. The speed is way too much (if there is such a thing) and for the money you could buy a brand new Desert Stryker. I shoot one and it is compact and wicked fast. You can cock it by hand at 155 pound pull but a rope cocker makes it feel like nothing.

Let me know if I can help with any other questions!
 

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+1 ,I agree with warthog,for the money get a new Desert Stryker with the warranty.
Better all around Crossbow.:)
 

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Call Wyvern Creations for a price

on the new Desert Stryker. He's the man!:)
 

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I picked up the Stryker Saturday afternoon. Stopped by a local shop on my way home and was talking to them about it. They told me there might be a recall on this particular model... said if the "stryker" was written on the side unlike the one they had in the shop that it likely needed recalled. My writing is definitely different.

I need to get it over there some night this week while the bowtech specialist is working to find out for sure. Hopefully this works out well...
 
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