5 Fastest crossbows of 2018

The modern crossbows today are manufactured with all kinds of great features to suit both the recreational shooter and hunter alike. The crossbows are constructed with many great designs and layouts to cater to the shooters basic needs and some great add-ons are available as well to make the shooting experience better. For a lot of today’s shooter though, speed is the key when it comes to a crossbow. Whether you are looking for a modern crossbow to pursue a big game animal like the whitetail deer or elk or if you are looking to shoot recreationally, how fast your crossbow shoots has a big impact on your ability to ensure your bolt flies true to its target. Here, we’ll review five of the fastest crossbows on the market today.

1. Barnett Ghost 420 FPS

Barnett Ghost 420

having been in the crossbow game for over 50 years, Barnett is one of the top manufacturers in the game today. The Ghost 420 boasts a whopping 420 feet per second speed with a 185-pound draw weight, making it one of the fastest on the market today. The Ghost 420 comes with features galore for the shooter. Starting with its construction, the Ghost 420 is built with a carbonlite, step thru riser and machined aluminum flight track that give the weapon its light 7.6-pound weight. The bow measures just over 20 inches axle to axle and has just over a 37-inch total length.

The beauty of the Ghost 420 starts with Barnett’s debut of the Mossy Oak Treestand Monochromatic camouflage pattern on the crossbow. The chrome camo pattern looks sharp and gives the bow an edge on the eye that can’t be beaten. The Ghost 420 comes out of the box with an illuminated scope with reticles that makes dialing the bow in and shooting at both targets and game animals a breeze. The crossbow also features a side mounted quiver to help keep extra bolts out of the line of sight and out of the way. The quiver also detaches quickly with the push of a button. Barnett’s patented TriggerTech assembly is featured on the Ghost 420 and nock sensors and anti-dry fire give you peace of mind in regards to the safety of the bow.

The full package of the Barnett Ghost 420 includes the 1.5-5x32mm illuminated scope, side mount quiver, rope cocking device, two 22” bolts, sling for easy transport, rubber butt pad, lubrication wax and string dampeners. If you are looking for super speed and a set up ready to go out of the box, the Barnett Ghost 420 will have you ready to go immediately.

2. Carbon Express X-Force Piledriver 390

Carbon Express X-Force Piledriver 390

known for their high-quality archery products and specifically their arrows and bolts, Carbon Express enters the crossbow market with the high-speed X-Force Piledriver crossbow. The bow pushes arrows out at 390 feet per second with a 185-pound draw weight. The impact of the bolt out of the X-Force Piledriver comes at 142 foot-pounds of kinetic energy, giving it enough power to hunt any big game animal you desire. The crossbow sits at 18.5-inches wide and 37.5-inches in length with a total weight of 7.2 pounds.

For you as the shooter, the X-Force Piledriver features an adjustable buttstock for you to custom fit the crossbow to your liking. The multi-position foregrip also allows you to custom fit the bow to your shooting form. For your safety, the X-Force Piledriver comes standard with an anti-dry-fire trigger to prevent dry firing of the crossbow. Construction with an aluminum rail, the crossbow is set up to shoot straight from the get-go. For looks, the bow comes available in a black and camouflage pattern helping make it ideal for hunting purposes.

Out of the box, the X-Force Piledriver comes stocked with a 4x32mm scope, a quick detach quiver, three Carbon Express Piledriver bolts, three practice points for the bolts, rail lubricant and a quiet crank cocking winch. If you are looking for a high-speed, ready to shoot crossbow at a great price point, the Carbon Express X-Force Piledriver has a great package for you.

3. Excalibur Matrix Mega 380

Excalibur Matrix Mega 380

Excalibur is making many unique crossbows on the market today, but perhaps none as unique as the speedy Excalibur Matrix Mega 380. The first unique feature of the Matrix Mega 380 is the recurve design of the limbs, which don’t utilize cams of any type but rather a recurve design of a traditional bow. The recurve nature of this crossbow gives it a whopping 260-pound draw weight, but at that hefty draw weight comes a velocity of 380 feet per second of the bolt as it flies out.

The Matrix Mega 380 comes out of the box in a beautiful Realtree Xtra camouflage pattern on the entire crossbow, making it ideal for you to take to the woods in pursuit of game animals. The bow also comes directly out of the box with a Tact-Zone illuminated scope with multiple reticles to help you dial-in to any distance you want to fire the bow at. The bow also comes out of the box with four 18-inch Diablo crossbow bolts with fieldpoints to ensure that you can begin target practice upon receiving the Matrix Mega 380 as well.

The Matrix Mega 380 features the Guardian Anti-Dry Fire system that prevents the crossbow from firing without a bolt being knocked. For you as the shooter, the trigger apparatus works smoothly every time helping to ensure consistency in your shots from this unit. With its high speed and recurve design, the Matrix Mega 380 can accurately deliver shots out to 80 yards. If you are looking to get into a game-changing recurve crossbow, the Excalibur Matrix Mega 380 may be the right crossbow for you.

4. CenterPoint Tormentor Whisper

CenterPoint Tormentor Whisper

Manufactured by renowned arms maker Crosman, the CenterPoint Tormentor Whisper shoots a speedy 380 feet per second out of its 185 pounds draw weight. The Tormentor Whisper operates on a compound system and features compression fiberglass quad limbs and a composite stock. Looking great out of the box in a full camouflage pattern, the CNC-machined cam system ensures smooth drawing and firing with every shot.

The Tormentor Whisper is light in your hands with a 7.8-pound total weight, making it easy to tote around the woods or fields. The bow itself is 35.5 inches long and a mere 14-inch axle-to-axle width when cocked. The Tormentor Whisper also features an anti-dry fire and auto-safety trigger mechanisms to keep both the bow and the shooter safe from dry-fires and misfires of the bow. The whisper silencing system from CenterPoint features two string stoppers, two limb dampeners and two spider silencers to help make your shots from this crossbow as quiet as possible, making it a great hunting weapon.

Out of the box, the Tormentor Whisper comes stocked with a 4x32mm scope, a quiver that fits under the bow, rope cocker and three 20-inch carbon arrows. If you are looking for a hunting machine that is set up to shoot at high speeds out of the box, the CenterPoint Tormentor Whisper may be the right crossbow for you.

5. Barnett Whitetail Hunter Pro

Barnett Whitetail Hunter Pro

With their second entry on the list, Barnett comes out with the Whitetail Hunter Pro. As the name would signify, this crossbow is made with the hunter in mind. Starting with speed, the Whitetail Hunter Pro sends your bolts flying towards your prey at 380 feet per second with its low 122-pound draw weight. The 160 pounds of kinetic energy at impact can take any big game animal that you pursue.

The production of the Whitetail Hunter Pro features custom composite limbs and an inlaid aluminum rail that ensure consistent shots time after time out of the bow. Developed specifically by Barnett, TRUBark camouflage graces the exterior of this crossbow. The crossbow sits at 35.25 inches long, 17.75 inches wide and a total weight of only 6.4 pounds, making it a great, compact unit to join you in the woods on your next hunt. While coming with a rope cranking device, the Whitetail Hunter Pro also allows for the use of a crank cocking device should you choose to utilize one for ease of cocking the bow.

Out of the box, the Whitetail Hunter Pro comes stocked with a 4x32mm multi-reticle scope, convenient side mounted quiver, a rope cocking device, string dampeners, lubrication wax and two 20-inch Headhunter arrows. If you are looking for a tried and true hunting crossbow that comes ready to shoot out of the box, the Barnett Whitetail Hunter Pro may be worth a look for you.


For the modern crossbow shooter or hunter that has speed at the top of their priority list when looking for a new crossbow, the Barnett Ghost 420, Carbon Express X-Force Piledriver 390, Excalibur Matrix Mega 380, CenterPoint Tormentor Whisper and the Barnett Whitetail Hunter Pro are all excellent options for you. All five crossbows have unique features that may cater to what you are looking for in a crossbow, so those other features should also be considered in what you are looking to accomplish with your bow once you purchase it.

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