ATA Show First Look: Barnett Recruit 100

This is one of three new bows Barnett has made and priced for youth and beginners. What’s cool about this particular model is that despite it’s light 100-pound draw weight, which makes the bow fairly easier for youngsters to cock, it fires a 400-grain bolt at 256 fps, which is more than enough for big-game hunting at modest ranges. It’s fairly compact and light at 34.25 inches long, 13.25 axle-to-axle (cocked), and 6.2 pounds. It comes with a Red Dot sight, quiver, three bolts, and cocking device for $299, though you’ll probably see it closer to $250 in stores.

Hits: It has the same safety features and trigger system has the company's high-end bows, including a finger guard and anti dry fire. The stock is adjustable, so the bow can grow with the shooter, and it accepts an aftermarket crank-cocking device.

Misses: Of course the fit and finish isn't what it is on higher-end models. But that's not really the point here. This bow, and the other Recruit models below, makes it easy to get kids and other beginners into archery without a big investment.

What Else You Should Know: Barnett also offers a Recruit 60 and Recruit 30, with 60- and 30-pound draw weights, respectively. These are for younger recruits and are better suited for the backyard. (Of course, deer do occasionally step into the backyard.)