I have read the reviews about the string breaking and striking you in the face. So yes this did make me skeptical about purchasing and shooting this. I had a Horton Blackhawk but while I was making sure it was still sighted in it broke. The ICAD cable ball that holds the cable in place came off the end. The cable didn't break it just pulled the cable out of the ball it was attached to leaving a nice round hole in the ball where the cable was. Of course they don't make that style anymore so I would have to melt the ball and pour it into a buck shot size mold and place the cable back into the molten metal till it cooled. Then pray it didn't come off again. So I decided to purchase the Barnett Recruit crossbow. I have to say that once I opened the box I looked at every part and checked to see if there were cracks or damage but there was none. The string looked great and I assembled the the crossbow as instructed. It was very detailed and went together without any issues. The sight was a 3 dot red or green with 6 levels for each color. Sighting the scope in was not difficult. I started at 10 yards and i sighted it in a little high for the top dot and then backed up to 20 yards. Shot just 2" high from the dead center. I backed up to 30 yards and drilled the bullseye dead center using the top sight. Backed up to 40 and shot dead center using the second dot. Then backed up to 50 yards and drilled it again with the third and lowest dot. I waited a week and checked to see if the bolt holding the bow against the stock had come loose. But it was still as tight as when I put the, together. I then went out aging to check the sight placement. Again at 30, 40, and 50 yards I drilled the bullseye using the top, then middle, and finally the bottom dot. I then looked at the structural integrity of the bow again. It was solid and had no signs of damage or cracks. The string was still just as strong in every part of the cam. I did re-wax the string and rails to make sure it was lubricated properly. Tomorrow is the first day of Georgia deer season. I feel confident that I will do well.
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