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Barnnett Comando Crossbow and Scope

Discussion in 'Archery' started by allrightscud, Jul 19, 2014.

  1. allrightscud

    allrightscud Well-Known Member

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    Not sure if crossbows come under archery but its as good a place as any to ask the question. After much nagging by my son I've dug out my old Barnnett Comando break action crossbow. Its needing a bit of a clean up and re strung. The alloy is starting to bubble under the paint. I'll need to rub it down and sort that out. Anyway I was always going to put a scope on it but never got round to looking for or researching what to fit. Any crossbow enthusiasts got a recommendation of what I shoudl fit and a sores of decent bolts.
     
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    What mk commando is it ,mk1/2. Has is all brass draw arms with brass hook ends or nylon black hooks or mk 2 with alloy slim leavers arms.
    I have fitted standard air rifle scopes on many c bows especially commando variants.
    Personal found the wide view t v view scope best.
    Slot of bow scopes have a couple or more horizontal bars one that will alter via elevation adjuster for set range ,I have these too but still prefer standard cross hair.
    Let me know what type you have as I have cable assemblies for mk 2 compound '
    Make sure you use flat nock bolts on mk 1 .
    They can be improved on plenty too.
    And although limbs were specific to them and no more New ones exist their are others that are direct fit but deliver only 115 pound even though their 150/175 lb limbs due to stroke diff.but enough anyway.
    Limb were in two types mk1 with 3 power levels.
    No2 were recurve and compound with 2 recurve 1 compound however two variation on length on compound limb .
    Hope this helps some.
     
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    Bolts as said flat nock mk 1 ,I use alloy and carbon type ,I've tried cheapest off fleebay too at around 13" long in carbon 17" alloy .both her very good dispite being very cheap as bolts go.
    Most armex or simular however are half moon nock thus needing replacement to flat .
    String will be roughly 25.25 or 25.3/8 from memory inch long on standard limb too.
     
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    Its stanadard recurve not compound. I'm not sure what model it is but it has all brass hooks and slide. I wish I had kept the box and manual with it. I'm not sure if the limbs still any good but its not damaged so will give it a try. I bought it in the early 90's and had some good fun with it. I remmeber it being expensive to use, I was for ever losing bolts! I ended up buying judo tips which made the bolt spring up in the air if it missed the target and hit the grass. Its flat nock botls I have. I found 3 boxes of unused bolts with it as well as about 2 dozen bent bolts. I think I had an arrow straightener as well. Need to look.
     
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    I managed to find this info off an old expired advert. It looked simialr to my crossbow[TABLE]
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    [TD="width: 50%"]Barnett commando 2 recurve crossbow
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    [TD="width: 50%"]weight[/TD]
    [TD="width: 50%"]3.6kg[/TD]
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    [TD="width: 50%"]26 1/8"[/TD]
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    [TD="width: 50%"]Bolt weight[/TD]
    [TD="width: 50%"]385g[/TD]
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    [TD="width: 50%"]150lb[/TD]
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    [TD="width: 50%"]220ft/sec[/TD]
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    [TD="width: 50%"]Effective range[/TD]
    [TD="width: 50%"]50m[/TD]
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  6. gixxer

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    Nice,will be a mk 1 early variant if brass hooked not nylon black,limb wise is it marked vellocispeed or just barnett.it had two diff limb shapes one more gull wing slightly upswept being vellocispeed and the best and a early glass type not as strong and will need looking at closely for De lamination cracks .
    I use a 175 lb jaguar limb with shorter string to replace mine these work well but for junior look at armex low poundages around 115 lb limb .
    Brass polishes nice,debure slots from back and lube,.make sure limb carrier edges are clean not rough,and that rubber pads sit in front and behind limb between plate and bolt.
    Triggers are ok on these no room for pins to drift out.
    If you can polish tip of sear that holds plate that string holds against improves release.
    Lube deck with silicon oil and wax lube stick
     
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    No good mk2 unless you have mk 2 , I have mk1/2 all variants ,will sort out info photo copy n send if you like.
     
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    Limbs were 150 marked s,175 marked m and I believe 220 lb .
    All variants were reputed used in Serb Bosnian conflict for assassination.
    Speeds around 240 fps to compound 265 plus .
     
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    Just did a quick search, didn't realise that flat head nock bolts weren't the norm. Do you know where I can get them or how best to modify the standard half moon nock bolts?

    I'll PM you my e mail if you wouldn't mind scanning the info for me please.
     
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    P.m sent, if you have half moon nocked bolts you can but flat nock to replace them,if glue isn't too hard to remove to pull out with a nocking tool.
    From looking fleebay cost of tool ,nocks nearly as cheap to but 13" flat nock bolts last I looked were around 20 for 25£ posted.
     
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    I've got a Commando. Unfortunately it's in bits at the moment. It's got all brass hooks so presumably a mk1 then.

    The long stem on the stock has been hacksawed off which s a bit of a shame. While the leverage aidded cocking I think my parents found it kept getting in the way.

    They bought it in the late 80's/early 90's (I was 6 or 7 when they bought it, so '89 maybe). I seem to remember they lost a fair few bolts while zeroing the scope. I found a scope recently which is a Tasco 4x32 which must be what they had on it, as the smaller scope we had is still on the air rifle.
     
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    That is a putty the leaver has been removed it does aid cocking but easily used without,great little units these.
    I had a few years using them and found them very very good.
    They seemed to hit a big popular few years ago and big values but like all such and related items have levelled out a little.
    Hope you get it back together at some point it's no toy very capable .
    Good luck
     
  13. wobblybootie

    wobblybootie Donator

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    This thread brings back memories, late 70's maybe 77 / 78 I acquired a Barnett Wildcat, wooden stock etc. Serious amount of effort needed to cock it though No Scope fitted, so used it over open sights. I took it with me on an 7 day Survival/Escape & Evasion Exercise up to the Brecon Beacons. Weather was, as is usual up there Shi*e!! We stripped it, wrapped it up with a dozen bolts, as best we could and when we thought we were close to being dropped off in the middle of nowhere, chucked it out of the back of the truck. It took about 4 hours to find it. I will say nothing more other than to say we ate well every day (but could have done with a jar of mint sauce!!). I have no idea what happened to it, Shame, it was a fun thing to shoot.
     
  14. madcarlos

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    hi hope you dont mind in me invading this thread but i have just picked up a mk2 comando compound crossbow , i already own a 1980 mk1 wildcat but seen the comando going at a reasonable price so i thought i would treat myself and see how they have come on inj the last 30 years since i first had my wildcat as a young boy, right what i really wanted to know is what size bolts should i bee using out of the comando also any advice on string waxing and any other basic maintenance / servicing/cleaning etc etc i should be doing to this crossbow also any other advice would be appreciated very much , i will include a couple pics of the old mk1 plus the comando i have just bought , thanks


    http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q640/stanwendy/IMAG06701_zps29474c59.jpg


    http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q640/stanwendy/IMAG06721_zpsaeba563d.jpg


    http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q640/stanwendy/barnetwildcat.jpg
     
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