Killer Instinct Swat XP Crossbow Review [415 FPS]


Killer Instinct is known to make some killer crossbows. I am not even ashamed of that pun. Anyway, as I was saying. Killer Instinct is one of the most popular brands among budget enthusiasts. I know very well this isn’t a $300 crossbow. In my opinion, anything below $1000 should be considered budget crossbows. 


That’s why we bring a budget crossbow to review for you guys. In this Killer Instinct Swat XP review, together we are going to find out why it costs more than a cheap crossbow. Should you buy it? If so why?



Killer Instinct Swat XP Review: Specs & Outlooks

Speed 415 FPS
Kinetic Energy 153 Ft-Lbs
Power Stroke 16.25 Inches
Draw Weight 200 Lbs
Axle-To-Axle 9.125/14.125 Inches
Length 27 Inches
Weight 7.2 Lbs

Build Quality

The first thing you notice on a crossbow is the design. After that, when you put your hands on the crossbow, you try to get a feel for the crossbow. Is it good? Is it too heavy? 


To Answer Those Questions, Swat XP is not a heavy crossbow. The weight of XP is just 7.2 lbs. That’s fairly lightweight compared to other flagship crossbows. As for the build quality, it’s made out of premium CNC aluminum. The cams are strong and will hold on to their own for a long time. 


Another good thing about this crossbow is its size. It’s not only lightweight but also fairly compact. The width of this crossbow while cocked is 9.125″. That’s an incredible feat to achieve. You can squeeze this in any corner you want. 


Under $1000, it’s one of the most powerful crossbows on the market. Swat XP is capable of generating 153 ft-lbs of kinetic energy. That’s not something to take lightly about. Swat XP means serious business. With that much power, you can annihilate any target thrown in front of you.


Due to its power, controlling the crossbow is fairly hard. If you never held a crossbow before, you might face some difficulty while firing this crossbow. Nothing major, but it will take some time to get used to it. 

Draw Weight

Another important part of a crossbow is the draw weight. The draw weight of Killer Instinct Swat XP is 200 lbs. On the verge of breaking the law of many states. As far as I know, 200 lbs of draw weight on a crossbow is legal in almost all states. Before buying, make sure that your state allows this big of draw weight.


Unfortunately, you won’t be getting any cranking device to reduce the draw weight to mere 10 pounds. But you will get a rope cocker inside the package. Using that, you can cut down the draw weight by half. I know 100lbs is still a lot to take in. But it’s way lower than 200 lbs. 


I love it when a crossbow doesn’t spoil the speed in its name. That’s the case with the Swat XP. Swat XP is capable of firing bolts at 415 FPS. That’s more than enough for big-game hunting and tournaments. 


Each arrow flying at that tremendous speed with an incredible 153 ft-lbs of kinetic energy! May lord save whatever stands in front of you.

Noise And Vibration

A hunting crossbow is incomplete without proper noise dampening. Instead of using dampeners on the limb, Killer Instinct used dampeners on the string itself. It reduces the friction between the flight track and the bowstring. Resulting in less vibration and smooth arrow travel. Killer Instinct Swat XP is silent and deadly.


The included scope with this crossbow is a 1.5-5×32 IR-E scope. The reticle is optimized for fast and long-range shooting. It can easily keep up with 400 FPS of speed. It’s a good scope that’s for sure. You don’t need to upgrade it anytime soon.

Killer Instinct Swat XP Review Summary

To sum up the Killer Instinct Swat XP review, It’s a crossbow that can kill and shoot a target from far away. I am seriously trying to not pull a pun here, alright. 


As I was saying, it’s a deadly crossbow with a scary accuracy and silent string. No matter what’s your purpose is, it can serve that without any issue. Just keep in mind whether your state allows that much of draw weight or not.

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