|Model||Draw Weight||Stroke||Velocity||Suggested Arrow Length||Crossbow Length / Weight|
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|175 lbs.||9.6"||300 FPS|
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|20"||34.5" / 11.5 lbs.|
- Quick-Draw System automatically cocks the crossbow
- Rope-cocking device included for manually cocking
- No CO2 canister included
- Quite heavy, at 11.5 pounds without the CO2 canister
- Poor performance in cold weather
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|Deer, Elk Hunting?|
|Moose, Bear Hunting?|
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Howdy, and welcome to this review of the Parker Concorde. Each package delivered by Parker Bows includes the following items:
- Parker Bows Concorde crossbow, fully assembled
- 3X illuminated multi-reticle scope
- Rail Lube and String Wax
- 6 20” crossbow arrows with field points
- 4-arrow quick-detach quiver
- 3 Red Hot Crosspro 100FX broadheads
- Rope-cocking device
- Padded sling
- Crossbow soft case
- Embroidered camouflage cap with Parker logo
Assembling The Crossbow
There is no assembly required for the Parker Concorde; it comes ready to hunt straight out of the box. The only assembly you might have to do is attach the quiver and install a CO2 canister. There is no CO2 canister included, for some reason, so you will have to purchase one if you want to use the automatic cocking mechanism.
Once you are ready to shoot, all you have to do is spend a few minutes sighting in the scope and you are ready to check the accuracy of the crossbow.
Accuracy And Power
The Parker Concorde fires arrows at 300 fps, with 80 ft. lbs. of kinetic energy. This is more than enough for small- to medium-sized game, but I would not rely on this crossbow for larger game than deer.
Once sighted in, which only took three shots, the crossbow is quite accurate. I was able to hold 1” groupings from 20 yards using a rest, and 2.5” groupings freestanding from 40 yards. Accuracy drops off a bit further out, unless you have some sort of a rest. The weight of the crossbow causes quite a bit of drift for me. Without a shooting rest, my 60-yard groupings were 5”. With a rest, I was able to hold 4” groupings from 60 yards.Use our arrow ballistics calculator for more valuable information.
Ballistic Data For TheParker Concorde
Your actual results will vary slightly depending on weather, and significantly with arrow weight change. See our Crossbow Ballistics Guides section for a complete understanding of how we conducted our tests and why this data matters.
Hunting: What To Expect
If you are packing in a lot of gear and/or have a long hike to your hunting stand, you are definitely going to notice the weight of the Parker Concorde. At almost 12 pounds, this is definitely the heaviest crossbow I have carried.
Despite its weight, the Concorde is very compact. The crossbow has a 9.6” power stroke, and an axle-to-axle width of only 18.75”. That makes it probably the most compact, even though the heaviest, crossbow I have seen. The compact size makes it easy to bring around to target from a deer stand.
I have heard users complain about the hissing sound of the cocking mechanism, but I have not had any problems with the deer staying away. I cock the crossbow as soon as I get into my deer stand, and leave it cocked all day long. On one hunting trip, I bagged a 12-point buck with the Concorde, firing the arrow clean through his chest with what looked like a double-lung pass-through shot. He stumbled about 20 yards before collapsing and dying.
Cocking The Parker Concorde
You will not find a crossbow on the market today that is easier to cock than the Parker Concorde. Parker has designed an automatic cocking mechanism that requires nothing more than pushing a recessed button on the buttstock. Once you push the button, a CO2 powered mechanism pulls the string into place. The cocking system cocks the crossbow in about 2 seconds, and is whisper-quiet. A press of the same button will safely and easily decock the crossbow. A 9 oz. CO2 canister will operate the cocking mechanism about 50 times.
The downside to the CO2-powered cocking mechanism is that it often will not have the power to draw the string back in cold weather. I tested the mechanism in 40º F temperatures, and found that it would just barely pull the string back. Below that, the device would not function at all.
If you choose to cock the crossbow by hand, the 175 lbs. draw weight will almost necessitate the use of some sort of cocking device. Of course, I always recommend using a cocking device anyways, just to ensure an even and consistent draw of the string.
The Crossbow Scope
The scope that came with my Parker Concorde was the 3X illuminated multi-reticle scope. This scope can illuminate the reticles with either red or green light, and works very well. Parker bore-sights the scope before shipping, so it only took three shots to have it fine-tuned and zeroed in. Once zeroed in, the scope held its sighting all year long.
The optics are top-quality, with no hint of fogginess even in low-light conditions at 60 yards. The illumination is adjustable, and easy to get just bright enough for your eyesight.See our detailed guide on how to sight-in your crossbow
This package of the Parker Concorde comes with six arrows with field tips, and three broadheads. The arrows use Parker’s favorite capture nock design, so make sure you buy capture nocks and renock your arrows if you decide to use a different brand of arrows.
Always use at least 400-grain arrows with the Parker Concorde. I have shot 425-gr arrows off the Concorde, and they worked just as well as the included 400-gr arrows.You can also learn more about crossbow arrows and take a look at our broadhead recommendations
Safety and Design
The Parker Concorde uses the same G2 Bull-Pup trigger as on their other crossbows, and the trigger pull is very nice: smooth, consistent, and predictable. The auto-engaging ambidextrous safety works every time, as does the anti dry-fire mechanism.
The only drawback to the design of this bow lies in the CO2-powered cocking mechanism. If you are hunting in cold country, make sure to bring along the included rope-cocking device. The automatic cocking mechanism will not work in cold temperatures.
Parker Bows provides a lifetime warranty for the Concorde crossbow. Their customer service staff is always friendly and helpful, and is genuinely interested in making sure you get the best quality out of your crossbow purchase.
What Crossbow Case Fits the Parker Concorde?
The Carbon Express Deluxe Case is a go to case for many crossbows. This soft case is priced nice at about 70 bucks, but it is not suitable for large scopes. You can get the Allen Company case, also soft, for half that and it works great for larger scope.
Crossbow Review – Summary
Thanks for reading our crossbow review. The Parker Concorde is a good crossbow, but has its drawbacks. The weight of this crossbow might be a deal breaker for some, and you cannot rely on the automatic cocking mechanism in cold weather. Fortunately, this package includes a rope-cocking device, which allows you to safely and consistently draw the string even when you are not using the automatic cocking device. Take a look at today's amazon.com price on this crossbow and check out our top 10 crossbows rankings for more.