Parker Enforcer 160 Crossbow Review

ModelDraw WeightStrokeVelocitySuggested Arrow LengthCrossbow Length / Weight
Parker Enforcer 160

Parker Enforcer 160
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160 lbs.11"305 FPS

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20"37.25" / 7.1 lbs.
- Great for hunting any game
- Accuracy worthy of much more expensive x-bows
- Pistol-style grip
- Vented forearm
- Quiet shooting and light-weight
- Easy assembly for a compound crossbowl

- No bolts included with the package
Small Game Hunting?yes2
Deer, Elk Hunting?yes2
Moose, Bear Hunting?yes2
Target Shooting?yes2
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Parker Enforcer 160 Crossbow Package Contents

Welcome to our Parker Enforcer 160 Crossbow review. Below are the items you’ll be receiving in the package:

  • The Enforcer 160 crossbow (prod, stock, foot stirrup, string, cables, cams)
  • Assembly bolts and appropriate hex keys
  • 4-bolt quiver
  • 3x Multi-reticle scope
  • Care and assembly instruction booklet
  • Lifetime warranty from Pareker

Bolts are typically not included by Parker with their crossbow packages. Scroll down to the “bolts” section for info on what type of projectiles to buy.

Assembling The Enforcer 160

The prod comes fully equipped and with all cams, cables and the string installed. All you have to do is:

  • Feed the cables through the stock groove and attach the prod to the stock using the included bolts.
  • Screw in the bolt quiver and foot stirrup
  • Mount the multi-reticle scope

15 minutes is all it takes. The included assembly instructions do a great job of making the process very easy for beginners.

Accuracy And Power

Parker Enforcer 160The Parker Enforcer 160 lbs. draw weight / 305 FPS crossbow. The design is perfectly symmetrical, meaning you’ll be getting nothing but perfect bolt groupings if your shooting technique is right. Expect to see 2-3 inch groupings from as far as 45 and 50 yards away, while still maintaining very deadly and deep penetration. I’ve seen a person shoot the Enforcer 160 at 90 yard targets and still achieve excellent accuracy, though this will require a lot of “feel” for the weapon. Read our guide on arrow drop and flight trajectory for more information on the capabilities of this crossbow.

Use our arrow ballistics calculator for more valuable information.

Hunting: What To Expect

Deer, elk or moose; the Enforcer 160 will handle it. You can take down any game in the country assuming you can hit the vital organs. Shooting speed is extremely fast, meaning your prey won’t have any time to react and possibly avoid the bolt. Once you shoot, the bolt will hit where intended. The kinetic energy is high enough to still shatter bones and achieve a complete pass-through with energy to spare. Took 1 buck (25 yards), 1 doe (40 yards) and 1 moose (30 yards) with it so far and my experience is that the Enforcer is no different than twice-as-expensive crossbows when it comes to penetration.

Cocking The Parker Enforcer 160

At 160 lbs. draw weight, you will likely need a rope cocking aid. Parker does not include one in the package so you’ll have to buy it separately ($20 or less). Even if you can manually draw the Enforcer, I still recommend using a rope to achieve a more even draw.

Ballistic Data For The Parker Enforcer 160

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.

The Parker Enforcer 160 Scope

Parker Enforcer 1602A 3 mag. 3-reticle scope is included with the package. The top reticle is for 20 yards, second for 40, and third for 60. The scope is sighted perfectly in the factory so no windage or elevation adjustments should be necessary.

The scope is fog- and water-proof, and comes with everything you need to mount it. Optics are high quality and capable of gathering light better than other scopes in this price range. Expect a clear view of your target even in foggy/dimmed conditions.

See our detailed guide on how to sight-in your crossbow

Bolts / Arrows

I already mentioned earlier in this Enforcer 160 crossbow review that Parker does not include any bolts with the package. A quiver is however included with all mounting hardware.

To achieve the 305 FPS advertised by Parker, you’ll want to use bolts that are:

  • 20 inches long
  • Made from carbon
  • Weigh in total (shaft + point) 400 to 410 grain

You should give Parker’s crossbow bolts ( link) a try as they are yet to disappoint me. You’ll also need to buy field points or broad-heads separately as they are not included with the bolt shafts. Expect the total cost of bolts + broad-heads to be around $65-$75.

You can also learn more about crossbow arrows and take a look at our broadhead recommendations

Safety And Design

Parker Enforcer 1603The Parker Enforcer 160 is very similar in design to the BushWacker 150, the main (and perhaps only) difference being a higher FPS on the Enforcer. Some of my favorite safety and comfort features include:

  • A pistol-style grip. The hand will never slide off and it’s so comfortable to hold you won’t want to let go.
  • The foregrip is vented. This provides for a very stable grip and noticeably improves accuracy.
  • Very light-weight and well-balanced – a very important characteristic on compound crossbows.
  • Anti dry fire mechanism that automatically engages the safety mechanism when the string is latched (cocked).
  • Ambidextrous safety
  • A protective flange prevents the string from hurting your fingers upon acceleration.

Parker’s Warranty

The Enforcer 160 comes with a warranty for the lifetime of the original owner. Keep in mind that if you sell the crossbow to someone, the warranty will be voided. Additionally, any of the following will void the warranty as well:

  • Dry firing the Enforcer
  • Attempting to modify the design of the crossbow

Once you receive the package, make sure to head over to Parker’s website and register your product within 15 days for the warranty to take effect. Neither the string nor the cables are covered by the warranty.

What Crossbow Case Fits the Parker Enforcer 160?

The Parker Enforcer 160 fits into the Barnett Case (Model 17083) well. This soft case choice can be obtained for around $53. The SKB Hunter Series Crossbow Case is perhaps on the luxury end being a hard case choice for close to $300.

Parker Enforcer 160 Crossbow Review – Summary

Thanks for reading our Parker Enforcer Crossbow Review. Just like any other crossbow made by Parker, it’s more than worth your money. Pretty much the only downside is the lack of bolts with the package. Other than that, the Enforcer 160 can be used for anything and by everyone. Take a look at today's price on this crossbow and check out our top 10 crossbows rankings for more.


  1. I bought a parker enforcer last year just before the nc deer season. Its everything that you say it is here on your website. Its a excellent crossbow. Its very easy to sight in with 20 minutes. Then some fine tuning and practice time on the range through out the year will keep you ready and also you’ll know what your maximum range is and what you feel comfortable shooting. Match up your crossbow with good quality broadheads. I use the grim reaper 100grn heads with mine. They fly excellent and have a nice tight groupings at all my ranges out to 50 yards.I’ll be using my crossbow for turkey,deer,groundhogs and wild feral swine here in the two carolina’s this year. Have a good one. Bye now.

  2. I agree totally with Rick. Excellent CB even for an old lady deer hunter as I am. Lightweight easy to cock and very accurate, I’ve taken several deer and a few bobcat with mine. It hasn’t missed anything yet. Parker stands by its products, they are the best no questions asked if a problem does occur, limbs are guaranteed for life unlike Horton who left me with a totally useless TRT ultralite after they sold out to Ten Point.

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