Killer Instinct SWAT XP Review – Ultra-Compact and Accurate 415 FPS Crossbow

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The highly anticipated Killer Instinct SWAT XP is an ultra-compact crossbow that shoots arrows with a hard-hitting 415 feet per second. The Swat XP changes the game when it comes to broadhead accuracy with Killer Instinct’s patented Accutac Barrel System. The Elite package contains everything you’ll need to use the SWAT XP effectively, it also includes a dead silent crank and the crossbow comes fully assembled.

The SWAT XP had a 10-year development trajectory. After years of research, design, and testing, Killer Instinct finally released the much-anticipated crossbow. Killer also released three other crossbows this year, the Speed 425, the BOSS 405, and the Burner 415.

Killer Instinct SWAT XP Crossbow Package!

Killer Instinct SWAT XP Crossbow Specs

Killer Instinct SWAT XP
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Speed:
415 FPS

Weight:
7.2 lbs

Length:
27"

Width Axle-to-Axle (uncocked/cocked):
14.125" / 9.125"

Power Stroke:
16.25"

Draw weight:
200 lbs.

Extra Features:
Accutac Barrel System, Broadhead Cage, DSC Dead Silent Crank, Long power stroke that utilizes the full length of the bow

Package Contents

  • Killer Instinct Swat XP (fully assembled)
  • Lumix speed ring 1.5 – 5 x 32 IR-E Scope
  • DSC Dead Silent Crank
  • Rope Cocker
  • String & Limb Suppressors
  • 5-arrow Quiver
  • SWAT XP Arrows(400 Grain) with Field Tips
  • Stick of Rail Lube
Killer Instinct SWAT-XP-Elite-Package

Size and Weight / First Impressions

The SWAT XP is really small, the ultra-compact crossbow measures a total length of 27 inches, with a width(axle to axle) of 14.125 inches uncocked, and a mere 9.125 inches cocked. What immediately stands out is that everything is designed to be in the center of the crossbow, the cams, stoke, trigger, and grip are all in the center of its ultra-compact frame. This centralized balanced design deals with the ‘nose-heavy’ crossbow feel, it helps with control and steadiness when shouldered.

The crossbow is not lightweight for its size. It tips our scales at 7.2 lbs(barebow.) However, because of the excellent balance, its central design offers the crossbow feels less heavy than its actual weight.

The SWAT XP features an enclosed rail, Killer Instinct installed the crossbow with an “extreme rear latching mechanism,” making that long high energy power stroke possible.

Killer Instinct SWAT XP crossbow

Arrows and Speed

This compact little beast of a crossbow is meant for big game. With a draw weight of 200 lbs and a high energy power stroke that utilizes the full length of the bow, the Swat XP shoots arrows with top speeds of 415 feet per second, delivering 153-FT-LB KE knockdown power!

SWAT XP Arrows from Killer Instinct

The SWAT XP arrows have a total length of 22 inches and 0.346” diameter. They have a carbon spine and a total weight of 400 grain with 100-grain field points. These heavyweight arrows have 3.0“ vanes, and pre-installed nocks. They deliver maximum penetration and hard-hitting kinetic energy with devastating knock-down power. They are definitely meant to hunt the biggest game out there. The Swat XP comes with a high-quality mountable quiver that can hold a total of five arrows.

Optics

KILLZONE-RETICLE of the LUMIX-1.5-5x32-IR-E-LUMIX-1.5-5x32-IR-E scope

Killer Instinct decided to install the SWAT XP with the 1.5-5x32 IR-E Crossbow Archery scope. It is a high-quality crossbow scope with an easy-to-use speed ring adjustment, it allows the scope to be instantly matched to any crossbow shooting speeds between 270 fps to 450 fps. The Crossbow Archery scope features Killer Instinct’s KillZone XB100 Reticle. This reticle is optimized for both fast short distance target acquisition and precision long-range accuracy out to 100 yards. The clarity of the scope is exceptional thanks to the LUMIX optic clarity. The scope has a clean field of view. The scope is of course illuminated, it contains micro-adjust red/blue Illumination. The scope is 100% waterproof, fog-proof, and shock-resistant. 

Cocking

You can cock the crossbow with the DSC Dead Silent Crank. This crank really is dead quiet, it has a brake and it is not de-cockable. The crank handle will attach on either side of the cocker to accommodate left or right-handed shooters. The Crank Cocker is off course removable.

Killer Instinct also included a rope cocker in the package for hunters that prefer cocking a crossbow with a rope cocker. With the rope cocker, you’ll reduce the draw weight by 50%.

The stirrup has a good size to it and it is built at a 90-degree angle, therefore placing a foot on it while cocking is very comfortable and effective.

DSC Dead Silent Crank used to cock the Swat XP

Trigger and Safety Features

Killer Instinct installed the SWAT XP with a 3lbs trigger system. The trigger has a smooth crisp pull with zero creep, it is comparable to triggers with Triggertech. The trigger has an ambidextrous safety switch and auto dry fire.

Assembly and Sighting-In

The SWAT XP comes fully assembled. The 5-arrow high-quality quiver is mounted inline with the enclosed rail. Sighting in the scope was an easy chore, it only took me 5 minutes and a couple of shots.

Range Test

The ultra-compact crossbow is very comfortable to hold and easy to handle. It has a good balance thanks to its center-balanced design. The well-known “nose-heavy” crossbow issue is completely negated. Even shooting with one hand is possible with this crossbow.

The Accutac barrel is the defining feature of the SWAT XP. The enclosed 360-degree design provides greater guidance and support, reducing the amount of cross-bolt oscillation and improving high-speed broadhead flight. In this system, the string is also free-floating between the two barrels to reduce serving wear on the string, this significantly extends the duration of the strings life span. There is a Broadhead Cage at the end of the Accutac barrel that traps the arrow and broadhead within the riser for improved safety and it prevents the arrow from falling off.

We range tested the crossbow with the chronograph we use to speed test all crossbows that pass our review table. With the SWAT XP arrows (400-Grain) that were included in the package, we reached speeds up to 415.2 feet per second. The trigger pull is consistent with zero perceivable creep and the SWAT XP is moderately quiet during shooting. The crossbow is incredibly accurate and the scope allowed me to be remarkably accurate long-range, even out to 100 yards. We also shot with some broadheads, thanks to the Accutac Barrel System it clearly has unmatched broadhead accuracy, we were very impressed by this.

Killer Instinct SWAT XP ACUTAC BARREL

Recommended Accessories

Arrows & Broadheads

I recommend buying a six-pack of 22″ long Carbon Express’s Piledriver Arrows. These heavyweight carbon arrows create maximum kinetic energy and greater knock-down power. They are 20 inches long and 442 grains. They come with inserted Moon nocks, 6 Universal nocks, and 6 C nocks. There are no practice field points included in the package, but you can buy them separately on Amazon for little money. Equip the arrows with some nice hunting heads. The Crossbow-X Broadhead from Rage is one of the best heads this year, as you can tell by their name they are optimized for crossbow usage.

Carbon Express Pile 20 inch Driver Arrows
Rage Crossbow X broadheads that are stainless steel

Sling

If you want a shoulder sling with your Swat XP crossbow, I recommend buying Neoprene crossbow sling from Tenpoint. It has a non-slip design with custom swivels and a heavy-duty adjustable strap.

Neoprene Crossbow Sling from Tenpoint

Storage

Unfortunately, there is no crossbow case included in the Pro package. I recommend buying the Plano Spire crossbow case to properly store and carry the SWAT XP around. It is a good quality hardcase that fits the crossbow perfectly.

Plano Spire Crossbow Case

Pros and Cons

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Pros

  • Ultra-compact
  • Hard-hitting 415 FPS
  • Very accurate
  • 3.5 lbs trigger with a smooth pull, comparable to triggers with Triggertech!
  • The Accutac Barrel System makes sure the SWAT XP produces unmatched broadhead accuracy
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Cons

  • No official Killer Instinct crossbow case included in the package
  • You can only use heavyweight arrows with the crossbow or the upper left limb will snap(at least 440-grain with a 100-grain tip or head!)

Our Verdict

The Killer Instinct SWAT XP is a small, ultra-compact crossbow with outstanding accuracy, that shoots arrows up to 415 feet per second, Combine that with the dead silent crank system and the enhanced broadhead accuracy and you’ve got yourself a very efficient stealth crossbow that you can hunt the biggest game with. The crossbow is very comfortable to handle and it has excellent balance thanks to its centralized design. The scope allows you to be accurate on the fast short-range and long-range out to 100 yards. If you are looking for a small crossbow that still packs a punch, you have found it with the Killer Instinct SWAT XP!

IMPORTANT UPDATE: A few days after writing this review the left upper limb of my SWAT XP crossbow snapped after about 40-50 shots. I contacted Killer Instinct and they gave me another model. The thing with this crossbow is that you have to shoot heavy arrows with it, at least 442-grain with 100-grain heads. I’ve shot over 125 shots with it so far with 442-grain CE Piledriver arrows equipped with 100-grain field points and 100 and 125-grain broadheads(I included them in the recommended accessories section of this review).

The crossbow performs excellent now as there are no broken limbs to be reported. This is still a fantastic, compact, and highly accurate crossbow that I still recommend buying, the SWAT XP is definitely still worth the money, it is a unique crossbow that is just nice to own, show to your friends and hunt with.

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