Mission Sniper Lite Crossbow Review

Mission Sniper Lite Crossbow Review

This crossbow is the quietest and lightest we tested. We just love these new, wieldy, hunter-friendly, compact crossbows. The barrel and stock are all one piece of aluminum, which gives the Sniper a solid feel stem to stern.

There is no stirrup; you put your foot on the left or right limb, which makes us wonder about how uniformly the string gets cocked.


We've noticed it is accurate at usual hunting distances but would like to test distance accuracy further. The trigger is a huge improvement over previous years' Missions.



Test ResultsGAFS-150020-Mission

Speed: 310 fps


Sound: 86.73 db


Trigger-Pull Weight: 2.55 pounds

Hunting Weight:

7 pounds, 8 ounces

What We Like: Light and quiet. Light and quiet. Light and quiet. We can't say it enough.

What We'd Change: The trade-off of those attributes is the speed and energy: The Sniper Lite is a little light in fps, averaging about 310 fps.

MSRP: $599GAFS-150020-Mission-Side


This is probably the best part of our job here at Crossbow Revolution.  We assemble a pile of the latest crossbows from the best companies and shoot each one —  a lot —  recording the results all the while. There are always surprises —  some good, some bad.

Like how awesome it was to shoot a 440-fps crossbow! But who knew that it would be that hard to cock, and I'm no cocking sissy! And then there was the bow that had so much going for it, but the trigger felt gritty and hesitated, like someone had dragged it along a beach.

At the end of the day, it's tough to go wrong with any of these 2015 models. Really, it's all about what you want in your hunting tool — speed, low price, a small package, a quiet bow, smooth trigger?

We hope our play...I mean, work...helps you when you're in the market for a new crossbow.

How We Tested

Because of the large number of variables involved, some of which are extremely difficult to control, we will not be purporting this to be a scientific test, but, instead, a general hands-on report so you'll have information if you are looking at buying a new crossbow.

We test right out of the box, as any consumer would receive it. While crossbow companies send them to us to use free-of-charge, we also send them back to the crossbow companies after any hunting and testing.

GAFS-150020-TriggerTrigger

Three trigger releases, with the arrows and field points that came with the crossbow, measured by an RCBS Trigger Pull Meter, and averaged to give one number in pounds.

GAFS-150020-SoundSound

Three shots fired, measured in decibels by a Vernier sound level meter 6 feet from the crossbow, averaged for one final dB number.

GAFS-150020-SpeedSpeed

With arrows and points that came with the crossbow, we released three arrows through a Caldwell Ballistic Precision Chronograph and averaged the three to get one number in feet per second (FPS).

Recommended for You

Crankbaits mimic exactly what they eat when hungry — other fish! Bass

Baitfish for Bass: Search, Suspend or Sink Crankbaits

Jason Houser - May 21, 2019

Crankbaits mimic exactly what they eat when hungry — other fish!

It must be time for summer fishing because records are falling everywhere. Records

State Records Reported in Maryland, Michigan

G&F Online Staff - May 23, 2019

It must be time for summer fishing because records are falling everywhere.

We're told to pay attention to the lunar phases. What do bass pros think? Bass

MLF Pros: What's With the Moon?

G&F Online Staff

We're told to pay attention to the lunar phases. What do bass pros think?

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

MLF Pros: What

MLF Pros: What's Your Go-To Lure?

When all else fails, here's what these pros tie on.

Lure Lock Options Includes LED Light Boxes & More

Lure Lock Options Includes LED Light Boxes & More

Pro angler Jonathan VanDam showcases new offerings at ICAST 2019, including the ultra-thin, big bait boxes, LED-lighted boxes and backpack-able gear lockers. With Game & Fish Editorial Director Adam Heggenstaller at ICAST 2019 in Orlando.

13 Fishing Inception SZ

13 Fishing Inception SZ

Florida angling pro Jessie Mizell knows that the saltwater found in Sunshine State coastal fisheries can wreak havoc on even the best fishing gear. But with 13 Fishing's new feature laden Inception SZ saltwater baitcasting reel, tackling inshore and light tackle saltwater game fish just got a whole lot easier!

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

Who needs live bait when the big 'gills are so eager to strike these lures? Other Freshwater

5 Great Lures For Bluegills

Stephen D. Carpenteri - March 10, 2011

Who needs live bait when the big 'gills are so eager to strike these lures?

When it comes to fishing baits, you won't find a more unusual variety than the strange brews of smelly ingredients often used to catch catfish. Catfish

How To Make Your Own Catfish Dough Bait

Keith Sutton - August 04, 2015

When it comes to fishing baits, you won't find a more unusual variety than the strange brews...

Celebrate the start of summer with great food for your backyard BBQ or picnic with these outdoor recipes. Wild Game

10 Memorial Day Recipes for Your Outdoor BBQ

OutdoorChannel.com Staff

Celebrate the start of summer with great food for your backyard BBQ or picnic with these...

See More Stories

More Crossbows

Is a $2,000 bow that much better than a $299 model? Crossbows

Crossbows: Is It Worth It?

Jeff Johnston

Is a $2,000 bow that much better than a $299 model?

Increase your chances to arrow a trophy whitetail this season. Bows

Deer Gear: Hunting Crossbows, Bows for 2019

Brad Fitzpatrick - August 02, 2019

Increase your chances to arrow a trophy whitetail this season.

Crossbow hunting gear accessories enhance the effectiveness of the latest bows, arrows, Crossbows

Crossbow Hunting Gear: Slings, Decoys, Cases, More

August 23, 2017

Crossbow hunting gear accessories enhance the effectiveness of the latest bows,...

See More Crossbows

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

×