There are a lot of Great Crossbows out on the market today. So many improvements have been made over the past few years it's hard to put one over the other. My best advice to you and your friend is to shoot as many as you can. Pay close attention to the way the feel and sound, once you have made sure it is the right fit of course. If it is not comfortable and does not fit you properly, then you will not shoot it effectively either. Pay attention to those details and not the name on the crossbow. You aslo need to determind how you are going to draw the bow, this will ensure consitency both on the range and in the field. Hope this helps.