New archers are at a particular disadvantage when it comes to buying and setting up a new bow. One of the following scenarios is sure to play out. A friend or relative passes down an old bow. The new archer, as quick to be pleased as they are naÃ¯ve, gladly accepts the bow in its current condition. If the setup was good enough for the bow’s former owner, why should the new owner change it?
The second scenario concerns the new archer fresh off the street. The soon to be toxophilite walks into their local pro shop for a bow and is at the mercy of the person behind the counter. With no prior knowledge of how to purchase a bow, the neophite is taken advantage of.
The third type of shopper is the old pro. He has the biggest advantage and disadvantage when buying new equipment. He has the experience to make an informed decision, yet is most likely to be so entrenched in his ways that he ignores the new equipment on the market that can really improve his shooting.
I fell victim to this myself when I visited the Hoyt factory last fall to test out the new bows.
I had been shooting the same two-prong rest for years. It had always worked great and it never let me down. So I had no reason or interest in considering a change. However, when we started putting our bows together, I noticed all of the other writers picking up the NAP QuikTune Drop-Away arrow rest and wondered what I had been missing.
QUIKTUNE DROP-AWAY RESTS
Today, I’m totally sold on drop-away rests and rank the NAP QuikTune Drop-Away 4000 among the best. My scores on the target range jumped. I was breaking my personal best scores, seemingly without effort. Drop-away style rests offer serious archers improved arrow flight, enhanced accuracy, easy set-up, and precise tuning.
To begin with, the new QuikTune Drop-Away 4000 is fast and easy to set up. There are no bulky and complicated links, no uncertain strings, and no rubber tubing to struggle with. An improved cable-guard slide and rugged braided steel cable are the only mechanisms required. Plus, all adjustments to the entire rest can be made using a single Allen wrench.
As the bow is drawn, the advanced cable-slide, with attached steel cable, moves back, pulling the launcher arms up to the proper position. When the bow is fired, the slide moves forward, and the rest spring rotates down and out of the way to allow the arrow to pass cleanly. This eliminates fletching contact and the disastrous effects that such contact can have on arrow flight and accuracy. With broadhead-tipped arrows the extra forgiveness of the drop-away rest is even more beneficial. After the string is released, the last affect the shooter can have on the arrow comes from his hand. Because the arrow rest drops away from the arrow, the bow hand cannot torque the platform (arrow rest) and affect the flight of the arrow as it leaves the bow.
Other important features of the QuikTune Drop-Away 4000 are exaggerated launcher arms with factory-fitted Teflon Fork Tamers that act as a built-in arrow holder for a silent draw. A second arrow holder mounts to the riser’s shelf to hold the arrow before the bow is drawn, which prevents the arrow from contacting the riser and producing game-spooking noises.
The new NAP QuikTune Drop-Away 2000RG was created exclusively for Mathews bows by using a roller guard system on such models as the Legacy, Icon, and LX. This new arrow rest features a patent pending cable-less “Cam-Away” activation system that is easy to install and practically fail-safe in operation. At rest, your arrow is securely positioned in the shelf-mounted, silent arrow holder included with each QuikTune Drop-Away 2000RG. The QuikTune Drop-Away 2000RG offers all of the simplicity and function of the QuikTune Drop-Away 4000 for bows utilizing a roller guard assembly rather than a cable guard assembly.
Even archers who don’t recognize the New Archery Products’ name are sure to recognize NAP’s best-known product–the Thunderhead broadhead. I’ll focus on two of NAP’s newer broadheads–the Razorback and the ScorpionXP.
Penetration is always a key concern whether you are shooting a low-poundage rig or a high-poundage setup for chasing the biggest of game. For maximum penetration, NAP developed the Razorbak, a leading edge cut head. The meaty .039-inch thick stainless steel blade is set in a tough composite core for unbeatable strength and durability. The Razorbak’s leading edge is backed up with two more razor-sharp blades, creating a substantial 11⁄8-inch wide, four-blade cutting path. All four blades are locked into the composite core, which rotates around the central shaft. This blade rotation further enhances penetration by allowing the arrow’s energy to push straight through the wound channel, furthering the penetration potential.
The ScorpionXP is a new, advanced 100-grain mechanical broadhead. The ScorpionXP’s secret is its double-pronged attack. A hybrid mechanical, the Scorpion offers all of the advantage of a traditional mechanical broadhead, but instead of a chisel point, the head features a small blade that provides a leading edge cut and opens the wound channel. To ensure performance, the special cut-on-contact tip and the three .030-inch thick main blades are all conveniently replaceable, and are mounted in a strong aircraft aluminum ferrule that features NAP PowerGrooves, to further enhance penetration.
New Archery Products has the accessories that are worth checking out no matter your experience level. For more information about any of New Archery Products’ offerings, contact: New Archery Products, Dept. PB, 7500 Industrial Dr., Forest Park, IL 60130; 800-323-1279; www.newarchery.com.