Skip to main content

Martin Firecat Pro-X

To enlarge this image, please click here.

The Martin Archery Company had modest beginnings in the garage and kitchen of Gail and Eva Martin's home some 58 years ago. Today, Gail and Eva's son, Terry, drives the business with son Ryan at his side.

An all-new Firecat Pro-X has been introduced for 2009. It features a new Cable Containment System (CCS) along with an STS String Stop and CAT Hybrid Duo Cam system. The grip, shelf cover and riser dampening modules are made of Martin's Vibration Escape Module (V.E.M.) material.


Cat Hybrid Duo Cam
With advertised IBO speeds ranging from 335-345 fps, the Cat Hybrid Duo Cam system features Martin's Speed Bearings and stainless steel axles that are heat treated and hardened. Cams are 'chained' together so they remain in synch as they move. Martin's goal for this design is to eliminate all timing issues. Where many cam systems anchor the cables to a static connector (yokes connected to axle ends), the Martin design terminates each end of the cable on a post located on the cam. The second cable accomplishes the same task in the opposite direction.


Draw lengths are adjustable from 26-30 inches in half-inch increments via two rotating modules that do not require a bow press to adjust. Martin's standard draw module offers 26-29 inches, and the long-draw module spans 29€‰1„2-30 inches. A specially designed track in the cable hub and module feeds the cable toward the centerline of the cam and overall system, effectively reducing the troubles of cam lean. Adjusting the draw stop will allow letoff percentages to range anywhere from 60 to high 80s. Cams are anodized in black, while the modules are anodized in a contrasting gray.

Upgrade
The Pro-X features an all-new Cable Containment System (CCS) in place of a traditional cable guard and slide. The CCS comes off of the riser and curves slightly toward the centerline of the bow where it terminates with two machined rollers. The rollers ride on high-speed precision bearings and hardened stainless steel axle. Torque in the system is reduced by the offset angle of the rollers.


Reduction Program
Martin wages an all-out war on shock, vibration and noise. Their Vibration Escape System includes the Thermal V Grip, Silent Arrow Shelf and two Vibration Escape Modules seated into the riser. All these accessories are made of a proprietary V.E.M. semi-solid rubber material designed to capture and eliminate vibrations.


Joining the battle is an officially licensed STS String Stopper with Martin's own String Rook Bumper. Key to the fight against noise causing vibration and shock is the parallel position of the Firecat's popular Coreflex Tri-Laminated fiberglass limbs. Manufacturers have learned that by laying their limbs back to reach a parallel position at full draw they are afforded significant benefits in the form of reduced shock, vibration and noise at the shot.

To separate what is heard from what is felt at the shot, I placed earplugs in my ears for testing. A quick 'bump' and short-lived vibration was all that was felt, and when the earplugs were out, the Firecat registered average noise levels.

A mass weight of only 3.55 pounds is noteworthy. No traditional pocket that cradles the end of the limb exists, so overall bow weight is reduced. While testing, I enjoyed the light mass weight and the maneuverability it provides.

Editor's Note: Our standardized High Grade testing includes the use of the same equipment and test methods. All bows are tested with a draw length of 29 inches and a draw weight of 65 pounds. Speed tests are conducted with two different arrow weights -- 375 grains and 425 grains. For more detailed information on the testing parameters, go to www.bowhuntingmag.com and click on 'Bow Testing Parameters.'

Looking for Bows

Check prices, read customer reviews or buy it at Everest

Check Prices

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

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

New for 2021: Rage Broadhead, Nockturnal Nock, Carbon Express Arrows

New for 2021: Rage Broadhead, Nockturnal Nock, Carbon Express Arrows

New for 2021, here's a look at the new Rage Trypan NC, Nockturnal Shift Nock, Carbon Express Maxima RED Contour and D-Stroyer PileDRIVER arrows.

New for 2021: Elite Archery Bows, Slick Trick Broadheads and CBE Sight

New for 2021: Elite Archery Bows, Slick Trick Broadheads and CBE Sight

Learn more about two new Elite Archery bows, the Enkore and Remedy, two new broadhead from Slick Trick and a new site from Custom Bow Equipment (CBE).

New for 2021: Excalibur Crossbow, BowTech Bows, TightSpot Quiver, Ripcord Rests, Black Gold Sights

New for 2021: Excalibur Crossbow, BowTech Bows, TightSpot Quiver, Ripcord Rests, Black Gold Sights

New for 2021 are several hunter-defined products, such as the Excalibur TwinStrike Crossbow, BowTech Solution and Solution SS Bows, TightSpot Pivot 2.5 Quiver, Ripcord Cage and Code Red X arrowrests, and Black Gold Pro FX and Pro Hunter HD sights.

New for 2021: Bear Redemption EKO, Legit RTH Compound Bows

New for 2021: Bear Redemption EKO, Legit RTH Compound Bows

Bear Archery's newest bows - Redemption EKO and Legit RTH - are light, adjustable and fast.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

Mathews has unveiled its 2021 hunting bow lineup consisting of four models — two versions of its flagship V3 along with the long-draw Atlas and Prima women's bow.2021 Mathews Bow Lineup: V3 Flagship Model is a Must-See Bows

2021 Mathews Bow Lineup: V3 Flagship Model is a Must-See

Christian Berg - November 17, 2020

Mathews has unveiled its 2021 hunting bow lineup consisting of four models — two versions of...

Paper makes perfect when it comes to bowhunting. How to Paper Tune a Bow How-To

How to Paper Tune a Bow

Patrick Meitin

Paper makes perfect when it comes to bowhunting.

Ravin hits a new milestone with its 2021 R500 series of crossbows.First to 500: New Ravin Lineup Sets Crossbow Speed Mark ATA Show

First to 500: New Ravin Lineup Sets Crossbow Speed Mark

Mark Demko - January 13, 2021

Ravin hits a new milestone with its 2021 R500 series of crossbows.

If its purpose is to get downrange, you'll find it here with the latest arrows and broadheads for 2021New Arrows and Broadheads for 2021 ATA Show

New Arrows and Broadheads for 2021

Jace Bauserman - January 08, 2021

If its purpose is to get downrange, you'll find it here with the latest arrows and broadheads...

See More Trending Articles

More Bows

Bowhunters and target archers alike will enjoy the expanded shootability in Elite's new bow lineup. Elite Archery Introduces 2021 Bow Lineup Bows

Elite Archery Introduces 2021 Bow Lineup

Christian Berg - October 20, 2020

Bowhunters and target archers alike will enjoy the expanded shootability in Elite's new bow...

You don't need to go broke to get yourself a new, high-performance archery rig.New Budget Bows & Crossbows for 2020 ATA Show

New Budget Bows & Crossbows for 2020

Tony J. Peterson - January 09, 2020

You don't need to go broke to get yourself a new, high-performance archery rig.

Don't give up on that seemingly untunable bow just yet.Untunable Bow? Nock Travel Could Be Your Problem Bows

Untunable Bow? Nock Travel Could Be Your Problem

Bill Winke

Don't give up on that seemingly untunable bow just yet.

Bear Archery's newest bows - Redemption EKO and Legit RTH - are light, adjustable and fast.New for 2021: Bear Redemption EKO, Legit RTH Compound Bows ATA Show

New for 2021: Bear Redemption EKO, Legit RTH Compound Bows

Christian Berg - January 19, 2021

Bear Archery's newest bows - Redemption EKO and Legit RTH - are light, adjustable and fast.

See More Bows

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE Arrow

Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Petersen's Bowhunting App

Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

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

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Petersen's Bowhunting subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now