Martin Firecat Pro X

Martin Archery has a long and rich his-tory that has demonstrated the company's perseverance, innovation and drive

To view image larger CLICK HERE.

Martin Archery has a long and rich his-tory that has demonstrated the company's perseverance, innovation and drive. Founded by Gail and Eva Martin in the early 50s, Martin Archery is now guided by the couple's son, Terry and grandson, Ryan.

Keeping pace with the customer's demands Martin introduces their 2008 flagship--the Firecat Pro X. Designed to "have it all", the Firecat is lightweight, fast and quiet. Speed is achieved with Martin's new Hybrid cam system that is advertised to reach super fast IBO speeds while a quiet shot is made possible through parallel limbs, BowJax string silencers, Sims LimbSavers and Martin's own integrated V.E.M. silencing system, including the very practical Omega V Vibration Escape material shelf guard and cover. The Firecat's compact design, almost non-existent limb pockets and open format aluminum riser keep the mass weight well below four pounds.


Basics
Martin builds their 2008 Firecat on a modular riser platform that includes three separate pieces assembled to create the overall finished piece. There are two interfaces/connecting surfaces in this design, one located at the top of the sight window and one in the shelf area. Several bolts and precision-polished stainless steel pins work together to secure the connections.



Comfort is delivered straight to the archer's hand through Martin's Thermal V Grip, which is made with the same Omega V Vibration Escape material as the silencing modules. A thin piece of leather — like material is wrapped around the heel of the grip while the one-piece V Vibration Escape portion of the grip covers the forward surface and both sides. The Thermal V is contoured, ribbed and shaped for comfort. The way the Thermal V fits into the shooters hand encourages consistent grip and shooting form, which in turn encourages accuracy.

On the noise front the Firecat's riser attacks and deadens vibration with the STS String Stopper, two Vibration Escape Modules (V.E.M.s), and a shelf cover made of Omega V Vibration Escape material. These silencing attributes all work together to culminate in a bow that is fit to hunt nervous whitetails that are prone to string jumping.


Other Notables
One of the more eye-catching Firecat features is the lack of a traditional limb pocket. In fact it is not a pocket at all, it is an innovative limb-to-riser attachment and stabilizing system. Martin's Roto Limb Cup Pivoting Limb System consists of few main components that achieve the same functionality as a traditional pocket with much less material and weight. The Firecat is outfitted with Martin's proven Coreflex laminated fiberglass limbs, which are set at angles that produce a parallel position at full draw. Using temperature controlled high-pressure presses the three-part laminate limbs are bonded with a special aerospace grade adhesive. The Firecat's straight limbs are available in 50-, 60-, and 70-pound peak draw weights.


Martin's new Cat Hybrid Duo Cam system is the driving force behind advertised IBO speeds reaching 335 to 345 fps. This eccentric system maintains synchronization by "chaining" the upper and lower cams together. This system effectively equalizes output from each cam. The cams ride on Martin's Speed Bearings and hardened stainless steel axles. Draw lengths are available from 26 to 30 inches with two rotating modules--a bow press is not required for adjustment. Martin's standard draw module offers 26 to 29 inches while the long-draw module can be adjusted between 29.5 and 30 inches. A specially designed track in the module feeds the cable toward the center of the cam effectively reducing cam lean and making the bow easier to tune. Letoff is adjustable with the draw stop.

table#specialTable {padding: none;background: black; font-family: Arial,Helvetica, sans-serif;text-align: left;font-size: 11px;}table#specialTable tr {color: red; background:blue;}#specialTable td {margin: 2px; padding: 2px; background: #cccccc; color:black;border-right: 1px solid black; border-bottom: 1px solid black;}#specialTable td.noright {margin: 2px; padding: 2px; background: #adadad;color: black;border-right: none;border-left: none; border-bottom: 1px solidblack;}#specialTable td.noleft {margin: 2px; padding: 2px; background: #adadad;color: black;border-right: 1px solid black;border-left: none; border-bottom:1px solid black;}#specialTable td.noborder {margin: 2px; padding: 2px; background: #669966;color: black ;border-right: none; border-bottom: 1px solid black;}#specialTable th {margin: 2px; padding: 2px; background: #ffffff; color:black;font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;text-align:left;font-size: 9px;}#specialTable tr.offcolor td { background: #ffffff;}#specialTable tr.footer {}#specialTable td.footer {}#specialTable h3 { margin: 0; padding:0;font-size: 15px; border-bottom: 2pxsolid #669966;}.bottom { 2px solid black;}

Specifications

Manufacturer: Martin Archery
Model:Firecat Pro X
Eccentric System: Cat Hybrid Duo Cam system
Draw Weights:50-, 60- and 70-pound peak
Draw Length:26 to 30 inches-- modular
Riser:CNC machined 6061-T6 aluminum
Limbs:Solid, straight, laminated Coreflex
String:Double Helix, 54 inches
Cable:Double Helix, 38.25 inches
Mass Weight:3.6 pounds
Letoff:80 % standard- adjustable
Grip:Thermal V Grip
Brace Height:7 inches
Axle-To-Axle Length:33 inches
Finish:Realtree APG
Advertised IBO Speed:335 to 345 fps
Suggested Retail Price:$599.00
Comments:Fast with a smooth draw and an ultra-maneuverable mass weight.



Editor's Note: Petersen's Bowhunting standardized testing includes the use of the same equipment and test methods. For more detailed information on the testing parameters go to bowhuntingmag.com and look for the "bow testing" link.

Recommended for You

A new generation of highly mobile bowhunters is embracing the lightweight comfort and versatility of tree saddles. Here's everything you need to know to get started in tree saddle hunting. How-To

BOWHUNTING's Guide to Tree Saddle Hunting

Greg Staggs - May 15, 2019

A new generation of highly mobile bowhunters is embracing the lightweight comfort and...

We break down how the different types of odor eliminating technologies work for bowhunting. How-To

Everything You Need to Know About Scent Control

Darren Warner

We break down how the different types of odor eliminating technologies work for bowhunting.

Timing and presentation are key to a successful decoy strategy. Whitetail

How To Use Deer Decoys In The Rut

John Dudley

Timing and presentation are key to a successful decoy strategy.

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Bill Winke

Bill Winke's Bowhunting Treestand Set-Up Tips

Field Editor Bill Winke provides bowhunting treestand set-up tips that'll help make life easier when it's go time in the fall.

Crossbow Boar Hunting

Crossbow Boar Hunting

Craig Boddington is armed with his crossbow and puts the stalk on a wild boar.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

We got our hands on the brand new 2019 bows from Bowtech. See how the Realm SR6 and the Realm SS performed in our technical tests! Bows

2019 Bowtech Launch: Realm SR6 & SS Review

Jon E. Silks - November 07, 2018

We got our hands on the brand new 2019 bows from Bowtech. See how the Realm SR6 and the Realm...

We've rounded up the best new compound bows at the 2019 ATA Show. Here are our top picks for the year! ATA Show

Best New Bows for 2019

Tony J. Peterson - January 10, 2019

We've rounded up the best new compound bows at the 2019 ATA Show. Here are our top picks for...

Check out our top picks for the best new mechanical broadheads to debut at the 2019 ATA Show! ATA Show

New Mechanical Broadheads for 2019

Brian Strickland - January 10, 2019

Check out our top picks for the best new mechanical broadheads to debut at the 2019 ATA Show!

See More Stories

More Bows

With a host of new features and technology, the Vertix has generated plenty of buzz. Bows

Bow Review: Mathews Vertix

Jon E. Silks - October 09, 2019

With a host of new features and technology, the Vertix has generated plenty of buzz.

Hoyt's new-for-2018 Nitrux features their hybrid Cam & system and Quadflex split limbs to produce speeds of 332 fps. See how it performed in our testing! Bows

Bow Review: Hoyt Nitrux

Jon E. Silks - September 24, 2018

Hoyt's new-for-2018 Nitrux features their hybrid Cam & system and Quadflex split limbs to...

Check out these complete bow packages to make selecting the right gear easier. ATA Show

5 New Package Bows for 2019

T.A. Harrison

Check out these complete bow packages to make selecting the right gear easier.

See More Bows

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.

×