Hybrid Cut

New Archery Products' Bloodrunner is a hybrid-style broadhead combining solid, fixed-blade construction with rear-deploying blades. Measuring one inch closed, the Bloodrunner's three .036-inch stainless steel blades open immediately upon impact to create a cutting diameter of 1.5 inches. The aerodynamic design not only helps channel wind uniformly around the ferrule for field point flight characteristics but also adds durability and strength for bone-crushing power.

The Bloodrunner looks similar to today's popular compact, fixed-blade broadheads but provides a much wider cut than blades that are similar in size. Also, the problem of blades flying open during flight is non-existent thanks to an inertia driven, trocar style tip that requires impact and pressure to force the tip shaft down into the ferrule, thereby deploying the blades. As long as constant pressure is applied to the tip of the broadhead, the blades will remain open, providing a deadly wound channel.

To test the durability and accuracy of the Bloodrunner, I screwed it on a Carbon Express Aramid-KV and shot it into a slightly stiff foam target. Arrow flight was perfect. Since some mechanical heads aren't designed for practicing, I was hesitant about which way to pull the arrow out; push it through and unscrew the head, or just pull the arrow out the way it entered.

To be sure the blades remained opened while penetrating through the target, I decided to push it through. Twice doing this, the blades opened to a full 1.5 inches and were still in good shooting shape. To further address durability, I shot twice more. However, this time I pulled the arrow out the way it entered. Though I wouldn't hunt with that specific head due to dull blades, the blades were still firmly attached and not crooked or bent. One screw did need to be tightened before it was ready to be shot again. Overall, the Bloodrunner should be a popular head with bowhunters.

Contact: New Archery Products, 7500 Industrial Drive, Forest Park, IL 60130; 800-323-1279; www.newarchery.com

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