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Broadhead Test 2013: Fixed Blades Vs. Concrete

Broadhead Test 2013: Fixed Blades Vs. Concrete

When it comes to the qualities bowhunters look for in a broadhead, strength is certainly near the top of the list. Because no matter how well a broadhead flies, how sharp its blades are or how big of a hole it makes, none of that matters if the head can't hold together when shot into the hair, hide, muscle, sinew and bone of a stout big-game animal.

Many broadhead makers claim their heads are tough, and truth be told, most probably are strong enough to get the job done under normal circumstances. Still, there is no denying the fact that some broadheads are tougher than others. While making plans for our 2013 broadhead test, we couldn't help but wonder how the heads in our test would hold up when subjected to a severe level of abuse. Just like Timex used to do with torture tests it put its watches through, we wanted to see if these broadheads could "take a licking, and keep on ticking."

With that in mind, we decided to conduct the zero-penetration test by firing each test head directly into a concrete construction block from a distance of 25 yards. A fresh section of block face was used for each head, and we recorded each impact using high-speed video equipment. As you will see in the videos that follow, these were violent, punishing impacts more severe than anything a broadhead is likely to encounter on a game animal.

Given that, we were not surprised that a handful of heads were partly or completely destroyed upon impact. More surprising — and reassuring, from a bowhunting perspective — was the fact that many of the heads in our test not only withstood the impact but buried themselves into the concrete while remaining completely intact.

In addition to the video footage here, we closely inspected each head after impact and rated the damage for each model on a scale that ranged from light to moderate to extensive.

The Wound Channel Says it All

As you can see, the Toxic broadhead from Flying Arrow Archery is more than enough to create a massive wound channel.

Hunting Montana Elk

Flying Arrow Archery founder Chris Rager killed this amazing bull elk in Montana with the Toxic broadhead.

Toxic Holes

With its trademark clover of death, the Toxic broadhead from Flying Arrow Archery is about as efficient as possible when it comes to taking down game and leaving a massive wound channel.

Takedown Power

When you head out into the field as a bowhunter, the last thing you want is to doubt your broadhead. After looking at the damage done by Flying Arrow Archery's Toxic broadhead, there's not much for you to worry about.

Exit Wounds

This is the exit wound on a bull elk Chris Rager, founder of Flying Arrow Archery, shot with his Toxic broadhead. Like they always say, a picture is worth 1,000 words.

Bring Home the Bacon

Chris Rager, founder of Flying Arrow Archery, poses with a hog he took down with the new Toxic broadhead. That's what we call bringing home the bacon.

Check out more of our 2013 broadhead tests in the September issue of Bowhunting Magazine.




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