View Full Version : Why did you select your bow?

02-16-2010, 09:51 AM
I thought it would be interesting to see why everyone picked out the bow they are currently shooting. Choose from the group below.

A. Name recognition
B. Price point/great deal
C. Speed
D. Family or friend referral
E. I didn't- it was a gift
F. My spouse wouldn't let me buy the one I really wanted

I'll start this show. My 2008 Firecat Pro X was selected because of "B"- it was a great deal in an already put together, ready-to-hunt package. I'm finding that it has lots of speed, but that's isn't why I bought it.

Although Martin has an excellent name- I had never heard much about them and don't know any hunters in my part of the country that hunts with them. It's Matthews, Hoyt, and PSE's around my parts.

02-16-2010, 04:34 PM
f f f f f do u get it

Dax Jacklin
02-16-2010, 04:43 PM
Being new to the sport, a month ago I didn't know one bow from another...A kid at my Son's archery class had a Martin Jaguar recurve,so when I started looking at bows on the net I remembered the name and really liked the looks of the Martin bows on the website... I was thinking of getting a Bengal, but found a great deal on the 09 Moab at the local Archery store...Though I have very little to compare it to, I really have enjoyed the 2 Outings to the range I've had shooting the Moab.

02-17-2010, 05:24 AM
well i have shot martins for all of my life, 2 years ago i finally broke the string on my unknown year martin impala, all i had money for was a pse. shot it for a year and wanted to go back to what i knew in martins, the cheetah had the speed, look, and proven martin durability/dependability for the right price. now i will never shoot another bow again:D

02-17-2010, 11:54 AM
A rebuttal for the "F" problem.

Wife: "Honey did you buy a new bow?"

Me: "I'd like a new bow, but no dear I have not bought a new bow."

Truth: I bought a used bow (2 years old)

Yet another good reason to buy used.

Simple Life
05-24-2011, 12:20 PM
Bring back this old thread to life.............................

Firecat....B-price point

05-24-2011, 01:03 PM
I had a Cougar lll and wanted a newer bow. I saw the Shadowcat and likeed the way it looked so I bought one. Best thing I have done for my shooting.

05-24-2011, 02:12 PM
I saw the dates this time.

'08 Cheetah- it found me on craigslist. The ad said "the bow is to short and I want to get something longer". I responded with "ive got one that's to long for me('05 PSE Primos STL),wanna trade?". We got together and I traded my bare PSE + a few $ for the Cheetah fully dressed w arrows.

Athens Accomplice 34- originally I had a Hoyt Alphamax 35. My ex-wife bought it for me for watching her 2 and 4yr old girls so she could watch the superbowl w some friends. That was a Craigslist steal at $425(not bad for 3hrs of watching kids watch cartoons,lol). I didn't like the draw cycle(for a hunting bow)and traded it on AT classifieds for the Athens.

after trading bows back n forth for 4mos,ive got it down to 2 bows that are an absolute pleasure to shoot and I won't be getting rid of them for a few years,if ever. I'm trying to talk my wife into a NEW bow because "ive only owned one NEW bow,ever and want something that I pick out". I'll pout and whine my way into a new bow soon. Mark my words. If I didn't have 6 kids that think they need to eat,id have one already.

Arrow Splitter
05-24-2011, 04:41 PM
I saw the dates this time.

Congratulations, you beat the spammers this time. The score is now Spammers:3 Hawg:1

Does anyone have any idea on who's going to win?:p:D (GO SPAMMERS)LOL

05-24-2011, 05:22 PM

Money Man
05-24-2011, 05:31 PM
B. I got a good deal from a friend who was buying a new Firecat. He gave me the whole set up including arrows, release, quiver, stabilizer, rest, sight, and field points. I almost traded my .30-06 for it, but decided to give him cash instead. I am glad I didn't trade the gun, because it turned out he is not as particular about taking care of his bow as much as he is with his truck. The stabilizer was broken, the whisker biscuit needs a new biscuit, and the original string finally broke in March. I also need a new sight because the one he had on it is junk. Although I have had to replace quite a bit of stuff, I probably would not have got into archery if he didn't make the offer to me.

05-24-2011, 05:39 PM
"B" is the ultimate answer here.

I started out with a 96' PSE F1 Maxis LE and was needing a new(er) bow. I walked into the store and it was sitting there a used Martin Saber all decked out and it was set at the right DL and DW the peep and kisser are in the exact spot. It was like it was meant for me. I had asked the Lord to point me to the right bow and here it is. I traded the PSE and $50.00 and walked out of the store with a newer than I had bow. I have completely been sold on the Martin Family of Products and the family here thanks guys.


05-24-2011, 06:08 PM
"B" is the ultimate answer here.

Yep, be great if it was the least important.

05-24-2011, 06:24 PM
Combo of B/E - I had been shopping the Classifieds on AT and the wife was snooping around and paying attention to what I was looking at. I had a few bows bookmarked and she contacted a friend of her's. Her husband is an AT member and she worked with him to get the bow for me for a surprise Xmas present. Couldn't be happier with it being my first bow of my own.

05-24-2011, 06:50 PM
B- Was having a heck of a time deciding between the Firecat 400 and the Onza 3. I liked the riser and the little faster speed of the Firecat, but also liked the more forgiving frame and weight of the Onza.

I could only afford one, they were the same price and I was giving myself fits about the whole deal. Then I found a good deal on the Onza and jumped on it! :p

05-24-2011, 07:08 PM
B,C,D, You couldn't beat the price after looking at all the competetors and what they had to offer. Speed has been just about what i expected out of a martin. everybody try's to sell on the speed factor and martin is right there with everyone. And replutation, I am the last person in my family to own a Martin. Both my brother and my father are martin owners, my brother has been shooting a martin since the mid 90's and my father since 01. Iv'e shot both their bows and even taken a doe with my fathers when i had a sight failure on my Darton. Love my new Martin!!!

05-24-2011, 07:32 PM
Nothing like a old thread,reason i got my bow was:i wanted to own a Martin again,i wanted a faster bow,and i needed a good price,3 for 3 on this one.

05-25-2011, 05:46 AM
Mine ain't there. This dang Martin shooter stuck a Shadowcat in my hand and I was hooked. All his fault, my Hoyt UltraTec and ProElite hanging on the wall, crying from neglect.

05-25-2011, 05:53 AM
C did have a part in it, but really I'll have to go with a combination of A & B for the main reasons.

A: Because I shot Martin Firecats for little over 20yrs before this getting my current Bengal, and always had excellent reliability and performance from my previous bows, so there was no real desire to change brands.

B: I had received a $500 10yr service award from my company and decided I was going to spend it on me, instead of bills. While wandering thru our local Cabela's store mentally making a wish list, I noticed a new left hand Martin hanging on the rack......I rarely see left hand bows around here, let alone Martin. I wasn't really looking for a new bow, but my buddies had been trying to get me to try a release. Figured this might be a good time try one, so I took a few shots......not bad.
That night I got a Cabela's gift card in the mail, then the bow went on sale for another $50 off.......ok, can't pass this up. Ended up getting the '09 Martin Bengal w/CCS & SS, release, drop-away rest, quiver, and stabilizer, (already had a new sight for my Firecat, so it went on the Bengal). Bottomline, basically $50 out of pocket for the entire package.

Hutch~n~Son Archery
05-25-2011, 12:01 PM
My son wanted to get into archery. I bought him a new youth bow. Then I looked into my pockets and saw I had no money left for me! So I bought a used left handed Martin saber. It was early 90's and cost me only $60 dollars I still have it. From there I kept buying Martins. Found nothing wrong with them so why change.


05-25-2011, 12:45 PM
d-b and other.my buddy had/has a 90's bengal i liked it because it was the only bow i had ever shot.and then he bought a 09 bengal from a morman archery shop in idaho for 350 all set up and asked me if i wanted him to pic me one up too.i was still on the ropes about getting a bow so i held off for a bit.then when i was in the market for a bow i seen and shot a few differnt makes and models,in the long run i really like how is 09 bengal shot and seen a smokin deal on crages list for a new in the box never opend 2010 bengal for 400.i talked the guy down 75 dollars and i was not going to miss out on it.i had the money to spend on a 1000 dollar bow but i really liked how the bengal felt in my hand.i was hoping to get in on the 2011 and so on bengals but they anr no longer in production.so i guess i have to buy 2010 bengals and make them my own.i will wait 2 or 3 years for the prices to go down befor i buy another one.oh and my wife thought it was a nice bow so now i have to buy her one with a much lower dw

05-25-2011, 01:42 PM
B and C. I'm not sure it was the right reasons but that is what I went with.

05-25-2011, 02:16 PM
I have been shooting martin bows for the last 20 years and they have served me very well. my most recent purchase was a firecat 400. I did shoot the mathews z7 before making my purchase. But I felt the martin had a better draw cycle, and for about half the price it was a no brainer for me. Then again after shooting martin for this long I may be a little bias..:rolleyes:

05-25-2011, 07:08 PM
I'd have to say a combination of A, B and C. A year before I bought my Firecat I bought a friend's PSE Polaris, a mid to late 90's compound that he'd had for quite some time and shot less than 50 arrows through it. I thought for $60 including a case, small tool box and some aluminum arrows I couldn't go wrong. A local pro shop told me it looked like a brand new 12-year old bow. I shot it for a year. One reason for buying an inexpensive bow was to see if I could draw one back repeatedly without pain as I'd experienced a rotator cuff injury several years back that I hadn't had any remedial surgery done to it (still haven't).

After shooting the PSE and actually getting stronger in my shoulder and back areas I decided I was going to keep shooting a bow and wasn't going to waste money on the old one. I started researching bows and specs, company reputations and prices and the Martin company and the new Firecat Pro-X drew my attention and kept it. I will admit I didn't shoot any Hoyt or Mathews bows to see what so many people were raving about because I decided I simply was NOT going to spend $900 to $1000 on ANY bow and then spend more on sights, etc. I did shoot/compare the Firecat with Bear, Diamond and PSE bows and simply liked the Firecat's feel, smoothness and speed better. It was also just as quiet as the others. The icing on the cake was it cost less too.

Earlier this year I went on a business trip to the Tacoma, WA area. While there I had a few "down" days that didn't require my being at the customer site so I found a few pro shops that carried Martin, Rytera, Hoyt, BowTech and Mathews. I got to draw back the Onza 3 and Nemesis at one dealer who also handled Hoyt and liked both. I didn't shoot any there as I didn't want to waste the dealer's time since I really wasn't in the market to truly buy anything then. I also got to draw back the new Hoyt Carbon Matrix 35, Carbon Element and a year old Maxxis 31. The one thing that stood out with ALL these bows was how gritty the draw cycle felt. The best I can describe it is they felt like there was sand or rough bearings in the cams. I was truly surprised by this. The draw force curve on all the Hoyts wasn't bad - I actually liked the Matrix 35 best - but the gritty feel as I drew each one back was annoying and distracting to me. I mentioned the grittiness to the dealer who acknowledged it and indicated this seemed to be a trait of Hoyt. That experience made me decide I wouldn't buy a Hoyt, even if they were much lower priced.

Another shop handled BowTech, Diamond and Mathews. I shot a Z7 E-Z among others there. It had a nice smooth draw and nice wall and was the quietest of all I shot there. It was also considerably slower than my Firecat. The most impressive thing was the $900 bare bow price tag. I also shot a BowTech Assassin and Specialist, both binary cam bows with comparable specs to my Firecat, albeit higher priced (about $700 bare). I could tell they had similar speed to my Firecat but were somewhat louder and had very noticeable hand shock.

The third shop I visited I got to shoot an Onza 3. This was a totally bare bow - nothing on the string and no dampeners anywhere. The arrows I shot were also light weight - probably close to 300 grains (was shooting about 60 lbs DW). I noticed a small amount of "buzz" in the riser after the shot but overall I liked the draw cycle and how it held before and after the shot. The vibes I felt I'm sure could be tamed with some of the usual accessories designed for that purpose. Heavier arrows would also make a difference in vibes and noise.

I came away from all that with the impression that my Firecat is still an impressive bow and impresses me that it can do so many things as well as many other way more expensive bows and better than many that cost more too. I also decided that IF I were to change I believe the Onza 3 would be the one I'd get.

So there you have it. I'm a Martin shooter and will be for a long time if not forever.

05-26-2011, 04:56 PM
Because PSE pissed me off, and I watched a vid of Ike from ikeoutdoors on youtube. He said rytera is the worst bow. After he tunes it he shoots a robin hood.


05-26-2011, 07:26 PM
Because PSE pissed me off,

Do tell please.

05-27-2011, 07:45 AM
I thought it would be interesting to see why everyone picked out the bow they are currently shooting. Choose from the group below.

A. Name recognition
B. Price point/great deal
C. Speed
D. Family or friend referral
E. I didn't- it was a gift
F. My spouse wouldn't let me buy the one I really wanted

My first bow was a Martin Pride '99' and I was in need of a new one so I went to a couple of bow shops and I felt pushed into bows I did not like. So I went to Dick's Sporting Goods and saw that they had one new Martin, the 2011 Martin Rack Attack (Exile) in a ready-to-hunt package for $399.00 and I had a 20% coupon so it came out to $319.99. You can't beat the price and I was looking for a shorter ATA bow. I extremely love it. It was tested at 280fps which is plenty enough for me. So my answer is A then B then C. As I told the store manager (without thinking) I'm a huge Dick's supporter - LOL

05-27-2011, 08:46 AM
A, B and C. I had a Martin Lynx Magnum that I shot for years. Found the Onza 3 on a website in a package and based on phone calls with the site and their input and my wifes saying she liked it because it looked like a musical note I purchased it. I have had no complaints and from the report card I got from the sites tuning it it is shooting at 281fps with a 418gr arrow( complete wieght) with a 60# draw and 29.5 DL. So after a few weeks of shooting and slowly increasing the DW I should hit at least 300fps.

05-27-2011, 10:22 AM

Had an old bear that i bought from my brother which was stolen. So after the wife and i had been together for about a year i told her i wanted to get a bow at taxes. Well we went to the local shop and started looking at bows, we both chose 2010 Bengals. Roughly year later and 1800 dollars later we love our bows and dont think we will be switching out soon. Yes i said 1800 dollars for minor upgrades and arrows and some of the bells and whistles.

05-27-2011, 02:24 PM
Do tell please.

I live 2 hours away from them. I had to go out of state to get a good deal on one, screw them, and the shiat hole city they manufature bows in.

05-27-2011, 03:14 PM
I live 2 hours away from them. I had to go out of state to get a good deal on one

You have to be joking right? :eek: