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mihunter
03-01-2011, 11:27 AM
lookin at purchasing the new firecat 400 but no dealers around me carry Martin..they all push me towards the big three whats up with that, cant see spending the extra 2-300 bucks more.anybody shot the new firecat 400 yet. any insight would help. thanks (new member)

MLN1963
03-01-2011, 11:30 AM
I shot one and it was nice. It was a Martin only dealer so I had nothing else to directly compare it to. The Silencer seems to be the same bow and cheaper so that is probably how I will go if I go Martin. The dealer pretty much blew me off when I said I wanted the Silencer instead of the FC400 so I am probably going to blow him off as well.

Arrow Splitter
03-01-2011, 11:36 AM
lookin at purchasing the new firecat 400 but no dealers around me carry Martin..they all push me towards the big three whats up with that, cant see spending the extra 2-300 bucks more.anybody shot the new firecat 400 yet. any insight would help. thanks (new member)

Welcome to the forum!
As to your questions, there are members on here that have shot the Firecat 400 and the Silencer, so they should be able to help.

A.S

mudpig
03-01-2011, 12:32 PM
Have not shot the Firecat, but I do have a Silencer. Very happy with this bow and it's basically the same as the firecat with a not so fancy riser. And the price is less

Simple Life
03-01-2011, 12:39 PM
Welcome to the forum,pretty well as mudpig stated.Pushing you towards the big 3 because it is more money in their pockets.:rolleyes:

MLN1963
03-01-2011, 12:50 PM
Has anyone tested the Silencer or FC 400 on a chrono? The speed on the website says 335-345, I suspect that it will be closer to the 335 end of things but would like to see what is really happening out there.

NuttyNative
03-01-2011, 12:55 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgZXKnk-mwI

Hutch~n~Son Archery
03-01-2011, 12:56 PM
Here is a link to help you find a dealer closest to you.
http://www.martinarchery.com/2011/dealer2011.php
By the way great choice of bows. FC 400 is sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!

And WELCOME TO THE MARTIN FORUM

HUTCH:cool:

mihunter
03-01-2011, 01:13 PM
thanks hutch ive tried every dealer in the area off the locater but nobody wants to carry Martin and ive also seen ikesoutdoors review but would really love to shoot it

Ehunter
03-01-2011, 04:03 PM
I own a Firecat 400, and have shot a Silencer. The only difference other than price is .2 pounds of weight. I actually have a 60# Silencer on order for a turkey bow. Thinking about another 70# for a back up deer bow. I'm getting 296 fps @ 28 inch draw and 68# with a 396 gr. arrow. I don't think you can go wrong with either the FC or the Silencer. The new thinner grip threw me off for a little while, after having an older FC, but I've found all I have to do is hold the riser a little bit farther out on my thumb, and the accuracy is very good.

bfisher
03-01-2011, 04:16 PM
For you guys that need to find a dealer that stocks bows I have a suggestion. View the inside back cover of the 2011 catalog for the sales rep in your area. Give him a call and see if he can be of any help.

If you don't have a catalog then you can view one on-line at Martin's website.

For instance, Gartland Associates has almos the whole eastern part of the US. Looking along the side it lists the various reps working for Bill and their respective areas. Also, their contact info.

GR8RALLY
03-01-2011, 05:21 PM
The dealer pretty much blew me off when I said I wanted the Silencer instead of the FC400 so I am probably going to blow him off as well.

Same here! My local dealer keeps pushing me toward the FC400, even though i think the silencer is just as good of a bow. I called yesterday to see if the local rep here in NY brought a silencer to the shop yesterday (couldnt make it to shop to meet rep) and the pro staffer there told me that he shot them both and the FC is a better bow, therefore they will NOT carry the silencer for me to test? Heck, they dont even have a FC for me to test, only one to hold, draw etc. But can't shoot, not yet anyways.

So, has anyone actually noticed a real difference in the bows besides weight?

Whats the difference between a Gold series vs the Pro series, besides cost as it relates to the Silencer & FC 400?

mudpig
03-02-2011, 06:39 AM
My dealer in Tacoma is different from the sounds of it. He looked at the Firecat and Silencer and said to himself. Why try selling the Pro bow (Firecat) for more money, when most people are going to want to save a few dollars. The Silencer is the same bow (less the fancy fangs or whatever you call them on the riser and .2 lbs) As for the Silencer. I am very happy. Awesome draw. Very smooth and quiet. Accuracy is amazing and it's fast! I'm getting a steady 290fps at 63#, 29" draw and 390gr arrows.

bcriner
03-02-2011, 08:15 AM
My dealer in Tacoma is different from the sounds of it. He looked at the Firecat and Silencer and said to himself. Why try selling the Pro bow (Firecat) for more money, when most people are going to want to save a few dollars. The Silencer is the same bow (less the fancy fangs or whatever you call them on the riser and .2 lbs) As for the Silencer. I am very happy. Awesome draw. Very smooth and quiet. Accuracy is amazing and it's fast! I'm getting a steady 290fps at 63#, 29" draw and 390gr arrows.

I agree. I sold the silencer to a customer and recommend the Silencer and Ridge Hunter over the Firecats to save the customer money.