If not Martin ... who?
We all have our loyalties ... let's just say Martin ceases to exist, or imagine they never did for that matter because I'd rather not think about the first option ... what bow from what other company would you likely shoot or would like to shoot?
Since seeing the 2013 lineup from Bear really blew me away with what they came out with, the Motive 6 and Empire have really tickled my fancy. I'd be happy to give the Method a whirl also ... like a simplified less expensive Motive 6/7 cross.
All the other companies I just don't really dig right now, I can't stand Mathews risers and same with the PSE riser/limb setup.
The only other bow that I've seen that I think would be nice to shoot is the Vector series from that other company that I choose not to name Shot with a gentlemen at a 3D this year that was shooting the Vector 35 and it was sharp.
i probably would lean towards Bear.
i've had many in the past and they were...hate to say it...but better in many ways than any martin i have owned. Trouble free as well.
My 2 black ice's were sharp to.
A older Mathews would do me fine.
Hoyt alphamax comes to mind.
*when you have actual engineers with degrees.....and a truly trained machinist.....you will always get better quality and durability.
Martin did good for soooooooo many years without either. It finally caught up to them.
They should've recognized their weakness and made a proactive move to strengthen it, but stubborness and pride got in the way.
droppixel..your bengal is a shooter. Hopefully martin gets bought and moves forward to once again become a reputable bow company.
Bengal isn't going anywhere. Intend on keeping that bow around as long as possible just because of the flexibility with the Cam ... I can turn it down far enough for my sons to shoot when they are ready.
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If not Martin ... who?
You boys gots to get out in the world.... Though it seems the there are only over a hand full of bow companies there are actually several. Some are low keyed. Kodiak Outdoors with their only bow, a 34" ata hunting bow. I had their proto type model, the Bow Logic 36. It never went into production. Another company had the forward set grip, licensed through Martin. Last I heard it is still going. Whatever happened to Martin's forward adjustable grip bow?
I forget the numbers, but X number of bow companies start up and X number of bow companies closes the doors and this each year. Clear Water disolved maybe some 10 years back. Whisper Creek went down the drain 4 or 5 years back. God awfulest, ugliest, shortest ata, wouldn't want to have bow I ever shot and so dang sweet to shoot. Browning and Jennings are also gone. And of all things that compound recurve double cam single string thing is still going, XI.
So Hoyt, PSE, Bear, Pearson, and Martin round up the oldest companies going. Pearson is the world's oldest bow company, 86 years old. Hoyt comes in second at 82 years old. Bow age wise, Mathews is maybe just entering puberty, but it sure is strong for it youthful age. Bowtech is also a newbie as is Ross, if Ross really is still going.
And I have just barely touched the surface of bow companies.
I am still being optimistic that this too shall pass.
But there are some other companies out there that I would lean towards if I had to. One in particular is Alpine Archery. They're a working man's bow company similar to Martin and they make a heck of a bow, although I don't particularly care for some of there riser designs.
Obsession archery would be worth a peak if they had anyone in the northwest dealing, which they don't lol.
If the G5 Prime bows weren't so spendy they'd get a serious look; thier new parallel cam design is pretty interesting and very smooth.
And I do like some of Bowtech's stuff, especially in the last couple years since they changed their grip design.
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I am new to this site but not to archery. I have been shooting now for 47 years. I have owned just about every brand there is and was. I just bought a new 2012 Exile as a backup bow to my Vector 32 Hoyt. I also have a Bear Truth that I still put to the woods. I have killed many a meat packing animal with it! I have also got recurves by York and a home made Hickory bow that I love. I love the Exile for a ground blind and tree stand bow. It has the short 30.25 Axle to axle and only weighs 3.4 lbs. Making it my smallest lightest bow (For a compound) I have owned. It has already put meat in the freezer for me this year. I have used it instead of my vector for deer hunting and must say I love it. If Martin was not around I would be back to my Hoyt and from there Bear. I can not rule out any of the popular brands as far as never owning any of there bows. All of them Have some good points to them, some just more than others! I must say though my favorite compound bow of all times has to be the Hoyt Vector 32. It is one sweet shooting bow. Martin comes in with a close 2nd and bear not far behind. Just my two cents worth!
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I would not know where to begin. I read all the reports in the magazines and it seems they never have anything bad to say about any bow. It is all I can do to decide on which Martin I want, much less add in all the offerings by other companies. I hope that this owner keeps it going. I know I love my Cougar II. I also have a new old Browning that was my Dad's, and it shoots nice also. A Browning Deluxe Nomad II XL. I would probably just keep shooting these until I die if Martin went under.
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