I just bought an '08 leftover Firecat, and got it home from the shop Friday.
Today, I thought I'd sight it in. First shots off to the left at 10 yards. Shot my first group of three, and picked up arrows for a second set after a slight adjustment. I had to find the right allen wrench to fit the sight, which the dealer didn't tighten all the way, it was loose. So after moving the sight, I shot two arrows, both off to the left still. move sight over to right to go right, and I got BIT pretty damned good on the inside of my arm, I now have a half goose egg on my arm. ( And yeah I had a doc look at it because I don't usually show this much damage that easily, and I have a lot of high veins in my arms that I don't need damaged) I've been string bit before, but not this bad.
The bad part is, My arrow was cut almost clean at the front of the fletchings, and two of the fletchings are separated from the shaft. I have no idea where the rest of it went.I also know my arrows should be able to handle the bow.(Easton carbon raiders 55 -70) After looking at the bow, I saw part of the teflon string guide was cracked off, and the string is loose from both catches, no idea where that is yet either.
I know on my end this bow was never dry fired, it came out of the box at the dealers shop, still in the plastic packaging. I fired 4 arrows through the bow at the shop, picked it up 2 days later after he put the sights on and a kisser button. I shot the 6 arrows to sight in and it blew up on me. That's 10 total arrows!!!!
Is this a sign of a major defective bow, and should it be returned to Martin?
I bought this bow because of all the things I read and the reviews I saw, expecting this bow to be of excellent quality, and the last one I buy for a long time.