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The amazing BlackOut® Gator cut-on-contact broadhead will boost your confidence at the edge of your range. It's simply unsurpassed for accuracy: the two .030" blades have an in-flight diameter of only 7/8'', with ballistic characteristics near that of a field point. After flying straight and true, the free-floating blades deploy from the rear at impact, for penetration far exceeding that of conventional expandables. Expect gaping entries and exits, and an easy trail to follow! Cutting diameter 2''. 100 grain; 3 pack.
Two .030" blades have an in-flight diameter of only 7/8''
Ballistic characteristics near that of a field point
Free-floating blades deploy from the rear at impact
I purchased these broadheads because of the amazing reviews they have recieved. However when i shot my first doe of the year i noticed the entrace hole was not even 2 inches wide and the exit hole was less than an inch. the shot was taken at ten yards and the deer only went about fourty before going down. Because the deer did not go far i did not think much of it. Later that year a nice spike came into range an offered me a shot at about 22 yards. I took the shot and it landed right BEHIND the shoulder. However the arrow only went in about five inches . We tracked the deer for most of that night before leaving it for the next day. After following a minimal blood trail for a while we finnaly found the deer. Upon approaching the deer it jumped up and ran onto private land. the deer had been ying down for a total of 15 hours from the time of the shot to the time of recovery and it was still very lively . These broadheads are designed poorly they aare free floatng so there is nothing stopping them from clossing. Afterentering the hide the broadheads close back up and leave a poor exit hole and in turn poor blood trail. DO NOT BUY!
February 20, 2012
shot 6 deer this year with these heads and the most any deer ran was 60 yards. 4 of the deer i hit in the shoulder which were all complete pass throughs. A large buck shot in ohio only made it 40 yards after being shot in the shoulder. another 8pt i shot in the shoulder made it 50 yards. a 6pt i shot only went 10 yards and dropped. i switched from the rage and not going back anytime soon. great head
January 2, 2012
Works as advertised
Shot a large doe at a sever quartering away angle. Blades floated to one side upon entry opening a 4-5 inch hole and exited at the front point of the opposite shoulder. Blood trail was about a foot wide and she was down in less than 70 yards. Blades made contact with plenty of bone no breakage or damage. Arrow set up is 414 grains total with 11.5 FOC at about 304 fps.
December 16, 2011
I made a bad shot and hit a doe in the spine the arrow went in about 3 inches. I had to shoot the deer again to put it down. The free floating blades are as advertised they float open all the time. very unhappy with these broadheads.
December 12, 2011
I've shot 8 whitetail with this broadhead. Not once did I have a blade bend or break. That includes going through ribs, shoulder blades and hitting the ground after a pass-through. They are amazingly tough. I'd only be concerned about having enough kinetic energy to make a pass-through on an Elk sized animal.
Just wondering if anyone has had any experience shooting these heads through mesh, as is common in ground blinds. My concern is obviously early-deployment. I know Rage *says* they are safe to...what about these?
they'll close if they do open in flight and not stay open. I put a video on youtube demonstrating shooting a tnt(titanium gator) without rubber bands and it was perfect
11 months ago
i have shot these through mesh and they didn't open on the mesh, and they still shot dead on, and just to see, i opened the blades and shot through the mesh, and they still shot right on. so even if it happened, you would be fine.
I'm looking for a mechanical for a 150# Barnett crossbow shooting 340+ FPS. It seems that some will open prematurely in flight. I'm hoping this design won't. I've been using fixed blade, but tired of tearing up expensive crossbow targets even with practice blades.
What keeps the blades from premature deployment? The old rocky mountain snypers had a rubber band to keep them closed. Are there any problems with this? I have been looking for the snypers and havent been able to find them. I believe this is the same design.
I also used the snypers and loved them!!!! There are no rubber bands with the gator but i can tell you I have had absolutely no problem with this broadhead at all. In fact while practicing this year I deceided to open the blades first before shooting to see what would happen and the broadhead flew the same exact way as it did with the blades closed and I still had the same amount of penetration.
While the Snypers and the Gators look somewhat similiar the blades deploy differently, as far as what keeps the Gator blades closed from premature deployment, the blades are generally snug, not tight, when they are in the closed position and don't flop around like on another rear deploying broadhead that requires bands or O-rings. When shot from your bow or crossbow momentum helps keep the blades closed similiar to when you stick your head out of a window of a moving car and your hair flys back.
The blades aren't "loose" and all the weight of the blade is in the back, but as soon as it hits something, it's going to deploy very easily. I am very confident they won't deploy prematurely. Hope this helps.
The mass of the blades is behind the pivot point. This keeps the blades closed during acceleration. The only time I think they would open in flight was if you fired them when they were half open. This would cause them to slam shut, and maybe bounce open(i doubt it would, but I guess it is possible). The blades move fairly easy but there is a spring bushing that takes out the slop. I wouldn't worry about them opening. Highly unlikely given the physics of how they open and close
1 year, 11 months ago
- Lapeer, MI
The snipers were a slip cam like the rage but these are different.The blades are swept back so the forward force keeps them pushed back. The little hooks that deploy the blades have very little drag and do not catch enough wind to open. Never had a single problem with this. The picture is a deer i shot this weekend with them. Broke two ribs, went through the shoulder plate on the other side and stuck in the ground. Sharpened the blades and put it back in the quiver..
The blades are engaged when the smaller deflection pieces are pushed back as the broadhead enters the skin. Once the blades are fully expanded, you will have a very large hole on your entry and exit wounds. No O-ring or rubber band is needed. You will need to make sure the blades are ready by closing the broadhead byhand before each shot.
There are a couple of springs that are blade retainers for these. You can go look at these at any store who sells NAP Spitfire broadheads. They push against the side of the blades when they are not delpoyed. Best retention system I have found yet. You will find no better ones out there. Check out my other reviews guys. These are absolutely bulletproof!
There are no rubber bands to hold them in place. And if you bump them they will open. Not a great choice for spot and stock type hunts unless you make sure to check the position of the blades before the shot.
I know that Rocky mtn went out of business, but are these made by rocky mtn or did redhead just but the patent for them? Also these look a little different then the rocky mtn b/c the distance from the tip to the u part of the blade looks shorter which would mean that the blade would open sooner and have better chance for deflection before you get full penetration below the skin wouldn't it? I like the looks of these broadheads but am just curious.
Shot two whitetails with these broadheads, both had an entry wound that looked like the deer had been stabbed with a hunting knife as opposed to a broadhead. Trememdous entry and exit wounds. Don't know about Rocky mtn. I just know that they work!!
These heads might be slightly different yes. Just before Rocky Mountain shut down they changed the head to cut on impact. This year was my first year using the Redhead brand. I tiook two shots and two dead deer. One spine shot when she ducked and a quatering towards shot on a ten point. The arrow hit true on the buck and drove straight through him and dropped him fast. So they still work great
not sure if replacements are available , but the design is such that the blades are not "locked" in the open position . the blades are able to close and reopen as they go through or around bone . if a blade got bent you could take them out easily and just hammer them flat again and resharpen . After going through shoulder blades and ribs my blades still look like new...
Very easy - I've shot over 40 times so far into a broadhead target and each time removeal was very easy - no damage or question in function to this point - it's so nice after each shot to just close the blades and your ready to shoot them again - no O rings to replace.
No. Just practice with your field point because the gators fly like a field point.Blades deployed in your target will be really hard to pull out and you may end up with the insert and broadhead stuck in your target
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