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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 Run a Deer Management firm in Maryland and Harvest a Minimum of 15 Plus Deer a year with Compound Bow. Saw these on Sale and picked them up as back-up to my regular broadhead RAGE 100 gr 2 blade. I have made Marginal shots with rage and never had a problem with recovery of an animal. I used BASS PRO BRAND GATORS as I had run out of my rage. During the same hunt I shot a small doe broadside "a touch out of my sweet spot" but still caught a lung and an absolute kill with my RAGE - Deer ran 30 yards bedded and I watched her suffer for an hour with no pass thru. A second deer comes in quartering to me shot Double Lung Good blood on arrow - No Blood TRAIL - After 1 1/2 wait I got within 10 feet of her she jumped up and ran into a residential Lawn - She was never recovered - Spend the extra Money and Buy RAGE - I will never switch again - WE Owe it to the Animal!!
December 5, 2011
Ripped through rib, quick kill shot
I put down a doe yesterday with this point. The shot was about 25-30 yrds and impacted just behind the font leg in the ribs. It sounded like it hit a rib. It ripped open a good 2" slash in the side and did massive internal damage. The arrow did not shoot threw. I shoot a PSE Stinger set at about 55 lbs. The blood trail was very good and the deer only ran about 30 yards before hitting the ground for good. The blades were still in good shape when I pulled the arrow out. The only down side I have seen over the last couple of months is the blades are tough to get out of foam targets.
November 21, 2011
These are the best broadheads I have ever used. I have friends that use Rage 2 blade and these do the same damage and are cheaper. I have reused the tip on multiple deer and they function perfectly time after time. The flight path on these are great, very much like a field tip. I am buying more as soon as I'm done with this review!
November 18, 2011
Purchased these because of all the "rage" about Rage broadheads. I shot at two deer this year. The first buck I completely missed at 30 yards. THe arrow was in the dirt, but the broadhead was fully deployed. No damage. So I sharpened up a little when I got home and decided to see where it was hitting compared to a field point. Same POI. I continued to knock this until I got the opportunity to shoot at another buck. THis time I hit my mark. The deer walked 5 steps after being hit. Then blood started pouring out of the wound. He ran another 30 yards and expired. These do their job if you do yours. I will say I was nervous because they do not lock into the open position, but the exit wound on the deer was as big as the entrance so it stays fully deployed. No O-rings and the thickness of blades are distinct advantages compared to rage.
November 16, 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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