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Re: Changes at RAD - Broadheads
« Reply #200 on: July 30, 2017, 02:22:59 AM »
The Rival 125 is on the market now.  100 grain will not be available until I can cycle it through all the destruction tests and we get our 10 animal reviews.  Thought we would have a sheep or two by now, but Hawaii was proving pretty tough today.  Field testing will slow now until mid week when we will have Justin Llanes pounding some hogs followed by Jeremiah on some hogs on the 9th.  It's a tough field test as we already know the blades and overall design work fine.  It's now just a case of field durability with the modified ferrule.  Which means pounding them into shoulders of live animals.  Some of these animals, like wild sheep, are easier to kill than they are to get those perfect test shots on.

I still have some further lab type tests to do.  So far I can't get repeatable failures, which is odd.  Will switch to aluminum shafts and see if that helps eliminate the random breakage of the shafts before head failure.  Hard to assess weaknesses until failures repeat.  If the aluminum doesn't work then I'll step up the speed and switch from concrete blocks to thick steel plates.  At some point we'll figure a way to manipulate the test to a point they have to fail the same way in succession.

Then they go into production runs which will require some extra programming.  Cards have to be designed, printed and coated.  Then releases to customers...  So there is a chance to see them before late season.  No reasonable expectation they will ready before then.
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Re: Changes at RAD - Broadheads
« Reply #201 on: July 31, 2017, 03:41:22 AM »
Justin wasn't able to wait!  Just two days after getting the new Rival 100 prototype Justin delivers it's first field test.  Wind on the 30 yard shot was just enough to miss busting the off shoulder.  But the heart shot resulted in a 20 yard recovery from the stainless prototype ferrule and Low Profile Vented (LPV) blades.  Arrow was recovered 30 yards beyond point of impact.  Ferrule still spinning true and ready for hog shoulders later in the week.

We'll post up some autopsy and wound analysis pics and video as soon as the prototype testing is completed.


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Re: Changes at RAD - Broadheads
« Reply #202 on: July 31, 2017, 06:23:45 PM »
Very nice I love goats I am going to try that out one day
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Re: Changes at RAD - Broadheads
« Reply #203 on: August 08, 2017, 03:46:55 PM »
MLBowhunting will be take the last animal needed in the testing of the prototype Rival 100.  Unless something major changes with the larger hag he is expected to shoot on the next few days we should move into the production planning stage.  So far testing has gone better than we had expected!  So much so we are releasing full pictures of the ferrule changes for the 100 grain.
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Re: Changes at RAD - Broadheads
« Reply #204 on: August 08, 2017, 11:40:29 PM »
This pic is from a large hog we didn't get a night time picture of.  Head went through the hip and into some lava rock on the other side.  This is the worst damage we have seen so far.  That's some BIG bone and still got pass through with a 390 grain arrow from a 65# Obsession bow.
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Re: Changes at RAD - Broadheads
« Reply #205 on: August 08, 2017, 11:42:39 PM »
Low Profile Vented version after a shoulder shot on a goat.
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Re: Changes at RAD - Broadheads
« Reply #206 on: August 08, 2017, 11:48:52 PM »
Good Ram taken by Justin also.  This was the only animal we did not recover the arrow from.  Two guys looking for an hour with no luck.  Low Profile Vented blade completely crushed the off-side shoulder and still had enough to skip off into the canyon.  Tough critters 40 yard shot and about a 50 yard recovery after the roll.
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Re: Changes at RAD - Broadheads
« Reply #207 on: August 08, 2017, 11:55:56 PM »
This hog shot was just what I had asked for.  Absolutely smashed the front shoulder.  Hard enough impact to splinter all the way up into the scapula.  Arrow continued through four ribs, out the hinds and still made it another 8-10 yards after exit.  This is the High Profile version of the head.  Also shot from 28"/65# Obsession bow 390 grain arrow.  About 40 yards.
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Re: Changes at RAD - Broadheads
« Reply #208 on: August 11, 2017, 07:06:05 AM »
great photos, those broadheads are looking good  :tup:
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Re: Changes at RAD - Broadheads
« Reply #209 on: August 11, 2017, 08:06:34 PM »
 :yeah:  I have shot the ti con 100 and been very pleased. I actually shot several other heads to flight test mainly because locating the ti cons is difficult, they flew well, but in the end I went with what gives me confidence and ordered difect from RAD. Can't wait for these new 100 rivals they look awesome!!

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Re: Changes at RAD - Broadheads
« Reply #210 on: September 12, 2017, 02:19:49 PM »
Madmans 100s had no problem accidently slicing through steel kitchen wares... thought it would atleast ricochet off to the side. Nope. Tip bit, and kept on going. Literally zero damage to the head.
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Re: Changes at RAD - Broadheads
« Reply #211 on: September 12, 2017, 04:49:28 PM »
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Re: Changes at RAD - Broadheads
« Reply #212 on: September 26, 2017, 12:23:25 PM »
That's a pretty cool deal Smossy!  Something I might need to add in testing new stuff.
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Re: Changes at RAD - Broadheads
« Reply #213 on: September 26, 2017, 12:26:45 PM »
Accidental testing. :chuckle:

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Re: Changes at RAD - Broadheads
« Reply #214 on: September 26, 2017, 12:33:17 PM »
Accidental testing is often the best.  One of the reason's we never accept lab testing alone when approving a head.

I had an early prototype of the Ti-Con that passed every single lab test I could think of.  Zero failures and some quick kills right out of the gate.  But got it into the hands of a few other field guys and we quickly found a flaw in the durability of the ferrule.  Luckily accidental testing was successful in showing us the weakness before we brought it to market.

One of the reasons Justin Llanes is so important to our success.  It's not necessarily all the goats, pigs, and sheep he shoots, but the punishment all that big island lava rock puts on a ferrule.  Just can't duplicate that in the lab
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Re: Changes at RAD - Broadheads
« Reply #215 on: September 26, 2017, 12:38:49 PM »
Accidental testing. :chuckle:
Yeah well flinging arrows with a 50# recurve at 50 yards doest always go as planned lol. Well most the time it doesn't actually... working on building a new range now that we have new neighbors. Can't shoot in the direction I was before. Gonna get some 3/4" horse mats.
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