Archery Supplies Australia
We have over 1,500 compound bows in stock from over seven compound bow manufacturers. We have been in business for over 30 years with experience in Target archery and Hunting.
Mathews Archery Chill R
The Mathews Chill R is one of the most popular Mathews bows. Mathews is a huge bow company in the US, they have won more tournaments than everyone else, they make more bows than anyone else. Yet in Australia I had never seen a Chill R till today when I opened the box. Infact I had hardly seen a Mathews bow.
When the Mathews shipment came in today I really did not know what to expect I had not shot a Mathews before - so I was interested in the finish of the bows, the draw cycle and what the bow was like to shoot.
I own a lot of bows and I shoot a different bow most weekends so it was exciting to open a new shipment and to see a new bow.
The Mathews Chill R at first glance looked alot like the PSE X Force bows I am very familar with. The Mathews grid lock riser is very unique. The twin dampeners in the riser reduce vibration and noise. I choose the Blue Ice for my personal bow but looking at the other Chill R bows that came in I would have just been as happy with any of the other options. The Mathews lost camo is really nice and the finish is excellent.
The Mathews finish overall is excellent. the Chill R has a roller cable guard. The bow uses twin yokes to stop cam lean and every limb is a different strength to stop cam lean.
The grip on the Chill R is Mathews Focus Grip which is pointy hard rubber. This reduces bow torque. The grip is very unique nothing like I have tried before and it took me a couple of shoots to determine how it felt. I like the grip.
The cams on the Chill R have deep string groves to stop derails. Derailing is a big problem for begineers and when a mate draws back your bow with fingers.
The draw cycle on the Chill is very much like a target compound it is firm, no big let off, the letoff is 80% but it feels like 70%. I would say overall it is very comfortable.
To shoot the Chill there is no noise, no shock. It shoots a treat. If you own a Mathews Chill R then no doubt you like it. If you are in the market for a new top end compound bow check out the Mathews Chill R.
IBO 342 fps
Axle to Axle 33"
Brace 6 1/8"
Weight 3.95 lbs
I enjoyed shooting the Mathews Chill R - I can't wait for this weekend to try it out at long distance.
Martin Archery - Damian Howatt - Independance Recurve
When it comes to truely amazing recurve bows Damain Howatt are at the top of the list. They are made by hand in the USA, using the same methods for years, but they have always been expensive.
Martin Archery own Damain Howatt and for 2014 they have released the Independance which you will see above. The bow resembles the Howatt Hunter, it has all the trade mark finishes like limb tip reinforcing. The handle is just art work. You can tell the people who hand build these bow pride in the finished product.
When you hold the Independance you feel like this is a bow I want to own, it is a bow I want to shoot and it is a bow I want to put on the wall of my home. The grip is smaller than the Hunter. The bow is 52" in length and comes with a bow stringer.
The Howatt Hunter sells for $750, however we have the Howatt Independance is $425. I think this is the best value traditional bow I have ever seen. We have in stock LH and RH models from 40 to 55#.
Martin Lithium vs Hoyt Spyder
Last week we sold a Hoyt Spyder and a Martin Lithium and I was amazed how similar these two bows were. I like to compare things when I buy and I sell archery equipment so I like to understand the equipment I sell.
To start with these two compound bows both have a bridged riser, they both have parallel limbs. The speed is almost the same with the Hoyt at 330fps and the Martin at 335fps. The Martin Lithium has two riser dampenders to reduce noise and vibration.
The Martin Lithium has rotation modules to adust draw length - this means one bow fits everyone. The Hoyt is module based so you need to buy modules to suit you draw length these cost $40. The Martin has a limb stop so when you draw back the stop on the cam touchs the limb the Hoyt has cable stops so the cables touch a small rod.
I think it is fair to say the Hoyt is a better finished bow. But here is the big difference the Hoyt Spyder is $1000 the Martin Lithium is $680. I shoot both bows before I send them out and the Martin Lithium has a great draw - it has the same cams as the $1000 Martin compounds which is the same cam I use on my Martin Alien. I find these cams smoother to draw and more solid on the wall than the Hoyt. I think the rotating modules is such an advantage I not even sure how I put a price on that. The Martin has nothing when you shoot it - there is no vibration. So if these bows were the same price I think the Martin Lithium has rotating modules, cam stops and riser dampeners which to me gives it the edge of the Hoyt Spyder.
Target vs Hunting
Fast vs Smooth
Big Brace height vs small Brace Height
These are the questions facing everyone buying a new compound. The theory is longer bows with bigger brace heights are easier to shoot. So slower bows are more accurate. When I was at the PSE factory I spoke with head engineer about making a bow accurate. He said the key was the time the arrow is on the bow - so he said a bow such as a Full Throttle is as accurate as a Supra. To prove that point he had built a Full Throttle for Indoor archery.
On the weekend I was shooting with my son on an un marked field course. I was shooting a Full Throttle and he shot a Supra. The first three targets I shot a perfect score, even when I guessed the distance wrong I still hit the middle. In fact 5-10 metres out and I still hit the centre. My sons Supra he would be out by 4 metres and he would just miss the centre. His scores were still excellent and when he got the distance right his scores were the same as mine.
Then we came to an easy target - distance was 35 metres, There was a large kangroo next to us and some really noisy birds in the trees. While he shot his arrows in the centre I looked to see where the birds were (hence here is my problem). I drew back thinking about how great this is been in nature - bang a 3. The arrow landed 3 o'clock to the side. It was a bad shot. I was slack I was not concentrating and I paid for it. The rest of the round was fine and we both shot well.
I shoot target bows so when I assess the Full Throttle it is based on my expreince with both bows. The Full Throttle is a distinct advantage for unmarked. Now if you guage - use a range finder or know the distance then the speed is not such a big factor.
I find at long distance the Full Throttle is excellent, even at indoor distances I can still shoot really well with a Full Throttle. So I would say I could shoot the same or better scores with a Full Throttle.
The problem I have is the Supra is easier to draw, it has a higher letoff and is easier to shoot. I can sleep and shoot this bow. I read a review from one of my customers on the Phenom he said he shoots it really well better than any fast hunting bow and he said he can kill any animal with 330fps and he is right. The Supra and smooth shooting bows are great to shoot, so while the majority of the time I personally shoot slower bows, I do love shooting the Full Throttle. It is so impressive even at short distance you appreciate this bow. So in summary I am happy to own both. Enjoy your shooting.
Martin Archery have always been known for there recurve and compound bows. Sales of the Martin Jaguar, Martin Saber and Martin Panther have been amazing - we are selling four of these bows a day.
These three bows come in Camo or Black and the Panther feature supressors in the handle to reduce vibration. At well under half the price of equivalent Hoyt recurves Martin Archery is offering a great product at a great price. These three recuves come with arrow rest and Bowstringer.
Compound Bows for Women
Archery is a male dominated sport - but girls shoot too. In our family all ladies shoot from 5-65. Most bow manufacturers make bows especially for women. PSE make the Fever which is a super shooting bow. Most women whill shoot a compound bow around 35#. Stronger women can go toward 50#. Ann is shooting a 50# PSE Bowmadness.
Gold Tip Arrow Manufacturer
Gold Tip is one of the largest arrow manufacturers in the world. They make a range of arrows for all purposes. Recently you will see a number of the worlds best target archers shooting Gold Tip.
Archery Supplies is now a proud Gold Tip Distributor. Gold Tip offer an arrow for all types of archery at great prices. Adding Gold Tip to our range enables archers to have access to a range of arrows which are suitable for all archers.
The Gold Tip Velocity and Ultra Light range are perfect for the target archer wanting a faster carbon arrow. Gold Tip produce 3 grades of arrows - Hunter, XT and Pro. The Hunter are very affordable and even the Pro series at a straightness of .001 is still under $200 a dozen made.
The Gold Tip Kinetic is the thin hunting arrow that many hunters are now trying.
The most popular Gold tip is the Expedition which is a good solid Carbon Arrow at a great price.
Bee Stinger are Manufactures of Stabilizers
Archery Supplies is now the Australian Distributor for Bee Stinger. Bee Stinger offer a range of stabilizers for the Target archer or the Hunter - They offer great colour options suitable for the target archer and the Hunter.
Bee Stinger is top of the Line product when it comes to stabilizers and absorbing shock from your bow - Check out our current range now.
Martin Archery Archery Supplies has over 30,000 customers and what is always amazing is most are repeat customers many have been buying archery products from us for 30 years. Almost every day a customer will tell us that they brought all there bows from us. It is this tradition that Martin Archery has. Many customers have shot and loved Martin bows. They can remember there first animal or the personal best they shot.
My family has always had strong connections with Martin Archery, my mother competed with a Martin compound bow, I shot personal bests with a Martin bow and Australian records. But what is most important to me is customer service.
I want to know when I sell a bow a customer will be happy with it and in five or ten years time they will still love that bow. Martin have always stood behind the product and do what it takes to make a customer happy.
When you distribute archery equipment it is nice to know when it will be avaiable. We have had great success with PSE. PSE have been such a good company. When we approached Martin Archery about distributing their range we said you need to be as good as PSE. We are not interested in dealing with companies who are slow and don't provide service. We placed and order with Martin Archery for the entire range - coloured target bows, hunting compound bows and the tradtional range. I did not expect delivery for two months due to the size of the order and the need to make so many traditional bows by hand. Well two weeks after placing the order, Martin is ready to send the order complete. I have been selling for over 30 years and I have never had service like that. Just outstanding.
Martin Archery can make traditional bows in 2 weeks, other manufacturers the wait can be over 8 months. There is really no comparision.
Martin Archery aim to be the largest bow manufacturer in 10 years and that is a huge task, they are employing top people from across the industry and they are wanting to build the best product in the Industry.
The Martin Alien which you see Luara holding has been improved and it is one of the most impressive shooting bows you will find.
PSE have gone from strength to strength. People may focus on the fastest bow ever made at 370fps or the bow of the year the PSE DNA. But the real success of PSE is the range of bows they offer. PSE have bows for everyone at every price point and even the $400 bow is a great shooter
The PSE Drive was voted best affordable bow of 2013. In 2014 PSE improved the Drive and it is a great shooting bow. When you compare the specifications it is easy to see why this bow is great value ATA 336 fps, Brace 7", Axle to Axle of 31" weight of 4.3lbs with a price $550. This compares with the most expensive bow made the Hoyt Carbon Spyder ATA 332m Brace 6 3/4" axle to axle 30" weight 3.6lbs. with a price $1500. So the PSE Drive is faster, easier to shoot with a larger brace and axle to axle. But the Hoyt is 1/2 lb lighter.
We sell a heap of PSE Drives and the bow is rock solid.
Archery Manufacturer Shipments
23 September - Mathew Archery, Mission Archery, SF Archery
4 September - PSE Archery , Gold Tip, Beiter, Bowmaster
27 August - PSE, Martin Archery
26 August - G5, Bohning
25 August - Tru Ball
19 August - PSE, Plano Cases, Hoyt Compound bows, Neet Archery, HHA sights
18 August - Martin Archery
14 August - Martin Archery, Bieter archery
13 August - PSE Archery, Plano bowcases
12 August - Tru Fire releases
28 July - PSE, Win and Win, Cartel
26 July - Muzzy Broadheads, Darton Archery
Archery Supplies is the Australian Distributor for:
Compound Bow Manufacturers
- PSE Archery
- Bear Archery
- Martin Archery
- Darton Archery
- G5 Archery
- High Country Archery
- Carbon Tech
-Win and Win