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AfterShock Field Eval. Conrad

By Dave Conrad

Sep 6, 2005, 06:14

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Dave Conrad

Hypershock 100 Broadhead

by Dave Conrad

Dave Conrad

Devastation is the best way to describe the new Hypershock broadhead
from Aftershock Archery.
Whether you are using the 80, 100 or 125 grain head you will definitely
see major damage, up to 2.75? openings, from a two blade broadhead.

HyperShock 100 Broadhead

What is the secret behind the Hypershock broadhead?

It starts with a design that is engineered from many industry and proprietary concepts. 

First off the foundation of the broadhead begins with the
ferrule, machined
from a solid billet of 7075-T6 aluminum, and then anodized using a
special process called ?Type III-S?.  This process creates a
surface 10 times
thicker than regular anodizing and a hardness of 65 RC.  The III-S
process also has a much less coefficient of friction thereby increasing
penetration.  Aiding in the penetration is a curved blade design
that
incorporates an anti-wedging deployment.  A curved blade increases
the cutting surface and the sweptback curved design increases the
farther
away from the ferrule you get. 

This insures that the blades cut through
flesh rather than tear through flesh.  It also reduces the
leverage
on the blade allowing the broadhead to stay on its intended course. The
.032? blade thickness creates strength yet the flexibility to not break
when hitting bone.

The Hypershock is a mechanical head that deploys once inside the animal. 

Now some may think that a mechanical head like the Hypershock creates too
small of an entrance wound.  The design of the Hypershock was engineered
to perform like a hollow point bullet.  The sharp tip design pierces
the hide creating a wound channel so the rest of the broadhead body passes
through.  Once through the hide, the blades immediately deploy. 

Kinetic energy is conserved allowing the huge cutting path, 2 ¾?
for the 125 grain model, close to 2? with the 100 and 1.375? for the 80
grain to penetrate deep.  Since there are no forward opening, exposed
blades on any Aftershock broadhead – you can take those hard quartering
away shot without the fear of deflection.

Three packaged broadheads come unassembled and require care to assemble
because of the razor sharp, stainless steel blades.  Each Hypershock
requires a very small hex screw to set each of the two blades in place. 

A pilot hole makes starting the screw easier but it took a little concentration
to get the wrench positioned on the head.  With a little practice
it becomes easier though.  The blades are held in the closed position
by an O-ring. The design of the Aftershock also keeps the blades
from opening during flight.  The O-ring aids in this but the broadhead
design incorporates the laws of physics to keep the blades shut at release. 

AfterShock Archery explains,  ?The blades center-of-gravity in the
closed position are actually inboard of the pivot points, making it impossible
for them to deploy upon acceleration. This same geometry also helps initiate
blade deployment at impact. There are no fines for breaking the laws of physics, you just can?t.?

TESTING THE AFTERSHOCK 100 BROADHEAD

After assembling and spin testing a few heads, which they passed, it was off to the range for a couple volleys. 

The first series was to test the field point accuracy claim.
Aftershock Archery has previously tested this theory with an outside
firm stating, ?An independent test group using the most accurate
bow-firing machine made, (the X-RING machine from Pro Release) tested
the HyperShock to be the most accurate broadhead they
had ever tested.

At 25 yards, the HyperShock actually hit the very same hole as the field points! Not just once, but over and over again.?

Not to disbelieve anyone,  but in my own experiences the proof
is in the pudding. Well my testing proved that the pudding was made correctly. Groups at 20 yards proved to be very successful.

Not as close as the statement above but I will admit for the first time
in my life that I am not as steady nor accurate as a machine.  My
testing was performed with a 100 grain Hypershock mounted on an Easton
ACC being shot from a Bowtech Allegiance set at 70 lbs.  Multiple
volleys placed the grouping well within the acceptable 2 inch circle or
less.

The Hypershock package I received also included a piece of
shrink wrap enabling the blades to be shot without blade
deployment.  This allows the archer to practice and keep the
blades sharp as well as not damaging
the target.  As stated earlier the broadheads come three to a
package. 

Replacement blades are available and come six to a package.  The great
thing about the 125 grain Hypershock is that the 2? cutting diameter blades
found on the 100 grain model can also be used.

Design 5 of 5

The engineers at Aftershock Archery really had their thinking
caps on
when designing the Hypershock broadhead.  The stainless steel
blade design is unequaled when it comes to deployment
methodology.  There
are three ways in which this broadhead deploys making it nearly
impossible
to fail.  These methods work independent of each other during
release
and flight, yet work together upon impact to ensure the blades open
properly. 

First the blades are designed to deploy based on the inboard center of
gravity.  Think of this as a car door that is slightly open. 
Upon acceleration the door will begin to close.  Or if the car is
traveling at high speed and begins to decelerate the doors will begin to
open.  Same principal used in the Hypershock.  The blade is balanced
toward the opposite side of the ferrule allowing the laws of physics to
come into play.  Think of these two scenarios as the arrow accelerates
upon release or as it decelerates upon impact.

The second manor of deploying is on a hard quartering away shot.
As the broadhead ferrule enters the animal it actually puts pressure
against
the opposite blades edge protruding from the concave ferrule
design. 
The action deploys the opposite blade eliminating the kickback so often
associated with mechanicals.  The final method of deployment is by
the blade fins on the back of the broadhead.  These cause the
blades
to deploy inside the animal after passing through the tough outer hide.

The Hypershock blades are strong but yet rigid when striking bones allowing
them to flex so they do not break.  This was tested first hand as
I experimented with one as it was shot into a metal tube.  The tip
of the broadhead took most of the force but the blades held true and flexed
as it came into contact while passing by. 

Finally the design of the
blade retention screws supports the opposite blade when fully deployed adding strength.

Price 4.5 of 5

Hypershock carrys a retail of $34.99 for the package of three. 
This price falls in the median range when compared to other mechanical
broadheads.  But with the Hypershock you can add on to the quality
of a broadhead designed and manufactured exclusively within the United States.

In conclusion I hope this fall to introduce a trophy whitetail to my new friend, the HyperShock 100!

For more go to: AfterShockArchery.com

 

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