Drop Away Rest

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Next time you are shooting your bow take a look at your arrow rest. Is one launcher wearing more than the other? Is there plastic residue on either of the launchers or in the yoke of the rest? Do you have a difficult time tuning your broadheads? If you have answered yes to any or all of these questions, then you may want to consider trying a drop-away arrow rest.

Vane contact with the arrow rest is one of the biggest detriments to arrow flight. A plastic vane colliding with an arrow rest can cause the arrow to veer wildly off course. This will worsen when a conventional broadhead is attached to the front of an arrow. With the gaining popularity in the small diameter (20/64’s) carbon arrows contact seems to be an even bigger issue. With many of the launchers available today, getting proper clearance can be difficult. A drop-away rest can eliminate all occurrence of vane contact and lead to greater accuracy with both field points and broadheads.

The concept behind the drop-away rest is not a new one. The first drop-away rests were designed in the early 1980’s .In the early 1990’s fall-aways began to gain some popularity among shooters in the 3-D and target circuit. These early rest were not very reliable as they had many moving parts. Often times the only thing causing the rest to fall was the fletching contacting the launcher.

Today’s drop-aways are vastly improved. Most models use a cord or cable that attaches through your cable slide to lift the launcher into place. Once the string is released, the cable slide is propelled forward causing the cable or cord to slacken, allowing the launcher to fall from beneath the arrow. This happens before the fletching can make contact with the rest. The end result is better arrow flight, and better grouping with field points and broadheads.

After looking at all of the new drop-aways at the A.M.O. Tradeshow this year I settled on the Avalanche by Cavalier Products. This rest just looks bulletproof and has very few moving parts. After receiving my new rest, I was pleasantly surprised to see how easy the set up procedure was. I quickly installed the rest on my P.S.E. Nitro, set the center shot and nock height and was off to the range. My first couple of shots answered any of my doubts regarding the operation of this rest. My first three arrows were all bullet holes through paper. After sighting in with my practice points I gave the rest the ultimate test, conventional broadheads. After installing Rocky Mountain Ti-125’s on my arrows I shot a group of three arrows into my broadhead target. The result was a twenty-yard group that included three shaved vanes and two ruined blades. I had a similar result at thirty yards. To make a long story short, my field points and broadheads shot in the same groups from 20-50 yards. Since setting up this rest I have shot hundreds of arrows with no mechanical failures.

So if you are looking to improve your scores or achieve perfect broadhead flight, consider trying a drop-away rest.

Good luck and good shooting,

Seth Stevens

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