NAP Spitfire broadhead review test

NAP Spitfire Broadheads Review | In-Depth Testing

In this review, I test a classic mechanical broadhead… the NAP Spitfire 125 grain.

I’ve used the Spitfire in the field a number of times and have taken a lot of animals with it.

The NAP Spitfire | A Closer Look

So let’s zoom on in here and go through some of the design features and specifications…

NAP spitfire broadhead profile closed position

Here’s a good look at the NAP Spitfire mechanical broadhead. This is just a classic front-deploying mechanical broadhead.

Spitfire broadhead micro grooves

It has an aluminum ferrule and it has these micro grooves in it, which are designed to give it greater stability in flight. Like a golf ball, as it rotates, it carries the air around with it and NAP claims that this keeps it from planing as much.

It has a hardened steel tip and the blades open up to a cutting diameter 1-½”.

So, you have three blades, and a 1-1/2″ cut, which is a nice size cut overall.

You can see that the blades are quite swept back too, which aids in penetration. By my measurements, the blades are 0.030″ thick, and they stay closed by a spring clip system. So, they’re quite secure in flight. It takes a bit of force to open them, but they’re kind of angled back to help them open on impact a little bit better. But, they are very secure in flight.

NAP spitfire offset blades

Now, there are also offset blades in a closed position. That’s going to aid a bit in flight, because it creates a bit more rotation and it’s going to help them be a little bit more forgiving.

And then, as the blades open and penetrate, they will also create a nice wound channel and it may even cause some rotation within the medium due to those offset blades.



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NAP Spitfire Testing

I was really eager to put these heads to the test and see how they perform. 

For these tests, I used my Bowtech CP28 set at 72 pounds. I’m using Bishop FOC King Arrows for most of the shots. For the really hard impact shots, I’ll be using the Bishop FAD Eliminator.

Flight Forgiveness (1 Field Point And 1 Broadhead At 30 Yards)

Spitfire broadheads flight test

As you can tell, the field point and the broadhead were right on top of each other. Great flight!

Initial Sharpness (Out-Of-The-Box)

Spitfire initial sharpness test

The blade sharpness out-of-the-box was 200 (the lower number, the better).



Penetration Test 1 (2/3″ Rubber Mat, 1/2″ MDF, FBI Ballistic Gel)  

Spitfire ballistic gel and mdf test

The Spitfire penetrated 5 ¾”. And here’s the entrance hole. I want to show.

Spitfire entrance hole

The blades didn’t open on impact into the MDF. The entrance cut was the size of the blades in the closed position.


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Edge Retention Test (Sharpness After Penetration Test 1)

Spitfire post testing sharpness

After the first penetration test, the blades registered at 300 in the sharpness test.

Penetration Test 2 (Layered Cardboard):

Spitfire cardboard penetration test

The Spitfire penetrated through 48 layers of cardboard.

Angled Shot Test (1/4″ MDF/Carpet):

Spitfire angled mdf penetration test

I shot the Spitfire into angled MDF fronted by carpet.




Durability Test (1/2″ MDF Max 3 shots):

Here’s the head after 3 shots through the MDF and it held together really well. The only damage is that one of the blades bent a bit. You can see that it kind of curved to the side, but it was just that one blade that bent.

Spitfire after MDF tests

Here’s the head after 3 shots through the MDF, and it did fairly well.



Durability (22ga steel plate max 2 shots):

Spitfire after steel plate test

But, then on the first shot into the steel plate, it broke 2 of the blades. They just got sheared and twisted off. One remained in place. There was one piece that I could find. It bounced off a few walls and I could hear it. It kind of bounced around the room. I’m glad it didn’t hit me!

The Spitfire will not be going to go on to the concrete block round (where I shoot the head into a concrete block), because it only made it through one shot in the steel plate instead of two. And, with that kind of breakage, I just don’t want to risk anymore damage to myself in shooting it into the concrete.

Additionally, broadheads have to earn the right to make it into the concrete by staying intact through the steel plate as well as the MDF. But overall, again, it did well through the MDF.

Spitfire stuck in steel plate

Here’s the steel plate and you can see that one of the blades is stuck in the steel plate. The other one you can see just broke off and flew throughout the room somewhere. And then the other one did cut through the steel plate.



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Final Thoughts On NAP Spitfire Broadheads

So what do you think of the Spitfire? Hey, you know, this head has been around for a long time and it certainly has some really good strengths to it.

I love the offset blades and I love the way they are pretty sharp out of the package. And, I love the way it flies.



But, there are also some weaknesses to it.

I’m not a big fan of front-deploying broadheads because I want to get at least one big hole. If I don’t get a pass through, I at least want that first hole to be a good one. And, rear-deploying head typically tip the odds in my favor of getting that big hole, if I’m just going to get one.

Check out the scorecard below and see if the Spitfire might be a good fit for you.

NAP Spitfire broadheads Lusk Grade


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Water Sports Names You Need To Know (And Try!)

Whether you are an expert or just being adventurous on your vacation, water sports activities are an excellent way of enjoying your outdoors.

man in midair kitesurfing

Swimming, snorkeling, surfing, fishing, and other water activities can have significant mind-body benefits and the calming nature of water bodies is also thought by many to improve mental health.

Swimming, snorkeling, surfing, fishing, and other water activities can have significant mind-body benefits and the calming nature of water bodies is also thought by many to improve mental health.

Below are six water sports activities you should try:

Windsurfing

Windsurfing is a common water sport that typically combines the characteristics of surfing and sailing.

wind surfing mid-air

The activity involves balancing yourself on the water while controlling the wind direction. If you haven’t tried it yet, learning to windsurf can be tons of fun. However, you should learn various techniques and maneuvers, such as jumps, tacks, jibs, and starts.

Like any other water sport, you should begin by learning various windsurfing equipment. A windsurfing kit includes a windsurfing board, rig, and windsurfing clothing.


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While professional windsurfers don’t rely on weather conditions to enjoy the waters, strong winds are essential for this sport. So, if you are a beginner, you should plan your surfing experience during summer and choose destinations with good wind.

man wind surfing

You should then learn the basics on land before heading to the sea. Due to the steep learning curve, the best and fastest way to learn is by enrolling in a windsurfing school.

You should also check wind direction and speed. Choose places with wind speeds ranging from 7 to 15 knots (1 knot = approximately 1.15 miles per hour).

Some of the best windsurfing spots worldwide include France, the Canary Islands, California, Greece, Hawaii, New Zealand, Egypt, and North Carolina.



Jet Skiing

Jet skiing is another exciting and thrilling way to get into the waters. This high-speed water sport is great for developing balance, coordination skills, and leg muscles.

man on jet ski

Jet skiing is a popular water sport that most people easily pick up and also can be an adrenaline rush as you speed across the water.

Besides being a thrilling sport, jet skiing has several health and fitness benefits, which include:

  • Improves blood circulation – Balancing and coordinating the ski requires you to stabilize your muscles and have a firm grip on the equipment. This increases blood circulation, ensuring oxygen and essential nutrients reach all parts.
  • Burns calories – Outdoor adventures, like hiking and most watersports, are an excellent way of burning calories. Jet skiing is not only fun but also an excellent way of burning 400 calories in an hour.
  •  Strengthens muscles – Skiing regularly helps build body muscles. Balancing jet skiing, especially during strong waves, helps develop abdominal muscles.
  • Reduces stress – Recreational watersports, such as jet skiing, help many people forget their daily stress, which may help improve mental health.

Unlike camping and other outdoor adventures, the best way to get started on jet skiing is by completing a training course. Even if you’ve tried before, a jet ski course equips you with the necessary skills to ride safely. Most launch sites currently demand a certificate for anyone to be allowed into the water.


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Wing Foiling

Wing foiling is probably the hottest and most fascinating water sport of recent times.

wing foiling

Since its introduction, more windsurfers and kiters have ditched their favorite water sport for winging for various reasons.

The feeling of drifting over water using wind is incredible and addictive. Wing foiling (or, “winging”) basically involves using foil wings to catch some breeze while standing on a waterboard with an attached hydrofoil.

For starters, wing foiling requires less equipment and is easier to learn. The entire setup is also travel-friendly.

man wing foiling

Unlike kitesurfing kites, harnesses, cords, and windsurfing boards, you only need a wing and foil to start winging.

You can easily bag and check in your equipment when traveling. Wings and foils are compact enough and can fit your booked apartment or rental car without necessarily installing roof racks.

While this sounds simple and straightforward, there’s a learning curve involved. For instance, managing the wing can prove challenging for beginners. You should also master how to balance the rising foil.




Kitesurfing

Kitesurfing is another excellent watersport for any active person. Like other watersports mentioned above, nobody is too young or old to try out kitesurfing.

person kitesurfing

Kiteboarding is practiced on nearly every shore because of the simple equipment requirements. All you need to get started is water, wind, a board, and a kite.

If you are new to the sport, you should consider taking some training classes.


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Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

There’s a lot of confusion between scuba diving and snorkeling. So, let’s clarify the differences…

man scuba diving

Scuba diving is a common water sport that can be done in shallow and deep water and is basically underwater diving, where participants dive using self-contained breathing equipment that doesn’t depend on surface air supply. This enables divers to stay underwater longer.

On the other hand, snorkeling involves swimming at or near the surface a body of water, with your face down, while wearing a diving mask or snorkel, a breathing tube that allows divers to stay underwater for longer than if simply holding your brreath.

woman snorkeling

Snorkeling is best practiced in shallow water and allows participants to observe underwater attractions for some period without much breathing effort. You’ll definitely need some swimming lessons to participate in these sports.

Children are not recommended to try snorkeling due to potential safety hazards.



Kayaking

woman and kid kayaking

Kayaking is one of the most-loved and versatile water sports across the U.S., enjoyed by individuals of all ages.

With a simple kayak, you can enjoy the peaceful nature of calm water, and even fish, away from the hustle and bustle.

It’s also a good water sport of choice for anyone who prefers calm outdoor environments and the waters.

The only challenge is choosing a suitable kayak from the various types, including recreational, touring, and sit-on kayaks.


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Final Thoughts On The Water Sports Names You Need To Know

Water sports are an often less-explored outdoor activity that provide unmatched fun as well as health benefits.

beach water

Your outdoor water activities shouldn’t be limited to wading in the water and collecting seashells. You should take advantage of your access to the oceans, lakes and rivers by engaging in any one or more of the above listed adrenaline-pumping activities.

You should consider the activities mentioned above in your next outdoor adventure!

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Excalibur Bolt Cutter Broadheads Review | The Inside Information

In this broadheads review, I tested the Excalibur Bolt Cutter. It’s a broadhead that’s marketed for Excalibur crossbows, (originally made by Innerloc) but can also be used for vertical bows.

Bolt Cutter Broadheads Up Close

So, let’s check out some of the design features and specifications of the Bolt Cutter broadheads.

bolt cutter profile view

Here’s a good look at the Bolt Cutter close up. Now, the Bolt Cutter heads are designed for maximum flight and penetration and specifically marketed for crossbows, but can also be be used for vertical bows.

The Bolt Cutters are originally made by Innerloc and have a stainless steel tip.

bolt cutter stainless and aluminum parts

The blades are stainless steel. The ferrule is aluminum and the blades have a cutting diameter of one and one-sixteenth inches. So a little bit smaller than most three-blade heads on the market.

bolt cutter thin blades

The blades are also pretty thin. By my measurements, they’re 0.024 inches thick. So, these are some of the thinnest blades that I’ve ever tested, honestly. I’m interested to see how they perform.

They have a really good locking system for the blades.

The head unscrews and then you slide the blades out. So, it’s a really secure way of retaining the blades.

bolt cutter broadheads flared back of blade

They have a cool flare to the back like that as well. So, I was eager to put these heads to the test and see how they perform.

For the following tests, I used my Bowtech SR6, set at 72 pounds, 27-inch draw. I used Bishop FOC King arrows for most of the shots and then for the really hard impact ones, I used the Bishop Fad Eliminators.




Flight Forgiveness Test

bolt cutter flight test

I shot a field point, and then two broadheads (at 40 yards) to compare the flight of the Bolt Cutter heads.



Pre-Testing Sharpness

bolt cutter broadheads initial sharpness test

I tested the out-of-the box sharpness (the lower the number, the sharper the broadhead.)


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Ballistic Gel And MDF Test

I shot the Bolt Cutter head into ballistic get that was fronted by foam padding and 1/2″ MDF.

bolt cutter broadheads ballistic gel test

It penetrated eight and three-quarter inches.

Post-Penetration Test Sharpness

bolt cutter post-testing sharpness test

After the first penetration test, I checked the sharpness again… 350.




Layered Cardboard Penetration Test

bolt cutter cardboard test

The Bolt Cutter penetrated through 67 layers of layered cardboard.

MDF Test

bolt cutter post mdf test

The head was in perfect condition after shooting it 3 times into 1/2″ MDF.


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Steel Plate Test

bolt cutter broadhead steel plate holles

I shot the Bolt Cutters through a .22 gauge steel plate to see how they would hold up, and you can see it’s basically the round hole with three slits coming out of that style rather than a triangular punch, like some heads have.

bolt cutter broadhead after steel plate test

And here it is after the three shots through the MDF and the two, three of the steel plate and you can see with the steel plate the tip got a little bit blunted and the blades got pretty nicked up there but otherwise held together fine and here are the holes in the steel plate.



Cinder Block Test

bolt cutter cinder block test

Here’s the Bolt Cutter after going through the MDF and the steel plate and then embedding into the concrete block that I shot it into. It stuck really deeply into the concrete. I think that’s the deepest that any broadhead has ever stuck into it.

It remained very much intact and the tip was still really pointy. The blades got a bit banged up with the steel but not that bad. But man, it did extremely well through the concrete.



Final Thoughts On The Excalibur Bolt Cutter Broadheads

So what do you think of the Bolt Cutter broadheads?

Hey, you know what, it has some real strengths! I mean the flight and the penetration alone, those are two really great strengths of this broadhead.

So check out the scoresheet below!

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