Sponsored by: Dead Ringer Broadheads


By: Chase Rohlfsen

By: Chase Rohlfsen

One of the most debated topics in archery is the broadhead. Of all components that make up a hunter’s set up, the broadhead quite honestly, should be the most debated. For every cold morning climb into a treestand, every afternoon sit in a ground blind or each silent stalk comes down to that one moment of truth, will I as a hunter and my equipment preform to our best? The first to touch hide and hair of our quarry… is, The broadhead. So why the debate? Because each archer wants nothing less then the quickest, cleanest and most humane kill possible, out of respect of that animal.

Now putting aside specialty broadheads such as a large guillotine type for head shots on turkeys or blunt / judo type for small game, I would like to focus this article on a do it all head for typical big game, ie. Whitetail, Elk, Antelope etc…

Ask any fixed blade fan and you will hear a plethora of arguments for the oldest and undeniably most animals harvested record under its belt. The Fixed Blade broadhead, from our earliest long bow archer ancestors using flint stone to today’s high carbon and titanium metals, the fixed blade is a proven product. Bottom line, they will note, fixed blade broadhead cannot fail due to moving parts and are stronger then mechanicals. Most fixed blade fans will repeat versions of this phrase, ‘Fixed blades won’t let you down’.

Ask any mechanical fan and they too have a good set of arguments. With today’s fast bows and advanced releases, we are confident shooting out to much greater distances. Now, distance also creates variances not realized by our past archery ancestors. If you had asked the great Fred Bear 30 years ago what he thought of 350 feet per second bows and shots successfully taken on whitetail sized game at 80 yards, what would he have said? Mechanical fans will flat out tell you that with speed and distance, you need a slim profile during flight. Adding to that, with a mechanical they can achieve much larger cutting surfaces as the blades regardless of length can be hidden until impact.

So as the fans from each team scream out their cheers for their favorite, who is right? Fixed blades have flight issues! Mechanical heads can fail to open! Fixed blades don’t offer enough cutting diameter! Mechanical blades are thin and flimsy! The crowds roar in support. Sounds funny saying it this way but just type in mechanical vs fixed on any archery or hunting chat forum and you will see my humor.

Author with one of his whitetail trophies.

Author with one of his whitetail trophies.

So what if? What if both sides were right? What if you could combine the virtues of both the fixed and mechanical head? What would it be called? Hybrid? For lack of a better term, Hybrid would seem to fit the bill. Both fixed and mechanical heads have their better functionality so for a company to come out with a ‘hybrid’ would seem to have been a no brainer. In fact, one company did just that. It happened this year with Dead Ringer Hunting which introduced a line of broadheads that sucessfully combine the best features of the fixed and mechanical broadhead. These innovative broadheads feature a chiseled carbide tip, 7/8” sharpened spring steel in the closed position that upon impact open to anywhere from 1.5” to 3 1/18” cut depending on model. The best of both, a ‘Hybrid’.

The Dead Ringer 'Hybrid' Broadhead in the closed position.

The Dead Ringer ‘Hybrid’ Broadhead in the closed position.

Dead Ringer in the open position.

Dead Ringer in the open position.


Meeting the requirements for both a fixed and mechanical broadhead would require a cutting edge upon entry (can not fail), Check…. Strong Steel preventing broken blades at any hinge points to hold up on solid impact, Check…. Small diameter for better flight characteristics and accuracy. Check and lastly a large cutting surface…. Check!

I struggled for many years on making the right choice for the end of my arrow. I have tried many brands and most with success, few with disappointments. So why did I change? Why mess with switching from what did work? Because I owe it to my game I chase to always try to improve both my skill and my equipment. Let’s face it, the average archer will bowhunt for 30 – 45 years depending on his starting age. That is approx. 40 times ‘at bat’ if we are lucky. We all dream of the true P&Y animal we will shoot with our bow. If you have 40 seasons ‘at bat’ maybe only one or two will provide an opportunity to put one in the Book. That is why I think most of us will always strive to become a better hunter and shoot the best equipment we can find. That’s my 2 Cents….

To check out today’s ‘Hybrid’ Broadhead please go to: Dead Ringer Broadheads.