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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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