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NAP CrossFire Field Evaluation
By Dave Conrad
Aug 15, 2005, 11:02

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Dave Conrad

NAP Crossfire Broadhead
NAP CROSSFIRE

by Dave Conrad

You ever get that feeling when you look at something you just know that it is created well.  The design seems to flow from one component to the next.  I get this feeling when I look at the New Archery Products Crossfire Broadhead. 

 
The secret to the design points to the one piece stainless steel blade cartridge.  You may ask, “What do you mean by cartridge?”  NAP used metal injection molding to actually manufacture a blade design unlike any other in the industry.  The blades and outer ferrule are one continuous piece.  No individual blades to lock or assemble.  The design also minimizes the risk of cutting yourself while installing individual blades.

 
Other features unique to the Crossfire are the integrated SpinTabs™ technology combined with the Dimple design to increases stability.  SpinTabs™ are little winglets located at the bottom edge of each blade.  These winglets work in conjunction with the fletching to allow the arrow to rotate quicker in order to increase stability and downrange accuracy.  The new Dimple Technology looks similar to the dimple design on a golf ball.  The reasoning behind the technology is to disrupting the air flow so it doesn’t stick to the arrow.  This allows the head to flow freely for optimum fight control.

 
NAP has equipped the Crossfire with its very successful rotating head design originally found on the popular Razorbak.  This allows the blades of the broadhead to rotate which aids once it enters its intended target.  The head continues on its cutting channel freely in conjunction with the arrow.  The blade tip can rotate if it encounters a heavy bone rather than distorting the path of the arrow.

 
The blade design is unique as well.  Not only are the blades part of a one piece stainless steel cartridge but the bottom edge is .040 while tapering out to a .027” blade.  This ensures a strong base while at the same time keeping a very sharp edge.

 
The Trivex tip of the Crossfire is of a six sided configuration.  Three of the side intersections are pronounced and procure the entrance channel for the sharp blades.  The other three are less pronounce as they in front of the dimpled ferrule side.  The tips are nickel plated stainless steel and deliver a devastating punch to any target in its path. 

 
The foundation of the broadhead is an internal nickel plated high strength steel carrier.  This aligns the rotating cartridge and tip precisely within the arrow shaft.  Spin testing on an Easton ACC 360 showed no wobble and true centerline spin. 

 
The Crossfire come assembled and three to a package.  Each package includes an assembly wrench which keeps the head from turning when installing onto an arrow.  A hole in the end of the ferrule accepts the assembly wrench, enabling you to then screw your arrow onto the threaded end and snug tight.

 
The NAP blades are extremely sharp straight out of the package.  But if the blades ever needed replaced the procedure is quick but does require a small 1/16” screwdriver.  First there is one set screw located on the side of the ferrule which holds the Trivex tip in place.  Once removed you must then insert the screwdriver down into the ferrule to unscrew a second head which holds the blade cartridge in place.  The cartridge slides off the nickel plated steel carrier, then a new cartridge can be exchanged and reverse the procedure to complete assembly.  I find an eyeglass screwdriver is sufficient to be used in the field.

 
Design 4.0 of 5.0

 
The head is designed with a couple of great features which include the cartridge blade design which adds strength near the ferrule and sharpness at the tip.  The dimple design cuts down on air friction and along with the SpinTabs™wingits add stability and downrange accuracy. 

 
Flightplane/Accuracy 5.0 of 5.0 The accuracy was definitely demonstrated as my groups at 20 yards were well within a two inch target dot.  My setup was spin tested on a 28.5” Easton ACC 360 arrow and were shot from a Bowtech Allegiance at 70 lbs.  Multiple volleys concluded this to be a very accurate and great flying head.  I look forward to see how it performs this coming season.

 
The Crossfire comes in two sizes of 100 or 125 grain, two of the more popular hunting weights. It is compatible with Easton’s very popular HIT arrow system.  This shows NAP’s commitment to stay up to date with the latest arrow technology.

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