Hello Marylou, Goodbye heart.
As the song says, if you are introduced to the PSE X-Force Long Draw you will love it. I finally had it enough put together that I took it out to shoot it today for the first time. It has been at least a year since I shot any bow and maybe it has been two or three years. I have been shooting long range rifles and there just hasnít been any time for a bow.
First you should know that me and Marylou had a little problem yesterday when I was checking the tie off for the Drop Slide. Somehow the trigger to the release was touched as I let it down and quite a few of the speed nocks went flying around the den, ricocheting off the walls and furniture. I put some nocks back on in various and assorted places trying to replicate the factory setting. That was after I put a bandaid on my tongue where I smacked it with the release. Lucky I didnít knock some teeth out. I still havenít figured out why my tongue was hanging out there to get smacked in the first place.
For those of you unfamiliar with it, the Long Draw has a brace height of 8.5 inches. It attains speeds close to 340 fps and is 80% LO and mine is 70#. So, as you can see from the picture, I have string loop, a drop slide on and a Spot Hogg Hogg It with seven 0.010 pins. Based upon some comments on the PSE forum, I threaded a rod and modified an old stabilizer I had. Later on I will experiment around with different lengths and spacing of the stabilizer modules. I did not have a peep sight installed as I wished to see how it was going to feel shooting it before installing a peep. I had some Gold Tip 5575ís already in about the right length from my old bow so off to the range I went.
My first impression of the first few shots was -- FAST, REALLY FAST. Did I mention that this bow is really fast. You cannot even shoot at 20 yards. You will only ruin arrows. 40 yards is trivial. Only at about 40 yards is there any real need to think about your shot. Secondly, holding 14 pounds against a wall is so easy compared to the 35 pounds I normally hold with no wall. You can just stand there all day with the bow at full draw! Even though the cams seem to be weird, the bow is easy to draw and does not dump the arrow out of the little v holder of the drop slide. Only once did the arrow jump up and out and I think that was because I torqued the string. Once I got to shooting I never ever noticed the short ATA. It just does not seem to be a factor. I did not know how I would like the narrow grip but it really seems to help with your hand position and avoiding a choke hold.
After shooting some arrows, I slipped on a kisser button and that helped get a good anchor. Once I had a consistent anchor and arrows were landing relatively well, I put a nock on the string where I will later install a peep. With that done I began moving back and shooting and got all the way back to 80 yards. At 80 yards I ran out of sight window and did not wish to begin adjusting the sight just yet ,so I quit at that range although it was clear to me that 100 yards was going to be feasible once I have everything adjusted. The arrows I was shooting had feathers and were angled so there seemed to be a lot of drop starting to happen right about 60-70 yards. I guess I better get the fletching jig out.
It was just a wonderful experience today with the PSE X-Force Long Draw. I have waited along time for a bow like this and it is everything I could ask for.