For some time people have been wondering when and if Cold Steel was going to delve into the world of archery. I for one was rather glad so see this entry, having been a user of Cold Steel products for some time. I decided I would violate my card and ordered ten of the 125 grain broadheads. Happy was I that the violation wasn’t very bad as they run 12 dollars for a ten pack and forty for a fifty pack.
Having done a bit of research and watched the video of the broadheads in action I knew they were going to be interesting to test. Over the years I have watched as the polymers have gotten better and better, now NASA has came up with a steel replacement that is lighter, granted it does not have the ability to hold or retain the edge material as well as steel does.
Seeing that we had a warmish day in January in central Kansas, I strung up my tradtech limbed tribe bow and set nock to string on a carbon shaft fitted behind a 125 grain broadhead and shot it in a muddy hill to test the head. After a straight flight a solid thwaaaaap was heard, so I made the short walk and pulled the arrow from the mud. The mud being the thick clayey goo that makes up the soil in the flint hills area clings to everything so it took a bit of work and water to clean it up enough to inspect it. After finally getting it clean I was surprised to see no damage and it appeared not to have dulled it. I shot it nine more times cleaning and inspecting each time each time I was expecting to just pull the shaft from the earth leaving the head behind. Much to my surprise it emerged from the wet earth each time intact.
After this I decided to see what it would do after being shot into sheet steel. Drawing up on an old refrigerator that was steel I let fly at seven and a half paces. The arrow leapt from the bowstring like it had been kicked and straightened out before it slammed into the steel clear to the base, the arrow snapped hard to the left breaking the tang. It is my opinion that if the hit had been straight on instead of on an angle the point would be intact. This hit finally cleared the edge from the arrowhead, clear to the base of the teeth.
Seeing this it would survive hitting bone to continue on to rip and tear everything in the way of the intruding arrow and it’s much cheaper than any mechanical broadhead. For my part I would keep several of these in my “oh shyte bag” with some duct tape for flights then it would take finding shaft material in a bad spot for a complete arrow or atlatl dart. They would work for a javelin point in a pinch. All things considered they would do well until a damaged head needed to be replaced by a self made point. Being polymer the cheap shot will not rust in storage or in a harsh environment.
Being a bit larger than a steel broadhead of the same weight they fly very well with no wind planeing or errant flight. Its true that polymer wont hold up quite as well as steel but it has other pluses that make me plan on adding some to my “oh shyte” bag and having several arrows in my quiver tipped with them in case of a chance shot on game. For the cost and the toughness it is my recommendation to at least give them a try. Cold Steel makes fine products and the Cheap Shot is another in the line. Be ready and stay alive.
Cold Steel Cheap Shot broadhead Specification:
Length: 3 1/8 inch
Width: 1 3/16 inch
Thickness: 3/8 inch
Weight: 125 grain
Material: Space age polymer
Cost: 10 for 12$, or 50 for 40$
Made in USA