The Raptor is my 4th bow made by Szalóky. (Small recurve bow, Longbow, horse bow.) As about the horse bow, I talked to Pisti a lot about when he would make a mid-shot recurve bow.
When he finally finished the first one, I visited him to try it out. After 3-4 shoots, I knew I need one of these.
My first Raptor (serial umber 2) is 45 pounds.
At first I didn’t use it that much, because I used horse bow. It was used for archery shows and hunting only.
I showed the bow to my friends on the fall of 2006. At the time, I was practicing barebow style.
It was interesting, that I could hit the target. My friends couldn’t believe that it was 45 pounds, because it was too fast. With wooden arrow as well. My friends liked it, so the bought one for themselves. And the measuring and assimilation began. Of course, the racing, too.
Since then I acquired a Raptor, which is 51 pounds
It is not worth talking about speed, but to complete this presentation this bow on 28 draw lenght, 50-54 pound, speed up between 180 and 232 fps. I have to add that we used hunting arrow weights. I have never seen an other bow, which is faster on equal pound and Pisti made it.
And now the observation:
During the testings I figured out that this type of bow performs well with fastflight bow string.
The bow became more calm and fast. With string silencer more quiet, too.
After 4-5 thousands of shooting the string has no outstanding problem. There is noo need for stabilizer, the bow doesn’t generate vibration.
Finding the arrow was hard work. I only can share my own experiences. In my opinion under 7.5 grain per pound arrow weight it starts to be louder. For me at 7.8 gain per pound, from 23 metres distance the deer didn’t get scared and moved out of the way of the arrow.
The form of the bow is interesting. Especially the design of the riser. Because of the inwards bending grip you could think that the bow isn’t stable enough and it hits the holding hand more than the classic grips. It is not true at all. It does not hit the holding hand more than any other bows.
I can recomend this bow courageously to whomsoever, who wants a fast, trusworthy and good recurve bow.