REVIEW – Next to electronic and photographic gadgets, weapons are one of my favorite gadgets. I have seen the Pocket Shot slingshot products in the past, but never had the time to buy one. When the Pocket Shot Pro Arrow Kit Combo review offer arrived, I thought it would be a great time to give it a try.
What is that?
The Pocket Shot Pro Arrow Kit Combo is a slingshot-like device intended to shoot arrows as a projectile.
What’s in the box?
- Pocket hammer with reinforcement
- Mustaches Biscuit
- 2 PRO arrow pockets
- Archery outing
- (3) 30 ″ Take Down Arrows with practical advice
- 1 razor tip
- 1 hammer tip
- Pro Arrow Kit Zipper Case
- Replacement pouch
Design and functionality
The Pocket Shot Pro Arrow Kit was one of my most anticipated products this year. It arrived quickly and well packaged. I couldn’t wait to take pictures and shoot.
I have a lot of experience with archery equipment including the Whisker Biscuits that the Pocket Shot Pro uses to guide arrows and the type of drop included. I thought this would be an easy and fun review because I have used recurve bows, compound bows, and crossbows for most of my life.
While unpacking the items, I found my first disappointment. Arrows use a natural feather for the tail. These are known to suffer quite a bit of abuse and damage from Whisker cookies. The nature of the pouch prevents the arrow from being inserted through the back of the Whisker Biscuit as you would with a standard bow. While you can unscrew the Whisker Biscuit, notch the arrow, and then screw the Whisker Biscuit back on, this makes an already long process even longer.
After analyzing the design and function, I determined that this design choice was due to the fact that as the pocket stretches and the diameter gets smaller, it comes in contact with the tail. The plastic tail would not settle with pressure and cause the arrow to pop out of the notch point, while the natural feathers would settle.
The arrows were much longer than I expected. At 30 ″, they are about the same length as a standard arrow for a bow. After thinking about the shooting method and length / anchor point, it makes sense. The arrows are still very heavy for the amount of energy supplied by the pocket. I found the carbon fiber arrows to be of excellent quality.
The case in which the rest of the equipment came in was very nice. Although the semi-hard case is labeled “Pro Arrow Kit Zipper Case,” the arrows do not fit in when inside their storage tube. Placing the arrows in the housing without the storage tube crushes the tail. The case needs to be redesigned, as it appears to be just the standard Pocket Shot case reused for this kit.
The kit comes with a spare pouch, wide tip arrowhead, hammerhead arrowhead, pouch cap, three arrows, trigger, and hard case. The Pocket Hammer is the handle part that holds the Pocket Shot ring. It looks very well built and even includes a light rail mount at the bottom.
During my first test shot, I discovered another disappointment with the Pocket Shot Pro Arrow kit. The pocket and its heavy notch have so much energy that it shoots through the Whisker Biscuit when firing. After each shot, you must put the bag back in the Whisker Biscuit and turn it right side up. I can’t think of any design change that would improve this shortcoming.
When it comes to accuracy, you can get pretty accurate with a little practice. I was able to hit an area the size of a cardboard plate after just a few practice shots from a distance of about 25 feet. After a while, I was able to hit a point the size of a fist quite steadily. Penetration was about 4 inches into my very dense crossbow target. This penetration would be sufficient for small game or during a survival situation.
Aiming is a bit more complicated than a standard archery bow, as the Pocket Hammer is much harder to hold consistently. Any deviation in the grip of the grip perpendicular to the boom results in extreme porpoising of the boom.
The Pocket Shot Pro grip folds perfectly when not in use. You can easily put it in your pants pocket.
Here is a short video showing the use of the Pocket Shot Arrow Kit:
What I like
- I liked the hammer tip included
- The Pocket Hammer was well built
- The carrying case was excellent, although not big enough
What i would change
- The carrying case should be large enough to carry the arrows
- There must be a better aiming system
- The pocket pulls through the Whisker Biscuit
- The tail of the arrows is not very durable
- The release strap was almost the size of a child
The Pocket Shot Pro Arrow Kit is one of those things that sounds great in concept, but when put into practice it has too many flaws. The original Pocket Shot slingshot would be sufficient for small game hunting and would not have the disadvantage of cost and risk of losing arrows. I don’t believe the Pocket Shot Pro Arrow Kit has enough power to ethically take bigger game like a deer.
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Source: The sample for this product was provided by Pocket Shot.