The broadhead market is pretty saturated in all departments but the design of the G5 T3 has always caught my eye. G5 Outdoors has many attractive broadheads in their line up with various size cutting surfaces and designs. I tend to like fixed blade heads because they can’t fail. The debate over use of mechanicals revolves around the possibility of failure, no matter how minuscule that chance might be it exists and has kept me away from them. I’ve tested various mechanicals on targets but really dislike the little o-rings or rubber bands. This was part of my draw to the T3, it uses a ‘spider clip’ rather than little rubber bands.
I’ve used the G5 Montec with good results but wanted a bigger cutting surface so I gave the T3′s a shot this year. The G5 Striker Magnum offers more cutting surface in a fixed blade but the T3 intrigued me. Unfortunately I only killed one deer with the T3 but I was very impressed with the performance. The entry and exit wounds were devastating and while I didn’t expect the relatively thin blades to survive a pass through I was pleasantly surprised that they were in great shape after being buried in soil. They were good enough that after a little sharpening it went back into my quiver.
A quick look at the broadhead will tell you that it’s different from most any other broadhead. There are three blades that insert into a channel on the ferrule and are held in place by the spider clip. Even though it’s called a clip it doesn’t really clip anything it slides on and holds tension on the under side of each blade to hold it in place. The blades stay in place well even with a foam insert in your quiver. Like with any mechanical it’s worth double checking them if you have time when you remove it from the quiver, just to be sure.
The written instructions made no sense to me on how to actually assemble the broadhead. That’s not their fault I have no idea how to write it any better, so I made a quick video on how to assemble them.
I didn’t shoot these through plywood, steel barrels or milk jugs full of colored water. They flew great into my targets and took a lot of foam with them, so I shot one through a deer and it worked out. Those tests can be helpful but for me it all worked out well and for now, the G5 T3 will be staying in my quiver.
What’s your broadhead of choice, Mechanical or Fixed?