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Delta Rail Stabilizer Review
Submitted by Forest_Crawler on Tue, 07/12/2011 - 17:25
Brand:Tactical Archery Systems
Does your bow fall forward after the shot? Is there up-swing or down-swing? What about vibration and weight control? These are all factors you should be aware of and consider before purchasing a stabilizer for your bow.
For years I have had what I thought were the best stabilizers on my bow, but I had them on for the wrong reasons. At first, I thought you HAD to have on on there just to be cool. Ha! Then I figured you had to have one to combat vibration, which can be true, but you also have to consider the weight of the stabilizer. You have to really get the weight right to balance the bow, but you may want to consider other factors, too. One might be adding a bi-pod to your bow. Another could be adding a light to aid in night hunting (if it's legal where you hunt). What about a screw in type system where you can add additional weight if needed? The Delta Rail stabilizer from Tactical Archery Systems has all three.
Delta Rail overview from website:
The Delta Rail stabilizer works similar to many stabilizers on the market. It's weighted so you can balance your bow. It has a screw in area for adding on the TAS HipBone system or additional weights.
The Delta Rail works like any other stabilizer in the fact that it helps balance your bow. It does have the 'tactical' advantage of having three areas to attach a light, bi-pod or a camera (should you have a mount that will fit).
The stabilizer attached quickly to my bow and the weight was perfect for my shooting. I had no problems with the bow falling forward fast or kicking back on me.
Time for me to pick it apart a little. This is a tactical stabilizer, not necessarily one made for hunting, at least from my perspective.
First, it's bulky. It's not thin like 95% of the stabilizers on the market. When I am setting up my bow, I don't necessarily worry about the look before functionality. I want things to work and work right. This one certainly functions as a stabilizer, but because of it's bulk and width girth if there is a crosswind the Delta Rail catches it and forces the bow to sway. We have a good crosswind at our range from time to time and this was definitely noticeable.
The second thing I will point out, and the thing that I think is most important, is that there is supposed to be low-frequency vibration reduction built-in. I didn't notice any vibration reduction. When I put the Delta Rail up against an S-Coil stabilizer there is a huge difference. With the S-Coil there was no vibration in the handle of my bow. With the Delta Rail my hand vibrated to a point where it scared me. Yes, it actually had me looking over the bow a few times to make sure it wasn't falling apart. When it was vibrating, I had no other attachments on the stabilizer. There were no weights, no washers, and no added vibration dampening units.
The Delta Rail has three 'rails' on it to attach things. Attaching a light for night hunting is a snap, where legal. I just tried mine out at a store because it's not legal to have a light attached to your bow out here in Southern California. I'd love to give it a shot, but it's one facet of my review that I could not attempt.
Following the same lines with the rails, attaching a bi-pod could be great for some. That is IF you get the Delta Rail to fit perfectly level on your bow. This can take some fine-tuning. Let me give you my example. I shoot with a wrist strap. It has a leather connector for attaching it between my bow and stabilizer. With this on there I could not get the stabilizer to level without either adding some washers to the back where it connects tot he bow or by loosening it just a bit. Seeing as loosening it wasn't an option I chose another route. I tightened the heck out of to where it cut into the leather. I didn't care for that and it still didn't line up quite right.
There is a screw in area at the end for attaching the HipBone or other additional weight. I really like that feature, but I am guessing that it was specifically designed like that. The ball screw-in attachment went in as described and worked well.
This is from a subjective point-of-view and me being nit-picky, but the colors of the Delta Rail, could be improved. While it's black and silver in color, and the aluminum is dulled down, I don't like having anything shiny like that on my bow. I was considering putting camo tape over the silver or giving it a paint job. The shine will only appear in direct sunlight and it's a small surface area to deal with. Like I said, I am being picky because I don't like that kind of thing on my bow.
All-in-all it's a decent stabilizer for the range, but I wouldn't take it out hunting if I am using a wrist strap. If I am shooting without one I will definitely keep it on the bow. It has a price tag of $89.99 and in my opinion, that is just too high for something that I feel needs improvement. (Edited)
My recommendations to Tactical Archery Systems would be the following:
CONTINUED REVIEW - July 20 - After exchanging some emails with Klint Kingsbury about the vibration in the bow I decided to go back and test it again. He made some recommendations and I made a plan. I did two separate checks. The first one was on my bow WITH a wrist strap. This is where there is some vibration. Why? Well, Klint pointed out that I can cinch down the lock nut after getting the stabilizer where I wanted it. Unfortunately, it is nearly impossible to do when there is a quarter of an inch of leather from the wrist strap that nearly covers the nut. I can tighten the nut down, but not fully. So, in my findings, you can't really lock down the Delta Rail with a wrist wrap on your bow.
I then moved on to my backup bow. No wrist strap, and no vibration dampening on it, except for a string stop. I was able to adjust the rails to where I wanted them, too. I then locked down the Delta Rail tightly, no play in it this time, and shot 60 arrows. While the vibration was reduced greatly, there was still some felt in the handle, but it is VERY limited. Klint is correct in that you need to lock down that nut tight to get the most out of the stabilizer. In my opinion, the minimal vibration you feel is offset by the fact that you can use the HipBone with the Delta Rail and with most other stabilizers you cannot.
My reviews are strictly my opinion and nothing else. I am not knocking TAS for their product, I am just providing my insight and findings for the hunting and shooting I do while using their product. I would love to hear some ideas, recommendations or your experiences with the Delta Rail stabilizer, too. Let me know if there was anything I may have missed, too. I am not perfect, nor am I an expert.