I recently put together a list of broadheads to review for this season and was pretty sure I had the best of the best ready to order.
I went ahead and placed the order. Shortly after placing the order, I happened across Annihilator broadheads.
I was so intrigued I had to wait with the testing to add in this broadhead. The results were quite surprising.
My first impressions of the Annihilator broadheads were that they looked a little bit small, especially with the huge NAP Thunderheads lying beside them.
Before opening the packet, I got the reading on the back of it. I was interested to see the “punches holes rather than cutting slits.”
Most other marketers focus on the cutting diameter, which was also the very sentence before that.
The Annihilator is a fixed blade, non-vented broadhead. Interestingly, this broadhead has a very small cutting diameter, unlike the QAD Exodus.
It has a scoop feature that makes such a hole it displaces animal tissue. This displacement causes such damage that it creates a non-closing wound.
The build quality of the Annihilator broadhead is quite impressive and one of the better ones we have seen.
On the scales, every one of them weighed exactly the same, a reading of 101.0 gr on my scales.
It’s very rare to have each broadhead weigh exactly the same.
There was minimal damage when inspecting the broadheads after shooting. There was a few small nicks in the blades but nothing that you couldn’t easily fix with a resharpening.
We shot the broadheads through bone, targets, meat, and sand, so the lack of damage was really impressive.
A few days after being shot, the broadheads were inspected again to see if there were any signs of rust, but there wasn’t even the slightest sign of any.
The Annihilator was not the sharpest broadhead I’ve come across. It wasn’t the worst, but it did take a little bit of sawing to cut an elastic band.
However, a quick sharpening sorted that problem really fast and they were up their with the sharpest of broadheads. They also hold their edge particularly well once sharpened.
Accuracy is one of the strongest points for the Annihilator broadhead. The Annihilator performed exceedingly well for a non-vented fixed blade broadhead.
At 30 yards it was easy to land it right beside a field point. At 40 yards it was still getting pretty close to the field point, there was a little drop off at 50 yards, but it was very minimal.
I feel you would be hard pressed to find a more accurate fixed-blade broadhead.
It’s a bit difficult to judge the Annihilator broadhead on meat damage. Normally I’d be looking at big cuts and holes, but the Annihilator doesn’t work in this way.
The Annihilator broadhead works by displacing tissue with the idea to create a non-closing wound channel.
The biggest issue I see with this would be the lack of a blood trail.
However, during our tests, the Annihilator did leave a bigger exit wound than entrance wound, and it did push a lot of the insides out,
We also tested the Annihilator through bone and it performed surprisingly well for it’s size.
It shot straight through the bone taking pieces of it with it and still leaving a decent exit wound.
Due to the scoop design of this broadhead I was unsure about the penetration, feeling like the scoop design would slow it down.
It appears the scoop design does come at the cost of a little bit of penetration but not enough to be any real concern.
At 20 yards through bone, the penetration was astounding.
However, once you go out to 30/40/50 yards the penetration does begin to drop off a little.
Again this is not a lot of penetration loss, but enough to warrant mentioning it.
The Annihilator broadheads come with a bit of a sticker shock and are priced at least ten dollars more than some of the top performing broadheads on the market.
However, after taking all things into consideration, including the accuracy, build quality, and durability, it’s safe to say these broadheads are good value for money.
The idea of these broadheads takes a little getting used to. They appear small, have a small cutting diameter, and don’t leave a huge hole.
It seems like everything you don’t want in a broadhead. But when you look closely at the damage they create you can see that they do displace the tissue, and even bone.
They are extremely accurate, and have a decent penetration. They are different than your typical broadhead, but that doesn’t make them worse.
I for one like design, even if I am a little apprehensive of the lack of a blood trail.