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Martin (Howatt) Takedown Bows - 1976 to Present

Postby Howattman » Sun Jul 26, 2009 10:34 am

Since I've received several comments about my Hatfield Generations avatar, I thought I'd go a step further and show the "more or less" complete chronology of the Howatt takedown recurve lineup since the time Martin took over in 1976:

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Left to right -

Martin Takedown, Bubinga riser (1976 - 1984)

Martin Takedown, laminated Maple riser (1980 - 1983)

Martin Takedown, laminated Birch with Zebrawood (special order, 1990)

Hatfield Takedown - Gen. 1 (1989 - 1992)

Hatfield Takedown - Gen. 2 (1993 - 1996)

Hatfield Takedown - Gen. 3 (1997 - 1999)

Gail Martin Commemorative Takedown (2000 - 2001)

Hatfield Takedown - Gen. 4 (2000 - 2002)

Hatfield Takedown - Gen. 5 (2003 - 2006)

Hatfield Takedown - Gen. 6 (2007 - Present)

Not shown - Martin Takedown with gray dyed birch/bubinga accent stripe riser (1985 - 1987); Martin Takedown with multi-color laminated birch riser (1988 - 1990); Cougar Takedown [cast magnesium riser] 1976 - 1984; Lynx Takedown [cast magnesium riser] 1985 - 1996
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Re: Martin (Howatt) Takedown Bows - 1976 to Present

Postby KODIAK » Sun Jul 26, 2009 10:43 am

Great collection!

Did you double check the dates with Viper? :twisted:
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Re: Martin (Howatt) Takedown Bows - 1976 to Present

Postby BK in TEXAS » Sun Jul 26, 2009 10:44 am

That's pretty cool.
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Re: Martin (Howatt) Takedown Bows - 1976 to Present

Postby KODIAK » Sun Jul 26, 2009 10:45 am

BTW my favorite one is 5th from the right. Great looking riser there.
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Re: Martin (Howatt) Takedown Bows - 1976 to Present

Postby Jett » Sun Jul 26, 2009 11:10 pm

Which is your favorite to shoot, and why?
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Re: Martin (Howatt) Takedown Bows - 1976 to Present

Postby Steve Milbocker » Mon Jul 27, 2009 6:46 am

I like the high grip on the generation 3. It appears to be the only one with a high grip. Were they available on other models?
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Re: Martin (Howatt) Takedown Bows - 1976 to Present

Postby Howattman » Mon Jul 27, 2009 7:23 am

Jett,

I like the Generation 4 riser (I have 3 of those!). I just like the lines, and the grip feels better to me than the others.

Steve,

Howatt would make the grip however the shooter wanted it. There's a guy on ebay that sells "1960's-style high grip Howatt Hunters" that he has "specially made".......I get a chuckle out of that, since anyone can have the same grip simply by requesting it.
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Re: Martin (Howatt) Takedown Bows - 1976 to Present

Postby Jett » Mon Jul 27, 2009 3:22 pm

That's interesting because that's the one grip that looks like I would like the best. As for eye appeal, I really like the Gail Martin Commemorative.
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Re: Martin (Howatt) Takedown Bows - 1976 to Present

Postby Howattman » Mon Jul 27, 2009 5:54 pm

I've probably only shot the Gail Martin TD a dozen or so times. It was supposed to be a limited production of 500 bows, but I think they only made around 250. Mine is #105.
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Re: Martin (Howatt) Takedown Bows - 1976 to Present

Postby Jett » Mon Jul 27, 2009 10:53 pm

There was one for sale at a shoot one time. It was supposed to be 60# @ 28" (I can shoot up to about 61# @ my 27" draw) but it felt about 5# heavier. And I didn't care for the grip or the price (but I didn't dicker since I couldn't shoot it anyway). But I did drool over the looks!
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