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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Hunters, Friends and the "Meaning" of Kodabow

Pictured is a good friend, Jake, who passed away this month at the age of 14 years and 3 months. This photo was taken in his younger days. He was truly a dedicated partner and patiently taught everyone that he knew more about bird strategy than any two legged hunter could ever hope to learn.
Jake beat the average for Labrador Retreivers which is only 12 1/2 years on this earth - and was a remarkable hunter. The short lifespan of a dog is a difficult thing. Yes, we cried.

Sam is another Lab (not pictured) that hangs around the Kodabow offices and is a young 3 years old. He is related to Jake. If you have been with Kodabow at a trade show in 2011 or visited our West Chester, PA Kodabow facility, you know Sam! One day, we will sort out a method to hunt pheasants with a crossbow and a Lab and pass the knowledge along. Friends are important.

Here is some background. When we formulated a name for this crossbow company, we eventually were drawn to a Native American word for friend - and "Koda" was born. The rest is history. The intent was to build a crossbow that would be your "friend" in the field. A crossbow that could be depended upon to help you take game successfully. We strive to meet that objective and be a friend to counted upon. Recently, we had the chance to speak with several Kodabow owners (our friends) and here is what they told us. Their comments were so unusually terrific, we felt the need to share. Again, these are real Kodabow owners and the comments are totally unedited:

"Sometimes I put my Kodabow on my bed and just look at it."

"I love my Kodabow. Nobody has seen anything like it around here and nobody will ever take it from me."
"My son bought a Kodabow and shoots six arrows every day. I don't shoot mine so much but I like to watch my son and his friend, Bob, shoot their Kodabows."

"You don't find products made this way anymore. This crossbow will last forever. And I really like that it is made in the USA."
"Kodabow is a great crossbow and every chance I have, I push my friends towards this bow."

Yes, friends are important. Friends who hunt are truly special.
Enjoy your time together.
It all goes by so fast.

Friday, March 18, 2011

HUGE .... for some shooters

This is a picture of a Kodabow front end. If you own a Kodabow, you know about this "piece" because it required two bolts to attach these limbs during initial assembly of your crossbow in order to shoot. (We ship the limbs strung. If you purchase a Kodabow in box at your dealer, it only takes 2 bolts to put the crossbow together.)

The HUGE part is this.

(1) We maintain the same geometry across our complete line of crossbow offerings. (2) That means if you buy an additional front end at a different limb weight, you can use the same trigger group and the same rail to shoot both of your Kodabow front ends.

For example ..... a shooter could own a 200# limb set and change it out to a 155# limb set in about 60 seconds. Why? Some shooters enjoy a target set of limbs but prefer to hunt with a different set of heavier limbs. Lots of reasons. A complete Kodabow front end assembly sells for $299.99.
For years, shotgun hunters have enjoyed the interchangeable nature of owning a 12/20 gauge combination or a 20/28 gauge combination where a separate set of 20 ga. barrels could replace a 12 ga. set on the same receiver. This is the same concept.
And it is unique to Kodabow.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Targets & Crossbows Working Together

At Kodabow, we shoot crossbows all day long for product testing and development. A durable crossbow target is mandatory. Kodabow chooses Big Shot Targets for our indoor range and field demonstrations. The same need for proven performance is required at a target maker like Big Shot Targets.
Al Perelli (L) of Big Shot Targets needs a crossbow he can work hard and get "same hole consistency" to put his targets through their paces.
He chooses Kodabow.
Pictured with Al is Chuck Matasic (R) of Kodabow.
Chuck says "With Big Shot, we are able to remove arrows easily and it is truly a 2 finger pull. These targets can take a beating and keep going." Both Big Shot and Kodabow are headquartered in Southeastern Pennsylvania and share common interests in advancing the use of crossbows for hunting and cooperatively growing their businesses by delivering the best consumer products they can make. Kodabow Crossbows and Big Shot Targets working together!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

"Crossbows That Work"

Kodabow issued a Press Release today describing our "Crossbows that Work" campaign.

It means that we expect our crossbows to keep you in the hunt. Never let you down. Be a friend. Even when things go wrong like when a broadhead nicks a string. Just change the string and keep going.

"Koda" is a Native American" word for friend ..... and just like your Labrador can be a best friend, sporting equipment can take on that similar spirit for some hunters. Hours in the field. There in time of need. Faithful companions.

Pictured is a Kodabow in a photographic pose on a Texas hunt. The hunter thought highly enough of his crossbow to take a photo to memorialize the moment. Our kind of guy.

Also pictured is a Labrador, Sam, who hangs with us at Kodabow most days and gladly put in 14 days on the road at Kodabow trade shows in February. This included an 8 night stay at a Marriott Residence Inn. Sam enjoyed the Residence Inn and complimentary breakfast but turned in early most evenings

"My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me." - Henry Ford