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Ranger Takedown Survival Bow by SAS: Hands-On Review for 2021

A bow and arrow is an age-old tool that has been used for hunting, a weapon of war, as a means of personal protection, and for recreational activity.  

Much can be said for how little this tool has changed given that it is still a string propelling an arrow, but the materials used, and the designs employed have certainly evolved. 

The newest evolution that I have had the pleasure of trying out, is The Ranger Takedown Survival Bow offered by Survival Archery Systems (SAS)

The Ranger is a lightweight, compact survival bow designed to be easily and quickly assembled and broken down. And the best part is that it requires no tools to do so!

Before getting into my review I would like to thank SAS for the opportunity of testing The Ranger out and for their support in providing information about the product.

Ranger Takedown Bow Specifications 

Alright, let’s see what this bow has to offer!

Materials 

The riser is made from 6061 T6 aluminum and the limbs are constructed of high-tech composite fibers.

The minimum hardware present on the riser is made from 316 stainless steel. 

Dimensions

Fully assembled the bow is 60 inches long and breaks down to 22 inches. This makes the bow incredibly easy to transport. 

Weight

Weighing in at 2.6 pounds the bow is quite friendly on the back when carried in in the hand or a daypack.  

Poundage

 #40, #45, #50, and #55 limbs are available 

Draw Length

The maximum draw length comes in at 31 inches. 

Ambidextrous 

The bow can be used by both right and left-handed shooters by simply changing the orientation of the limbs

Attachments

There are several threaded holes in the riser that can accept a range of attachments, such as an arrow quiver or sights. 

What’s Included 

The Ranger comes with:

What Is Included in Ranger
  • 1x riser 
  • 2x limbs 
  • 1x Dacron 16 strand bowstring with nock
  • 2x small Velcro stripes 
  • 1x medium Velcro strip
  • 1x Velcro cinch strap
  • 1x owners manual

Arrows are NOT included

Color

At the time of this article, the bow is only available in black. 

Country of Origin

The Ranger is made in the U.S.A


First Impression of the Ranger Takedown Survival Bow

This may not interest some folks but the first thing that caught my eye upon receiving the Ranger was the packaging. 

The packaging is extremely important to me, especially with a product that has multiple components. 

All too often now, I open boxes where items are haphazardly thrown in with very little padding for protection. 

This was not the case with SAS. Everything was carefully wrapped with plenty of padding to ensure everything arrived undamaged. 

After emptying the contents of the box, I noticed the owner’s manual, which seemed large to me but more on that later. 

Next, I pulled the riser and two limbs out and was amazed at the simplicity of the product.

Two limbs are inserted into the riser, add the string and you have a bow!

I have held bows in the past that frankly feel somewhat frail and I was always concerned about breaking them. But I probably spent twenty minutes turning the riser over and over in my hands because it felt absolutely solid. I do not think durability will be an issue with this bow. 

What’s Included, A Closer Look 

Here is what you can expect to receive when purchasing The Ranger.

  • 1x riser 
  • 2x limbs. Each limb is marked on the end with the number of poundage. This is a great feature for keeping multiple sets of limbs organized especially when only one riser is being used. 
  • 1x Dracon 16 strand string and nock. It should be noted that the nock is loose in the bag so take care not to lose it when removing the string. It is also important to know that the grooves in the limbs are specifically cut out to accept the bowstring that is provided. Other bowstrings may not work. 
  • 2x small Velcro strips that are intended for setting up the arrow shelf
  • 1x medium-size Velcro piece to also be used around the arrow shelf 
  • 1x Velcro strap with a plastic buckle for cinching everything down and keeping it secured during transport. 

Lastly, I would like to mention again that the bow does not come with takedown arrows, but they can be purchased directly through the SAS website. 

Before Shooting

As exciting as getting a new bow is (trust me as I wanted nothing more than to immediately take the bow out back and start slinging arrows through the air) I highly recommend reading through the owner’s manual from front to back. 

As I mentioned earlier, the manual was larger than I expected. But that is because a lot of thought and information was put into it and it is an extremely helpful resource. 

After reading the manual it was time to set the bow up, which took roughly ten minutes. However, most of that time was devoted to being a perfectionist in the placement of the Velcro for the arrow shelf. 

Setting Up The Ranger Takedown Survival Bow

After the Velcro was in place, assembling the rest of The Ranger was incredibly simple. I placed one limb into the riser, making sure it was seated all the way down by looking through the window. 

Then I placed the bowstring around the limb that was inserted and placed the tip of this limb on the ground against my foot so that the limb stayed in place. 

Lastly, I inserted the second limb, made sure it was properly seated, and finished attaching the bowstring. 

Once I became familiar with the bow the time to set it up and take it down was drastically reduced, which I will go into more detail about later in the testing section. 

Takedown Arrows 

The takedown arrows offered by SAS are extremely easy to put together. 

They come in two pieces, the lower portion that has the head of the arrow, and the upper piece with the fletching and nock. 

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