At the time of this writing, we are in the middle of a polar vortex here on the Canadian Prairies. With temperatures averaging around -35 Celsius (-31 Fahrenheit) it has been hard to find reasons to venture outside these last few weeks. I have been a little stir crazy so when the opportunity came up to test the new Black Mamba 31 by APA Archery I jumped at the chance.
- IBO/ATA – up to 350 FPS
- Axle to Axle – 31 1/4”
- Brace Height – 6 3/4”
- Physical Weight – 3.8 lbs.
- Draw Weight – 50, 60, 70, 80.
- Draw Lengths – 25” – 31”
- Kinetic Energy – 95.23 @ 70 lbs.
- Let Off – 80 %
After a quick discussion with the great people over at APA, my test bow came set at 70# draw weight, 29” Draw length and apparently shooting 340 fps with a 350-grain arrow. In other words, holy crap fast.
The Micro Tune system allows you time and tune your bow, no tools or press required. As always, I was greatly impressed with this little gadget and it makes perfecting your bow super simple. Having the ability to make these adjustments on the fly and without the need for a press had me messing around with the Micro Tune to attain archery shop tuning results while in the field.
As with other APA bows, the Black Mamba 31 comes standard with their riser fang, which allows you to hang your bow directly on a branch or limb without the need for a bow hanger. The Mamba 31 also includes their carbide sharpener that works well for touching up your hunting knife if you forgot a sharpener, their cam lock pin which is a nice piece of kit to have if you find yourself needing to make a peep sight adjustment or other repair in the field, and a nock wrench. All of these little touches show how much thought APA puts into their hunting bows.
I put around 500 arrows through the Mamba at my home range to get a feel for the bow. The dual cam setup draws smooth and with an 80% let off that allows you to hold at full draw for days. The draw stop is solid and the allows for the shooter to use the wall to great advantage.
So, what’s the verdict on the 2021 APA Archery Black Mamba 31? After shooting the poop out of this bow both indoors and in some of the coldest weather I can imagine this bow facing, the Black Mamba 31 is a top shelf performer that will serve any bow hunter well for years to come. The price tag is a little eye watering at $1,449 CAD bare, with additional costs for pushing the draw weight up to 80# and for some of their optional finishes. That said, a bow of this caliber is well worth the investment and worthy of any bow hunters hard earned money. To learn more about APA Archery products, check out their website right here: www.apaarchery.com
By Noel Linsey