Broadhead Review – Trophy Taker Shuttle T-Lock “Black Ops”

As you may recall, the Shuttle T is one of several fixed-blade broadheads that I reviewed last year. Even though I really liked many of the broadheads that I reviewed, I actually decided to shoot something else last season.  It wasn’t that I wouldn’t hunt with any of the broadheads from that review series; it was just that none of them stood out enough that I felt compelled to change the broadhead that I was already using and had absolute confidence in.

I rated the Shuttle T quite high in last year’s review, and now that I have had some more time to process all of those broadheads, I would definitely say that the Shuttle T, despite its flaws, was one of the top two broadheads out of everything that I reviewed.

So, what was the Shuttle T’s flaw?  I will let my earlier review speak for itself…

“Out of the box sharpness is the weakest aspect of the Shuttle T-Locks that I tested.  I will reiterate that I am very critical of sharpness, and I am not saying that the Shuttle T isn’t sharp enough, but what I am saying is that it didn’t quite meet the high standards that I like to see.  I would like to see the Shuttle T come out the box sharper, especially since it isn’t the easiest design to sharpen.”

The NEW Shuttle T “Black Ops”

Trophy Taker Shuttle T "Black Ops"Trophy Taker revamped the Shuttle T for 2012.  The head now comes in a black finish, but more importantly Trophy Taker, along with the help of a sharpening company that specializes in surgical equipment,  implemented a new sharpening process on the Shuttle T’s curved blades.

I was fortunate enough to get my hands on the new “Black Ops” in January and I am happy to report that the blade sharpness is much improved.  The blades were significantly sharper out of the box, and are still fairly sharp after sending them into my Rinehart targets.  You have to love it when a company listens to its customers and is willing to constantly evolve their products to meet user’s demands!

Trophy Taker Ruining Fletchings

The sharpness and finish of the Shuttle T may have changed, but thankfully everything else has stayed the same.  The Shuttle T is still one of the most, if not the most, accurate fixed-blade broadheads that I have shot.  I have tested these new Shuttle T’s out to 80 yards (which is well beyond my hunting range) and I have been really impressed with their flight.  In addition to the incredible accuracy, the Shuttle T still has the solid T-Lock blade design.  The design is not only incredibly strong, but it also makes swapping blades an absolute breeze.

There are a lot of good broadheads on the market.  The Shuttle T Black Ops isn’t one of them.  The Shuttle T, with its improved blade sharpness, is a great broadhead.  I wouldn’t hesitate to take the Shuttle T Black Ops into the wilderness on any big game hunt.

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  • Albert Quackenbush

    After your extensive testing, I am very curious about these. I have heard good things and knowing you are giving honest opinions based on actual testing makes me think these are a good buy. Thanks for the review, Mark!

    • SoleAdventure

      My pleasure, Al. I really liked the design of the Shuttle T last year, but the moderate blade sharpness kept me from really loving it. I am really happy to see it improved. The design has a unique place in the market, and I just love the way it flies.

  • http://twitter.com/TheWilltoHunt The Will to Hunt

    Very Cool Mark! I tested the ones you sent me and liked them but they were super dull especially after you had shot them. Glad to see they listened to your feedback!  Might have to give these another go but I do love those Montecs!

  • Raptor55

    Just purchased a pack of the new black ones.  All I can say is this,  Did Trophy Taker send you the one’s you tested ?  Because the 3 pack I just bought contains the dullest broadhead blades I have ever purchased.   For $40 bucks and no practice head,  I can only hope they at least fly and penetrate as advertised ! 

  • Raptor55

    I called Trophy Taker as they are near me in my home state. Turns out they had a small batch get out the door that missed QC and they were not sharpened. They shipped me a new pack and I had them the next day. I shot these broadheads at 25 to 40 yards and and they fly great for me. Can’t wait to field test them. Sharpening a curved blade is a little challenging but not impossible.

    • SoleAdventure

      I am glad to hear that they made it right for you! (I was surprised to hear of your earlier comment.) Sharpening the curved blades is a down-side to these heads, but it is really one of the only bad things that I can think of on these. If you use a stick type sharpener you should be able to touch them up without too much trouble.