Carbon Express Medallion XR’s

Carbon Express medallion xr

Because of a recent shoulder injury I purchased a set of ultra-light 14 pound “rehab” limbs, which at my draw translates to 16 pounds on the fingers. I tend to be fussy about my arrows being well tuned to the bow, so I went in search of arrows that would work with such a light setup.

There were some challenges, one finding a high enough spine and two finding a long enough arrow, for my 29 1/4 draw. The only arrow I was able to find that would fit both these parameters was the versatile Medallion XR made by Carbon Express. Not only did they have a 2.000″ spine arrow, they had it in a 29 inch length which fit the bill perfectly.

Medallion xr shaft

The Medallion XR is an ideal target arrow for light weight draw bow setups or youth looking for a quality carbon arrow in a spine that fits them.

I’ve posted the arrow specs below:

  • Spine selection tolerance: ± 0.0025″ max.
  • Weight tolerance: ± 1.0 grains
  • Straightness: ± 0.003″
SPECIFICATIONS:

    * Bare shaft weight
Model Size Qty Grains/Inch* Spine Diameter
SHAFT
50413 2000 12 pack 5.1 2.000″ 0.176″
50414 1800 12 pack 5.3 1.800″ 0.177″
51560 1500 12 pack 5.9 1.500″ 0.183″
51561 1300 12 pack 6.4 1.300″ 0.188″
50403 1100 12 pack 4.6 1.100″ 0.224″
50404 1000 12 pack 4.9 1.000″ 0.226″
50405 900 12 pack 5.2 0.900″ 0.228″
50406 800 12 pack 5.6 0.800″ 0.230″
50407 700 12 pack 6.0 0.700″ 0.233″
50408 600 12 pack 6.7 0.600″ 0.239″
50415 500 12 pack 7.6 0.500″ 0.244″

Carbon Express has also updated their arrow charts and added a Light Recurve Target Arrow Chart which is a good starting point in figuring out the right shaft for your setup.

Pin nocks

A few things to keep in mind about these arrows are the accessories. These arrows take glue in points, pin nock adapters and pin nocks. The pin nocks adapters come with the shafts. Depending on the size shafts you purchase there are different points. All of them allow you to adjust the weight of the tip. See Carbon Express’ Component chart below:

Name Model# Arrow Size Weight Qty
ADAPTERS
Medallion™-XR Pin Nock Adapter 50410 500, 600, 700, 800, 900, 1000, 1100 8 12 pack
Nano-Pro™ Pin Nock Adapter #2 50123 1300, 1500, 1800, 2000 6.9 12 pack
NOCKS
Soma Nock #1 (14-18 Strand Strings) Small Green 50136 Fits all standard pin nock adapters 3.4 12 pack
Soma Nock #2 (20-24 Strand Strings) Large Green 50137 Fits all standard pin nock adapters 3.4 12 pack
Soma Nock #1 (14-18 Strand Strings) Small Yellow 50138 Fits all standard pin nock adapters 3.4 12 pack
Soma Nock #2 (20-24 Strand Strings) Large Yellow 50139 Fits all standard pin nock adapters 3.4 12 pack
Soma Nock #2 (20-24 Stand Strings) Large Lime Green 50231 Fits all standard pin nock adapters 3.4 12 pack
Soma Nock #2 (20-24 Strand Strings) Large Pink 50232 Fits all standard pin nock adapters 3.4 12 pack
POINTS
Medallion™ XR Target Point 50411 500, 600, 700, 800, 900, 1000, 1100 110-60 adjustable 12 pack
Medallion™-XR Stainless Steel Target Point 50412 1300, 1500, 1800, 2000 60-40 adjustable 12 pack

On the money end I paid about $12.25 for a complete arrow to include vanes. 

In summary, I would say that these are sweet, well made, shafts, they come in a great range of spine offerings and  in long enough lengths to accommodate not only youth archers but also older blokes like me who for one reason or another are shooting lightweight bows.

C.

 

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I’m back

Some weeks ago I shot in the Maine State indoor Championship and did terrible. Shot one of my lowest scores in competition ever. I had all sorts of things go wrong. I couldn’t pull through the clicker consistently, I ran out of time with an arrow to shoot, I shot through the clicker, I dropped an arrow on the floor ahead of me and forgot to re-shoot it, you name it I did it.

Pro-shooter, Dave Cousins who was shooting a couple lanes from me was probably wondering “who let this guy in..”

Dave Cousins

Dave Cousins who shot a clean 300 – 60 x’s

I mean it really all went wrong, and it sounds bad but actually it was perfect. I was beaming and proud of having entered and shot the championship.

Archers on the line at Lakeside Archery

Archers on the line at Lakeside Archery

You see, I hadn’t shot a bow for nearly 6 months, because I’d hurt my shoulder, specifically my rotator cuff, I didn’t tear it but as the physical therapist put it I “impinged it”.

A few weeks prior I had picked my bow back up along with a new pair of ultra-light 14 pound limbs (16 lbs at my draw) and half a dozen skinny 2000 spine arrows (Carbon Express Medallion-XR’s).

The state championship was conveniently 3 weeks away so it gave me an ideal goal. I didn’t pre-register, I just made a deal with myself that If I felt I was up for it I’d shoot it as a walk-in, If I didn’t think I could handle it I’d go as a spectator.

I spent two weeks re-learning correct and safe form at a bale to prevent re-injuring myself. I also spent time with a physical therapist, a Formaster and a new daily routine strengthening my shoulder and back with stretch bands and 5 pound weights.

Scoring

One week before the tournament I switched to practicing on target. My bow was out of tune, as I really needed to crank it up an extra pound to get my arrows flying right but I didn’t dare go up in weight, so with my setup untuned I practiced on. Practiced every chance I got, by the end of the week I was feeling confident that I might have a chance against some of the eight year olds so with that bit of confidence I entered.

As already mentioned my score was poor but my heart and pride are full. Stepping up to the line had far more to do with creating a new beginning for myself than it did my performance, because, this is just a start, I now have an opportunity for a lot more archery and a strong and secure feeling that I’m back.

C.