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For 2010 New Archery Products (NAP) introduced a new drop-away rest, the Apache.  The Apache is an inexpensive rest with a simple action that is mainly aimed at hunters who want a durable, dependable rest that won’t break the bank.  How did NAP pull this off and were they successful?  Could the many features be pulled off at a reasonable price?

Models, Availability and Price of the NAP Apache

At the time of this review the Apache is only available in a right hand version with black finish.  The rest is widely available and it appears most shops and online stores are offering the Apache.  The MSRP is $59.99, and it pretty much sells for this everywhere.  Bass Pro Shops stocks the Apache and it can be purchased here:
New Archery Products Apache Drop-Away Arrow Rest
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Structure and Operation of the Apache Rest

There are all sorts of different drop away rests from the simple to the complex, the expensive to the cheap.  The Apache falls into the simple style and is inexpensive though does not have a cheap feel.  All of the structural components are metal, including the full containment arms that prevent the arrow from falling off of the rest.  Noise is minimized through a generous pad around the containment arms and a black moleskin-like material that lines the launcher arm.

Like many drop-away rests, the Apache is actuated by a cord that is tied to the downward moving cable.  As the bow is drawn, the cord pulls the launcher arm into an upward position.  There is a flat section on the launcher arm assembly that hits a pin and prevents the rest from rising any further (see yellow arrows in the image.)  This ensures that the launcher arm stops in the same position every time.  As the arm rises, a coiled spring is tensioned within the rest body and at the release of the bow, the spring unwinds and pulls the launcher arm out of the path of the arrow.

Setup, Tuning and Shooting the Apache

Setup of the Apache was fairly simple.  There is one main bolt and a set screw to secure the rest to the bow, along with an optional, fitted plastic plate that goes between the rest and the bow if the rest needs to sit further from the riser.  I installed the plated not because I needed the rest moved to the right of the riser, but because it provided a nice way to mount the rest onto the bow without the metal part of the rest touching the camouflage of the bow, thus preventing any chipping the might occur to the finish.

Once installed, it was a simple matter to serve the cord to the cable and set the proper length.  The instructions that come with the rest are easy to understand and follow.  Setting the length of the cord was a matter of loosening the cord set screw, pulling the cord tight while the bow was at rest, drawing the bow back and allowing the cord to pull through the the rest, letting down and tightening the cord set screw.  I only had to try this once and it set the cord length perfectly and I have not touched it since.

Tuning the Apache uses the rest’s finest feature: tool-less adjustment!  Vertical and horizontal adjustment of the rest is accomplished by loosening the appropriate knob and sliding the rest.  There are laser cut marks to help with gauging the position of the rest and how much it is moved.  Once the knob is loosened, the rest slides freely along either the horizontal or vertical dovetail so it is important to note the starting position of the rest before moving it, otherwise the rest slides freely and it can be easy to over-adjust.  Perhaps in the future a micro-adjust version will be made available.

For this review the rest was installed on a Bowtech Destroyer 350.  This bow has been very easy to tune with every other rest I have put on it and the Apache was no exception.  A few arrows through paper and about a dozen shots with bare shafts had everything lined up and ready to go.  Because the arrow has to be brought straight in from the top into the narrow channel, it took me awhile to get used to loading the arrow.  Of course this is the very feature that fully contains the arrow, so there is a little give and take.  One pleasant surprise is that I was unable to detect any noise coming from the rest.  The way the launcher lines up with the body of the rest and the added padding resulted in virtually no noise from the rest.

This video shows an overview of the Apache rest along with a couple of shots with the rest:

Conclusion and Final Thoughts on the Apache

For the features that the Apache offers, it is a very capable rest at an excellent price point.  Setup and tuning are quick and easy mostly thanks to the tool-less adjustment.  The full containment is great for those that are looking to use this rest in hunting conditions where the arrow could get knocked off, though it does add significant weight to the rest as a whole.  Overall the Apache offers great bang-for-the-buck.

What I liked about the Apache

  • Easy setup
  • Solid mechanism with little to go wrong
  • Tool-less adjustment!

What I didn’t like about the Apache

  • Right hand only, sorry lefties!
  • Heavier than average for a rest

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