Martin Firehawk Review

Martin Firehawk

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Martin Firehawk Review4.552 out of 2 user reviews


  • Quick & Quiet
  • Good Shootability
  • Affordable
  • Broad draw weight range


  • Not as fast as its big brother (Firecat)

Editors' review

The Martin FireHawk is a short axle to axle bow that has impressive IBO speeds. It is packed with features that make it a shootable and viable choice for hunting or recreational use. Seemingly with a price tag at around $479 this bow will be affordable to many archers.


The finish on the Firehawk is a durable coating that is available in three color options, Next camouflage, hunter black and midnight blue.


The riser on this rig machined from aluminum and is designed to be rigid and forgiving at the same time. With eight cut outs along the length of the riser to reduce weight, it helps this bow weigh in at only 3.4 pounds.

Limbs/Limb Pockets

Outfitted on the FireHawk are Martin's Coreflex laminated limbs. These limbs are constructed from a high compression three part laminate, making these limbs tough, durable and made to last a lifetime. The limb pockets are pivoting roto limb cups that are lightweight and maintain a secure alignment of the limbs.


This rig equipped with the Thermal V grip which represents the third generation of Martin's thermal grip design. It is made of Omega V vibration dampening material and leather to give you a warm feel in cold weather situations.

Eccentric System

The Firehawk features the C.A.T hybrid duo cam system. C.A.T stands for cam actuated timing, which amounts to these cams are linked together keeping them in sync at all times. This system boasts an impressive 320 fps IBO rating along with a comfortable 80% let off. The draw length can be adjusted without the aid of a bow press and has a range of 25-30". The FIrehawk also has a draw weight range of 35-70 pounds and a forgiving 7" brace height. This system also has an adjustable draw stop peg for fine tuning draw length and let off.

Other Components

This bow has several vibrations dampening components installed on it which are as follows; STS shock terminator suppressor, the V.E.M(vibration escape module) and a silent arrow shelf as well. Also this rig is equipped with the CCS cable containment system which is basically Martin's version of the roller guard.


Some archers will agree that the Firehawk has a smooth draw but does have a noticeable hump into the valley due to the aggressive nature of the cams. Once at full draw it has a solid back wall and is very easy to hold back with its 80% let off. Martin has outfitted this bow with many vibration dampening components and its shows when you shoot the bow. It also has very little vibration and quiet at the shot.

Firehawk vs. Firecat

These two bows are very similar in appearance and have nearly all of the same components. There are two main things that set these bows apart, which is axle to axle length and IBO speed. The FireHawk is 29 3/4" axle to axle with an IBO speed of 320 fps and the Martin Firecat is a longer 32 1/4" with a 345 fps IBO.


This rig seems like an ideal hunting rig, the short axle to axle assures you can fit a shot into many different situations you might run into while hunting. Other attributes like being quiet, fast and nearly vibe free makes this a good choice for the bow hunter or recreational shooter.


With the draw weight range of the FIrehawk being 35-70 pounds this bow can be compatible with a wide range of archers. Its short axle to axle length make it a shoe in for tree stand hunting and having many characteristics that make this bow very shootable are good reasons to give this rig a second look. The Firehawk also has a price point that isn't going to break the bank that almost anyone can afford.
Bow Martin Firehawk Martin Firecat
Version 2010 2010 TR2
Picture Martin Firehawk Martin Firecat
Brace Height 7 " 7 "
AtA Length 30 " 32.25 "
Draw Length 25 " - 30 " 26 " - 30 "
Draw Weight 40 lbs - 70 lbs 50 lbs - 70 lbs
IBO Speed 315 fps - 320 fps 335 fps - 345 fps
Weight 3.4 lbs 3.5 lbs
Let-Off 80% 65% - 80%
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User Reviews

  • 2 reviews
  • ( out of 2 reviews for all versions)
  1. A great bow for the price

    Version: 2009 Martin Firehawk


    Pros: It is a very accurate and easy to shot and the grip are nice for hunting it never cold and it’s very reliable bow has not let me down

    Cons: Not the smooths draw but not the worst

    Full review:
    I shot the 100gr three blade rage and I have shot two deer at 40 yards and had a pass through shot both times I don’t know the real ibo I bought the bow new in 09 I shot it almost every day and all I have had to do is put a string on because it was wore out
    It is all that I deer hunt with I think it’s great for the money

  2. Awesome ! Small ! Accurate ! Never buy another bow ever !

    Version: 2010 Martin Firehawk Mag


    Pros: Like everything!

    Cons: Nothing!!!

    Full review:
    I’ve owned 5 bows in my life 4 martins and one PSE. I shot a 7 pointer 191 lbs sitting on a bucket! It was 50 yards away, and dropped blatting immediately! I have a Leupold Vandetta bow mounted range finder mounted on it. I can hit a cigarette pack from 10 to 70 yards every shot. My buddies come over with cross bows, and I ️out shoot them all day long!!! I won’t even tell you how many Mathews bows I’ve smoked with it!!

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