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Well yeah, if you listen to the podcast I posted, the owner was 81 years old. He wanted the company to go to another hands on single/private owner that would keep the company traditions. Also, the average tenure of employees is 25+ years.Heard that already... But they have not done a lot and other brands bow companies paid Darton for use of their Patents ie cam designs. And possible the engineering to keep said patents has come to the end. Or maybe the guy is aged to the point he wants to retire and get out of the Business? As Darton has been around since the Late 1970's not sure if the same people have been there all that Time? But had an SL50 my first Compound and it never really worked well as to getting arrows to fly well. Arrow under Spined did not know much then as I do now. Only can wait and see what happens as other brands have come and gone as Things Change in the industry what ever happen to another MI Brand "Wheeler" think was the brand with a few decent models they had been gone a long time now?
Only will wait and see what Happens with Darton!
I was just looking at a Viper in a archery shop up in TC. $40 thought what the hell, I should pick it up. Still might.Sure lots of people here have fond memories of Darton bows. Mine was a Viper cranked to the max, like 75lbs. Was a thumper with the big aluminum arrows I had and 31.5” draw. Had an Eradicator sight on it. Still have the bow.
Bought my first bow at ernos. I was 9. It was a bear mini mag or something like that. 4 yrs later I traded it in at floyds archery in flint. They gave me the price I paid new for the bear bow on a trade in. I bought the darton 50mx. It was same as the SL 50 with wood limbs except they put cams on it. Some of the first cams darton sold i believe. I was so proud of that bow back then! Also bought hawk aluminum climbing stand that summer. Spent all my hay bailing money at floyds.My first bow was a Darton SL-30. Never killed a deer with it, but spent many hours learning to shoot when I was 12. Dad bought it for me at a place called Erno’s Archery near Freeland.
Pretty sure that bow is still around in my Dad’s barn somewhere.