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Old 08-15-2012, 10:14 PM
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I just bought one of these and I feel like I got a real good deal. Do any of yall have them and how do you like it?

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Old 08-15-2012, 10:41 PM
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Takes a little getting used to but I love mine.
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Old 08-15-2012, 10:43 PM
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Takes a little getting used to
You can say that again! First I used a climber w/o a front bar. Not bad once you get used to it though. They are great for bowhunting. And if you got a good deal, you done good!!
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Old 08-15-2012, 10:45 PM
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I wont hunt with any other.
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Old 08-15-2012, 10:46 PM
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It's only been hunted out of 2 times and I got it for $150
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Old 08-15-2012, 10:47 PM
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I have 2 but they get a little rough on the butt sitting for 4 hrs
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Old 08-15-2012, 10:49 PM
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I love mine for shorter hunts or where I do not have a loc on
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Old 08-15-2012, 10:59 PM
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I love mine.

I've found that grabbing the two angled bars on the back and putting my elbows the seat is the easiest way to climb. I can climb way faster in my openshot than in a standup/sit down climber
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Old 08-16-2012, 05:45 AM
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I love mine.

I've found that grabbing the two angled bars on the back and putting my elbows the seat is the easiest way to climb. I can climb way faster in my openshot than in a standup/sit down climber
That^^ Plus, I ordered mine with the largest platform they had, like comes on the Goliath...makes a huge difference in the comfort of this stand. I love mine!
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Old 08-16-2012, 09:00 AM
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Yep, gettting tougher to climb with for this 45 yo "fatty", but it's comfortable. I do have the deeper 28 3/4" platform though. That shorter one that comes with it ain't big enough for me.
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Old 08-16-2012, 09:09 AM
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I love mine.

I've found that grabbing the two angled bars on the back and putting my elbows the seat is the easiest way to climb. I can climb way faster in my openshot than in a standup/sit down climber
A while back someone posted a picture of theirs with some padding wrapped around those angled bars. I immediately did the same thing to mine!
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Old 08-16-2012, 09:11 AM
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One of our fine members here gave me a Summit Cobra. Very light weight and I like the hanging seat with the secure feeling of having the rails on my sides.
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Old 08-16-2012, 09:25 AM
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Ive got the top part only of one of those if anybody's interested cheap. Dont use it and took it on a trade.
No platform.
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Old 08-16-2012, 11:12 AM
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I've got a Bushmaster stand that I got on sale from Cabelas last year and it's made by Summit, real similar to the Open Shot. I very rarely use it. I hate climbing with it and find myself using my Viper more than anything.
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Old 08-16-2012, 11:27 AM
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Does Summit make a climber that can be used with or without the rail? Im looking at getting a new climber, and always liked Summit. The climber I use now can be used with or without the rail. Thats a feature I really like. I would like to find one with the same If possible.
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Old 08-16-2012, 11:35 AM
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Love how light they are and no bar in the front for bow hunting.

I've had the open shot before, now have the cobra (didn't know what it was called..thanks Jody).

The seat is a bit more comfy on the cobra than the open shot, but both are top notch for bow hunting. I will say, having a harness on is essential.
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Old 08-16-2012, 12:00 PM
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Does anyone know of somebody thats looking to sell an Openshot?
Cause im looking to buy one and was hoping a could find one used for a reasonable price.

Thanks OR
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Old 08-16-2012, 03:19 PM
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Ive got the top part only of one of those if anybody's interested cheap. Dont use it and took it on a trade.
No platform.
Someone needs to buy this one. I have the Goliath top and an Open shot top, and use both with my Viper bottom section. Two stands in one!
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Old 08-16-2012, 09:57 PM
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Did I get a good deal?
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Old 08-16-2012, 09:59 PM
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Considering they are about $250 or better, I'd say YES!
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Old 08-17-2012, 06:54 AM
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i hunt with the summit cobra which is the older version of the open shot its a little bit bigger but i love it. wouldn't hunt out of any other stand.
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Old 08-17-2012, 08:51 AM
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i hunt with the summit cobra which is the older version of the open shot its a little bit bigger but i love it. wouldn't hunt out of any other stand.
I bought a Cobra top section to go with my Viper stand years ago when I got serious about bow hunting. It didn't take long for me to use the Cobra exclusively, gun or bow.
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Old 08-17-2012, 08:56 AM
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I bought a Summitt Razor a few years ago, and it was a nice stand, but not quite what I needed. It was a decent trad bow hunting stand with the sit and climb bar that would fold away. It also served well for a rifle stand, but not perfect. I found adjusting the bar a pain. I wanted more freedom of shooting out of a bow stand, and a permanent sit bar for a rifle stand.

After some research, I found that the Razor, Viper, Blade SD, Dagger SD, and Goliath climbers all used the same bottom section. I really wanted an Open Shot top section for bowhunting, but the bottom section that comes with the Open Shot is 20" wide by 24 3/4" long, which was too small for me. I ended up buying just the top from Summitt, and using the bottom section from my Razor which measures 20" wide by 28 3/4" long. Perfect bowhunting stand! I sold the top section of my Razor and bought a Goliath top section and an Open Shot top section. Now I have two stands in one! The perfect bow stand and the perfect rifle stand. I've heard that Summitt will sell any combo that you want.

Here is how I have modified the Open Shot. She comes with a very comfortable cushion and an open frame underneath. I found the cushion would slide around some and fall through the hole. I remedied that with a piece of 3/16" ABS plastic. I thin piece of plywood would serve well here.





I then stuck a piece of industrial velcro on each side where the seat contacts in the lower position.



I climb with my forearms resting on the cushion, while griping these 45 deg braces near the rear of the stand. I cut lengths of broom stick down the center, and wrapped some cord over them to make comfortable grips.



I like a pull rope that stays attached to the stand. I came up with this cleat system made out of a piece of marine starboard scrap.





Any hand climber requires a little more work in climbing, but if a fat guy like me can do it, most others should be able to manage. I'm 5' 10" and weigh 240! My abs are sore after making a couple of climbs, but the effort is well worth it for me. I always plan to start a month before the season making a couple of climbs in my backyard each morning to "get in shape", but It never works out!





A couple of military surplus A.L.I.C.E. pack straps make carrying it a breeze!
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Old 08-17-2012, 07:59 PM
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great idea for the rope! i have a bow holder on the left sife of mine and a quiver hold on the right side. i wrap my rope around the bottom of the stand. if i think about it tomorrow i'll take some pictures of it and post them.
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Do yourself a favor and go by a can of the truck bedliner stuff. Paint the base, not only will help cut your noise and also better traction when standing.
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