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FAQ - Manufacturing

Find answers to recurring questions and myths about Citadel.

Q: Why do you refer to your Citadel ShootDown deer hunting tower stands as "TowerStands"

A: Conventional deer hunting tower stands are variously referred to by their manufacturer as deer blinds, deer stands, tower stands, shooting houses, box blinds, box stands, rifle boxes, etc To try and avoid all the confusion, we here at Citadel refer to the entire structure as "TowerStand", to the steel assembly as " tower", and to the fiberglass enclosure as "deer blind.

Q: Why is the Citadel ShootDown TowerStand shaped so differently than conventional box-shaped deer stands and blinds?

A: The Citadel ShootDown TowerStand is the result of 15 years of extensive research and design. It is the only tower stand designed "from the ground up" with the bow hunter in mind. All other "bow blinds" are half-hearted attempts to convert a conventional rifle box blind to a bow blind. Their resulting slit windows and cramped quarters diminish your view, cut your effective field-of-fire, and limit your ability to draw your bow effectively. The upshot is frustrating hunts, missed opportunities, and longer odds of bringing home a trophy buck.

Q: Where are Citadel ShootDown TowerStands manufactured?

A: The steel towers and fiberglass deer blinds are carefully constructed by our gifted team of artisans in Grayson County, Texas.

Q: Aren't all fiberglass deer blinds basically the same?

A: Many conventional gel-coated fiberglass deer blinds are made from a single layer of fiberglass. Because they aren't properly insulated, these deer blinds tend to be too hot in the early season, too cold in the rut and late season, and way too loud all year round.

Q: What are Citadel deer blinds made of?

A: Citadel ShootDown deer blinds are a composite "Unibody structure" formed from an enveloping layer of thick fiberglass shell, two inner sheets of glass mat, and a core of insulating foam.

Q: With what material are Citadel ShootDown deer blinds insulated?

A: Citadel ShootDown deer blind roof, eaves, and torso are manufactured using Atlas Rboard® rigid foam commercial-grade insulation (not styrofoam insulation like many conventional deer blinds). Rboard® is a high-density commercial-grade closed cell polyisocyanurate foam core that is reinforced with a glass-mat facer on both sides. We coat the Rboard® inside and out with a continuous shell of fiberglass. This enveloping fiberglass shell is what gives our deer blinds their unusual rigidity and durability. The floor and walls are covered to the windows with marine-grade carpet. The carpet is glued in place and reinforced with a riveted steel band.

Q: What are Citadel ShootDown deer blind floors made of?

A: New for the 2015 model: Citadel ShootDown deer blinds now come with the highest-quality floors of any deer blind on the market. These floors represent the new deer blind industry gold standard. Our deer blind floors are custom-formed using an injection molded, fiberglass-clad, high-density polyurethane foam called KAY-CEL.

KAY-CEL is extremely rigid, durable, and has an excellent strength coefficient. It is also a good thermal insulator and noise barrier. KAY-CEL is now commonly used as a replacement for marine-grade plywood in top-of-the-line cabin cruisers and luxury yachts in high stress, often submerged areas such as transoms and bulkheads.

Because our KAY-CEL polyurethane deer blind floors are impervious to water and WILL NOT ROT, our deer blind floors come with a limited lifetime warranty. If your floor rots out during the lifetime of the purchaser, we'll replace it - no questions asked.

Q: How are your Citadel deer blinds constructed?

A: We created the unique shape of the Citadel ShootDown deer blind using advanced computer-aided design (CAD) programs. We cut each piece of Rboard® foam insulation to precise dimensions with computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) programs and state-of-the-art CNC machines. We then carefully arrange the Rboard® pieces and coat them inside and out with a sturdy fiberglass shell to arrive at our rigid unibody deer blind.

Q: Why are Citadel ShootDown deer blinds painted instead of gel coated?

A: Deer blinds with gel coat finish look great at first -- After all, the best fishing boats, ski boats, and sports cars are gel coated fiberglass. But, unlike deer blinds, no one in his right mind would leave an expensive boat or sports car unprotected in the hot sun year after year. Because the combination of sunlight and fresh air causes deer blinds with gel coat to oxidize, degrade, and fade. Gel coated deer blinds eventually develop an unattractive white, chalky residue. The gel coat finish can be restored using a wet sander, rubbing compound, fiberglass polish, and a coat of wax. Then the gel coated deer blind will again be as bright as a new penny. A painted deer blind will also fade over time. The good news is that it's much easier to add a new coat of paint to your deer blind every few years than to restore a gel coat finish.

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