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Avoid Punching The Trigger with your Archery Bow Release

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I think that it is safe to say that the most important part of shooting a bow and arrow with an archery bow release aid is to focus on form. The technicalities may differ from shooter to shooter, but one thing remains constant. If you are able to repeat your stance, form, style (whatever you want to call it) then you will have a greater chance at success. Through my years of shooting with a bow release aid, I have learned that the biggest culprit for many shooters is punching the trigger.

 

Punching the Trigger on Your Release

Punching the trigger is something that you should avoid at all costs when shooting with a bow release. It will undoubtedly take away from your concentration and cause your shots to go astray.

To avoid this common mistake, there are a few things that you will want to be aware of:

  • Make sure that the trigger sits on either the first or middle joint of your shooting finger. This will help with achieving consistent form.
  • Shorten your release if possible to gain more control over the trigger
  • Do not grip the release!
  • The heavier the trigger, the less instance there will be to “punch”

Flow with the Bow Release

One thing that all of the good shooters out there agree upon, is that they do not over think the shot. Over thinking the shot will most certainly send your arrows  towards unintended targets. Having good-repeatable form means that you do not have to [over ]worry about taking the shot. It will come naturally to you.

The best advice that I ever heard,  was that the secret to shooting well with a bow release was that you should focus your energy on aiming. If you are focused on aiming, there is no reason why you should be “punching” the trigger. It might sound a bit crazy at first, but once you learn to shoot by surprise, you will never go back to how you used to shoot.

Now that you have a few extra tips, you need to head out there and practice. Shooting form will be slightly different for every shooter, but the one thing that should remain the same is the pursuit of consistency. If you practice enough, you should be able to make those shots in your sleep!

Thecrossbowstore.com has Moved to A New Location!

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New location for thecrossbowstore.com

We are now located just off the Santa Anita Exit from the 60 freeway.

The crossbowstore.com has moved! That’s right, we have moved to a new and improved warehouse. We needed a location with a little more space to house the growing inventory that our customers demand.  The  lease that we signed ensures that we will be here for many years to come. We have moved from 9329 Klingerman St to 1434 Santa Anita Ave. It is just down the street from our old warehouse. We are located directly across the street from  the City of South El Monte Public Safety Center. If you are in the neighborhood feel free to stop by and check out our showroom.

We will still have all of the same low price deals on all of our equipment. If you stop in, you are more than welcome to check out our products for yourself. Our company’s success is due in large part to our loyal customers. Many of you have been with us since the beginning! I wanted to take a quick moment to thank you personally for your patronage. This thanks goes to our regular customers as well as our wholesale customers. Without all of you, this transition couldn’t have happened. The entire team came over in the move, so you know that you will get the same excellent customer service that you have come to expect from the crossbowstore.com.

We have an array of things planned that go along with this move, one of which is the introduction of South El Monte’s very own indoor archery range. It is exciting to see the changes that are happening and the customers that have already stopped by have shared our enthusiasm. We would love to have you stop by and check it out for yourself!

Use an Archery Bow Carrier to Get to the Sweet Spot

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Archery bow racks can help you get to even the most secluded spots

If you are anything like me, then you like to practice in relatively secluded areas. I realized very quickly that I did not want to go to the areas that everyone knew about, but rather, I wanted to be alone with my buddies as we practiced. Going to a place that has a high amount of traffic tends to throw me off as I am practicing. The catch 22 here is that if I want to hunt in secluded areas, I am going to consistently need some way to get there. I have found that using an ATV to get me to my location ends up giving me the best results.

A bow case is good for certain situations, but is not optimal when you are riding a quad to get to your desired location. This is the reason that I enjoy using an archery bow carrier on my 4-wheeler. If you are looking for something that will provide a stable and secure ride for your bow then you should get an archery bow carrier.

Archery bow carriers are hunting racks that are built for the task at hand. They are made specifically with the bow hunter in mind. They have more than enough capacity to carry a few bows on them safely at once as well as much of the hunting gear that you would take on your hunting trip with you. One thing that I would recommend to you is that you should invest in some good tie-down straps or paracord hooks if you are planning to carry a substantial load on the archery bow carrier. This will help to keep them both snug and secure.

Caution: Always Use a Bow Stringer

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Always make sure that you use a bow stringer

One of the most overlooked archery accessories is the bow stringer. I don’t know, maybe people just do not think that they need one when they are restringing their archery or hunting bow. I cannot tell you how beneficial these inexpensive accessories are.

Most of us that have had been using the ol’ push and pull method for years are sitting here saying that there is no need for one. I had said that until a few days ago when I was stringing my recurve bow, when it slipped and almost hit my face!

I have heard of people who were still wearing their archery finger tabs or a shooting glove when they were trying to unstring their bow without the use of a bow stringer. Well, their hand slipped and almost took out their entire eye ball. Their eye has completely shut so now they can only see out of one eye — 10 stitches later and I think this person has learned their lesson.

The safer method to use would be the strep through method. This at least keeps the bow a little further away from your face, but it still has the potential to do some damage. It keeps the bow pointed the other way, but I still recommended that people use a bow stringer.

Accidents CAN happen if you do not use a bow stringer!

Many of the archers and bow hunters who have sustained these injuries speak of having irreparable damage done to their eye. Many will never see the same again. You do not want to take any chances hurting your eyes/eye sight, so it is best to just use a bow stringer.

No matter how many times you have done this, remember that it takes just one slip. As always make sure that the string is in the proper groove, and always make sure that you use a bow stringer. It’s not worth losing your eye.

How Do I Cock My Crossbow?

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Getting a crossbow cocked can be a very difficult task if you do not know what you are doing. If you are new to crossbows, there are a few ways that you would be able to get the bow cocked. You could use your hands, which is the way that most people start, but this way tends to be more burdensome for some shooters. The way that I cock my crossbow is by using a rope cocking device. This item can cut your effort to cock your crossbow in half! If your particular model accepts it, you could also use a crank that will make it almost effortless to get your weapon to full draw. Most crossbows do not have a crank cocking device that they are able to use.Cocking your crossbow shouldn't be the hardest part of your outing.

The first way that I recommend you cock your crossbow would be with the use of a rope cocking device. This type of cocking device helps to cut the force that is required to draw the crossbow back, in half. This would mean that you would only need to pull 75 pounds on a crossbow that has a 150 pound draw weight, if you had a rope cocking device. You place your foot, in the foot stirrup on the piece of equipment and then attach the hooks on the rope cocking device to the string on your crossbow. Once the hooks are secure, you pull on the t-handles to cock the device.

There are also some versions that are on the market that accept the crank cocking aid attachment. If your crossbow accepts the crank cocking device then all you need to do is attach it to the machine and hook the clips onto the string. You will be cranking the rope back in a fashion similar to that of reeling in a fish on a fishing rod. It’s as simple as that! Then you move the cocking device out of the way and you are good to go. Do not use the crank to un-cock the machine. You will damage both the bow and the crank. The only way to safely un-cock it is to fire an arrow into an animal, or into the ground.

How to use your Crossbow Accessories: The Crossbow Stringer

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Make sure to use a crossbow stringer

Have you ever wanted to learn how to string a crossbow? Let me first start out saying that this crossbow stringing method is mainly for recurve crossbows. Anything that has to be done to service a compound crossbow has to be done with the use of a bow press.

When you pick up the crossbow stringer, you will notice one of two things. You will either have a string with coated cable around the end loops or a string that has two plastic rings on the edge of the string.

The process starts with you putting the crossbow stringer loops around both edges of the crossbow limbs so that they are securely fit. You should then place your foot in the foot stirrup and pull the crossbow stringer in the same fashion that you would when you are cocking the crossbow.

Once you have done that, you get the replacement crossbow string that you are going to put on the crossbow. You put the crossbow string through the loops that are on this particular crossbow accessories ends and then onto the crossbow limbs. You want to make sure that this is done on both sides of the stringer and that it is securely fastened before proceeding.

Once the string is securely on the limbs, you need to place your foot back in the foot stirrup and move the safety switch from the “safety” position to the “fire” position.  You will grab the crossbow stringer and pull on it a bit so that it lets off. Take off the crossbow stringer and you are good to go. If you are ever interested in taking the string on or off, you would repeat the same process and just remove/place the string back onto/off of the bow.

There you go! It was as simple as that. Your crossbow is now strung, thanks to one of these wonderful crossbow accessories. If you are more of a visual learner, please feel free to check out  our Youtube Video on how to string our MK-150 Crossbow. If you have any questions, comments of concerns, please feel free to leave a comment.

Different Types of Archery Bow Cases

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Make sure that you protect your investment this summer by choosing and archery bow case that is going to suit your needs. When searching for a bow case, you need to ensure that it is going to be best suited for your specific bow/needs. A compound bow version is going to be different then a recurve bow version for many reasons. You are going to have to consider your particular setup in order to get the best product.Both soft and hard archery cases offer the shooter distinct benefits.

There are a few features that you are going to want to have in your archery bow case. First and foremost you need to make sure that you get a holder that offers you a good level of protection. The higher quality holders will also be lightweight and offer you a decent amount of extra space for accessories. You must also make sure that you make the decision on whether you want a hard case, or a soft case for your setup.

If you are going for a hard bow case then you can be assured that it will be sturdy, but it will also be heavy. This type of case can offer you increased levels of  protection They are also typically great for long term storage. Before purchasing a hard case, you should be aware that they are more rigid and will be heavier than the soft versions.

One of the major upsides to a soft bow case is that they are very lightweight, so that would mean that they would be perfect for someone who has to travel long distances to their bow hunting location. The downside to these is that they are not meant to be thrown around so you need to be aware that they do not offer the same amount of stiff protection that a hard version would. I have found that soft cases work best, with people who are always moving around with their bow.

Choosing Archery Targets

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Make sure you hit your mark.

They say that practice makes perfect. This is probably the truest statement that can be said when talking about using a bow and arrow. If you cannot perfect your technique, then there is no way that you are going to be able to make the shot when it really counts. It is for this reason that I would recommend that every shooter gets the best quality archery targets. There is a lot of wear and tear that happens to targets when they get arrow after arrow shot into their core. You should know that a new target is a welcome addition during any part of the year, but getting one in the summer months kills two birds with one stone.

Since many aspiring shooters are on vacation from school, there are going to be a lot of targets that will be on the market but you should be sure to get one that is suited to your shooters needs. If the person you are getting the archery targets for is into bow hunting then I would recommend that you look at the Rinehart Targets. They have many deer targets that offer the shooter a lifelike animal to shoot at. These versions tend to have graphical depictions of the animals vital organs so that they can practice getting that sought after double-lung shot. Always keep in mind that good archery equipment can go a long way.

Targets come in all shapes and sizes. The one thing that stays the same is the pursuit of accuracy.

If the shooter you are buying for is into target archery, then I would recommend that you go towards the Morrell Targets. These are heavy bag targets that can take round after round of punishment from arrows. You can get these versions with traditional (circle)  archery targets on them, but they also offer some animal patterns to differentiate the items that you are shooting at. If you get the proper archery supplies, then all parties will benefit. The shooter will get more practice, and you will be remembered when they are portioning out the meat from their most recent harvest.

Benefits and Properties of Bow Stabilizers

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Bow Stabilizer's help reduce noise and vibration. They also help to stabilize the bow, giving you better accuracy.
First off, let me state that the archery bow stabilizers that a target archer would use are different than the type that would be the most beneficial to someone who was bow hunting. The main difference between the two is going to be the length of the stabilizer. The version that target archers use is usually 3-4 times longer than the version that hunters use and they are typically made from rubber or carbon. While they may look different, their essential functions are the same. These devices act as a noise and vibration suppression system as well as a mechanism to help stabilize the bow–hence the name.

Most of the models that you will find on the market will have some form of plastic on them because it is a material that provides excellent noise suppression and vibration dampening capabilities. The manufacturers of these items are trying to transition towards using lighter, more aerodynamic materials like carbon to make their bow stabilizers, but nothing yet has been able to match the specific capabilities of rubber.

It should be noted, that modern hunting bows are built with specifications so that you do not need any bow stabilizer that is too long. If you are looking to purchase one of these items for bow hunting, then I would recommend that you choose one in the 4-10 inch range. It is a personal observation of mine, that purchasing a version that is about 5 inches should give you the benefits that you would need out in the field. These benefits would include reduced hand shock and vibration, less torque, and less noise.

As with any other purchase in this industry, you have to make sure that you get archery bow stabilizers that are suited to your needs. Some shooters will prefer a heavier front end, or a longer stabilizer. Head to your local archery shop and test out as many models as you can to ensure that you end up with the product that you were looking for.

Make Your Memories Viral With GoPro Adventure Cameras

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GoPro is all about production value. Their goal since inception has always been centered around the experience.  Capture, Creation, Broadcast, and Recognition. This is the company’s motto, and we at thecrossbowstore.com are behind it. The introduction of the GoPro Hero in 2009 set off a frenzy in a bleak action sports camera market. They improved upon their original cameras by listening to what their customers want. The transition from the GoPro Hero, to the 2, 3, and now the GoPro Hero 3+ has been incremental, but substantial.

These GoPro adventure cameras have staked their flag at the top of a now competitive market, but what has differentiated the GoPro Hero cameras from the rest? The following list are a few of the things that I enjoyed:

      • Updated and improved optic lens
      • Much more accessible than the GoPro Hero 3 with gloves
      • [Almost] inaudible wind noise
      • “SuperView” setting is very engaging
      • 4K @ 15FPS (among other good settings)
      • Long Range Wifi
      • Great in low light mode
      • Improved battery life compared to the GoPro Hero 3

This is by no means an exhaustive list of the bevy of features that are offered on the new GoPro Hero 3+. These are simply the few that I chose stood out. I have had or tested many of the previous models and I can tell you that there is a reason why this camera is leading the pack. The people over at GoPro do not only have a focus on their customers; they have a focus on their customers audience as well. This is what has made the company. Don’t wait, grab the new GoPro Hero 3+ and make your memories viral!