How to Use a Single Pin Bow Sight


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If you have been browsing the market for a bow sight, and have wondered how to use a single pin bow sight, this brief guide may answer a few of your questions.

When Holless Wilbur Allen invented the compound bow in the 1960’s, I doubt he realized the revolution he was creating. After his new invention eventually caught on, people not only have gone crazy over the bows, but the accessories that go on them as well. Today’s compound bows are incredible compared to the simple pulley system invented by Mr. Allen, and are capable of supreme speed and accuracy. Although the bows are largely responsible for the great accuracy, the accessories also have been making strides and can really improve a shooter’s performance. One recent innovation is the single pin bow sight. These sights are becoming more and more popular, though some people want to know more about how to use a single pin bow sight before diving in and buying one.

Single pin bow sight.

Single pin bow sights clear up the sight picture and can really help improve accuracy.

Single pin bow sights are extremely easy to use. In fact, “easy” is what many people switch to single pin sights are looking for. Single pin sights are great for a few reasons. First off, single pin sights have the major advantage of a clear sight picture. When you look through your peep you only have one choice to make about what pin to use, rather than four or five. Secondly, with a single pin sight you are able to hold on target for every shot, at least in theory. With multi pin sights you have to shoot over or under your pins if the yardage is different from your pin distances. As long as you have time to adjust your sight, single pins take out that guess work.

Single pin sights do have some downsides though. For one, they do require you to adjust the pin before a shot. In hunting situations this can cause you to spend an extra few seconds adjusting your dial with the animal in range. Secondly, you don’t have the ability to make quick yardage changes. For instance, say you range a deer at 40 yards and set your sights accordingly. You adjust your pin and come to full draw. As you do so the deer ambles closer to you, going behind some shrubs as he moves. When he emerges he is at 28 yards. With a single pin sight you are now in a position where you can’t readjust your dial, and you likely won’t be getting a shot at this deer.

Though we’ve discussed the advantages and disadvantages, you still may be wondering how to use a single pin bow sight. The answer is pretty simple really. Single pin sights mount to your bow like a fixed pin sight. They generally have an arm that extends the sight out in front of your bow, so the sight is further in front of the bow. Single pin sights also have a large dial on the outside of the mounting bracket as well. This is the dial that you adjust to change the yardage. When you purchase a sight, these dials are blank. Each sight also comes with sight tape, and you can stick this tape on the dial when sighting in the bow. After using the sight tape you will automatically know every yardage for every single shot. All you have to do is adjust the dial to your known yardage before the shot.

In reality, learning to to use a single pin bow sight isn’t a big challenge. The only major change is using the dial to adjust for your yardage. There are many single pin bow sights on the market today, each with some individual characteristics you may appreciate. If you think the advantages outweigh the disadvantages you may like having one of these accurate sights on your shooting rig.

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