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What Is A Bow Anchor Sight?

By Lynn Asher

Jul 8, 2005, 01:01

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What is an Anchor Sight?

And what does it do?

For some it takes a few days to get used to this new sighting technology,
for others it takes only a few arrows. When you shoot the Bow Anchor Sight
you will discover a whole New World of knowledge. You will see for the
first time what is really going on with your shot. You will see torque
and learn how to control it. You will know when it was you that blew the
shot and not wonder if it was one of the ten other possibilities. You will
see and react to every error you make and it doesn’t take long before you
begin to improve.

Soon you will be experimenting with range changes using
the increments in the Anchor Sight with one front sight pin. You will shoot
for the pure enjoyment of it because you have control and love it.

You will be amazed how the Anchor Sight holds you to correct form when
shooting from a tree stand and how neat it is to have the freedom of full
target vision. Then there is the added shooting time in the evening hours
and a feeling of confidence when that final moment arrives.

The most common concern I hear from shooters who are considering buying
an Anchor Sight is: “I can’t see taking my eye off the target to look at
the Anchor Sight!” The short answer to that concern is: You will get your
shot off faster using the Anchor Sight than a string Peep sight. The reason
is, the Anchor Sight will be set up to your natural anchor point.

So when
you draw and anchor, you will see the dot very near the center of the circle
on the lens so it takes very little adjustment to center the dot inside
the circle but that adjustment is often critical for proper placement of
the arrow. It doesn’t take much of an error of angle to miss your target
at 20 or 30+ yards.

Marty Stubsted, long time Proshop owner and veteran hunter had that
very concern. He had shot with a string Peep sight for many years and like
so many experienced Archers was set in his ways. In fact, the Anchor Sight
I gave him sat on the counter in his shop for three weeks before he decided
to try it.

The next call I made I spoke with Randy, Marty?s right hand man, and
he told me that Marty had been shooting it for three days but hadn’t said
anything about it. “Every twenty minutes he picks up his bow and shoots,”
said Randy. About a week later Marty gave me a call and said, “You’ve got
a winner with this sight”. A year later Marty told me he had shot 40 animals
with the Anchor Sight and hadn’t lost an animal or an arrow. Marty sells
Anchor Sights with confidence and he has sold a ton of them.

So what is an Anchor Sight…? It is a scope you look into through
a magnifying lens and view a display which consists of tiny characters
printed on a Glow disc. The characters are dashes and spaces which form
a cross similar to a rifle scope. The characters do not appear small when
viewed through the lens because of the magnification, and because the scope
is attached to the ridged part of the bow (not the string) you are actually
watching a highly magnified movement of the bow and arrow.

In the center of the cross is a dot which you center in the red circle
on the lens, thus creating a Sight Line to your eye. The Sight Line is
always there, like the point of a needle, even though you can?t see it.

If the dot or any character is in the circle, you have positioned the bow
so a Sight Line extends directly to your eye. Any movement of the bow or
your eye will misalign the Bow?s position. When you change the Bow position
you also change the arrows position. So, if you move the bow and view a
dash instead of the dot, you have a new Bow (arrow) position.

The amazing thing is how this all comes together. You can literally
change the arrow impact point by viewing a different character in the display.
Never before has it been possible to shoot a Bow by simply changing the
angle of the bow and viewing that change. You can use one front sight pin
and view a different reference in the Bow Anchor Sight to achieve range changes.
Not only is this a very functional way of shooting, it also demonstrates
how much control you have of the shot. For instance, you can shoot up or
down, left or right of your target. Wherever the dot is in the Anchor Sight
that is where your arrow will strike on the target.

As an example; if you put the first dash that is under
the dot into the center of the red circle, then the dot will be near the
top of the red circle. So if you are sighted in at 20 yards with your 20
yard pin on target, your arrow will strike high like the dot will indicate
and it works the same left and right or up and down.

To range your shot, choose which ever dash or space needed to place
the arrow on target at a given range. A little practice and you will determine,
according to your arrow speed, what reference you use for different ranges.

The difference between a 20 and 30 yard correction as viewed in the Anchor
Sight is very small. We have shooters that shot 60+ yards using their 20
yard pin… Now that this is fresh in your memory lets talk about the Micro

Using the picture, imagine moving the circle to the right with the
Micro adjustment. Now the dot would be off to the left and because you
haven’t moved the bow, that is now your correct sight picture for the 20
yard shot. In order to put the dot back in the circle you would have to
move the angle of the bow. What did you just do? The circle and dot are
now aligned but you had to change the angle of the bow and arrow to make
them align and that changed your arrow flight line to the right.

Another way to look at this is; it?s just like sighting in your bow
or rifle by following the arrow or bullet with the front sight. The dot
is the front sight of the Anchor Sight, so if your arrow is off to the
left then you have to move your dot to the left (circle to the right) and
when you bring the dot back to the right by moving the bow your arrow will
follow. The Horizontal Micro adjustment screw moves the red circle left
or right and the Vertical Micro adjustment screw moves the dot up or down.

The instructions that come with your Anchor Sight makes this point,
which is all you really need to know: If you want the arrow to go to the
right, turn the Horizontal Micro screw to the right. (Clock wise) If you
want the arrow to go up, turn the Vertical Micro adjustment screw to the
right. A 180 degree turn of the Micro screw moves your arrow 4-5 inches
at 20 yards.

No longer are you restricted with an anchor point that you have to
practice over and over again to become a good shot, and the kicker is;
With the Anchor Sight your shooting becomes more natural, faster and more

Lynn Asher (Archery Innovations)

To Purchase a BOW ANCHOR SIGHT in our Online Store Click Here.

Archery Innovations

625 Cleveland Ave SW

McIntosh, MN 56556

Phone: 1-218-563-2800
Email: archeryinnovations@gvtel.com

Web Site:  www.archeryinnovations.com 

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