|Jim Fletcher Archery is a well known name in the archery industry offering
a variety of products since 1960. I have used a number of their products
over the years including the well known releases. Fletcher makes
a number of different models to suit target archers and hunters alike.
I was extremely pleased when I got my first glimpse of the new Jim Dandy
release. It is available in two offerings as a loop or a loop/bowstring
release. The loop release utilizes an open right angle jaw for quick
clips onto the string. The loop/bowstring model features a closed
jaw and can be utilized with a loop or clipped directly onto the string.
I received the latter of the two but both feature a rounded radius on the
jaw to ensure no excess wear on the string.
Jim Dandy Bowstring/Loop
What first struck me was that the trigger is set forward which alleviates
draw length loss. I also liked it because I began hunting many moons
ago and used my fingers to release the string. When I evolved to
a release I felt that I lost that fingers feeling. I say this because
most releases change your hand position placing it much farther back.
I prefer the feeling of your index finger closer to your mouth which the
Jim Dandy accommodates rather nicely.
Jim Dandy Loop Release
I really like the compact looks with its machined rounded edges.
The anodized camouflaged look has the Fletcher name on one side and the
name Jim Dandy on the other. For its size it offers one of the most
fluid motions. Two independent rollers, one on the jaw and
the other on the trigger, roll against each other upon release for a very
smooth and consistent action. The spring loaded trigger also accentuates
the very fluid action. The trigger itself is large and with a slight
curve and should fit any shooters style. For a more controlled feeling
I prefer my finger all the way to the inside of the trigger so that it
is resting against the release housing. Others who prefer a shorter
power stroke can move their finger closer to the outside edge of the trigger.
A set screw on the trigger extension can satisfy shooters over the complete
range of the trigger pull sensitivity spectrum. The Jim Dandy can
be set to a very sensitive pull and yet be consistent with no misfires
no matter how hard I tried. Similar releases I have tried have sometimes
been very inconsistent and downright scary resulting in a bloody mouth.
The Jim Dandy can be clipped on to the string directly by either pushing
the string into the release or pulling the trigger open and then pushing
the string on. I prefer the second method because the first makes
an audible click as the release locks onto the string. If you are
using a string loop the second option of pulling the trigger must be used
as the loop is too flexible.
The release is so compact that it doesnít allow for a rotating head.
I had no trouble with it and it felt very comfortable in my anchoring position.
An archer who rotates their wrist out and prefers a rotating head should
not have a problem with this release either. The reason being is
because of the extended trigger and compact size. As an archer rotates
their wrist out their index finger will extend out along the trigger.
Upon full draw the end of their finger will conform to the slight curve
in the extended trigger.
The wrist strap is of a double Velcro manner and is fairly simple to
attach. First wrap each end of the strap around your wrist and secure
one end over the other with Velcro closure. Next a second Velcro
strap wraps over the first closure to provide a very secure lock.
The release connects to the wrist strap by a fairly narrow strap which
runs through your palm. It is extended in length and offers a wide
array of adjustments by doubling back over itself through a bracket.
The bracket attaches to the wrist strap using double webbed stitching for
security and strength. The flexible strap allows the release to fall
out of the way when not in use. This is a plus when needing full
use of your hand.
I however would like to see several more options available with the
availability of a glove style. I prefer that while on stand so that
the release would be quickly available. Because of the Jim Dandyís
small size I believe you could still get away with using your hands with
a glove style attachment.
Design: 4.5 of 5
The machined tolerances are excellent on this release. The compact
size combined with the double roller and spring loaded extended trigger
is an engineerís masterpiece. The very smooth and fluid motion puts
this release right at the top of the class. The compact size also
didnít reduce my draw length. The only thing keeping it from a perfect
five is that I would like to see more available wrist attachment options.
I believe the compact size would make a great glove type release.
I prefer it while on stand so that the release could be quickly available.
Also with the Jim Dandyís compact size I believe you would still have full
use of your hand.
Performance: 5 of 5
As mentioned earlier the trigger was very fluid and consistent no matter
how light the pull. The trigger adjustment allowed for a full range
Comfort/Fit: 4 of 5
The Jim Dandy with the padded wrist sling was very comfortable.
The extended adjustment strap allowed for a wide variety of settings and
should accommodate a great range shooters finger, hand and wrist lengths.
For further information on this or any other Jim Fletcher product
Jim Fletcher archery Aids
Bodfish, CA 93205
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