Bowmen Year End

So many things for this archery season.  She added a sight.  She added a stabilizer.  She got a new, heavier poundage bow.  She got a new plunger.  She went out of state.  She shot 40cm.  She made an archery-BFF.  She got outdoor arrows.  She got a new practice bow.  She is rebuilding her shot sequence.  She survived some friends leaving her team.  She got a new mentor.  She trained with and survived her sister.  She started shooting with her mom.  She fought with and then made up with her dad.

She has worked on her form since SLC, but early in the tournament, her fast shot returned.  She fought it some and went with it on other ends.  She improved over SLC, but didn’t reach some of the scores from early in the season.

Overall, the season isn’t easy to chart.  With her equipment changes and target size changes, it’s not easy to compare scores from 40cm to 60cm.

It was a year of some podium finishes, some off days, a lot of practice, a lot of work, a lot of stress, and a lot of growth.  She has more of the same in front of her for several years in and out of archery.  Keep at it kiddo.

Her third place finish!

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Too Much Gear

The younger one is doing pretty well shooting with her (left) hand me down kit (Hoyt Grand Prix Horizon Pro 25″ – still available even with model year turn over) and with a splash of black accessories, the bow doesn’t look like it used to when the older one used it for a palette of ocean colors.

But wait, who is that in the background?  Have we found a home for her right handed bow?

Swap Meet

The Prodigy XT 25 arrived and a whole bunch of other stuff.  Time to get this hand me down process started.  First, time to build up the older kid’s bow with the help of her coach.  We adjusted tillers and checked for staightness.

Her coach had some used limbs we could buy and that means her draw weight poundage is going up.  These limbs are made of wood.  That seems appropriate for her for now.  Future choices include all carbon, foam, and even bamboo.  Sometimes it feels less like innovation and more like product specialization.  Although, the only perspective I have is that of the customer.

Her Shibuya stabilizer, the Shibuya plunger, and Shibuya sight joined some vanity Hoyt tillers and her blue string to make one sharp looking white kit.

Then, on to the refitting of her old bow (Hoyt Grand Prix Horizon).  Black and teal seem to be an acceptable scheme for the younger one.  A teal left handed quiver goes with her new-to-her riser.  More work to do…

Next Bow

There is a JOAD Bow being sold by Lancaster.  Once you select the bow, you go to a configurator.  It’s more of a bow package than a specific bow.  The smaller one wanted a white riser and that is not part of the JOAD bow package, so we had to go a la carte.

She’ll be reusing the hand me down archery equipment bag, her hand me down tool kit, and her own quiver (they shoot opposite hands and can’t share bows or quivers).  All in all it looks something like this…

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Adjusting to a Recurve Sight

The sight is a piece of equipment that is optional in recurve archery.  By observation, it looks far less optional in compound shooting since every compound bow I’ve seen has a sight on it.  The sight is a piece of equipment that is fixed to your bow.  If you have a metal riser, you probably have screw holes already drilled for the sight.  If you have a wood riser or a knock down bow, you may not have an option for a sight.  The sight consists of some mechanism for attachment (“mounting bracket”), a horizontal bar (“extension bar”), a vertical bar (“sight bar”), and a scope that travels up and down the vertical bar (“sight pin assembly”).

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Simple sight parts – photo courtesy of Australian Archery

The sight is an interesting combination of relative and fixed instrumentation.  You get the sight roughly in place and then make adjustments up and down the sight bar.  This part can be confusing.  I created this simple illustration to show how moving the sight pin assembly in the direction of the error corrects the position of the bow.  If you start and the arrows are shooting too low, you move the sight pin assembly down.

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Making adjustments to a sight in response to where the arrows go

The adjustment in my illustration are exaggerated, but are meant to show how the sight pin can be used to make an adjustment in the up and down direction of the riser and the bow.  Similarly, if your arrows are going to high, move the sight pin assembly up and that will cause you to tilt your bow down to keep the pin on the target.  There are all kinds of adjustments on a fully featured sight.

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Full featured sight – photo courtesy of Jordan Sequillion

It could take quite a while to get all of these knobs adjusted and dialed in.  It is recommended that you work with your sight a lot to learn how it’s adjustments work and to be ready to shoot at different distances.  Recording your position (horizontal and vertical) is important.  The scope can also be adjusted left to right with other knobs.

If you need to shoot longer distances, you may need to move the site pin assembly closer to you by adjusting the extension bar.

There are lots of adjustments and your sight may or may not have all the features.  More features means the sight is going to cost more.  Materials are either aluminum or carbon fiber.  Carbon fiber moves less, so it is ultimately a better sight, but it costs a lot more too. The sight is probably another example of buy nice or buy twice.

After these basics, find out more at Jordan Sequillion’s site.