How To Choose A Bow Sight

How To Choose A Bow Sight

Accuracy is of paramount importance in archery. And achieving that precision with an instinctive shot would mean that you’re either the golden child of this game or a champion refined by the rigorous practices this sport demands.  Sadly though, not everyone is cut out to be any one of the aforementioned, so the majority of us usually resort to sights.


Movable, Single pin bow sights: these sights happen to be what many archers are opting for nowadays. They can easily be attached to the bow, they are lightweight, which means that they won’t add any extra weight to your bow, and they are not affected by rain. What attracts many archers to these types of bow sights is that they have just one pin installed in them. And this happens to be a virtue as it doesn't cloak up the archers view of the target.

Dialing this pin to gauge alternating yardages is what many assume to be a time consuming task, one that might eventuate in the archer missing the shot. But that is a sheer misconception. Indeed, this is a kind of sight that asks for a certain amount of practice, but it’s incredibly rewarding once you get use to it.

The problem with movable pin sights though, is that they could only aim at a target 20 yardages away. And because of their portable nature they might stick into the bow hand, or accidentally be moved in and out.     

Fixed pin sights: now these are sights that are flourishing in the spot light these days. They are indeed becoming quite famous. Some attribute their rapidly increasing recognition to the level of promotion they received, while others adulate them merely for their efficacy. Bottom line though, WHO CARES! All we want to know is what they have in store for us, right?

Okay, so these sights come with multiple pins and they are affixed to the bow. Each pin is bedded down at 20, 30, 40 to about 60 yardages, which makes them ideal for aiming at a moving target. These pins are preconfigured and their tips are painted with different colors. So with fixed pin sights, confusion is minimized and moving from one yardage to another is significantly simplified.

Here is the problem though: What if the target is 25 or 35 yardages away? Then the shooter would be left with no other choice but to release his arrow instinctively. The other problem with fixed bow sights is their multiple pins. It’s highly probable for them to incite confusion, especially on a rainy day. And with all these pins at display the archer’s view of the target might very well be obscured.

What kind of bow sights are you using? And which one is your best suit? Tell us about it.