How do compound bow sights work?

Posted by Heidi C on 10th May 2016

How do compound bow sights work?

Regardless of how frequent or intense your workout sessions are, if you are not eating sufficiently, your body will not have enough proteins to build muscle. Focusing strictly on building muscle will help you to maximize your results. However, when it comes to understating aim and shooting focus in archery, maintaining your muscle building is not just the only requisite because you also need to know how compound bow sights work. Learn more from this article.

How do compound bow sights work

How do compound bow sights work?

Compound Bow Basics – How to Aim a Compound Bow

With a traditional bow, the archer uses “natural aim.” You draw the string and arrow, anchoring the nock of the arrow (where the arrow attaches to the string) to the corner of your mouth. This position is directly under your eye, so you are looking down the shaft of the arrow at your target.

With natural aim, you aim by orienting the arrow to the target somewhat intuitively. For short distances you will need to aim slightly below where you want the arrow to hit. Remember, the arrow is anchored to your mouth, three to four inches below your eye. For medium distances, cover the center ring of a circular target with the tip of my arrow, and for long distances, it is better to raise the tip slightly above the bull’s eye.

When aiming a bow with sights (most compound bows are set up in this format), you are in to a different game. Aiming is much more like shooting a rifle with a peep sight. You have a circular disc to look through attached to the string at your eye level. At the front you have a sight with one or more pins. The pins can be adjusted for distance and windage.

The archer makes adjustments so each pin is oriented to a particular distance. If you are at 30 yards you simply select the 30 yard pin, draw and anchor the arrow to the corner of your mouth, and align the 30 yard pin in the center of the circular rear sight and the rounded end of the pin (the glowing fiber optic part, if your sight has this feature) directly on the bull’s eye, exhale and release the string.

Over time you will learn to be less and less reactive upon release of the bow string. A friend that recently started shooting a bow has over a short three months developed to the point he can shoot tight, fist sized groups or smaller and even hit an occasional “robin hood,” splitting the arrow he just shot with a second arrow shot from the same distance.

Furthermore, in order to have a good aim and shooting focus, you have to couple practice with exercise to condition your body. Make the "big three" a part of your daily workout routine. These three exercises include: the deadlift, squat and bench press. These particular exercises are known to help build bulk, strength and condition your muscles each time they are done and should be included in your routine for maximum muscle building success. As you are working to develop muscle, do not count on the scale to tell you how you are doing. You must take the time to measure your body fat to find out how you are doing. If your weight it going up or remaining the same, it may be a sign that you are turning flabby fat into rock hard muscle.

The discovery and enjoyment of this learning process is amazing, and we believe you will thoroughly enjoy it once you get started.