Archery Scopes: Assessing Your Requirement

Archery is a sport that does not actually need a scope unless you're looking for pin-point accuracy. Generally speaking, unless you're in a competition environment or going small game hunting, you will not need the fine-tuned accuracy that a scope or a sight will afford. In a sense, with experience you will get more accurate anyway; you'll know what elevation to use, how much draw length you require, and even how to control your breathing so that you're absolutely still at the moment you release the arrow. Since arrows aren't as fast as bullets, archery scopes, also called bow sights or bow scopes are designed differently from gun sights and scopes.

A Scope Is A Scope Is A Sight

Technically speaking, scopes only refer to the tubular sights that either use cross-hairs or red dots as target reference points. Since these accessories are usually meant for high speed shooting, they have lower limits on speed, and are normally reserved for use with crossbows or compound arches, which can shoot arrows at speeds greater than 300 feet per second, or fps. Sights are often of a simpler construction, and will vary depending on the type of use; hunting, target practice, etc. However, a lot of people use the terms interchangeably.

Archery Scopes: Could This Be It?

Truglo Razor Bow sights are very popular with novice archers who want to up their level of accuracy using tools. The absolute vertical dot alignment ensures that all the dots are on the same plane. The cross-hair is a single vertical piece that contains all the dots for adjustment. A 1.7 inch aperture diameter gives you a large circular field of view. The reversible bracket makes it suitable for left as well as right-handed archers. These and other features at a price of under $100 make this a very desirable sight. Receiving rave reviews already is the new Ten Zone from MAC Accessories. Standard with Nikon interchangeable lenses nested in CNC machined housing with an integral hood, this 'sight for sore eyes' has incorporated nearly every aspect that a professional archer wishes he could mix and match from various models to concoct his own sight. Because of the common problem with the right size of scope, the Ten Zone uses smaller rear housing, eliminating the problem altogether, or at least very effectively, without losing the benefit of a 38 mm lens. At $116, this might just be the right choice for you. If, however, you're not really into expensive gear, then a Copper John 3-pin or a Truglo 5-pin bow sight might just be up your alley. They're all gang adjustable for height and windage, and come with fluorescent sight rings for focusing though the peep, apart from having all the same basic features of all scopes.

Archery Scopes: Seeing The Sights

There are so many archery scopes and sights out there that a comprehensive study of all of them would not only be cumbersome, but also largely useless; if you're looking for a sight, you need to try out a few before you can settle on one that you find comfortable. Archers will usually have their own favorites that might not have anything to do with the technical specifications of the product; often, just the look and feel of the scope, or its convenience of usage will be a deciding factor. Since the accuracy of any sight will also depend on your archery skills, the field is extremely variable and volatile. So if you're out there and you aren't really sure what you want, then it's best to invest in the lower-priced ones, make a few mistakes, and figure out for yourself what works for you and what you're comfortable with. And that's the truth of it.