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2016 bow sight buyer's guide.

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The Shocker sight series from .30-06 Outdoors ($39.95-$89.95; www.30-06outdoors. com) offers a great combination of performance and customization at an affordable price. Featuring a machined aluminum frame and .019-inch fiber optic pins, the Shocker is available in models with 3,4,5 or 7 pins to suit any bowhunter's needs. The composite pin housing also features a wrap-around rubber dampener available in black, orange, green, pink, purple, blue, red and yellow to perfectly match your bow. Other highlights of Shocker sights include a Truss Blade pin design for added strength, integrated bubble level and included LED light for brightening pins in low light. The 5- and 7-pin models also feature toolless, micro-adjustable windage and elevation dials.

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Archer Xtreme's new RAK1000 ($259.99; www.archerxtreme.com) is a high-performance, single-pin adjustable sight built to perform in extreme bowhunting conditions. Featuring the company's FAST/RAK Detach System, the RAK 1000 can easily be attached or detached simply by moving a lever. The FAST/RAK system also features a double wishbone design that is far stronger than standard dovetail mounts. The FAST/RAK mounting system allows shooters to position the sight anywhere along the 5.6-inch sight bar. This allows archers to tune the sight length--using the laser-etched marks along the sight bar--to the diameter of the peep sight, causing a concentric circle alignment that helps eliminate bow torque. Other highlights include second- and third-axis adjustability, smooth EDGE Gear Drive for moving the .019-inch fiber optic pin into position, integrated bubble level, LED pin light and included 2X HD Hunter magnification lens.

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The new Accutouch multi-pin movable sights ($409.99-$469.99; www.axcelsights.com) from AXCEL offer plenty of customization to fit the needs of any bowhunter. Available in 3- and 5-pin models, with either a direct mount or carbon-fiber dovetail, the Accutouch sights feature Accu-Stat scope technology with an adjustable rheostat sight ring that allows shooters to customize the brightness of their fiber optic pins, which are available in green, blue, yellow and red in either .019- or .010-inch thickness. Accu-Click pin adjustment allows you to pre-set pin locations for specific ranges and simply "click" them in without looking during the hunt. As AXCEL says, "Pick it. Click It. Stick it." The Accutouch sights also feature second- and third-axis leveling, adjustable elevation tension lever, windage lock and more.

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Black Gold's new Ascent Verdict ($224.95-$265.95; www.blackgoldsights.com) gives shooters accuracy, adjustability and durability. Available in three models--3-pin, 5-pin or 1-pin scope--the Ascent Verdict offers more range and adjustability than traditional movable hunting sights. Like all Black Gold sights, the Ascent Verdict features the brightest pins on the market thanks to SkyCoil Technology. The 3- and 5-pin models are outfitted with one-piece, machined micro-grooved pins, while the single-pin model has Black Gold's brightest single pin ever. All models feature High-Performance PhotoChromatic Technology that automatically dulls pins in bright light to prevent pin halo. The Verdict's new Level Head sight ring features a patent-pending, easy-to-adjust built-in level that makes it easy to remain accurate on steeply angled shots. A splined, vertical-drive gear system with 80 percent more gear surface interface means much smoother, quieter operation when you turn the Dial-of-Death wheel and also eliminates gear burnout.

Custom Bow Equipment (CBE) has upgraded its popular TEK Hybrid Pro sights ($289-$399; www.custombowequipment.com) for 2016 with features that offer the ultimate in durability and precision. A redesigned 1.625-inch pin housing features an easier-to-use multiple windage adjustment, greater pin accessibility, enhanced fiber optic containment system with fiber cover to help control pin brightness, laser marked hashes for visual aid during pin adjustment, a brighter bubble vial and less exposed fiber optic material with CBE Armed Guard Fiber Management System. This year's housing also includes a threaded ring for adding magnified lenses. CBE's Quad Track movable pin system allows shooters to adjust the sight to exact yardages via the exclusive Rapid Drive system. TEK Hybrid Pro sights are made from lightweight 6061 T6 aluminum and available in 1-, 3-, 5- or 7-pin configurations with your choice of pin sizes (.029-, .019 or .010-inch) and either a Smart Mount direct attach bracket or quick-detach dovetail mount. Other highlights include third-axis leveling, fully machined Rhino pins and CBE's Tough as Nails Guarantee.

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The new IQ Pro Hunter ($259.99; www.iqbowsights.com) bridges the gap between a traditional multi-pin sight and a single-pin mover. Featuring two fixed pins for short-yardage shots, the Pro Hunter also has an adjustable bottom pin that allows shooters to take advantage of longer-range opportunities simply by turning the green dial at the bottom of the sight. Markable tapes inside the bezel and on the side of the sight housing allows each user to make custom yardage markings for precise aiming at virtually any range. Like all IQ sights, the Pro Hunter features IQ's patented Retina Lock alignment technology that provides instant feedback about even the slightest bow torque or shift in anchor position, resulting in more accurate, consistent shooting. Other highlights include a built-in bubble level, toolless micro-adjust windage and elevation and .019-inch fiber optic pins.

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Bowhunters looking for a few extra minutes of shooting light at the beginning and end of the day will find it with the Peep Eliminator ($54.95; www.peepeliminator.com). Weighing just 1.6 ounces and built from 6061 aluminum, the original, made-in-the-USA Peep Eliminator replaces your traditional peep sight with a small, notched V featuring two green TRUGLO fiber optic reference points. Simply draw your bow, anchor and place the correct sight pin inside the V. The Peep Eliminator works with single-pin and multi-pin sights. In addition to allowing more light to reach your eye than a peep, the Peep Eliminator forces shooters to maintain proper shooting form, as any unwanted bow torque will prevent the sight pin from properly aligning in the aiming notch.

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Spot-Hogg's Fast Eddie XL ($230-$270; www.spot-hogg.com) features a newly designed 6-inch dovetail bar and bow mount that maximizes strength while minimizing weight. The bar also maximizes accuracy by offering a longer sight radius. The Fast Eddie XL is perfect for the archer who prefers to remove their sight while traveling. The Fast Eddie XL is machined from 6061 aircraft-grade aluminum, features second- and third-axis adjustability, a large, easy-to-adjust yardage dial and micro-adjustable windage. Sight tapes for precision aiming at all ranges are included and easy to select using the included calibration scale. The Fast Eddie XL is available with either Spot-Hogg's single up-pin housing or with double-pin scope (shown).

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One thing is certain; if you miss while using Trophy Ridge's new React Pro 7 sight, you'll have nothing to blame but yourself! That's because exclusive React Technology makes it mathematically impossible for the sight's pins to be off target once calibrated. To sight in, simply zero the top pin at 20 yards using the toolless, micro-adjustable windage and elevation knobs. Then step back to 30 yards and fine-tune the height of the second pin using the sight's master adjustment knob. Once those two pins are set, sophisticated React Technology will automatically have the sight's remaining pins calibrated for your bow at 40,50,60,70 and 80 yards. Yes, it's just that easy! Other highlights of the React Pro 7 include solid 6061 aluminum construction, second- and third-axis leveling, ultra-bright fiber optic pins, included rheostat light, bubble level and stainless steel hardware.

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Trophy Taker has put the ball in your court with the Option sight ($355-$385; www.trophytaker.com), as it has combined the best elements of fixed and moveable pin sights into a sleek, tough and lightweight package. You now have the ability to transform the sight from a hybrid fixed and moveable pin sight into a true single-pin mover. You can view all the pins at the same time, or simply rotate the fixed pins completely out of view for maximum visibility. The Option sight is available in 4-, 6- or 8-pin versions. Features include protected fiber optics that produce bright pins, second- and third-axis adjustability and clickable micro-adjust windage and elevation.

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TRUGLO's new Carbon XS Xtreme ($47-$60; www.truglo.com) is a feature-rich sight that is light on your bow and your wallet. The 5-pin Carbon XS Xtreme weighs just 4.2 ounces thanks to durable carbon composite construction and features a longer mounting bracket (for a longer sight radius), extended windage and elevation adjustments, larger aperture and PRO-BRITE Pin Technology for pins that are brighter and stronger than ever. TRUGLO's unique TRU-FLO fiber design provides extra-long fibers for maximum brightness. The reversible mounting bracket provides greater vertical adjustability, and the sight is adjustable for left- and right-handed shooters. Rounding out the list of features is a glow-in-the-dark shooter's ring for improved peep alignment and a TRU-TOUCH, soft-feel technical coating to quell noise and vibration.

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Author:Berg, Christian
Publication:Petersen's Bowhunting
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Date:Jun 19, 2016
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