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Archery, the art of shooting with your arrow and bow, can turn out to be the most enjoyable or the worst sport for you. It all depends on – among other things – your precision in shooting your target. You’ll need a lot of practice and patience to obtain consistent accuracy in all your shooting activities.
With the introduction of devices like bow sights, however, archers and bow hunters have been able to improve their shooting skills faster than ever before. The bow sights come in different styles and features, and your shooting situation should dictate the right device for you.
The single pin bow sight is the hottest device on the market right now, capable of improving your accuracy faster than any other sight in any your hunting situations.
Below, we’ll look at some top benefits that make this particular bow sight a favorite for the professional archers and bow hunters alike…
Benefits of The Single Pin Bow Sight
Incredibly Simple To Use
The most famed benefit of using a single pin sight is the simplicity it grants the user. This is so due to its extremely easy-to-make adjustments.
Almost all the single pins you get on the market are super easy to sight in at your archery range. For instance, say you want to sight in your bow at 20 yards, then at 40 yards, and then mark the gaps with the distances in between. The pendulum wheel that comes with the sight will then allow you to readjust your sight in accurate increments between the 20-yard gap you’ve created.
If you compare this with single pin sights that locks you into a 30-yard pin that’s actually off by 1-3 yards (given that you’re not peak shooting), you’ll get to see this advantage if the single pin sight clearly.
At first, the single pin can intimidate archers who have never used them before. However, education plus a simple demonstration will get you ready to use the device. Adjusting the pendulum wheel we’ve just isn’t a big deal – takes a second only – and will become automatic as you become more familiar with the device.
Get A Clear Sight Picture
Because you’re using only one pin in this sight, it means achieving a clearer sight picture of your target. How the hell does that happen? Are you wondering already? Well, a single eliminated the use of multiple (known for clogging up your sight picture).
Does that ring a bell?
If you’re a bow hunter or archer with vision problems, you might always find yourself struggling to acquire the target when it’s in your third or fourth pin range (for example, a moving deer).
Thankfully, the single pin sight eliminates this issue once and for all. And you’ll never find yourself bracketing your target and letting your arrow fly again!
Enjoy A Greater Field of View
This is no brainer! Since you’re using only one pin in your sight’s housing, you’ll enjoy an obstructed, large field of view. This enables you to identify all the objects that could in the way – e.g. bushes or tree limbs while shooting. This is unlike in the multiple pin sight where you’ve several pins that reduce the field of view.
Keep in mind that the wider the field of view, the higher your shooting accuracy becomes!
Faster Target Acquisition
The process of target acquisition in multiple sight pins come at a cost.
Each pin will be zeroed for a particular yardage, which means that you’ll need to “guesstimate” when you want to shoot at any target between the sight-in yardages. This is commonly referred to as pin gapping or pin gap sighting.
Imagine a hypothetical deer at 47 yards. If you aim at it with the 50-yard pin, it’s likely that you’ll shoot slightly high. And if you use the 40-yard pin, you’ll shoot a good bit low. Quite tricky, right? You’ll need lots of practice to learn how to accurately use these in-between distances when using the multiple-pin models.
Good news – a single pin sight eliminates the above challenge. In simple terms, if you want to shoot the deer at 47 yards, you simply adjust your sight to 47-yard mark on the bracket. That’s it; you’ll be on the spot!
The only problem you might experience is that you’ll take some time to make the adjustment. If the deer is moving and affecting its distance from you, you’ll need to readjust your pin to match the situation.
Luckily, most single pin models out there come with easy-to-use yard adjustment wheel which allows you to quickly dial in your sight with only one hand (with fewer body movements).
A Single Pin Boosts Your Accuracy
Check out this video: 100 yards with single pin sight!
As aforementioned, one of the main reasons why people are using the single pin is due t its ease of use. And the ease of operation translates to improved accuracy!
This is simply because it only takes you a few shots to dial in your shooting distances. From there, all you need to do is make wheeled adjustments which you can easily horn to half yard increments. After you fully understand your ballistics of your archer rig, you can start tuning your yard markers the farthest distance your bow can shoot.
Most bow hunters admit that although they have their single pin sights dialed between 20-40 yards, they quickly tune them all the way to 60 when practicing.
If you’re using your single pin for hunting purposes, we highly recommend you to limit yourself to less than 40 yards for the best results.
No Chances of Using The Wrong Pin!
Let’s face it – when using a multiple pin bow sight, you might have selected the wrong pin and end up missing your target.
That feels awkward and is really disappointing.
Now, when you’re using a single pin sight, you will be focusing your all onto a single pin. This greatly minimizes the chances of selecting the wrong pin as you set yourself ready to make an aim.
You simply adjust your pin to where you want it, and then you have a single choice to make as you aim.
Now you know the main benefits that you’ll enjoy if you invest in a single pin sight today. Te large diameter pins have been shown to preclude fine aiming.
If you have a bow sight with three to five such pins, there’s not a single doubt that they will obscure too much of your sight picture. This explains why the single pin sight is the hottest accuracy enhancing tool for anyone who uses a bow and arrow.
Other reasons that make this style of bow sight a great option for all archers include ease of use, faster target acquisition, a wider field of view, increased accuracy, and no possibility of using the wrong pin.
This guest article was written by Jennifer Walls. Jennifer is the founder of BuckWithBow, a great blog that focuses on helping you learn how to hunt deer with a bow. As an experienced bow hunter, she will guide you through the Do’s and Don’ts of the bowhunting world and transform you into a better hunter. Whether you are an experienced bow hunter or an absolute beginner, you will find BuckWithBow a gem!