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By Dick Scorzafava

Talk to 10 bowhunters and you’ll get 10 different opinions when it comes to the choice of a sight with fiber-optic or lighted pins.  As a matter of fact there are just over 13 million bowhunters across our great nation, and I would bet you would be hard pressed to find 2 bows that are set-up exactly the same.

It is hard to believe it’s been over a decade since the first bow sight with fiber-optic pins was introduced at the ATA Show.  The sight used a single pin that came in green, yellow, and red utilizing fiber-optic filaments to produce natural illumination.  Boy have things improved in that short period of time at this years ATA Show in Indianapolis every sight manufacturer offers some type of fiber-optic pin and or lighted pin sight.  The pins come in three colors usually green, yellow, and red, top to bottom on the sight with green being the brightest of the colored pins.  Today fiber-optic sight pins have become the norm in the industry.

I have tried and tested many of the fiber-optic pin sights over the last several years, and many had a halo effect, which is the glow that surrounds the fiber-optic dot on the sight.  Also the diameter of many of the fiber-optic pins dot was to large and totally covered most of the actual kill zone on a deer at 30 yards.  The newer micro-dot fiber-optic pins use a thin diameter fiber-optic strand that will not exhibit a severe halo effect.

Light comes from above. Doesn’t it make sense, then, to put the fiber optics on the top of the bowsight where they can gather the most light?  The revolutionary Skycoil on the new FlashPoint sight is 300% more efficient at gathering and transferring light to your pins than other wrapped-fiber bowsights.  It’s also the only bowsight that automatically adjusts pin brightness based on the amount of available light.  Which makes the visible pin dot laser-sharp with no fuzzy edges.  Say goodbye to the dreaded fiber-optic halo effect we spoke about earlier.  This new intelligent bowsight has a PhotoChromaic shell that automatically adjusts the brightness of your pins.  In bright sunlight, the shell will darken, blocking UV light so your pins won’t get too bright.  It works just like the light-adjusting glasses that we wear.  It even comes with a guarantee that you will be able to see the pins on your sight during legal shooting hours from a treestand without the aid of an external light source.

Many of the manufacturers don’t sell lighted pins anymore because the technology has improved so much on the fiber-optic pins you really don’t need a lighted pin anymore unless you are hunting hogs or gators after dark where it is legal. They have lights available that can be used on their sight to light up the pins, but the fiber-optics just work better today.  I used a Skylight on my bow last season and could see the pins well after shooting light was over, so why did I need lighted pins.  Also the fiber-optics don’t have anything to burn out like lighted pins do, and the lighted pins are bright but you only have one pin on most models vs. multiple pins with fiber-optics.  Another important factor to consider is The Pope and Young Club will not accept any trophy animal harvested with the aid of lighted pins on the bow’s sight.  If you want bright pins on your sight, the coil fiber-optic must be on the top of the sight like the FlashPoint, Skylight, and Radiant sights have.  If you have to have lighted pins on your sight get a ultra-high output gallium nitrate crystal diode light that will illuminate all of your sight pins.  Some are available with adjustable brightness for true to color.

If you travel from time to time or you are extremely hard on your equipment like I am then you will appreciate the durability of well-designed sight pins.  The #1 factor to look for in a good sight pin is durability you don’t want to miss the shot of a lifetime because sight failed.  The pins on the sight should be well protected along their entire length.  It also should be very durable aluminum is preferred over plastic.  Buy a sight from a manufacturer that stands behind their product 100%.  If you own a premium bow, enhance its performance with a premium bowsight with fiber-optic pins.

Note:  Dick Scorzafava’s books, Radical Bowhunter and Radical Bear Hunter, are two must-reads and belong in everyones library.  To get an autographed copy go to www.radicalbowhunter.com and your local bookstore.

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