January 11, 2021
By Jon E. Silks
More Choice – TRUGLO Archer’s Choice Ranger Rover M4
TRUGLO has added to its popular Archer’s Choice Range Rover bow sight series with the all-new M4. Joining the Pro LED and single-pin Slider-Style models, the M4 is a hybrid design that combines the range adjustability of the original Range Rover with the multi-pin configuration of the Veros sight. By locking the sight hood down, the M4 can be used as a typical multi-pin sight. It can also be used as a slider sight; ideal for those who go from close-range hunting to longer 3-D or Western hunts, as they can avoid changing their bow or sighting system. Sixty pre-printed yardage tapes are included to calibrate any bow-and-arrow combination. Other features include toolless yardage lock, all-metal pins, Pro-Brite pin design, laser engraved windage and elevation markings, Tru-Lite Pro sight light and more.
$135.99 | truglo.com
Don’t Panic! – T.R.U. Ball X-Tension R/T
With the introduction of the new X-Tension R/T Wrist Strap Release, T.R.U. Ball takes the fight to target panic. The pressure sensitive, or relaxed-tension activated, release is made to teach archers proper pull-thru back tension using the major muscles of the back rather than just finger pull. Three hooks available in the Tristar Hook System rotate around for quick loading without having to cock/set the trigger. The pressure/back-tension mode is activated when you pull the bow with both locks depressed and then release them and pull through with back tension. The relaxed-tension method is drawn the same way, but the sensitivity is set at less weight than the hold weight and as soon as you release the trigger locks the string is released. Two methods, one goal — better form and no panic shooting!
$189.99 | truball.com
Go on the Offensive – Trophy Ridge React Retaliate
The Retaliate is the latest addition to Trophy Ridge’s React Series of innovative bow sights. React Technology automatically sights in all long-range pins based on your initial calibration of the 20- and 30-yard pins. In the case of the React Retaliate, which is a 5-pin sight, once you sight in at 20 and 30, the 40-, 50- and 60-yard pins will be automatically positioned via the built-in React mechanism. An aluminum mounting bracket ensures durability, while the rheostat LED click light allows the archer to adjust brightness of the five .019-inch horizontal pins based on lighting conditions. Vibration is reduced while maintaining lightweight strength through the Ballistix CoPolymer System. Micro-click windage and elevation adjustments are quick and easy, and downrange accuracy is enhanced via the available second-axis adjustment.
$169 | trophyridge.com
Back in the Game! – Alpine Quivers
Do you remember the innovative Alpine quivers from years ago? They focused on safe and quiet transportation of a hunter’s arrows. Well, they are back! Alpine, now under new ownership, has been revitalized and they are re-launching a series of quivers with new colors including matte black, OD Green and Realtree Edge. The new lineup includes the ever-popular Bear Claw quiver in 3- and 5-arrow options, the Soft Loc Classic in 3- and 5-arrow options and the flagship Power Loc 4-arrow quiver. Alpine quivers are designed to be lightweight with easy-to-use bracketing systems while maintaining excellent value to the archer.
$29.99-$54.99 | alpinearchery.com
A Feature-Rich Release – Apex Gear Surge
The new Apex Gear Surge release aid is handheld and thumb activated. It is available in three- or four-finger models and features finger bed grooves for enhanced grip and control. The thin head and jaw structure are designed to reduce torque on a D-loop, while the latching jaw feature keeps the release locked in place while you wait patiently for the moment of truth. Built with a lightweight, CNC-machined aluminum case, stainless steel mechanics, multi-position thumb barrel and individual travel and sensitivity adjustments, the pleasantly priced Surge is designed to offer more bang for your buck. The Surge is for left- and right-handed archers and has a built-in lanyard attachment with a lanyard included.
$69.99 | apex-gear.com
Is That an Arrow in Your Pocket? – Bohning Pocket Quiver
Bohning celebrates 75 years of serving the archery community in 2021, and they are introducing an innovative quiver to commemorate the milestone. The Bohning Pocket Quiver is a handy unit that provides a safe and secure way to carry six fieldpoint-tipped arrows of any diameter. The slender quiver literally fits in your back pocket and can also be attached to most waist lines, belts or pack straps. It is super convenient and easy to use. No more laying arrows on the ground while shooting practice rounds in your backyard or clumsily and dangerously sticking loose arrows in your pockets while stump shooting.
$19.95 | bohning.com
Shoot Smarter – IQ Bowsights Micro
IQ Bowsights has taken its popular Micro Sight and made it even better, helping archers of all skill levels improve their consistency and accuracy. The all-aluminum, 5-pin sight features IQ’s patented Retina Lock Alignment Technology that provides a visual indicator of proper sight alignment on every shot, thereby improving accuracy at all distances. Meanwhile, new-and-improved bladed pin construction results in pins that are 50-percent thinner with enhanced fiber-optic containment for greater durability. Additional features include tool-free micro adjustments for windage and elevation, individual pin adjustments, angled mounting bar, second- and third-axis adjustments, fully contained .019-inch fiber-optics and a precision bubble level. The IQ Micro Sight can be used with or without a conventional peep and is available in left- and right-handed models.
$199.99 | iqbowsights.com
Drive It Home – Dead Ringer Tack Driver
The Tack Driver from Dead Ringer is an affordable, feature-rich bow sight designed to help you make your best shot in the moment of truth. The Tack Driver has five .029-inch fiber-optic aiming pins and toolless, micro-adjust dials for windage and elevation changes. The Tack Driver also features bulletproof, all-metal construction, a top pin that glows even in complete darkness and a glowing aperture ring for perfect peep-to-sight alignment in low light. Comes with rheostat sight light and bubble level.
$49.99 | deadringerhunting.com
Integrated Accuracy – QAD UltraRest Integrate MX
Initially developed in exclusive partnerships with Mathews and Hoyt, Quality Archery Designs is now offering its groundbreaking UltraRest Integrate MX directly to consumers — and the company said it expects additional bow manufacturers to begin offering compatible bow models in the near future. Unlike traditional arrows rests that are bolted onto the riser, the UltraRest Integrate MX attaches via a patented dovetail mount that is machined directly into the back of compatible bow risers. This system not only provides unmatched security but also automatically levels the rest for superior accuracy. The design also allowed QAD engineers to streamline the rest housing, resulting in the company’s lightest, sleekest offering to date. Other highlights of this full-capture, drop-away, cable-driven rest include micro-click windage and elevation adjustments with fine-tuning of .0019-inch per click and a machined, aircraft-grade aluminum launcher arm. The UltraRest Integrate MX is made in the USA and comes with a lifetime warranty.
$259.99 | qadinc.com
Affordable and Dependable – Custom Bow Equipment CX5
Custom Bow Equipment’s CX5 weighs less than 9 ounces yet features everything bowhunters need in a sight. The extension bar is made from high-modulus carbon, making the sight lightweight yet super stiff, while the dovetail mounting brackets, adjustment rails and scope housing are crafted from machined aluminum for enhanced strength. The five .019-inch blade-style pins are easy to see, even in lowlight conditions, thanks to 12 inches of fiber optic in each pin and a rheostat light. Both the second and third axis are adjustable, and making changes to elevation and windage are easy via multiple mounting positions and the ability to make micro-adjustments as needed. The CX5 comes assembled for righthanded shooters, but it’s easily converted for southpaws.
$169.99 | custombowequipment.com
Thumbs Up – Scott Archery Summit Shooting Release
Looking for a quality thumb button release that is easy-to-use and won’t break the bank? Highlights of this open hook, roller sear release include its crisp trigger feel, auto hook return and adjustable trigger travel for a custom feel. The Summit also features an ergonomic, four-finger handle and comes with a lanyard to keep it secured to your wrist.
$109.99 | scottarchery.com