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The Zen of a Perfectly Balanced Bow
By Patrick Meitin

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Balance is everything in archery, from pure physical balance, to matching bows with ideal accessories to balance needs particular to specific conditions faced in the field. So with that in mind, let’s delve deeper into balance and how it can help you shoot better and enjoy increased bowhunting success.

Physical Balance

A bow that balances perfectly in the hand, while at rest and full draw, is essential to top-notchzen of a balanced bow 009 accuracy. Your bow must sit up straight when cradled loosely with an open hand (I don’t like the term “grip,” because gripping is exactly what you want to avoid), a wrist sling like TRUGLO’s CENTRA SLING PRO alleviates the fear of dropping your bow on release.

You should not have to manipulate your bow in any way while aiming. This normally starts with the right stabilizer. Not all compounds are designed alike, meaning the perfect stabilizer for one bow can be poison to another. One bow might prefer, for instance, TRUGLO’s 6-inch TRU-TEC CARBON PRO with minimum weight added (4-7 ounces), while another behaves better holding an 8-inch model with maximum weight (5-8 ounces). Auditioning many models, looking for that just-right feel, is important here.

Adjustable systems give you more options in this quest. TRUGLO’s TRU-TEC CARBON PRO, for instance, comes in 6- and 8-inch models; the 6-inch including adjustable 4-7-ounce weights, the 8-inch 5-8 ounces. The brand-new TRUGLO CARBON XS (which comes with a wrist sling) is offered in 7- and 9-inch models, with 5-7-, and 5.8-7.8-ounce weight adjustment, respectively.

Finding a perfect balance sometimes requires a stabilizer to the rear of the riser, many bow companies now including standard rear-facing taps. Short stabilizer models such as the 4.6-inch, 4-ounce TRUGLO DEADENATOR XS can prove ideal here.

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Carbon XS™ Adjustable weight stabilzer

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Carbon XS™ XTREME lightweight 5-Pin sight

Physical balance is often influenced by added accessories. As an example, while a milled-aluminum, mover design like TRUGLO’s RANGE-ROVER PRO might balance one bow perfectly, another might do better wearing a feathery carbon-composite CARBON XS XTREME. Also keep in mind micro-adjust, tool-less features can come at the cost of added weight, basic dove-tail designs, like the new TRUGLO CARBON XS XTREME, typically lighter.  While each has a distinct advantage, they should be viewed separately in terms of philosophy of use, and treated differently in terms of physical balance.

Arrow quivers have a big effect on bow balance—side weight that can tip balance off kilter. Two options: choose a quick-detach model with hanging loop that’s removed but kept handy while on stand, or an altogether lighter and better-balanced quiver. I recommend something like TRUGLO’s TRU-TEC LT quick-detach quiver with hanging loop for the former, TRUGLO’s CARON XS ultra-lightweight carbon composite quiver with vertical adjustment and back-set mounting bracket for the later. The other option is to simply tote fewer arrows. Full four arrow quivers—TRUGLO TUF-LOC and LOC-DOWN quivers—weigh less than hauling five or six arrow setups. And how many arrows do you realistically expect to shoot in a single hunt?

Balanced Needs

A balanced bow rig can also include matching actual needs with conditions most often zen of a balanced bow 028encountered in the field. For example, let’s say your whitetail/tree-stand bow holds a TRUGLO RIVAL FX or CARBON HYBRID MICRO 5-pin sight. But you very rarely take a shot past 30 yards. Why add to the confusion when a simpler RIVAL HUNTER or TSX PRO SERIES 3-pin or single-pin PENDULUM SERIES sight would better suit your needs? The same can be said of limiting yourself with minimal aiming options. If you’re intent on taking shots beyond 40 or 60 yards—even if just during off-season practice—why “pin stack” or use “Kentucky windage” with pins sighted at shorter ranges, when you can choose a TRUGLO RANGE-ROVER mover good for pin-point aiming out to 100-plus yards? Each style has its own playing field. Using the appropriate sight for your hunting setup can maximize your hunting capability and efficiency.

Another common problem comes with release aids. Do you engage your release directly onto the bowstring serving beneath an eliminator button? Or do you use a string loop? Choosing the correct tool for the job increases efficiency and means you never have to take your eyes off the target. Translated this means caliper releases for direct-serving hookup, like TRUGLO’s NITRUS or more economical SPEED SHOTs, open-sear or claw design, like TRUGLO’s DETONATOR, for string loops.

Likewise, the arrow rest you choose should be dictated by the type of shooting hunting conditions demand. Full-containment, drop-away arrow rests like TRUGLO’s UP-DRAFT (limb driven), DOWN-DRAFT or CARBON XS (buss-cable driven) are wonderfully accurate, but do you really need that degree of precision when shooting nothing more than whitetail deer standing beneath stands at less than 27 yards. For long-range Western game, go with one of the drop-aways. Tree-stand hunting? You’re likely better served by a simpler full-capture rest like TRUGLO’s CARBON XS or STORM Full-Containment Arrow Rests, which are also easier to set up and maintain.

Finally, is the peep you use best suited to the shooting conditions you regularly face? For instance, a 1/8-inch TRUGLO CENTRA PRO-SERIES or CENTRA PEEP XTREME might provide precision on the summer 3D range, but at the edge of legal shooting hours, perched in a dark tree, a 3/16- or ¼-inch peep is a more practical choice, allowing you to aim confidently in poor light. The choice between 3/16- and ¼-inch really comes down to details like sight-extension length and string angle (short bows automatically move the peep farther from the eye) and maintaining a tight concentricity between peep and highlighted sight-aperture ring. In other words, a sight aperture ring that fits perfectly inside the peep can provide just as much accuracy as a single pin centered in a smaller peep. Better yet, TRUGLO’s VERSA-PEEP allows you to switch between 1/8-, 5/32- and 3/16-inch peep apertures (and three colors) as needed.

Everything worthwhile requires balance, often literally, more often figuratively. A bow that sits level in the hand automatically helps you shoot better. While choosing accessories best suited to your specific bowhunting needs assures efficiency and deadly effectiveness.

Home Defense Solutions
When you need rapid sight picture acquisition in a high-stress, low-light home defense environment, TRUGLO delivers.

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While defense professionals are quick to state their preferences as to what type of firearm is optimal for home protection, the reality is that most of use what we are comfortable with, be it a shotgun, pistol, or AR-15 style rifle. Some of us maintain ready access to all three.

Yet no matter which type of firearm you choose to protect your home, there are a couple of common denominators that should be factored in—stress and low-light conditions. Sure, you may be able to drill the 10-ring at the range with your weapon of choice, but will that proficiency translate once the fight-or-flight mode kicks in, your cone of vision narrows, and you’re trying to line up on an intruder in the middle of the night?

The fact is, not all firearm setups translate well across multiple uses or conditions. This is especially true when it comes to sight picture acquisition. In a defense situation, such as a 2 a.m. home invasion, you need to cut through the mental chaos and quickly engage the threat regardless of the firearm in your hands. The good news is, TRUGLO offers several options to help you do just that—whether your go-to is a shotgun, handgun, or rifle.

Defensive Shotgun Sights

If you rely on a shotgun for home defense, it’s likely an 18-inch pump you purchased specifically for this purpose. Good choice. You have a weapon that is easy to operate under stress, easy to maneuver in the tight confines of a home, and has the “umph” to get the job done. The only thing lacking, most likely, is a proper front sight.

TG131SG - TFO Tactical ShotgunThe TRUGLO TFO™ Shotgun Front Sight is the optimal upgrade for your tactical shotgun. Utilizing TRUGLO’s patented tritium/fiber optic technology, this sight is visible in all lighting conditions. The tritium glows in the dark with no need for batteries. In low-light conditions, where the tritium competes with ambient light, the fiber optic element provides the illumination. This is great when you are transitioning between lighting conditions, such as you have in a home environment. Another benefit of the TFO™ Shotgun Front Sight is that the robust housing conceals the tritium/fiber optic element from the target.

For those who have designated an older hunting-style shotgun as their home defender, you can still improve its defense capabilities for low-light conditions. The Home Defense Fiber Optic Universal Shotgun Sight is designed for quick and easy installation on plain-barrel (no rib) shotguns. This sight simply snaps over the barrel right behind the factory bead. It’s a simple solution for any “backup” defensive shotgun.

As a side note for those of you who have a Remington shotgun with dovetail sight mounts, TRUGLO recently introduced the TFX™ Pro Remington Shotgun Sights. This sight also uses the tritium/fiber optic combo for “all light” visibility, but includes a white front focus ring surrounding the tritium/fiber optic element (housed in a chemical and shock-resistant capsule for maximum durability).

Handgun Options

For their convenience, high-capacity, and close-quarter effectiveness, it’s little wonder that handguns are the most popular choice for in-home defense. Yet even in optimal lighting conditions, acquiring a proper sight picture with a handgun can be difficult under stress for those who have not spent a lot of quality time on the range. This is where a high-visibility sight such as the TRUGLO TFX™ or TFO™ series can help. The TFX™ line of pistol sights has become increasingly popular with law enforcement professionals.

TG13GL1PCThis year, TRUGLO has expanded the line with the new TFX™ Pro. The TFX™ Pro comes with same front and rear tritium/fiber optic elements, chemical and shock-resistant capsule, and CNC-machined steel housing as the original TFX™ sight system, but instead of a white front sight FOCUS•LOCK Ring, the TFX™ Pro features a high-visibility contrasting orange ring that further enhances low-light sight picture acquisition.

Another popular sighting option for defensive handgun owners is the TRU•POINT™ Laser/Light Combo. This is an ideal upgrade for home defense because it puts a bright, 200 lumen flashlight right on your pistol. There is no need to fumble for a flashlight when it’s right there on your gun. What’s more, an adjustable laser sight (switchable between green or red light) is integrated into the flashlight, providing you another sighting option. The TRU•POINT™ Laser/Light Combo secures to any pistol chassis with a standard Picatinny or Weaver-style rail.

Spot-On for ARs

While the ballistics of an AR-15 platform rifle don’t make it the ideal defensive weapon in a home or in close urban environments, its extended range and high-volume firing capability make it a desirable “homestead” defensive weapon—especially for those who live beyond the suburbs.

TRU•TEC 30mm

TRU•TEC 30mm is a perfect optic to top your AR-15, in the field or in the home.

For the dual applications of defense and sport shooting, a red dot sighting system is ideally suited to the AR-15/MSR platform. For this, TRUGLO offers two new systems: the TRU•TEC™ 20mm and the TRU•TEC™ 30mm RED•DOT sights.

We say these sights are dual-purpose because a red dot-style sight is optimal for close-quarter defense situations. A magnified optic is a poor choice for close-range defense, and traditional A2-style open sights are challenging in low-light conditions. The TRU•TEC™ RED•DOT sights, on the other hand, provide excellent long-range accuracy for target shooting or hunting, as well as close-quarter sight picture acquisition and low-light visibility in a homestead defense environment. It’s the best of both worlds.

Both the 20mm and 30mm TRU•TEC™ RED•DOT sights feature a 2 MOA reticle, with digital push-button controls and multiple brightness settings to match the light conditions. Unlimited eye relief means its easy to get on target when you’re under stress and, of course, both mount to standard Picatinny or Weaver-style rails.

TG7650G - Mounted ShotgunAs you can see, an effective home defense firearm is more than the “spare” rifle, pistol, or shotgun you leave under the bed and hope you never have to use. To better serve you when stress is high and lighting conditions are anything but optimal, you need a sighting system built for the job. Fortunately, no matter which weapon platform you prefer, TRUGLO has the tools you need to get on target in any situation.