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New Archery Sight by Garmin

Discussion in 'Hunting & Fishing' started by makeithappen, Jan 11, 2018.

  1. makeithappen

    makeithappen Sharpshooter

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    Garmin introduced a bow sight with a built in range-finder that provides the range of your object, then calculates where the pin should be, producing that on the lens.

    I'd always wondered why this didn't exist, but it appears I'll be waiting a few more years for some competition to drive down the prices. I tried to locate non-facebook links for those of you like Hoddy that avoid the site.

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    https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/573347/pn/010-01781-00
     
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  2. thaHooligan

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    That's pretty cool, but $800!!! :hellno:
     
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    I love the idea, but in my opinion, it’s just something else that can go wrong and screw up a hunt. I’ve used Eotechs and other red dot sights on my crossbow over the years, but now, I only use “scopes” that have physical crosshairs (not saying even they can’t fail, but it’s much less likely). I don’t want to drive 550 miles only to have my red dot “short out” or batteries die...:explode:

    For the record, I do strongly believe in being prepared, and I never go hunting without a back up weapon and definitely a back up sight (sighted in).
     
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  4. swampratt

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    When i began really wanting to kill a critter with a bow I had practiced different than most did.
    I had a recurve Ben pearson target master. Still have this bow today.

    No sights on it.
    I had a Styrofoam target set up with a leaf in the middle of it for my aim point.

    I would NOT shoot at that target from the same place 2 times in a row.
    I would shoot from straight on at an unknown distance which was about 15 paces if i had to guess. then get my arrow and go to another spot and shoot. sometimes kneeling behind a stump or on top of a stump.

    Many years later a buddy of mine got a bow and wanted to practice.
    We did it like this.
    One guy with his back turned and arrow chucked but not drawn , the other guy is in charge of where he would like to place the target in the yard.

    The target placer calls READY.
    The shooter turns and must find the target draw and hit it in the center in under 5 seconds.

    After a bit of that the 5 seconds seemed like a long time.
    So we shortened it to 3 seconds.

    No sights.
    You must judge distance and drop within 3 seconds.
    It actually was pretty easy when you practiced like that.

    Got a call from a buddy that a pig of his got out and had been out for a few weeks and was not acting like domestic pig..it would run if you tried to get it or if it seen human movement and was always sneaking in to eat the horse feed.

    He wanted it dead.
    Called my buddy and he brought his compound and he had got into using sights.
    I got my recurve and we headed out.

    Sure enough the pig was in the horse area and my buddy said he would sneak around and get on the creek bank and take the shot maybe 28-30 yards.

    I said well I will go down the creek a bit and when you miss i will hit him on the run in the creek.
    He said yea whatever.

    happened just like that. Buddy missed.
    Pig hauls butt down the creek I nail it but right in the back leg in the ham.. arrow sticking out as it did not penetrate very deep maybe 3".
    Pig running away and I am in chase.. of course my buddy has been running the other side of the creek bank.
    It is running towards my buddy and he gets a shot off at 20 feet and hits it in the ham.
    It turns and runs into a thick blackberry patch.
    Buddy shakes the patch and tosses tree branches into it and the pig runs out . straight at me . I jump in the air and it goes between my legs and I take a swipe at it with my recurve as I only had 1 arrow with me.

    Missed.
    Piggie continues straight and just fast enough to out run me.. my arrow falls out my buddies arrow still sticking out.
    few hundred yards later it is long gone onto another property and we were tuckered out.
    Went back and got my arrow.

    Sights like you mentioned could be very handy especially if you can get on target super fast.
    I had 1 friend that could nail a coke can at 40+ yards that the wind is blowing across the river bank.
    He was an excellent bow shooter.. he had sight pins and could judge distance like no other i have ever seen.

    His bow was stupid fast.
    I have not chronographed my recurve but i have done it on a couple compounds and my cross bow.
    Flat shooting and speed can be very advantageous when in the field trying to put meat on the table.
    Correct Distance judging i think may trump that.
     
  5. Coach_1

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    Very good points but... we live in the technology/electronic age now and new/young hunters will love this if it’s something they can afford. Great idea by Garmin but I’m out. I’m transitioning into traditional archery. 2 years ago and I would have been trying to save up for one. I like Garmin products and wear the Fenix 3hr watch. But why do they have to be so expensive?!
     
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    we live in the technology/electronic age now.

    That is a fact for sure.
    I do not have a watch or a cell phone never did. Never had cable tv either.
    maybe one day i will catch up.
     
  7. Lakenut

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    Geeze.....range estimation isn't that hard....nor is shooting a multi pin sight. Like most other shooting gizmos...spend less, practice more.
     
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    Range estimation is a dying art with the development of rangefinders and gps devices. In golf we had yardage markers and some of the higher end courses marked their sprinkler heads with the yardage to the green. So we had some help on the course. Before rangefinders I was pretty good at range estimation from $250 in. My players turned it into a game. They’d shoot the pin with their rangefinder then I’d tell them the yardage. I was usually within 3-5 yards. Since I got a rangefinder and I’ve used it for the last couple years guessing the range is getting harder and I ain’t as good anymore.
     
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    Agree. We used to have friendly contests estimating distances for bragging rights.
    Now we whip out our rangefinders.


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    Watches were developed in the 15th century... That is a lot of catching up!
     
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