Meridian Star


April 25, 2014

Archery Addicts Anonymous–Lesson 017

Beyond the Basics: Bow accessories I — Arrow rest and D-loop

MERIDIAN — The first four essential bow accessories are in this order: The rest and d-loop; the peep and sight.

    While the full capture “Whisker Biscuit” or the Octane Hostage XL may be the best rest for a beginner, the one main drawback of the Whisker Biscuit is that it will slow the arrow speed. The stiff whiskers will also destabilize the arrow more, if the vanes (fletchings) are helical rather than straight. These disadvantages really won’t matter with “Blind Baling” or the “Missing Link” exercises as the single arrow doesn’t need fletchings, and speed and accuracy are not important.

    When it comes to choosing an arrow rest (launcher) the options, advantages and disadvantages are almost endless. While many competition shooters prefer a target type rest (blade or dual prong), no hunter in his right mind would consider using one in the woods. Another popular rest is a full capture drop-away. The drop-away type rest works great provided it is precisely adjusted and maintained. However, the drop-away is more subject to recoil (back lash) and mechanical failure, and even the quietest ones are inherently more noisy.

    My personal preference is the almost full-capture TruGlo Carbon XS arrow rest. The only moving parts are the two piston actuated launcher arms. The arrow rests upon two soft velvet patches so that it works like a competition dual prong launcher. It is super quiet, works on both right and left hand bows, and is one of the lightest rests made. It also cost no more than the cheapest “Whisker Biscuit.” The only advantage of the TruGlo Carbon XS over some of the other more sophisticated containment rests is that it will shoot any diameter arrow with only minor vertical adjustments. The disadvantage is that the velvet patches may need to be replaced before hunting season.

    If only one arrow diameter is to be used, then one should consider some of the more sophisticated full capture rests: NAP 360 o, G5 Halo, Octane HIJack, or the Vital X.

     Any arrow rest should be mounted as low as possible so that the vanes do not touch any part of the riser or rest and the arrow is at the same level as the burger hole (rest mounting hole). The rest windage adjustment should be set so that the nocked arrow at rest is in direct line with the center of the bow riser.

    After the rest has been mounted, the d-loop may be tied-in on the string so that the nock point is approximately 1/8 inch above the vertical center of the arrow at rest. The d-loop should be as short as possible allowing space for both the nock and the release hook/jaw.

    Address questions to: Cell # 601-604-0913

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