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Hind Sight, Inc.
P.O. Box 482
Pinckney, MI 48169
Phone: 734-878-2842
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Taking Aim

"The Mechanics of Shooting a Bow"

   When sighting in your bow, it is always best to start by making sure that you have proper arrow flight. This is accomplished by placing your noc and rest in the correct positions. The arrow should be on a 90 degree angle with the bow string when the noc and rest are in the proper positions. Modern bows are designed for true center shots. To check the position of your rest, noc an arrow and place the bottom cam on your foot, look down at the limbs, the arrow should project forward centered in the limbs. This will allow you to point your riser, arrow , and sights all in the same direction. Following these steps should prevent your arrows from porpoising or fish tailing on the way to your target. Once proper arrow flight is achieved you are ready to move on to your sights. Good arrow flight does not happen by accident. The picture below was sent to us by Rocco Bruno of Austin, TX. who purchased our MX model. "The first afternoon that I had your MX on my bow I scored my first Robin Hood.  Congratulations, you hit the bullseye with this product!"

   If you think of a straight line from your eye to the arrows impact, you are simply placing your sights on this line. It is no longer necessary to place your eye behind the string, but rather align your sights to where you are most comfortable. You may find that you are a much better shot with your head in a more up right position facing your target rather than cocking your head behind the string and looking through the corner of your eye. This is especially true if you wear glasses. Looking through a peep sight wearing glasses forces you to look through the corner of the lens. Oils naturally build up in the lens corner adding another impediment to viewing your target clearly. Looking through the center of the lens is a must.

   Generally speaking, the farther apart the sights are attached to the riser, the more sensitive to bow torque the system becomes, forcing a steadier hold. We have found that archers with failing eye sight have difficulty focusing on both sights when they are too far apart. For these archers we recommend the Hind Sight, Hind Sight II, Magnum, Twilight, Center Shot, or EQII models that allow them to position the rear aperture closer to the front sight so they may be able to focus on both sights simultaneously.  The Magnifying lens of the Center Shot may be especially beneficial. Larger sight pins may also help. You can find these models on our products page.

Where to Begin

   To understand the sight in process best, hold one thumb up at arms length and the other thumb, half the distance to your eye. Your thumbs represent your sights. Now line them up on a target. If your arrow impacts to the right, you will move both thumbs (sights) in the direction of the arrows impact. Your eye stays comfortably anchored. Because your rear thumb (sight) is closer to your eye the amount of travel towards impact will be less than your forward thumb (sight). Now, if you only move your forward thumb (sight) towards the arrows impact, your eye will be forced in the opposite direction. Your sights must move in unison towards the arrow's impact when making large adjustments. When fine tuning, you may only move one sight to place your eye closer or farther from the string. Remember, you are placing your sights on a straight line from eye to impact while maintaining your comfortable anchor position. Keep your eye anchored and adjust your sights accordingly.

   Our sights work best with front sights that employ round pin housings. Start by choosing one pin on your front sight as a centering pin. Position this sight pin in the center of the pin housing. Now sight this pin in as you normally would without the rear sight installed. If you have a peep sight in your string, leave it in at this point. It will help you with the initial sight in process. It is important to not torque the bow at this point when sighting in. We recommend sighting this pin in at 20 yards. Start close to target. Draw back, get comfortable, take aim, and shoot three arrows. Keeping the pin centered in the pin housing move front sight assembly towards arrows' impact. Repeat until you have moved back to the 20 yard mark. Once the front sight is sighted in at 20 yards, you are ready to install the rear sight ring. At full draw you want to position the rear sight so that the rear sight ring and front pin housing are in alignment and the pin is centered in the rear aperture. To achieve this you may have to draw back numerous times making adjustments to the rear sight as you do so.

Once you are comfortable and your sights are in alignment you are ready to shoot again. Shoot three arrows. Now this time you have the option to move the front sight, rear sight, or both. The key is to remain in your comfortable anchor position and set your sights accordingly.  Do not chase your sights. There is no forgiveness in this sighting system, that is what makes it so accurate. Once sighted in, you should be able to draw the bow back with eyes closed, get into your comfortable anchor position, open your eyes and be looking through your sights. At this point, if you have to dip your head or torque the riser to line up your sights, you are not quite there yet.

                  Multiple Pins

3Pin Eclipse

   When using multiple pins with our standard models, you must center the same pin for all distances. We recommend the 20 yard pin for this purpose but you may chose any distance pin that you desire. The picture above shows the green top pin, sighted in at 20 yards, as the centering pin. The green pin is located in the center of the pin guard. When placed in the cross hairs, the pin guard is now in alignment with the rear sight ring. Once you decide which pin will be your centering pin and what distance it will be set at, place it in the center of the pin guard. Because the cross hairs are centered in the rear sight ring, your rear sight and front pin guard (if round) will appear as one equal circle. You must always center this pin in the cross hairs no matter what distance is being targeted. To use your other pins, simply place your centering pin in the cross hairs and your distance pin of choice on target. To understand this better, let's say that you only had one pin sighted in at 20 yards and you wanted to take a 40 yard shot. You would hold high on your target using the 20 yard pin centered in the cross hairs. Now if you add a 40 yard pin to your sight, you will still center the 20 yard pin in the cross hairs and hold high, placing the 40 yard pin on target. Always center the same pin for all distances. This will insure that you hold the bow the same way no matter what distance you are targeting.

5 Pin Eclipse

When using more than 3 sight pins you may want to chose a pin in the middle range as your centering pin so that you can see all of the pins in the rear sight ring. The yellow pin (above), centered in the pin housing, is sighted in at 40 yards with two distance pins above center and two below center. Modern sights employ round pin guards. This design works best with our rear sight ring because your eye naturally gravitates to the center of a circle. If you place your centering pin in the center of your round pin guard, the rear sight ring and the pin guard will now automatically line up for a scope like viewing of your target. The pin guard on our Ghost Rider model matches the circumference of the rear sight ring perfectly, so that when lined up the pin guard disappears!

3 Pin Ghost Rider

        The Hind Sight - Rear Mounted Sight is used with multiple pins by always centering the same pin (i.e. the top or 20 yard pin). By doing this, you are always assured that you are in the same hold and correct alignment each and every shot. The other pins will be visible in the bottom half of the aperture and usable by simply raising your bow.

   The pictures above illustrate how the top yardage pin always stays centered. Notice that in the picture on the top, the 20 yard pin is centered and is in the kill zone. Now look at the middle picture, notice that the 20 yard (or top pin) is still centered and that the 30 yard pin is in the kill zone. The same applies to the 40 yard shot. The KEY is to ALWAYS center the same pin to maintain the proper alignment. maintain the proper alignment. maintain the proper alignment. maintain the proper alignment. This insures that you are holding the bow the same way no matter what distance you are targeting.

   These pictures also show how the Hind Sight - Rear Mounted Sight acts as a range finder. With practice, the archer will learn how much of the target will be visible inside the aperture at a given distance.


   With the high speed, flat shooting,  bows on the market today many bow hunters only use a single pin and simply aim higher for further distances. The Hind Sight – Rear Mounted Sight works extremely well in this manner.