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Be careful what you wish for in equipment

August 18, 2003

I don't know how I get myself into such messes!

The mess I'm referring to here is my latest acquisition in archery equipment. I have traded my Hoyt Ultra-Tec bow for a Mathews Q2 bow.

I had been looking at Mathews bows for about two years, but like most top-of-the-line bows they are expensive and I couldn't afford one.

I already owned a good bow, and really didn't need a different bow. However, opportunity knocked and I took advantage of it.

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The Q2 is a fantastic bow and Barry Allen of Cedar Creek Outdoors was really gracious to me in the trade department.

I'm running into some problems, however. First, I didn't get a bow quiver on the new bow. I traded my bow quiver along with the Hoyt bow. I tried a Kwikee-Quiver that I purchased from Allen. When the arrows were placed into the quiver they stuck out the bottom of the bow. Some people turn them upside down with the fletching at the top, but not me. No, sir! I had to have a different bow quiver! I settled on an Alpine that can moved up or down in the mount to accommodate that kind of problem.

Secondly, the arrow rest didn't suit me so I had to have a new arrow rest. Of course, if you buy a quality rest, especially one with a small overdraw and made for a Mathews, it costs quite a bit.

Last, but not least, I have found that the Mathews bow has a very short sight window. With the Hoyt I could set my sights for as much as fifty yards and still have play in my sight to shoot still further. So now I find that the sight I'm shooting, according to an e-mail I received from the sight manufacturer, will have to be turned upside down to give me the distance I need.

Originally, I thought that all I would need would be the bow quiver. Yeah, right!

In my opinion, it is not a good idea to trade bows this close to deer season, but the bow was like new. There wasn't a blemish on it and my resistance was worn down in, oh, about thirty seconds.

I had shot a Q2 Mathews before, and found it to be easy to shoot and very forgiving of mistakes. I need "forgiving of mistakes."

I really thought it would take minimal practice to get the hang of shooting this bow and now that my sight problem was solved, it really has proven to be easy to shoot.

The equipment and accessories that one can purchase in the archery field, especially those that have come out in the last 10 years or so, boggles the mind.

There are archery sights on the market now that resemble a lightning bug with one to five colors shining brightly, due to the fiber optic wire that they are composed of. Some of the sights have as much as two and a half feet of fiber optic wire wrapped around the body of the sight to gather light. They'll pick up light until dark. The price ranges run from reasonable to outrageous, depending on what you perceive your personal needs to be.

The sight I'm shooting is an Eotech sight. This sight uses a "heads up display" in a sight window and projects the sight rings and pin point about five feet in front of the archer. It is not a laser sight. It does not place a laser dot on the target, but gives the archer the ability to know if he is torqueing the bow handle, or if his anchor point is high or low. The average price for this sight is about $299.

If you don't know a little about sights and how to mount them, it's better to have your local pro shop proprietor mount your new sight and set it up for you.

Some of the sights are basic; some are mildly adjustable; and others take a PhD to set up. The latter are what is known as micro-adjustable. They are quirky to set up, but once set up, they work really well. Of course, after the sight is set up, keep your grubby little hands off of it, or you'll mess it up and have to go back to the pro shop and pay to get it set up again.

I just don't know how I get myself into these predicaments. I guess this is one opportunity I should have passed up.

The bow shoots fine and I appreciate Barry Allen and Cedar Creek for giving me a good deal, and an opportunity to own a brand of bow that I had coveted. However, I could not foresee all the problems, and might not have traded if I had known what was coming. I am not clairvoyant and will try to make the best of the situation.

I'm just wondering how I'm going to fit into the doghouse that my wife will put me in after all this is over.

Did I mention that we don't have a dog?|8/15/03***

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