Is the stock sight on your bow not treating you well? And how much of a difference can a good multi-pin sight really make? In this article, I’ll compile the key aspects to consider before purchasing a bow sight. I’ll give you my recommendations based on what I’ve learned over the years in 3D archery using different pin sights.
After having compared used many different pin sights, I recommend the LLC 3 pin bow sight (as seen in the above picture). It’s a steal in terms of price while maintaining a high quality and durability. The red and green pins are visible even when it’s dark outside. Setup is quick – mounting the sight on my Hoyt PowerMax took only a few minutes. The only complaint some I’ve heard about this sight is that if your setup is 20-30-40, the pins are pretty close to each other. Personally, it doesn’t bother me, but I thought it was worth mentioning. Definitely not a dealbreaker.
If you’re looking for a 5-pin sight with a premium feel and great design, I’d recommend you have a peek at the Trophy Ridge Volt. The pins on this sight are impressively thin which give you a more clear view. The sight comes with a light for even better vision in the dark. Also, it looks very nice on the bow.
What to consider when buying a multi-pin sight
- Get a fixed pin sight. Also known as multi-pin sights, these sights have anywhere from 3-7 pins. It’s against the rules to adjust pins during any 3D tournament, which is why a single-pin sight is subpar in many cases. This is not to say you can’t do really well in a 3D tournament without a multi-pin sight. I’d not recommend buying a single pin sight since you’d have to adjust the sight for each target, which isn’t allowed.
- If you’ve never used a multi-pin sight before, I’d recommend you to start with 3 pins. It’ll cover many targets while not cluttering the scope view.
- You don’t need a competition sight, or target sight. They’re very expensive. IF you do decide to buy one, please visit your local archery shop for further guidance. You don’t want to end up spending money on a piece of equipment that doesn’t feel right.
- Remember – adjust the pins for different yardages and practice before heading out to the field. If you’d like to know more about what distance the pins should be set to, I’ve made a guide for that here.
Finding a great sight doesn’t have to be hard. I can relate to being overwhelmed with so many options, but at the end of the day, all we want is accuracy and consistency. If you’re still not sure which sight is best for you, it’s probably a good idea to visit a nearby archery store and they can help you out. Good luck and have fun!