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Compound bows haven’t change a lot since 1966 when Holless Wilbur Allen invented the first one out of a role of sheet metal and parts from and old camera, until ClearShot Archery came along. The Compound have what is called a peep sight: a small donut-shaped plastic ring, located in the string (near where you nock the arrow). At full draw, you look through the hole at sighting pins on the bow itself. You set the pins at different heights for different ranges (20, 30, and 40 yards). Thus, the peep sight helps with both centering and distance.
Although using sites has been around since 1937 when First use of bow-sights were used in an archery competition, the peep sigh has drastically added precision of shot to a properly tuned bow.
How Peeps Work
Peep sights work on a very simple principle. The peep sight just like a pin hole in an index card acts like a magnifying glass, helping your eye focus on the pins of your site by limiting the amount of light rays that reach your eye. You can test this by making a circle with your thumb and index figure then looking at a distant object or small text.
ClearShot Archery Science
Although this does have its restrictions, by letting less light rays reach your eye you are trading off brightness of the object. Using Color Theory ClearShot Archery is trying to counteract this effect that the peep sight causes on your eye. By Offering interchangeable peep sight is the 500nm color wavelength range this tricks the eye into seeing your magnified image into a brighter light. Thus that deer that you are aiming at can now be seen more clearly.
Now on to the ClearShot Archery Peep Sight review
Not being close to a good bow shop, and enjoying doing my own maintenance on my weapons I decided to order in some Nylon Serving Thread from Amazon for a little under $5, a string splitter made by Bohning, and a Carbon Express 58004 String-Loop Nocking Pliers all in all about $30 in great gear that ill have a review on soon. After waiting for what felt like eternity that was really only 3 days, I received my new tools and it was time to get to work.
Removing the existing Serving thread from my bow string was an easy process with the aid of some medical scissors that i keep with my hunting gear for last minute repairs. With some quick work of the fingers unwinding the serving string, my peep was now free from the death grip.
Ever since my old peep was installed it had started to twist to the left. Now having the strings free I could remove a strand from the right to balance out the peep in the proper position. Placing the string splitter between the strings and marking the old peep sights position before removal saved a ton of fine tuning to get on target later.
Before installing the new peep I had some decisions to make. ClearShot provided me with a variety of choices sending me a Gold, Pink, Green and Purple insert for the two toned interchangeable archery peep sight. I decided to start off with the Pink, Knowing that if i didn’t like it i could always use the allen wrench to change the insert later. Having the ability to swap out peeps with just an allen wrench is a huge bonus to the average archery fanatic. Having specific colors that aide in low light, bright light and target shooting environments, expands the usefulness of your bow drastically.
Gold – Shooters that are full, mostly or red/green colorblind can see the gold insert of the IA and FA peep. The 2 Tone gives them a black with a light shading to focus and look through. This allows the shooter to focus on the pin and target instead of having to have eye strain finding the peep.
Pink – Pink works for shooters that are shade colorblind. The pink stands out and gives me a color that I can see though, unlike with gold which blends into the back ground. This allows the shooter to focus on the pin and target instead of having to have eye strain finding the peep.
Green – Green is an all-around good color for most. It’s not too bright and still gives the shooter a low light advantage. It has been and continues to be the color of choice.
Purple – is a good color when dealing with extreme bright light. The darker color absorb some of the light but still allows in enough to allow the shooter a good sight picture.
Taking The Shot
Although i am not color blind, I wanted to test the distant features of each peep against each other. The pink peep was clearly visible and made for quick sighting in on my target. With less time messing with pin alignment partially due to the way I installed the peep and the clear visibility of my pins, it was the fastest sight in to date. The Dual Anodized Color allowed for easy sigh recognition and put me on target quicker.
Taking a few seconds after clearing my quiver of arrows I switched and tested each peep sight wit the same results. As the sun started to set i knew that this is my chance to test the green peep insert. The green anodized color is for low light situations. I have always struggled for clarity in low light settings often forcing me to give up on taking a shot that would bring home some meat at the end of a long hunt. My fading eye sight and the lack of light always cause a struggle.
The green peep helped capture some of that light that i have been missing over the years. This little bit of added light on the inside of the peep helped with the Pinhole affect allowing easier light recognition. All in all this is the best improvement to my bow that I have had the chance to make. If you are looking for a way to increase your efficiency, or just looking for that perfect peep The ClearShot Archery Peep is for you!
Brief History of Major Bow Changes throughout History
1934-Year of the first Bow hunting season in the United States, held in the state of Wisconsin.
1937-First use of bow-sights in archery competition.
1939-James Easton experiments with making arrow shafts out of aluminum, rather than wood.
1941-Larry Hughes uses aluminum arrows to win the American National (archery) Championship.
1942-Hoyt Archery co. founded by Earl Hoyt, Jr.
1946-Easton produces it’s first trademarked aluminum arrows, the “24 SRT-X”.
1951-Max Hamilton introduces “Plastiflech” vanes to replace feathers.
1953-Bear Archery develops and sells the first working recurve bows. Previous bows were straight-limbed longbows.
1956-Hoyt Archery develops the first “Pistol grip” bow handle.
1958-Easton develops the “XX75″ aluminum arrow shaft.
1961-Hoyt Archery introduces the “Torque stabilizer”.
1966-Easton develops the “X7″ aluminum arrow shaft.
1969-Holless Wilber Allen is granted a patent on his invention of the Compound Bow which he designed 3 or 4 years earlier. His original wheels were triangular in shape.
1970-Compound bows and release aids make their national debut in U.S. national archery competition.
1971-Andy Rimo develops the “flipper” rest. Pete Shepley starts PSE archery company. Flex Fletch manufactures it’s first soft plastic arrow vanes.
1974-Freddie Troncoso invents the first dual-prong arrow rest.
1982-Cam wheels on compound bows first appear. Previous wheels where perfectly round.
1983-Easton develops the first carbon arrow shaft.
1992-The Olympic torch, in Barcellona, Spain is ignited using a flaming arrow shot by Antonio Rebollo of the Spanish Olympic Team. Matt McPherson founds Matthews Archery Co., manufacturing bows with single-cam technology.
1995-The Compound Bow is included in the World Target Archery Championship competition for the first time.
2013- Clearshot Archery introduces the Clearshot interchangeable Peep Sight.
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Hi Karl, I just wanted to follow up with you and share my thoughts
after using the peeps for a couple weeks.
First off I have to explain my unique situation. Oddly enough I am
right handed but left eye dominant. To confuse the situation I also
shoot with both eyes open. This is somewhat strange for most people in
my situation but it works really well for me. I wanted to let you know
this because it affects how I see and focus on objects that are closer
and far away. That being said I wanted to share my experience I had
using the IA and Speed Peep.
I started by shooting the IA peep. Quality and finish of the peep is
great. I think the idea of being able to change the apertures was
pretty cool. Since I have two bows I was able to compare my standard
peep to the IA peep side by side. After looking through the IA peep I
immediately noticed things were much brighter and a little clearer
down range. I had to compare the holes because I thought the IA peep
had to have larger opening but in fact the shape of my old matte black
peep just made it that much darker. I was glad I was able to do a side
by side comparison because it really could see the difference. Here is
where I started to have trouble. Again because I am shooting right
handed but left eye dominant my eyes are constantly battling each
other to focus on things that are very close and far away. This
caused the color aperture to create a large hazy ring when I began
focusing on my target. This is something I normally deal with but I
think it was made worse because of the shinier finish and brighter
color of the peep. It began to be kind of hard for my eyes to focus on
my target because they were constantly trying to bring the peep into
focus as well. Again the peep does everything you say it does, it
just didn’t work for my situation. I actually installed this peep
for my wife (who actually has normal eyes haha) and she absolutely
loves it! We again were able to compare side by side with her bows and
she came to the same conclusion I did on her own. Much brighter and
So after trying the IA, I installed the Speed Peep. I was hoping that
the finish on the Speed Peep would help with the problem I had on the
IA, and it did! The green softer finish is perfect for my eyes. Doing
the side by side comparison the Speed Peep was still brighter than my
standard peep but obviously not as bright as the IA. Sight recognition
is much easier with this peep over the standard peep as well. I have
been shooting this peep for about 2 weeks and I love it.
Thank you again. I plan on doing a write up on my website as well as
some review posts on my Instagram. I will probably contact you in the
future when I begin setting up my target bow for 3D competition next
year. I plan on running a single pin sight with a magnifier so I will
probably be looking at the speed peep again.
If your passion is Bow Hunting, and 3D Archery Shoots then you love looking at new products and reading about the latest gear, equipment, and gadgets new on the market for the upcoming season. Now, that doesn’t mean you always want to use them. We each have found a particular brands, or products that worked, and since we are “creatures of habit” we have stuck with them. That can sometimes lead to us not taking a chance on a new “Brand” or “Product” due to the fact that, it’s new and has a higher risk of “failing in the field”. When in reality, any given product has that same chance. I recently had the opportunity to receive 2 products which are essential to Archery (Bow Hunting and 3D Shoots).
The product review of “CLEAR SHOT 2Tone IA Peep”
I used the “Trio String Peep” for a long time ( ), until I switched to the “G5” peep ().
A 2 String Style which (in my opinion) that had better functionality (especially in lower light situations). I was recently introduced to “CLEARSHOT ARCHERY” and their products. The 1st thing I did was research them. I always read as much as I can find on a Company and their products. I was impressed with the information, and random opinions I came across. I picked out the color I wanted, and placed my order.
When I received my order I took it out of the package, and looked it over. The actual product was just as it was described. The CNC-machined aluminum construction was top notch. The Green insert, and the Black outer section of the Peep were both perfect. The Outer section weight is 9 grains, and the Inner section (medium, 3/16th) is 4 grains, and they fit together seamlessly. I had it installed along with my new “Twisted X Bow String” and it looked great. Now it was time to shoot my Bow with it installed, and put it to the test. After my 1st shot I was very impressed. The “2tone” idea was brilliant. It allows me to achieve a clear and faster focus on my pins and my target. I was able to see with a better level of clarity, and into the evening a lot longer than I had with my other Peep Sights.
The description section on the “CLEARSHOT ARCHERY” website says, “The 2Tone IA Peep provides improved sight in low light situations and eases changing the aperture and funneling of the light to the shooter”, and they could not have been more accurate.
Overall, I have to say that it was a great decision to try the “2Tone IA Peep”. I am glad to have made the switch to “CLEARSHOT ARCHERY”, and they have a new customer that is 100% satisfied. If you have any issues with low light shooting then trying out this Peep is a must. If “Low Light” situations are not a problem for you, but you want to improve, then I would recommend stepping out of your comfort zone, and giving CLEARSHOT ARCHERY PRODUCTS a chance. The IA Peep will improve your groups, confidence in low light shots, and your overall Archery experience.
Spring is typically the time our team likes to test new bow setups and experiment with new things since by the time the big game seasons in the fall open, the thought of even the slightest change to our setups is unheard of. Learning from each other is one of the redeeming qualities of “the offseason,” and one of the new products we’ve been playing around with is the new innovative Bullet Field tip from Clearshot Archery
The zinc plated tips possess a distinct rifling meant to mirror the aerodynamic design of bullets, which Clearshot Archery claims to create an earlier faster spin. In our tests, this has meant tighter groups a slight increase in arrow speed and a heck of a lot more fun shooting. And, because they are zinc plated, we’ve found that the tips have been resistant to the wear and tear typical with blued tips. They are also 100% machined in the USA and come in 85g, 100g and 125g. For more information, visit ClearshotArchery.com. If you decide to give them a shot, let us know how they work out for you on Facebook or by commenting below.
Tight Lines and Big Tines!
The peep sight is probably one of the most overlooked pieces of equipment for most bowhunters. Most guys probably couldn’t tell you what kind of peep they have, which is interesting, considering anyone using a peep requires it every time they take a shot.
Your peep sight is something that should not be taken for granted, especially when you set your pins on that trophy animal you’ve dreamt about for so long.
Here enters the Clearshot Archery 2 Tone Peep Sight. This innovative piece of equipment comes in multiple color options including, pink, green, gold, and purple, surrounded by a black housing. The bright color options assist your eye with easier and quicker sight recognition, perfect for those low light conditions when animals are most active. Those who struggle with color impairment, this sight should help combat that struggle due to darker colored peep sights.
I’ve had great success and improvement with my Clearshot Peep in recent weeks, improving my 3D league scores on average of 10 points a week since tying one into my string.
The lightweight aluminum machined peeps are available in sizes of, 7/32″, 3/16″, and 1/8″ apertures. Finding the right aperture that fits your sight picture is of the utmost importance, Clearshot offers enough options to suite almost any archer.
If you’d like to learn more about Clearshot products, including their American made peep sights, visit www.clearshotarchery.com.
The peep sight is a bowhunter’s rear sight and is something that should not be taken for granted, especially when you’ve got your pin on an animal you’ve waited a lifetime to harvest. That animal for me this year was a javelina and I put my trust into Clearshot Archery’s 2Tone PEEP.
The innovative peep sight comes in a variety of colors including gold, green, purple and pink within a black housing. The bright colors provide for easier sight recognition, especially in low-light conditions which is when most of the game I hunt are most active. For those who are color-impaired, this peep sight is definitely for you. I’ve been able to shoot tighter groups in the backyard, but how did it perform in the field? Two of us went out with Clearshot Archery peeps and both of us tagged out for the year that evening before sunset with the longest shot registering at 50 yards. The results, and the delicious javelina fajitas, speak for themselves.
Tight Lines and Big Tines!
David Frisbie is a Tight Lines and Big Tines! Pro Staffer and professional guide at Frisbie Outdoors.
Here is a really good read on the theory of color and why some colors work better then others. Its also part of the theory behind out peep sight product line.
Let us know what you think.
Without shooting a bow, you’d never know this product exists. In fact, many who have shot a bow, still aren’t sure what this small circular object is. It might be one of the most major influencers in your accuracy. Still not sure what it is? We’re talking about the peep sight. Not any ordinary peep sights; these are strategically colored peep sights to maximize your performance.
When I met with Karl, founder of Clearshot Archery, he immediately had me test a few of the peep sights out. At first, I didn’t think it would really make a huge difference. However, once I put my eyes on the target, I was sold. I’ve never had a noticeable sign of colorblindness, until that day. Looking through the green customized peep hole, I struggled picking up the target immediate. After trying several other colors, I finally found the color that works best with my vision. Of course, that color was pink. The effect it had was night and day. Continue reading, and you’ll see how Karl came up with this product, essentially solving his problems while picking up some big bucks along the way.
What’s the story behind Clear Shot?
CS: Clearshot was born out of a hunting mishap. It was in 2006 on Thanksgiving when my Dad and I went out hunting. Long story short we had a monster 6×6 or 12 point come within 20ish yards and neither of us could shoot and we still had an hour before sundown. When it came time we just couldn’t find the peep sight and it blended in because we are both colorblind.
I knew a solution had to be available. I started looking and buying all kinds of peeps, colored and traditional black. In the end nothing worked that was available.
I started testing out different ideas and seeing what we could both see and use in the field. No one peep that we came up with worked for both of us. After looking at different research I knew I had to offer a few solutions. The 2 Tone peep was born.
What are the key features that really set your product apart from the rest?
CS: The key is the two contrasting colors with the bevel in the peep. The bevel helps create the illusion that it’s brighter than it really is. The bevel also funnels the light into your eye, and make the aperture look larger than it is. The 2tone are designed to improve low light shooting, accuracy, distance, faster sight recognition, and to work with most shooters that are color impaired. The ability to change out aperture size or color of insert in the field with the IA makes that peep extremely versatile for both the target shooter and hunter. The IA can be purchased in a 2 pack, 4 pack and now the 5 pack.
In our field points it’s the rifling of the point. The patented bullet point is based off a proven use in the modern gun. The riffling adds stability and starts the rotation of the arrow just like that of a bullet out of your modern fire arm.
Last, all of our products are 100% made in the USA. The exception is our broadhead which we are working on bring 100% to the USA.
How many different sizes do you have available, and what are the reasons/strengths for each different size?
CS: We offer a lot of different size in our product. The FA is our most limited with only the 7/32, 3/16 and 1/8. The reason we offer the IA in so many sizes is because it’s a product that crosses over from target to hunting. Our speed peep has the most sizes with 7/32, 3/16, 9/64, 1/8, 7/64, 5/64 and 3/64. The wt of the peep and size work well with targets and hunters but have a low cost $9.99. We have found that the smaller sizes for both the IA and the Speed Peep work good with scopes up to 8 powers for a lot of users.
Which pros do you have using your product?
CS: We have a lot of pros that are currently shooting our product. Some are now sponsored and others just shooting it. Below is a list.
1) Drop Zone – Greg Zipadelli and Hal Shaffer (Outdoor Channel)
2) Team Spartan – Sportsman Channel
3) Huntline TV – Pursuit Channel
4) Into the Wild – Jason Peterson, on the Pursuit and Wild TV
5) Canadian Whitetail – Dean Partridge, on the Pursuit and Wild TV
6) Vital Obsession TV – Pursuit Channel
7) MOR Outdoors – On Next Level – Pursuit Channel
8) World Went Dark Outdoors – Jason Keffer, Pursuit Channel
9) FMP Bowcast
10) Real South Hunting – The Search on the Pursuit Channel
11) Open Season TV – Pursuit Channel
12) Nockon TV – John Dudley Sportsman Channel
13) White Tail Pro Series – AWA Pro Ryan Woollard and Brian Howell on the Pursuit Channel
14) Josh Carney – Son of the South
15) Clint Casper – Team 200” TV on the Pursuit Channel, Mathews, Spot Hogg, Woodhaven game calls as well
16) Cody Draper – Canadian MBO Champion
17) Ryan Farrens – 7 year Bowtech Pro
18) Bryce Seidell – Youth Target Pro, top 5 for Texas shootout, Michigan State University Fall Classic
19) Josh Flores – Multiyear Hoyt Shooter
20) Jaxsen Wells- Australia Youth Target Pro 2nd place State, 3D and IFAA for 2014
21) Kristin Huber – Youth Target Pro and United State Archery Compound Junior Dream Team member
22) Martin Kanstrup Nielsen – Copenhagen youth target pro – 2nd in Danish Nationals, Regional in and outdoor as well as junior Indoor.
23) Jim and Eva Shockey
24) Bone Squad Outdoor
25) 2 Girls Hunting
26) Boneyard Brother Hood
27) Kenny Davis – Winchester Whitetail Frenzy
28) Cory Robbins – Live 2 Hunt
29) Clot Ford – Country Music
30) Craig Morgan – Country Music
31) Mike Hunsucker and Shawn Luchtel – Heartland Bowhunter
32) Many more are shooting it as well.
What’s the craziest story/testimony you’ve gotten from anyone using your product?
CS: We had a shooter contact us regarding our peep because he has a blinding cataract. The Dr. said he would have to stop shooting because it’s made him legally blind. He was currently shooting with a clarifier but said it wasn’t helping him at all. I drove to meet him at his home town retailer. We played around with color and size. He finally settled on the IA gold in a 5/64. In his next shoot he scored a 298 out of 300. He is still shooting tournaments and placing.
What are your future plans for 2015 and beyond?
CS: I think 2015 is going to be a big year for Clearshot. We are launching some new product in archery and getting ready to launch our AR-15 Kit and shotgun sight.