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.