CBE Target Scope Housings

In this video, Lancaster Archery TechXPert Randy Groff runs through the features of the CBE Target Scope Housings. These housings would have to be attached to a sight body in order to be mounted on a bow. Mounting hardware is included in each package.

CBE offers its target housings in two sizes – large and small. They also come with and without light vents. Choose one with the light vents if you want light to get to your pin, or without the vents if you don’t.

These housings come with a fiber-optic sight pin in one of three sizes – .010, .019 or .o29.

Groff also talks about the CBE lenses that can be used with these housings.

CBE Tek-Target Sight

Lancaster Archery Supply TechXPert Randy Groff describes the various functions of the CBE Tek-Target archery sight. Groff walks through all the windage and elevation adjustments the sight offers, and discuses how you can customize it for the bow you’re shooting.

The Tek-Target does not come with a scope, so you’ll have to add your own. It will accept just about any scope on the market.

TradTech heads to Tennessee for IBO Traditional World Championships

The TradTech Archery division of Lancaster Archery Supply, Inc. is heading to the 2015 International Bowhunting Organization (IBO) Traditional World Championships, July 17-19, outside Clarksville, Tenn.

The 3-D tournament, which is limited to archers using traditional equipment, is being held at the famous Twin Oaks Bowhunters facility, which is one of the most beloved traditional archery clubs in the nation.

Lancaster Archery and TradTech have sponsored the IBO Traditional World Championships the past five years.

“We appreciate the efforts by the IBO to feature traditional archery, and to offer a tournament that pulls the best archers from the U.S. and around the world to battle for the title of world champion,” said John Wert, who heads the TradTech division.

On July 17, TradTech will host the TradTech Team Challenge, in which teams of competitors can shoot for over $1,000 in merchandise and gift cards from Lancaster Archery Supply. Teams are compiled randomly through lottery drawing.

TradTech Challenge

In the championships, competitors in eight general classes, plus three each for women and youths, shoot 40 targets total over the course of July 17 and 18. Then, the top-10 qualifiers in each class shoot 20 targets July 19 to determine the winners.

The IBO Traditional World Championships were first held in 2009, after IBO decided to emphasize traditional archery, due to an increase in participation by traditional archers at 3-D tournaments.

IBO Trad Tournament

This year’s championship tournament marks a return to Twin Oaks, where the event was held from 2010-2012. Twin Oaks is a favorite location among traditional archers. The grounds provide a living history of archery. Club members practice and teach bow building, flint knapping, and primitive archery and hunting skills. Visitors are charmed by music, food and Southern hospitality, thanks to Twin Oaks members and owners, Mark and Joanie Baggett.

Traditional bows

Lancaster Archery Supply, Inc. offers the world’s largest online and in-store selection of 3D, target, bowhunting and traditional archery equipment. The company actively supports tournament archers across the U.S. and hosts the annual Lancaster Archery Classic, an international competition that draws over 1,000 competitive archers to Pennsylvania each year. The Lancaster, Pa., based Pro Shop is also home to the Lancaster Archery Academy ‑ a year-round training facility for beginner, intermediate and competition archers.

Do you really need a stabilizer for your bow?

One of the questions we hear from new archers all the time is, “What is that thing sticking out from the front of the bow?

“A stabilizer,” we reply.

Inevitably, there’s the follow-up question, “Do I really need a stabilizer?”

That’s a personal choice. The simplest answer is, “No, you don’t need a stabilizer to shoot a bow. The bow is capable of releasing arrows without a stabilizer attached.”

However, there are tremendous advantages afforded by stabilizers. Look to the pros for proof. Professional archers can shoot with or without any equipment they want. They use what they need to win. That’s their job. Except for archers who compete in the classes that forbid them, you won’t find a professional target archer on the shooting line who doesn’t use a stabilizer. Most use more than one, in fact.

V bar stabilizer

Now you don’t have to rig your bow with stabilizers like the pros do just to punch targets in your backyard, or chase deer in the woods or even to shoot at local tournaments. But if you want to shoot tighter arrow groups, you might want to try a stabilizer of some stripe.


A stabilizer is mounted to the riser back, by screwing it into a threaded accessory hole located just below the grip. Nearly all compound and Olympic recurve bows come from the factory with this accessory hole in place.

Stabilizers perform a variety of functions. They absorb vibrations in the bow at the shot, which reduces the shock felt in your hand on the bow grip, and makes the bow quieter. They help keep the bow balanced, by adding weight below the grip. That weight down low encourages the bow to stand up straight, which is critical for consistent accuracy. It also helps settle your sight as you aim at the target.

Stabilizers combat bow torque. When an archer releases the bowstring, the riser torques as all that energy hits it. But a stabilizer, which adds weight out in front of the bow, resists that torque.

Think of it this way. Stand with your arms at your side and twist at the waist. There’s no resistance. Now hold a broom by the handle out in front of you, with the stick parallel to the ground, and twist at the waist. The broom will resist the twist.


The length of the stabilizer you choose, again, is up to you. If you’re a bowhunter sitting in a ground blind, shooting at game no more than 20 yards away, then you might prefer the light weight and maneuverability of a 6-inch stabilizer. But if you’re a tournament archer shooting at targets 70 meters out, you might prefer the steadying power of a 30-inch stabilizer.

stabilizer sizes2

Know this. The longer a stabilizer is, the more it’s going to resist bow torque, and the more it’s going to steady the bow as you aim. And the best place for the bulk of the weight is at the very end, away from the bow. That’s what gives the best stabilization.

So, maybe a bowhunter heading out West to chase elk, who might have to shoot 40 or 50 yards, would do better with a 12-inch stabilizer, rather than the 6-incher favored by the ground-blind hunter shooting no more than 20 yards. That extra length can help tighten arrow groups at longer distances.

In competition, there are limitations on stabilizer lengths for certain classes. The National Field Archery Association, for example, limits stabilizers to a maximum of 12 inches in its bowhunter classes. So that might dictate length for you.


Adding side rods, again, is a personal choice. Their purpose is to help balance the bow by adding weight behind the riser. A bowhunter, for example, can counteract the weight of a bow-mounted quiver by putting a side rod on the opposite side of the bow from the quiver. Target archers often use only one rod, too, to counteract the weight of their sight and rest. Or, they might put one rod on each side of the bow using a V-bar, which many feel makes the bow rock steady when they take aim.

side rod2

The best thing you can do when making a decision about stabilizers is to think about how and where you shoot – and what you shoot at – and then try different lengths and combinations to see what fits your needs.

Aperture, scope or pin: Which one for my sight?

So you’ve decided you want to shoot with a sight on your bow, and now you’re going to have to choose an aiming device. There are only three choices – aperture, scope or pin. You attach one of these to a sight body, and then use it to direct the bow so your arrow hits where you want.


Take note – not all sight bodies come with an aperture, pin or scope. You might have to buy one separately, but you need both parts for the sight to function. So if you’re looking at buying an HHA Pro Scope, for example, understand that you would still need a sight body to attach the scope to your bow.

The aperture, scope or pin extends out in front of the bow, above the arrow, perpendicular to the riser. It must be adjusted to reflect the flight path of the arrow at the distance you’re shooting. At full draw, the archer places the aperture, scope or pin on the target to take aim. It’s imperative the archer’s eye and aiming device are on the same plane for every shot, to promote consistent accuracy.


These are small circles or squares primarily used by Olympic-style, recurve archers. The aperture might have a pin or a dot in the center, which is pasted to the bull’s-eye as the archer aims.

Spigarelli Black Aperture


This is a large round housing that mounts to the sight body, and it’s used only by compound archers. The scope might have a lens in it, which can magnify the view of the target anywhere from 2-8 times its size. That lens might have a dot in the center, which is pasted to the bull’s-eye, or there could be a fiber-optic sight pin or set of crosshairs in the center of the scope housing.

CR Apex Scope


A pin is a simple piece of metal or plastic, with a rounded end that serves as your aiming point. These days, the tip usually is the very end of a fiber optic strand. The strand gathers light, so that the aiming point glows. Sight pins can be used by recurve or compound shooters. A sight body might have just one pin, or several, which can be set at different yardages. Pins are especially popular among bowhunters.

TruGlo Pro Dot Pin

What’s better? A single-pin or multi-pin sight?

It’s possible to start a debate akin to “Ford vs. Chevy” when talking with a bunch of archers about whether a single-pin sight is better than one with multiple pins. We certainly don’t want to launch such a dust up here. But opinions aside, there are some factual differences between the two.

multi-pin sight


Here’s a quick rundown of things you’ll want to consider when choosing between a single-pin sight and a multi-pin sight for your bow.


Multi-pin sights typically come with three to five pins that you set for specific yardages. For example, you might set a five pin sight so you have one pin each for 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 yards. You’ll have a pin to hold dead on your target at each of these distances, and then you’ll have to aim high or low with the appropriate pin for distances in between. Those pins are fixed in place, and can only be adjusted with tools.

Trophy Ridge Volt

With a single-pin sight, you have one pin that’s movable. You adjust it up and down by hand to set it in the right spot for the distance you’re shooting. Such sights typically feature a “sight tape,” which is a strip of paper or sticker marked with different yardages. There will be an indicator pin on the sight that you move along the sight tape to the distance you want to shoot. As you adjust that indicator, your sight pin moves accordingly.


With a single pin, there’s no chance of choosing the wrong pin when you take aim. You adjust the pin to where you want it, and then there’s only one choice to make as you take aim. Also, many archers say the single pin gives them a cleaner sight picture, which makes it easier to concentrate when aiming. And no matter what the distance is, you can always paste your one pin directly on the spot you want to hit. There’s no need to aim high or low.

Trophy Ridge Drive SLider

Multiple pins allow you to adjust to different yardages without having to physically adjust the sight. Let’s say you’re bowhunting and a deer is at 20 yards when you come to full draw. Suddenly, the deer hops away to 30 before you have a clear shot. All you have to do is aim with a different pin.

Also, in situations where you can’t use a rangefinder to determine the exact distance to a target or animal, the multiple pins can act as a rangefinder. Through repeated use, you will learn how targets look at different distances in relation to your pins. Maybe a 3-D deer that’s 20 yards out fits neatly between your 20- and 30-yard pins. If you see air between those pins and a deer, then you know it’s more than 20 yards away.


Single-pin sights give you just one reference point for aiming. If your target moves when you’re at full draw, then you have to let down the bowstring and adjust your sight. Or you can gamble and try to aim high or low with only one reference point.

Some of these sights employ large knobs for making pin adjustments, and those knobs can make it difficult to attach a quiver to your bow. If you can attach a quiver, then it might be tough to access the knob to make sight adjustments.

With multiple pins, it’s possible to choose the wrong one. That is, your target is 30 yards out, but you accidentally take aim using your 40-yard pin. Also, you’re going to have to “shoot the gap,” which means you’ll have to paste a pin high or low of the point of impact when your target is at a distance other than the ones for which your pins are set. Any time you don’t put your sight directly on the spot you want to hit, there’s a chance for error. And some archers think having multiple pins gives their sight picture a cluttered look, making it hard to focus on just one pin.


Take note that some tournaments might restrict to certain classes the use of sights with movable pins. At National Field Archery Association events, for example, several of the Bowhunter classes require fixed-pin sights with up to five pins, making sights with movable pins legal only for some Freestyle classes.

Here’s your basic guide to archery release aids

A good clean release.

It’s what happens when you correctly let go of the bowstring at full draw, allowing the energy stored in the limbs to be transferred to the arrow, which is propelled down range toward the spot where you’re aiming.

A clean release is something every archer strives for on every shot. Achieve it, and the bull’s-eyes will rip.

Whether you shoot a compound, recurve or longbow, there are many release aids that go between your hand and the bowstring, which can help you deliver that perfect shot.

Four basic classes of release aids are made for compound shooters – index finger, thumb trigger, back tension and resistance activated. For recurve and longbow archers, there are finger tabs and gloves.




Here’s your guide to understanding the different types. When making a final selection, it’s a good idea to try what you want before you buy.


As the name suggests, these are mechanical release aids triggered by your index finger. Basically all of these releases are attached to wrist straps. The strap aids in drawing the string by joining the muscles of your arm and hand. Index finger releases are very popular among bowhunters, since the release is connected to the archer at all times. You can’t lose it in the woods or drop it from a tree stand if you’re wearing it.

TruFire Edge2

Index finger releases connect to the string via one or two moving jaws that completely enclose the bowstring or D-loop, by an open hook or by a rope loop.

When you come to full draw with one of these releases, you want to curl the forefinger on your trigger hand around the trigger post. If you have to stretch your forefinger all the way out to reach the trigger, you’re going to have problems with punching the trigger. Shorten the release head to reduce the gap separating it from the wrist strap.

Don’t activate the trigger by squeezing your finger like you’re shooting a gun. Wrap that forefinger around the post, and then pull through the shot with your whole arm.


These releases are triggered by your thumb, obviously. Most are hand held, although some also can be attached to wrist straps to aid in drawing. They connect to the bowstring or D-loop either by enclosed jaw(s), an open hook or a rope loop.

Stan SX3

Lots of bowhunters use thumb trigger releases, and so do many target archers – especially 3-D competitors. Most thumb trigger releases can be used like a back tension release – the favorite among target archers – yet you still have the control of the release provided by a trigger.


The best archery shot with a mechanical release is one that surprises you. If you don’t know when the release is going to trigger, then you can’t anticipate it with a flinch. This is the shot hinge releases are designed to deliver.

Scott Focus

A hinge release is hand held, and has a pivoting head that connects to the string or D-loop by an open hook. The idea is, you hook the release to the string, come to full draw, and then slowly squeeze your shoulder blades together, which pulls your bow hand and trigger hand farther apart. At some point, that squeezing motion is going to cause the release to rotate in your hand until it lets go of the string.

Another method for activating a hinge is to come to full draw and relax your release hand. That relaxation will cause your hand to stretch, which will rotate the release, and it will fire. A hinge release doesn’t have a trigger. It is a trigger.

You have to keep your sight pin or scope locked on the target the whole time you’re squeezing/relaxing, because you don’t really know when the release will go off. Target archers love the hinges because of the surprise factor, but it might not be the best choice for bowhunters, who need a little more control over when an arrow is released.



Another hand-held release, this is a triggerless release used mainly by target archers. It’s activated by a build-up in pressure at full draw. That pressure, again, is created by squeezing your shoulder blades together.

Carter Evolution

You clip this release’s open hook, closed jaw or rope loop to the string or D-loop, and then draw with your thumb wrapped around a safety mechanism, which prevents the release from triggering. At full draw, you release the safety and start squeezing your shoulder blades until the release triggers.


It’s not that recurve and longbow archers can’t shoot one of the mechanical release aids we’ve already discussed. Rather, the style of archery associated with these bows calls for drawing and releasing with your fingers, as opposed to a mechanical trigger. Also, mechanical releases are not allowed for recurves and longbows in competitions.

Using a tab, you draw the bowstring with your index, middle and ring fingers, and the tab sits between your fingers and the string. It allows for a more consistent release, since the string is sliding off a single surface, rather than each of your three fingers. Tab surfaces come in a variety of materials – bare leather, hair-covered leather, plastic, etc. It’s up to you to determine which works best for you.

Infitec Perfect

Tabs are designed to allow archers to shoot either with their index finger above the arrow nock and the two others below – that’s called split-finger shooting ‑ or with all three fingers below the nock.

Gloves are probably the simplest of the release aids. In a nutshell, they cover your three shooting fingers for protection against the string, and they provide a smooth surface for the string to glide across during the release. The gloves typically are made of leather or nylon.

Buying a bow case: 5 things to consider

You’ve got your bow, and now you’re on the hunt for a case to protect it.

“Which bow case is right for me?”

Here are five things you should consider before making a selection.

1. What kind of bow do I have?

This is a no-brainer, but answering the question will steer you toward certain cases and away from others. And be specific in your answer. Do you have a target compound? Or is it a hunting compound? A target compound bow won’t fit into every compound case.

There are cases made for all types of compounds, cases made for takedown recurves, cases made for traditional recurves and cases made for longbows. Choose accordingly.

Hoyt Trad Bow Soft Case

2. How am I going to use this case?

Think about where you’re going to take your bow case and how you’ll be transporting it. If it’s going to sit on the cushioned back seat of your car as you drive to and from an indoor range, then your needs are different than if it’s going to bounce around the back of a pickup truck en route to outdoor 3-D shoots or your favorite hunting spot.

Also, do you envision your bow case being the place where you store your bow at home? If so, then you need to think about where it will be, and whether that location demands a certain type of protection from running kids, curious pets, falling tools, weather, etc.

3. Do I want a hard case or a soft case?

How you answered No. 2 will play a key role in addressing this question. A soft case isn’t going to provide the same level of protection as a hard case. But hard cases are heavier, and they usually take up more space. It’s up to you to determine which is practical, and which will protect your bow the way you haul it and store it.

Legacy Takedown Recurve Soft Case

There’s actually a third choice – hybrid cases – which are soft cases with a bit of rigid foam built in. Hybrids give you a little more protection than standard soft cases, but still aren’t quite as rugged as hard cases.

4. Will I be flying with my bow?

If there’s one thing you can count on from airport baggage handlers, it’s that they will be rough with your luggage. Look for the term “airline grade,” or something similar, on any case you plan to buy for air travel. They’re going to be sturdier than other cases, and they’re going to be lockable. And even though it’s rated for airline use, there’s no reason you can’t use your travel case for everyday archery activities.

5. How much gear do I want the case to hold?

If your case must hold your bow, arrows and everything else you need to shoot, and all you want to do to when you head out the door is grab it and go, then that requirement is going to steer you toward certain models.

Plano SE Pro 44 Bow Case

Some cases are basically designed to hold your bow – and that’s it. Others have pockets, straps and related features to hold all sorts of equipment.

Some takedown recurve cases made to hold your entire rig have built-in, padded straps so you can haul everything on your back.

Click on any of these links to check out the different types of bow cases carried by Lancaster Archery Supply:

Hard compound cases

Soft compound cases

Hard take-down recurve cases

Soft take-down recurve cases and packs

Soft one-piece recurve and longbow cases




Shibuya DX Plunger

Competition archer Dan Schuller takes you through the details and use of the Shibuya DX Plunger for recurve bows.

In this video, Schuller shows you how to install the plunger, and describes how to customize it for your specific setup.

The Shibuya DX Plunger can be used by right- or left-handed archers, and each one comes with extra springs and two tips – one brass and one teflon. It’s available in six colors.

Easton X10 Arrow Shaft

Easton X10 arrow shafts have claimed more Olympic and World Championship titles than any other archery product. Watch Lancaster Archery TechXPert Randy Groff as he talks about what makes the X10 the choice of champions.

Additionally, Groff will tell you how you can custom order X10 shafts from Lancaster Archery Supply to meet your specific needs.