Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Shoot, Rattle, and What is that Noise?

Shooting my bow is truly therapeutic for me. It's an escape. On the other hand, it can also mess with your head. Sometimes your shot isn't where you want it to be. It happens to the best of us. Then there are the times, like tonight for example, where something isn't quite right on your bow. I have mentioned before that you should look over your setup often in case something is out of place or needs to be tweaked. Tonight was one of those nights for me.

A couple months ago, I noticed that because I switched to a thinner diameter Victory VAP arrow that my TightSpot Quiver wasn't holding them in as tight as I needed. In fact, after three or four shots, I would hear a distinct vibration from the quiver. Come to find out, I needed to do something different to my quiver setup in order to grip the arrows tightly. Joe Jacks was super helpful and gave me the simple directions to fix the issue. Within minutes it was fixed. Great service and a big thank you to Joe!

Then came tonight at the range. Brett and I had just run two miles and while I sucked wind tonight, I felt OK. I know I need to push myself harder and step up my game. I was running four to five times a week and now I am down to two. It's my own fault and it can be fixed. I just need to do it. Nonetheless, we made it back to our vehicles, broke out our gear, and began shooting. It was awesome.

We started at 40 yards, moved to 50, then 60 with ease. We were feeling good, but I kept noticing a vibration on my Strother Wrath. I was videotaping and I knew I'd probably figure it out when I got home, but I kept hearing it. It was almost a buzzing. I tightened up my TightSpot quiver a bit more and it still kept on buzzing when I shot. When I put the bow away, I made a mental note to get it out under the workbench light and see what I could find. Then dinner with the family came and went. I downloaded the video and started to watch. "Bzzzzzz" There it was again! Time to go check things out.

It took me less than 10 seconds to find the issue. I tapped my bow with the heel of my palm and there it was, "Bzzzzzz". This little cam screw was loose! Out came the Allen wrenches and I snugged it up. No more sound and no more vibration! It took all I had not to go out in my yard to shoot a few arrows, but at 11:00 PM, my neighbors my be a bit miffed. Ahhh, the satisfaction of knowing you fixed an issue and can't wait to shoot again. I'll just have to wait until tomorrow when I can send some arrows into my 3D pig target and prepare for the hunt. 

Be sure to take the time you need to go over your gear and if you think something is off, it probably is. Taking just a few minutes tonight saved my sanity and quite possibly my setup. Now, who wants to go to the range this week?

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