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Optics 101

Innovation and production in the optics industry is no longer moving at a snail pace. Not only have hunting optics moved far from the traditional iron sights, they have actually bounced into a new and futuristic age of technological advances. We now live in an era where telescopic sights, binoculars, and even cameras have received modern-day makeovers that have greatly improved the primitive adventure for hunters like you and me. From rifle scopes to range finders and spotting scopes to red dot sights, here is your guide into the hunting optics you have to choose from. Sights vs. Scopes While scopes and sights may be similar in function and purpose, there are definitive differences between the two that you should be aware of. And while these differences aren’t always black and white, there are some [...]

2018-04-23T20:28:44+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|

7 tips to improve your archery accuracy

With spring in the air, many of us are dusting off our bows, grabbing a handful of arrows, and heading out to the range. For some of you, archery may just be a fun way to get back outside and enjoy the return of the sunshine. For others, however, you may view springtime as an opportunity to improve your accuracy. Before you get out to the range and start practicing, review these seven tips on how to improve your archery accuracy. 1. Test your anchor points The point at which the bow is pulled back prior to firing is known as your anchor point. Consistency and precision here are both very important. If you’re just getting started in archery, you’ll want to experiment with your anchor points until you find the position that works the [...]

2018-04-20T16:04:12+00:00 April 20th, 2018|

7 Gun cleaning essentials

You want your gun to remain a reliable machine right? Well, it won’t stay that way unless you keep it properly maintained which includes cleaning it on a regular basis. While the actual cleaning of your gun is a fairly simple chore, it definitely helps when you use the right equipment. Here’s a quick rundown of the items you need to clean your firearm, whether it’s a handgun, rifle or shotgun. 1. Cleaning Rod It’s important to remember that using a cleaning rod can actually damage the barrel of your gun if it’s not used correctly. The slightest ding on the crown can impact the accuracy of a rifle or handgun. This is why you should try to use a cleaning rod made of a material that is softer than the steel of the barrel [...]

2018-03-21T18:04:16+00:00 March 26th, 2018|

Bows and arrows and life lessons

Archery is a skill that can take a lifetime to master. But its biggest lesson is also the simplest: by pulling back the bow, you learn how to let go. What was once a means to provide food and protection for families, is now a favourite pastime for all ages. And as a low-impact and lifetime interest, this is one pastime that can teach valuable lessons while providing entertainment. Besides the fun of sending arrows downrange into a target, archery can also be used as a teaching tool. Providing life lessons, archery is far more than just ownership of a bow and arrow. 1. Teaches Discipline For those who are involved in archery, they understand it is a series of precise movements learned by discipline. This sport teaches this valuable life lesson by demanding proper [...]

2018-03-21T17:44:39+00:00 March 21st, 2018|

10 Hunting goods every good hunter needs

While it isn’t deer hunting season right now, your preparation should start now. In order to succeed as a hunter, you need to be as prepared as possible with the proper hunting goods. Often overlooked, a look into your gear and actual hunting preparation can make or break your next hunting adventure. Here are 10 hunting goods that every good hunter should have packed in their bags for a successful trip. 1. Water and snacks Seems obvious, doesn’t it? Yet, you wouldn’t believe the number of hunters that have to cut their trips short because they forgot these simple items. If you’re really thinking ahead, try packing a hydration pack or a quiet water bottle, not a noisy plastic bottle. It also never hurts to have a little power bar to help you punch out [...]

2018-03-21T17:45:05+00:00 March 15th, 2018|

What important items should be in your gun range bag?

Having a great day at the gun range starts with having your range bag packed correctly with all of the items you need to create a successful shooting experience. Being as prepared and as comfortable as possible will save you time and money and keep you from disturbing others on the range. Covering the bare essentials, we have broken down exactly what you need to be safe, prepared and ready to have fun at the gun range. Range Bag A successful trip to the shooting range all starts with your bag. Be sure to purchase a bag that can carry plenty of ammunition, your firearm(s), hearing and eyewear protection, and a snack or two. Different bags meet different needs and each will vary in size, the number of compartments, and the number of firearms it [...]

2018-02-26T18:16:37+00:00 March 12th, 2018|

How do I train my dog to hunt?

As a man’s best friend who wouldn’t want to take their most loyal buddy along for their next hunting expedition? Taking your dog along for the hunt is one of the most fulfilling options out there for a hunter to really bond with their furry friend. Not only can a dog provide pleasant company during a long day of hunting, but a well-trained hunting dog can actually help you track different types of animals, scare them into the open, and even retrieve them after you’ve landed an accurate shot. We have put together a few training exercises, benchmarks and accessories that can be purchased at your local hunting goods store, to get you started on turning your dog into your hunting buddy. 1. Basic training It’s important that you take the introductory steps that every [...]

2018-02-26T17:59:36+00:00 February 26th, 2018|

Gun range etiquette 101

Just like everything else in life, practicing good gun range etiquette isn’t just good manners, it’s good sense! Whether you just bought your first pistol or you’re an experienced shooter who has been a member for years, shooting at the gun range can be a good time as long as the range rules don’t get broken. Unfortunately, there are plenty of stories out there about poor shooting range conduct mostly due to lack of education and lack of practice of proper techniques. We’re here to help you avoid being an unsafe and disruptive shooter at the range. Yes, we all know “that person.” Following and practicing good range etiquette, whether at an indoor or outdoor range, is always the way to go. It only takes one bad apple to reflect poorly on all responsible firearm [...]

2018-02-26T18:03:46+00:00 February 16th, 2018|

Gun protection accessories

When shooting any firearm, whether at the gun range or while hunting, proper vision and hearing protection is always necessary. As we’ve always said, safety always starts with ensuring the proper handling of your firearms, but it also includes protecting yourself from potential accidents. Let’s take a look at some things you need to know about eye and ear protection for your next trip to the range or hunting fields. Why do I need eye protection? We know the bullets are going the other way, but we also know that ricochets, unburned powder spray, and even muzzle flash can all cause damage to your eyes. And everyone knows that accidents happen more often than we may think while shooting. Safety glasses offer an element of protection that is an absolute must. The best shooting glasses [...]

2018-02-14T21:16:35+00:00 February 14th, 2018|

Bullseye! Tips for buying a bow and arrow

We have seen a remarkable increase in the interest of archery here at Triggers and Bows. From guys and gals who are looking to join family or friends on their next hunt to the parents who have daughters dragging them to “The Hunger Games” or “Brave,” it’s no wonder the sport is growing at a significant rate. However, when it comes to buying your first bow and arrow there are a lot of questions you have to ask yourself. Lucky for you, we’ve outlined those questions below and answered them so that you can get back to hitting that bullseye! Should I shoot traditional or compound? First, let’s clarify the two types of bows. A traditional bow refers to a longbow or a recurve which are bows that have no wheels or pulleys. They are [...]

2018-02-01T20:25:29+00:00 February 1st, 2018|