September 30, 2013

My DIY Beta-Release

Today I introduce my just finished selfmade "Beta-Release". The reason why I built this is: I wanted to shoot my 70 pound compound bow in a more 'instinctive' way.

Instinctive shooting of a compound??
YES, for me that means: No fancy stuff on the bow, no sights, no scope, no peep and no bulky expensive release. The Beta-Release is made from one piece of aluminum and it has no moving parts. Its design is dead simple and it performs as acurate as much more expensive releases. At first I wanted to shoot the bow completely without any release. But that did not worked, because the bow is very short. The angle of the string is squeezing the fingers too hard

The release design was inspired by a picture from Istvan Girizd that he posted on facebook. With these pictures in mind I built the first prototype from ply-wood - my "Delta-Release". But it turned out, that the design of that release only works for bows with a relatively low draw weight. (I nearly lost a finger when I tried to shoot my 70 pound compound bow with it)

I took a further look into the internet and found pictures of the 6-Gold release. This was produced in the 60s and cannot be bought today anymore.

They have a nearly equal design - the only difference is: the string of the bow is not placed behind the release but behind a small hook in front of the release. And this fact saves your index finger when you shoot heavy draw weights. As said before, these releases are not sold anymore. I found a nearly similar product from A+ Slingshots that was a little bit too expensive (I'm a man on a tight budget ;) ).

So I made a release by myself, starting with a simple aluminum bar. And after hours of file work and sanding it is finally ready. I'm very happy with it - it's accurate, small, durable and it feels comfortable. It gives me the proud feeling to made something by myself, that really worked in the end. 

This picture shows, how the "Beta-Release" is held and how the hook grabs into the string.

To release the arrow, I simply have to straighten my index finger. (I know: There is no arrow in this picture ;) )

I hope you liked it. Have a nice day - and keep curious!