TruGlo Tritium/Fiber Optic Pin
BEST low light/night hunting pin available!
I work for one of Texas' biggest bowhunting-only ranches and I both use and recommend the TruGlo Tritium (TFO) pin to all the hunters that come to the ranch. It is hands-down the best artificially lighted sight pin on the market; and, because it doesn't use a battery (and lasts for years), hunters don't ever have to worry about turning it on or off or EVER running out of battery at a critical time.
I noticed another review here on Bass Pro that said it was a waste of money and that it wasn't any brighter than most regular pins- well, I couldn't disagree more with the first point and why would you want a pin to be abnormally bright? Believe me, anyone that's done a lot of low-light hunting or night hunting can tell you that a really bright pin is all but useless. Especially if you shoot with a peep sight! Personally, I don't because it's practically impossible to hunt at night with a peep sight and I do a LOT of spot & stalk hunting for hogs by moonlight. I use a "kisser button" instead of a peep, for this reason.
Here's why a really bright pin is counter-productive in low-light conditions: When there is very little ambient light available and you have a very bright sight pin, the eye has a very difficult and often impossible time seeing anything past the bright light. An extreme analogy of this is a flashlight at night- imagine you are walking in the moonlight with friends and you can see them ok. Then, imagine one of them shines a flashlight at you. How well can you see them then? Not nearly as well!
When shooting in low light conditions, whether it's at a deer in the last few minutes of legal shooting light or at a hog feeding on a full moon, ALL you want is a pin that's bright enough to be visible- nothing more. Any brighter than that and you're ability to see the target and it's "sweet spot" will be degraded.
Along the same lines, the TruGlo tritium pin eliminates the need for a "sight light" which can create even more problems with excess light in your sight path. Sights that have lights mounted in the housing around the pin(s) often flood the inside of the sight housing with light which, again, makes target acquisition difficult (if not impossible) in very low light conditions.
The TruGlo TFO pin is NOT a target shooting pin- it's a bowhunter's pin that's meant for your 20-30 yard pin(s). I don't use them for any further distance because they're not available in any size smaller than .029 and the smaller pin sizes are really necessary for targets out past 30 yards- to achieve any really good accuracy. Is it the brightest pin on the market? I have NO idea. What I DO know is that it's MORE than adequate, in terms of brightness, for every hunter I hunt with and every one I've guided in the past 11 years.
If you do a lot of low-light hunting or think you might need to take a shot in those conditions some day, you CAN NOT find a better tool than a TruGlo Tritium (TFO) pin. They may be 'pricey' as pins go but the money you save on batteries over the 3-4 year lifespan of these pins will far exceed the added cost of these pins; and, if you ever have to take a really low-light shot at the buck of your dreams, think about what it's worth to not have to worry about the added movement of turning on a light on your sight OR whether or not the batteries are still good! I've watched a LOT of the hunters I guide on hog, predator and whitetail hunts miss terrific opportunities because they had to take the extra time to turn on a light of because they forgot to change the batteries OR because on the last hunt they forgot to turn the light off, and the batteries were dead! Every one of those hunters went out the next day and bought a TFO pin and they all still use them when they come hunting with us.
Is this the perfect pin for all uses? NO Is it the perfect pin for bowhunters to use in the 20-yard slot? ABSOLUTELY!
December 31, 2008
I've used these pins for years and they are good in a blind as well as early morning and late evening. They last a long time. My last one was several years old and broke when something jammed against it in my bow case during a flight.
September 2, 2013
great low light pin
I use the Hind sight single pin sight on my hunting bow and this pin works great. For low light/blind hunting it can be seen very well.
November 13, 2012
Best Pin ever!!!!
I had problems with the lighted pins or glow in the dark pins especially when the moment of truth would arise. In the past, I had deer I had to let walk because the pin blocked my vision(because of glare) or the multiple pins glared causing halo or a overpowering effect so you couldn't see pass the sight.
To solve the problem I purchased Truglo's Tru Site extreme (micro adjust tooless) because it's housing protects the pins better than there other products and tore all the pins and fiber out and replaced the top pin with the
TFO .029 green (approx. $25.00)
then truglo's pro wrapped pins(approx. $8.00)
none are over bearing but visible during the bright part of the day. But when the sun goes down, and you can barely see the ground let alone a deer you then only have one pin shining the TFO and you still can see your quarry without the pin overwhelming you. At this point you cannot see the other pins but at low light how far can you see 25 to thirty yards at best.
PS. I set my TFO in the center of the sight and the rest of the pins below. Imagine seeing just a tiny green dot along the forest floor but seeing everything around the dot.
Also, the Tru Site extreme is light unlike alot of the other products. Many of my friends now use this very setup.
February 10, 2011