The Tru Fire brand goes back almost four decades (1984) when the husband and wife team of the Tentlers (Lynn and Judi Tentler) decided to share their passion for archery with the rest of the world. Since then, millions of archers across the globe almost always have a Tru Fire release as part of their archery arsenal. That’s mostly because this brand is recognizable and has an excellent reputation for producing top-quality products.
If you just got yourself a Tru Fire release for your next bow hunting or archery trip, here are some things you need to know about it and how to set it up properly.
Why Tru Fire Releases?
There are several good reasons why bow hunters the world over are keen on using Tru Fire releases, such as the TruFire Patriot Archery Compound Bow Release whenever they go shooting. Here’s one of the main reasons:
Durability and dependability: One of the key features that set Tru Fire releases apart from the competition is that they are extremely reliable and durable. This is mostly because the manufacturers of these releases use the same material on the releases’ firing mechanism.
This makes a difference because when different materials are used, they tend to wear and tear at different rates. However, when the same material is used, the releases offer more reliability and durability or, at the very least, simultaneous wear and tear.
Other reasons include:
- Sturdy design
- Ease of use
With all this in mind, it’s easy to see why many bowhunters would be drawn to this brand whenever they consider buying compound bow releases.
How to Set Up Your Tru Fire Release for Success
First things first, it’s important to note that Tru Fire has a host of releases in the market. Although they all work in a similar manner, they are all designed for specific bow hunting styles, preferences, and bows.
The video below gives you a thorough rundown of how to set up your Tru Fire Sear Release Aid:
Note: Every tip here is directly associated with the specific kind of release mentioned therein. This is not a one-size-fits-all.
Tip 1: Match Your Specific Way of Shooting
It’s true that there are probably as many different compound bow shooting styles as there are hunters who are ready to shoot. When it comes to setting up your Tru Fire release, you need to do so while keeping in close touch with your specific shooting style. You will find that some release aids are designed to be clipped directly to your string serving, while others use a string loop.
When looking to set up your Tru Fire release aid for success, start by looking at the kind of bow you intend to use it on. For example, if you use a bow with a short axle-to-axle setup, it’s advisable to use a string loop. This is because the bowstring on this type of bow is often drawn at an extremely severe angle, and this doesn’t allow for the convenient connection of a release directly.
Tip 2: The Release Strap Should Be Snug Not Tight
Whenever beginner bow hunters use a Tru Fire release like the TruFire Patriot Archery Compound Bow Release, they tend to wrap the wrist strap on a little too tightly. While this is understandably an instinct to keep the release on your hand, it’s also the wrong approach.
Whenever using such a release, you should go for a snug fit instead of a tight one. It should come to a comfortable rest at the base of your upturned palm. The trick is to find that sweet spot that offers you the fine line between comfort and practicality. Once you find it, use a marker to indicate that specific spot so that you always shoot from there.
This not only ensures that you will be comfortable with every shot regardless of when it’s taken but also that the device sits on the very same spot with every shoot. This gives you much-valued consistency.
Pro Tip: If you prefer shooting with your gloves on, practice using this type of release with them on too.
Tip 3: Find the Right Length
You can adjust pretty much every release on Tru Fire’s lineup of release aids for length. The idea is to try and set up whichever release you have so that the release jaws are just next to the middle joint of your preferred trigger finger. The problem with letting the release extend all the way to your fingertip is that you will always find yourself reaching for the trigger. This means that you are more likely to punch rather than squeeze your shot. Which in turn interferes with your aim as well as shooting experience.
Tip 4: Adjust Your Trigger Appropriately
A lot of the releases on Tru Fire’s list of release aids have adjustable triggers. The Tru-Fire Sear Hand-Held Archery Compound Bow Hinge Release, for example, is an excellent release aid. However, to get the most out of it, much like with every other release aid with an adjustable trigger, you need to find the sweet spot for that trigger.
The idea is to try several settings to identify that spot that gives you a smooth, crisp release as per your preferred shooting style. For the most part, bow hunters prefer having a little tension on their triggers so that they aren’t surprised by the shot. Also, if you set up the trigger to be too light, it could become prone to accidental releases should something like your shooting glove brush up against it.
Finding the right setup for your Tru Fire release is very much like finding the right compound bow for you – it takes some experimentation. However, you can cut that time down significantly by following these practical tips and having an expert at your local pro shop help you.