Breaking Down Adjustable Red Dot Bow Sight blog cover. The image contains a Mathews Phase 4 bow with an Elite package ARD system leaning against a tree.

Breaking down the Adjustable Red Dot Bow Sight

How Does it Work?

There are two main elements of our Adjustable ARD and Rail Bow Sights are the adjustable mount and the red dot. In this blog, we are going to be breaking down each element and how it works.

Our Adjustable Mount:

Our patent pending mount is made of 2 main parts, the base and the mount. To attach the base you simply remove the knob, use the mounting screws to attach the base to your riser, then slide the mount on top of your base, add the knob back on.

Our mount is made of 6061 Aluminum and hard coat anodized; it is super durable and ready to withstand the unexpected on your hunting trips.

What makes the mount special?

Our mount moves on an arc, this allows for the red dot to be aligned with your eye at every distance. This arc is made with 2 dovetails. To adjust for distance you turn the knob. Check out our sight tape here to learn how that works! The quiver mount then attaches either in front of or behind the mount; allowing easy access to the knob.

How to adjust the adjustable red dot bow sight.

If you are using the fixed bracket, this just attaches the red dot sight to your bow and is good for sighting at 1 distance. If you want to learn more click here.

The Red Dot:

With second half of the sight comes the red dot.

In the ARD Adjustable bow sight comes the mounting rings and red dot sight.

The Adjustable Rail Bow Sight includes the picatinny rail and posts. 

If you are using the ARD Adjustable bow sight, you slide the the rings over the red dot, attach the rings to the mount, tighten everything up and you are ready to go!

With the Adjustable Rail Sight, you add the posts to the rail then attach the posts to the mount. Add your red dot sight to the rail. All set to sight in!

How does a red dot sight benefit your archery?

With a red dot on your bow you are able to:

  • Shoot both eyes open
  • No peep sight
  • Amazing in low light
  • Faster target acquisition
  • Assists with target panic
  • Great for Aging Eyes

A red dot sight on your bow is great for all hunters and archers! But we have noticed here at ARD that not everyone knows what a red dot sight is. A red dot is not a scope!!! Meaning, you can’t just pull back your bow and put the dot on the target regardless of form. Good form is necessary. The only way to see the dot is with good form, so if you torque the bow, anchor in the wrong spot, or move your head you won’t see the dot.

Mathews Archery V3 bow with an Adjustable Red Dot bow sight and a man in Sitka Gear.

What is MOA?

MOA stands for Minute Of Angle. MOA is used to reference the dot size. A 2 MOA dot is smaller than a 4 moa dot. A 2 MOA dot covers 2 inches of the target at 100 yards. For example, the Matchdot II Red Dot Sight has the ability to change from a 2, 4, 6, 8 MOA, circle with a dot and crosshair.
X Vision Optics has a great blog on this as well if you want to check it out

Is it easy to set up?

YES! Super simple, we have video instructions and we are always available via email or phone to help troubleshoot, if needed! 



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1 comment

Do you make thus sight compatible with a crossbiw???

Henry Grondin

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