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Product Review - Axion Archery GLX Sight

by Steve Flores 8. March 2011 14:08
Steve Flores

One of the coolest things about bowhunting has got to be all of the cool gear. Even cooler than that, is getting to test that gear and then write a review to share with fellow bowhunters. The ultimate goal is to give a fair, unbiased evaluation, in the hopes that someone out there will find your information useful and therefore be able to make an informed decision on which products might best suit their needs. Sometimes you get the opportunity to review off-the-wall products, other times it is familiar equipment that we all use on a daily basis as bowhunters and archers. Take bow sights for example. Without a doubt, the last thing you see, just before you pick the exact hair you want your broadhead to split on that trophy standing downrange….is your sight pin. Therefore, it only stands to reason that you should give this particular piece of gear its fair share of forethought. 

The Axiom name is quickly becoming synonymous with quality, dependable gear.

I am a whitetail bowhunter first and foremost. So, when I choose my gear, in this case bow sights, I like a model that is built around simplicity, ruggedness, adjustability, and bright aiming points. The new GLX sight from Axion Archery covers all of those bases. At first glance you will realize that this sight doesn’t look like others on the market. With its distinctive “Gridlock” cutouts, there is no mistaking what bow line this particular sight is molded after. That’s right….Mathews.

There is no denying what bow this sight would look best on.

Wrapped in the highly effective Mathews Lost Camo pattern, this sight is as attractive as it is functional. Add the accompanying Harmonic Damper to the equation and you also have a sight that won’t rattle your teeth or spook game at the most inopportune time. Just in case you are unfamiliar with what a harmonic damper does, it is essentially an aluminum disc that floats inside a rubber housing. At the shot, the aluminum disc oscillates, and together with the surrounding rubber material, absorbs vibration and residual energy; as well as reduces noise. 

The same innovation found on all Mathews bows can also be found on the new Axiom GLX bow sight.

The sight pins on the GLX sight are different as well. Most bow sights come with .029 pins. This pin size is great for up-close shots since they are easy to see under a variety of shooting conditions. However, when the shot range starts to get “out there”, larger sight pins can actually cover some portions of the animal you are shooting at. This makes precise aiming a little more difficult. Not with this sight however. The GLX comes with .020 fiber optics----plenty big enough for those in-your-face shots, yet, not too large for the long-range attempts. 

With pins that are slightly smaller than your typical sight pins, the GLX offers accurate shooting both up close and at long range.

Each fiber optic runs behind a highly protective, extra strong aluminum pin guard; making the errant tree branch that gets caught in your sight housing nothing more than a nuisance. Ruggedness, yeah, this sight has it. In addition, the sights are stagger mounted for increased adjustability and tighter pin gaps. Making adjustments won’t be a headache either thanks to the dovetail windage and elevation adjustments and marks.

And, when that shot finally does arrive, and that reclusive buck steps out just before last light (as they often do) you’ll have little trouble seeing your aiming point because of the included blue light. When turned on, this thing looks like an airport runway. 

Low light shots will prove to be a piece of cake thanks to the ability to light up the fiber optic pins with the turn of a dial.

Unlike other sight level that are overly large and permanently seated in the sight housing, this bubble level is just big enough to get the job done and is also easily removable.

Rounding out the features on this sight are an Off Set Extension, 2” Aperture, and a Removable Sight Level….all on a CNC Machined aluminum body. I guess the only question left is what bow to attach this thing to. But, I think you already know the answer to that.

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