Sight Review: Black Gold Rush with FlashPoint Technology

By Dustin DeCrooApril 26, 2011

LAST UPDATED: May 8th, 2015

“Lightweight,” is the single term that I want to define my 2011 compound hunting bow.  Speed, forgiveness, and aesthet ic appeal also come to mind but most importantly to me, I want to be able to carry this thing for days on end.  It would be nice to unleash an arrow every single time I set foot in the rocky, sage brush canyons of Wyoming or the steep, pine tree faces of the Rocky Mountains… but that certainly isn’t reality.  Reality is that I’ll spend days, of hiking miles, packing my bow around before it gets even one opportunity to send an arrow down range.  With that said, a lightweight sight was a key component to the overall weight of my hunting rig.
My z7Extreme is well on it’s way to being a lightweight killing machine.
Dressing up my z7extreme with lightweight accessories was simple until it came time for a sight.  I had been dead set on an Axcel Armortech HD, but it didn’t fit my criteria for being lightweight.  After spending way too much time doing product research and getting my hands on just about every sight that I could, I finally purchased a Rush (model) sight by Black Gold. 
Black Gold sights are built and assembled with American made parts in Belgrade, Montana.  The Rush mounting bracket, sight housing and pins are all constructed of a metal alloy that is lighter than steel and stronger than aluminum.  Black Gold calls their sight construction “BombProof” and states that it takes over 30 pounds of pressure to break a sight pin.  These sights are accompanied by an unconditional guarantee that states, “If the original owner has a part break for any reason, it will be repaired or replaced at no charge.”  Hopefully I never have to use this service, but it is indeed nice to know it is available.
The Black Gold Rush is a very solid, lightweight and American Made sight… All the stuff you need and nothing you don’t.
I chose the 5-pin model with .019 pins and have been pleas antly surprised at how bright these pins are in low light situations.  The extended fiber optics are covered with a “shell” that is referred to as Flashpoint Technology.  During daylight or bright conditions, the Flashpoint shell turns purple to block UV rays to keep your pins from glowing too brightly and the opposite holds true in low light conditions.  The sight ring around the pins is interchangeable so you can select a color that best suits your eyes.  Personally, I prefer the chartreuse sight ring.
The chartreuse sight ring lines up perfect with a 1/4″ peep sight, Flashpoint Technology gives your pins the perfect amount of light.
The, “Rush” model is one of the more basic models that Black Gold offers, it simply does not have unnecessary “frills” and that is exactly what I was looking for.  This sight is not equipped with microadjust but it does have calibration markings for vertical and horizontal adjustments.  With “lightweight” being my goal, I didn’t want the added weight of microadjustable knobs, screws, etc.  I simply wanted a sight that I could get sighted in, lock down tight and have no worries about it’s performance in the field.

The Black Gold Rush sight doesn’t have much to show but is made with quality and won’t break the bank!

Dustin DeCroo
Hunting Guide at Big Horn Outfitters
Dustin is a professional hunting guide and owner of Big Horn Outfitters in Buffalo, Wyoming where he lives with his wife and 2 children.
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