Timney Triggers Archery Release REVIEW

By Dustin DeCrooAugust 31, 2011

LAST UPDATED: May 8th, 2015


For 60 years the Timney Triggers company has been recognized for producing some of highest quality aftermarket firearm triggers available.  In 2011, Timney Triggers has taken their long time upstanding reputation and their outstanding product line into the world of archery.  I had the opportunity to shoot two of the releases in their line-up this past week and was happy to see that the quality I feel on the trigger of my .223 is mirrored in Timney’s releases.

Timney Triggers new archery releases are American made.

I’ve been shooting a “hook-style” release since 2004 and the thought of changing styles has never crossed my mind.  I imagine it’s the same as anything else, if it works for you and you get comfortable with it, why change?  The particular release I shoot is the T.R.U. Ball Short n’ Sweet with the straight trigger.  Personally, I’ve never understood shooting an archery release where the trigger is set back from the jaws or catch point of the release, as an archer loses that length out of their draw length (if maintaining proper form).  With that said, I haven’t had a whole lot of options to choose from for a hook-style release with a trigger that doesn’t eat my draw length.  T.R.U. Ball and Scott (now Timney) are the only ones that I’m aware of and I was eager to shoot this new release.

When the trigger of the release is on the same plane as the string catch, you lose no draw length.

At first glance, it’s easy to see the release is built with quality in mind.  The jaws and trigger are made of steel and the housing is made of a 6061 alloy.  All of the Timney Trigger products are constructed in the United States and carry a lifetime warranty.  The wrist straps (in my experience) were soft leather, buckle style releases.  These wrist straps are comfortable and have two additional loops that are designed to hold the release in place while the buckle is released.  I don’t think this feature is necessary, and I personally wouldn’t use it, but it doesn’t create any problems that I could see.

The Timney Trigger “Hook” release

The trigger of the release is super smooth, all the way through the shot.  The feeling is different than any I’ve ever shot, it’s difficult to explain but it is fantastic.  Unlike many releases, there is no noticeable “break point” when the string is dropped.  The tension on the trigger is constant all the way through the shot and after.

This release has one of the best feeling triggers on the market.


The hook of the release breaks away so that it moves completely out of the way as the string passes by.  The majority of hook style releases that I have seen and shot, pivot the hook in a single direction, the Timney Trigger hook actually moves away.  One thing to be aware of, is that the hook doesn’t automatically reset itself.  My Short N‘ Sweet will reset the hook when the trigger is pulled, but after replacing several of the reset springs I’ve learned to reset the hook manually, so the Timney reset doesn’t bother me at all.

This photo shows how the hook is completely removed from the string path.

Overall, I would definitely recommend giving Timney Trigger releases a test drive, and if nothing else, consider the idea of gaining back a half inch or more of your draw length by changing to a release without a trigger setback.

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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