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Who used one of these back in the day?
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Contributors to this thread:
12yards 19-Feb-19
ohiohunter 19-Feb-19
Big John 19-Feb-19
12yards 19-Feb-19
Curt 19-Feb-19
Boreal 19-Feb-19
Buffalo1 19-Feb-19
Cheesehead Mike 19-Feb-19
longspeak74 19-Feb-19
Dale06 19-Feb-19
Bowfreak 19-Feb-19
Billyvanness 19-Feb-19
dirtclod Az. 19-Feb-19
dirtclod Az. 19-Feb-19
Tlhbow 19-Feb-19
Boatman71 19-Feb-19
JTV 19-Feb-19
stagetek 19-Feb-19
12yards 19-Feb-19
Bowfreak 19-Feb-19
Surfbow 19-Feb-19
TD 19-Feb-19
TJS 19-Feb-19
Buffalo1 19-Feb-19
Highlife 19-Feb-19
Heritage 19-Feb-19
timex 19-Feb-19
Ironbow-cell 19-Feb-19
t-roy 19-Feb-19
t-roy 19-Feb-19
bowhunter24 20-Feb-19
Arrowhead 20-Feb-19
12yards 20-Feb-19
Jake 20-Feb-19
Errorhead 20-Feb-19
ELKMAN 20-Feb-19
LBshooter 20-Feb-19
Single bevel 20-Feb-19
Redheadtwo 20-Feb-19
ahunter76 20-Feb-19
From: 12yards
19-Feb-19

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Old TruFire release. I killed a pile of deer using this thing with my PSE Jet Flite Express. Came with a wrist strap on it but I always took that strap off. Attached directly to the string.

From: ohiohunter
19-Feb-19
Sure did, mine was lighter in color. I bet I shot better then with that than I do now with all this other crap.

From: Big John
19-Feb-19
Yes I did...

From: 12yards
19-Feb-19
Sometimes I wonder the same thing ohiohunter!

From: Curt
19-Feb-19
I used one for a short while, until I dropped it on concrete during the start of an indoor league and It broke. Last time I used a release.

From: Boreal
19-Feb-19
Not that one but I used a Pearson "Best" release for a lot of years.

From: Buffalo1
19-Feb-19
I use the pictured release, a Hot Shot third finger release and a home made rope release. All were the “latest and the best” (at the time)!

19-Feb-19
I had a Pearson "Best" too. It was my first release.

From: longspeak74
19-Feb-19
My first release, right there...fond memories of the first Whitetail I took with it.

From: Dale06
19-Feb-19
Never used one but saw many of them.

From: Bowfreak
19-Feb-19

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You guys are old. I was definitely shooting much more advanced equipment when I started. Tru Fire Crackshot. :)

19-Feb-19

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I started with a Hot Shot Then in the 90s had a plastic Allen I believe. Similar to the OPs

From: dirtclod Az.
19-Feb-19
Never could get used to It.

From: dirtclod Az.
19-Feb-19
Never could get used to It.

From: Tlhbow
19-Feb-19
The hotshot model A.

From: Boatman71
19-Feb-19
Hot Shot model A for me as well.

From: JTV
19-Feb-19

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Nope, I went from fingers to a Trophy Hunter release around the late 80's early 90's .. the bearings were murder on the servings ....

From: stagetek
19-Feb-19
Used a Hotshot AR for many years with my Jennings Arrowstar.

From: 12yards
19-Feb-19
JTV, my TruFire was hard on strings too. I usually changed dacrons a couple times a year back in the day.

From: Bowfreak
19-Feb-19
JTV,

I had the Trophy Hunter release also. I almost forgot about that release. Those old releases were not much then. I remember seeing my first Scott and was like WOW!

Same thing with the first Stan I saw except I was not brave enough to try it.

From: Surfbow
19-Feb-19
Man, you guys must be old :) Is that top one made of bakelite or plastic?

From: TD
19-Feb-19
What's "travel speed"???? How fast you can punch it?

First release was a carter quickie, not all that long ago cuz I think they still make em...... FWIW my fingers are older than all those up above. =D

From: TJS
19-Feb-19
Still us the Trophy Hunter. I have one with the original round ball bearing and 3 with the "newer" flat bearings. The release works extremely well. I shoot tight groups out to 60 yards with this release. "Pro"-shop wanted me to get new. I left. I am very uncomfortable with some pro shops, for that and other reasons.

From: Buffalo1
19-Feb-19

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Another classic, the Fletchunter release. I found this in my “archives box”.

From: Highlife
19-Feb-19
I actually think I have one in a box somewhere lol

From: Heritage
19-Feb-19
I had one, but it was tan in color. Had a built in kisser button on it too.

From: timex
19-Feb-19
bought a hotshot model a brought it home hooked it to my Martin cougar drew back the button hit my cheek & blew up my bow. the good news Martin replaced it with a pro series cougar magnum for $ 50 & my broke bow

From: Ironbow-cell
19-Feb-19
Back then I shot really heavy bows and either the release would pre-fire trying to draw, or wouldn't go off at all after adjusting it.

Then I tried the Hotshot A model but just didn't like it. Stuck with fingers until 2003.

From: t-roy
19-Feb-19
My first release in the early 80s was a Failsafe Hunter.

From: t-roy
19-Feb-19

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From: bowhunter24
20-Feb-19
Not a very good pro shop had me shooting a Martin Warthog with a Hotshot release back in 1982 when I was just getting into archery. He also had me way under spined I think 2117's. I had trouble hitting anything until I was steered to a much better shop, B&B Archery.

From: Arrowhead
20-Feb-19
Still do. Got the thumb release for back up. If it ain't broke don't fix it.

From: 12yards
20-Feb-19
Surfbow, I think I bought that release in 1986 so it is 33 years old. It is made out of hard plastic. Honestly, it is well made.

From: Jake
20-Feb-19
NO point in perfecting a hand release when you got one of these (back in the day). Just sad

From: Errorhead
20-Feb-19
I shot fingers for 40 years, I just started using a release two years ago.

From: ELKMAN
20-Feb-19
JTV has the one I started with once I quit fingers

From: LBshooter
20-Feb-19
A buddy of mine loved that truffle release and was down to one. I checked with my archery shop and they had two new in the package. Paid ten bucks for two and when I presented them he was in shock, happy as can be.

From: Single bevel
20-Feb-19
When that kind of stuff started to become mainstream (even required to shoot a "bow"), I sold my compound and bought a recurve. That was around 1990. I haven't regretted it for a minute.

From: Redheadtwo
20-Feb-19
Still have mine. I'll use it occasionally along with my TruFire like the one JTV mentioned. Now I use a Carter Lokjaw.

From: ahunter76
20-Feb-19

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We used rope spikes & ledges at 1st & then I had a friend make our 1st "real" mechanical release (early 70s). I sold these in my shop & my brother still uses his to hunt with.

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