Trigger Panic – Make it Stop!
by Samantha Lance
Those two dreaded words that archery shooters can’t stand to hear… trigger panic. Even seasoned archery veterans get the heebie jeebies from the mere mention of it. Trigger panic refers to an action that has influence on an unsuccessful release. Most of the time it’s shot anticipation or punching the trigger on your release. With me, it was shot anticipation. I knew the exact moment when my trigger would release, and I’d flinch or choke up on my bow. My arrows would break left every time it happened! It was a horrible habit, and one that was very difficult to break.
During the ATA Show this year, I was introduced to the Hamskea back tension release. The one I got is called “The Cure;” its name and color promoting breast cancer awareness–an added plus. It’s smaller than their original “Break-Thru” version; suitable for smaller hands such as mine, and perfect for ladies or youth archers. It has a safety feature that must be set before you nock and pull an arrow. Once at full draw, the safety lever is pulled, and the arrow will release when back tension is applied. The lever is adjustable for a left- or right-handed shooters, and the release tension can be set to your level of comfort and draw weight. Back tension must be engaged for the hammer to release.
At first, I would flinch at full draw when I pulled the safety lever. I was so afraid it would misfire or release if I pulled it. After several fretful shots and adjustments, I finally got the hang of it. Now, I am able to make more consistent shots because I’m not punching a trigger or flinching due to shot anticipation. This has eliminated my trigger panic completely; and I could not be more elated about this product.
Release and follow through are a major component to shooting, and the last two steps before letting an arrow fly. If those two are not correct and consistent, all other steps leading up to the shot pretty much go out the window. I would highly suggest considering a back tension release over a trigger release if target panic is an issue for you. Do your research on back-tension releases, as there are many different options available, and test them on-sight if possible before making the investment.
Samantha was born and raised in Middle Tennessee. She has lived there her whole life, and still lives within minutes of her childhood home. In her full-time career, Samantha is a Vendor Marketing Specialist with Servpro Industries, Inc. Married to her best friend, Bud, the two have a beautiful young daughter, Alyssa. Samantha grew up in the outdoors, camping and fishing with her mom, dad, and kid sister. Her heart lies either on the river or in the woods. Her dad took her hunting for small game when she was young. Work, family, and school took over, and she lost sight of her outdoor passion for a while. After several years, her husband introduced her back into hunting. She harvested her first turkey, and has been in back in love with the outdoors since. Passion has morphed into an obsession that she thoroughly enjoys. Nowadays, she and her family spend every moment they can outside fishing, hunting, hiking, exploring, and just spending time together. Specifically, Samantha enjoys whitetail and squirrel hunting in the winter, turkey hunting in the Spring, bowfishing during the summer, and dove and turkey hunting in the fall. She also had the honor of becoming a certified archery instructor through the Sumner County 4-H in Tennessee, and enjoys teaching archery to Tennessee’s youth.
Samantha is a lifetime learner, and always keeps her ears open to those who are willing to share their knowledge and experience. She loves passing on what she’s learned to the next generation, so that it’s not lost with us. Additionally, she is also a member of the Bayou Pursuit Team, with Muddy Bayou Archery. They are strongly geared towards hunting and the outdoors as a family, and focused on instilling a love and a respect for the outdoors to the next generation. They have hunted as a team for hogs, most recently in Louisiana, and are looking forward to many more adventures in the coming years.
Samantha is currently working on her Business Management Degree, with plans to continue on to a Wildlife Management and Conservation degree.