An Interesting Email
Re:Re: Your noisy Draw-Loc
I recently purchased and had installed a draw lock on my bow. It
shoots wounderful and kept from giving up bow hunting. I do have a
noise problem. I had it back to the dealer and we tried desperatly to
solve the problem . We could not figure it out. I think, the problem
could be the clerance between the tube and the lock shaft. When
released the shaft rattles as it goes thru the guide. I measured both
the shaft (.505)and the guide hole(.520) is this the normal
clearance? any advice would be greatly appreciated
Sorry to hear about your problem. You
have purchased the wrong unit. I sell the Lock-a-Draw draw keep
which is totally silent. All you hear when shooting with the
Lock-a-Draw draw keep is the twang of the bow itself. Although I am
teasing, the statements are true.
You have purchased the Draw-Loc from
Hickory Creek. My company is Bow Hunter's Advantage.
My draw keep is a totally different
design. Instead of having a sliding tube which rattles under the
shock of the release, my draw keep uses a fixed rod attached at the
bow sight (on the quiver mounting block) with a fixed release. The
Lock-a-Draw does not modify your bow, it attaches and detaches
without tools. There is no tube sticking out in front of the bow to
hamper use of the foot stirrup. The safety is a button safety that
is always on except when pressed, so you can't forget to put it on.
The unit is demonstrated on the first two websites below in a video
"Shooting with the Lock-a-Draw".
Good luck in dealing with the problem.
I know that many companies put up testimonials that are
"purchased" by offering something of value for them. I refuse to do that
because I think it tends to hype the product. I do not want to hype my
product, but to present it truthfully. The only way I have encouraged
feedback is when communicating with a potential customer I have sometimes said,
"Let me know what you think of the Lock-a-Draw". Very few people
have responded, but here are some of the comments.
Dear Mr. Sandel,
A HUGH DEBT OF GRATITUDE AND THANKS GOES OUT TO YOU
FOR YOUR GREAT " LOCK-A-DRAW " . I ORDERED IT BECAUSE I TORE MY
ROTATOR CUFF IN MY RT SHOULDER 3 YRS AGO AND HAVE NOT BEEN
ABLE TO PULL BACK MY PSE 50-70 # BOW SINCE - THEN I SAW YOUR
AD ON TV - ORDERED IT 10 DAYS AGO - RECEIVED IT LAST FRIDAY ,
11-9-08, - SET IT UP AND SHOT IT TWICE BEFORE IT GOT TOO
DARK. I WENT HUNTING SAT MORNING AND WAS IN MY TREE STAND ONLY
15 MN WHEN A BIG DOE CAME BY AT 10 YARDS. THE LOCK-A-DRAW
WORKED PERFECTLY AND DOWN SHE WENT. iT WAS LIKE SHOOTING A
GUN. iT IS SUCH A NEAT SYSTEM . I JUST HAD TO EMAIL YOU
RIGHT AWAY TO LET YOU KNOW HOW SATISFIED I AM.
GOD BLESS YOU FOR ALLOWING THIS 61 YR OLD TO GET
BACK IN THE WOODS.
SINCERELY, MARK FROM ASHEVILLE, NC (copy of email)
The Nock Point Archery in
Mountlake terrace, WA:
The guys at The Nock Point Archery had
a friend, Jerry, who is strength challenged because of a brain tumor.
They ordered a Lock-a-Draw for Jerry and set it up for him on his bow.
Mike from The Nock Point called to say, "The Lock-a-Draw worked out well
for him". We commend The Nock Point for this act of kindness.
Chris in Ramore, MO: I really like the
lock-a-draw, it shoots very well. I have practiced 4 times from 10-50 yards and
shooting great groups-shoot one arrow at a time or I would probably shoot the
nocks off my arrows, my only bad shot was the time I missed the target. This
happened because my arm got fatigued and I flinched badly when someone was
calling my name from in our house, lol. I need to get the strength back in the
arm I hold my bow with, but it will come.
Bob in Senoia, GA: Anyway on to the Lock-a-Draw, I
am very happy with it. When it arrived I could not wait to shoot my bow with
it, I mounted it and tried an arrow - big mistake, should have read and followed
the directions - it was very noisy and the arrows almost flew sideways. Then I
took the time to read the instructions and tuned it for my bow and guess what,
it works great, got a lot quieter and very accurate.
Also, I see what you mean about the danger of dry firing the bow, I did
and now will only draw it with a arrow in my hands.
I am very happy so far with the Lock-a-Draw, I am able to painlessly
shoot my bow and our deer season opens in 2 weeks.
Willis of Wabasso, FL in a phone call: "I'm really satisfied with
my Lock-a-Draw. I'm shooting better now than I ever did. I replaced
the 50# limbs on my bow with 60# limbs. It shoots much better, and
with both hands I could even draw a 70# bow."
Berry of East Freedom, PA in a phone call 10/8/2009 "Your
Lock-a-Draw II is a great product! Right out of the box it was tuned
for my bow. It was right on at 30 yards. I'm going to sell a lot
of them for you, I don't think many people in Pennsylvania have heard about
this." Vern's comment on being tuned right out of the box: "That
was a lucky accident. Most have to be tuned to shoot right."
Greg of Redding, CA: "I had a bit of a time with the set-up
prior to paper tuning as I had to bend the rod a number of times to get it
right. Once that was done and paper-tuned, I could shoot very tight groups.
I don't hunt out of a tree stand as I had a friend fall out of one 20 years
ago and is nearly paralyzed as a result. I was the one who found him in the
woods late at night and just can't bring myself to climb up a tree. As I
prefer to use the "spot and stalk" method, I found the Lock-a-Draw not
conducive for obvious reasons. Just too difficult to walk through the woods
with the bow in the full-draw position. I did get a shot, but missed and the
"reload" process was actually comical. Trying to load the bow with the
adrenaline flowing just didn't work very well. However, I knew all that
going in and am thankful for this device to at least allow me the
opportunity to get out in the woods and enjoy the hunting experience.
There was a benefit that I hadn't considered with the Lock-a-Draw and that
is how the device helped me overcome target panic. Although I have had this
affliction for a number of years it had gotten better, but I still had some
problems with grabbing the bow on release and also with keeping the pin on
the target while squeezing the release. I found that after shooting the
Lock-a-Draw for several months, and, now that my arm injury is healed and I
can shoot "conventionally", I don't have problems with either. For that
reason alone, I'm glad I found your product. I'm sure the target panic will
return to some degree in the future (it always has!) and I'll use the
Lock-a-Draw if/when it does.
Thanks for your invention. I had fun tinkering with it and it proved to be
a big help to my shooting."
Richard of Walton, NE: Received your lock-a-draw. Impressed how
easy it was to install. Started practicing and it improved accuracy
instantly. Still hard to hold bow at arms length and found a piece of 1/2
aluminum tubing from a cb antenna and used that for a shooting stick and
it works great. Went turkey hunting and was ready but they wouldn’t play
fair! Can't wait for deer season. Thanks for a well made product. Maybe
later well order the bow hanger boom. Thanks, Richard (4/8/2010)
Larry from Oakdale, LA: The Lock-a-Draw is a very good
Product. Because of the consistent draw and the ability to sight without
having to hold the draw weight makes for consistent shooting. I just
purchased a Mathew's Z7, put the Lock-a-Draw on it, paper tuned it and found
the accuracy to be astounding. At 20yards I have to shoot one arrow at a
time or bust my arrows. It is not only good for old men like me, but
anyone who wants to shoot accurately. My wife has never shot a bow, and
I let her shoot mine. At 20 yards she missed a 1" target by 1". She is
not into hunting and this was her only shot. Not bad for the first time
for someone who has never shot a bow. Thanks again for a great product.
Roger from Broxton, GA:
Thanks for a great product.
I am a cancer survivor with both shoulders messed up. With this
Lock-a-Draw I am able to shoot my bow with ease. I looked at the other
Draw-Loc that another company sold and didn't like the rod sticking out
the front of the bow. You would have to sit down to draw the bow.
Again Thank You Mr. Sandel for your Lock-a-Draw. Its nice when you call
with a question and the owner answers the phone!! (6/18/2010).
Phone call to Angel of Tomahawk, WI: Me, "I noticed you
purchased two Lock-a-Draws. Was that a mistake?"
Angel, "No, my husband bought one from you last year and he loves it!
He bought a new bow this year and wanted another Lock-a-Draw for it, and he
wants to buy one for my bow too." 10/3/2010
Dominick from Ballston Spa, NY: You really have a good product. Your
Lock-a-Draw shoots really tight groups and I am excited about bow hunting
again. My brother, who has had some elbow problems, share my enthusiasm. I
went out last Saturday and saw 3 does within shootable range. However, I
want to shoot a really nice buck so I am holding out for the rut, which will
begin in early. Nov. 19, 2010
Jim of La Vale, WI: Thank you!
Recently after working with the sheep shearing I was unable to keep my
arm extended and couldn't hold/shoot my bow. At the age of 68 I thought
my bow hunting days had finally come to an end. My son suggested looking
into a Lock-a-Draw for my Fred Bear white tail pursuit bow and after
surfing the web, I was able to find your web site. I am so pleased with
the way I can shoot now! I have a 3 shot pattern in a 4" target where
the arrows are almost touching each other. I have now upped the poundage
on my bow from 60 to 70 pounds. I can't thank you enough for your
product and for being able to call you personally with my questions.
Happy Hunting, Jim. 11/9/2010
Jerry from Caldwell, OH Thanks for coming up
with this Lock-a-Draw for us old farts that don't want to give up
And the Negative Ones with Returns
The returns with "Doesn't fit my bow" type of explanations are not
included. These are mostly bows with expensive single pin sights that
prevent the quiver to be mounted or Hoyt bows that need a spacer to mount
Dale in West Branch, MI: Dale returned the Lock-a-Draw II
unused. He said he didn't like the plastic quiver mounting block,
didn't think it was safe. He suggested it should be metal.
Bryon of Des Moines, IA: Bryon wrote that he is able to draw
his bow in a traditional manner, but had hurt his shoulder and wanted the
Lock-a-Draw as a back up for his imminent hunting trip. He said that
he did not shoot consistently with it. "It is probably me as the
principle seems sound." He returned the Lock-a-Draw.
Robert of Depew, NY: Returned the Lock-a-Draw unused.
He didn't think it was safe.
John of Haugen, WI: Returned the Lock-a-Draw. He couldn't
shoot consistently with it.
Out of 275 Lock-a-Draws sold as of 11/13/2010, only 2 that were actually
tried have been returned. That is a testimonial in itself!
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