G5 Outdoors was established in 2001 by Louis Grace and his two sons to market a premium broadhead. It is located in Memphis, Michigan. Over the last sixteen years it has seen explosive growth, expanding well beyond broadheads to a line of compound bow sights, rests, cams as well as other things both in and out of the archery market. A reputation and drive for innovation and quality has been the hallmark of the company, as well as its predecessor, from day one, truly allowing the company to build a loyal following that recognizes the service the company offers. In 2006 the company released its first line of G5 bow sights, the Optix Series. While many variants have been produced and are still available through secondhand sources on the market, G5 currently only produces one sight, the Optix XR2 as well as two lines of peep sights, the META and META Pro series. The Optix uses a patented Smart Pin 2.0 technology that utilizes a hybrid floating pin and a fixed Smart pin which allows for adjustments without deviating from the centerline of the sight. A harmonic dampener comes as a standard feature on this G5 bow sight. An arrow bumper and integrated sight bubble are also standard, allowing for consistent shots. All components of this archery sight are corrosion resistant. Micro adjustments are available on a 3X scale. The sight also allows for third axis tuning and also has a built in visor. There is an LED rheostat light available for the sight, but it is optional. It is an ambidextrous sight. Finish options are limited to three: Realtree AP, Realtree Xtra, and Lost Camo. Overall weight of the standard sight is six ounces. In the past, G5 has offered a few variants of the XR2. The Optix SE was a three pin design using the Smart Pin technology. The Optix LE offered five smart pins of differing thicknesses. The original XR was a three pin sight with an additional floating pin. And finally, the G5 Optix 3 pin was a three pin sight that did not have any additional floating pins. As previously stated, these G5 archery sights are no longer in production, but are available within aftermarket selling areas. As such, information on these sights is limited to what has been listed. Regardless of this, all of the sights produced by G5 have proven to be reliable, efficient, and economical. The Meta peeps are machined from solid, 7000 series aluminum and are available in three sizes. The 3/16” and ¼’ sizes are available in blue, red, pink, or green. The 5/16” is available in blue. The Meta Pro offers a few advantages over the Meta. Firstly, the interior diameter as well as the string groove are both convex. With the interior diameter this allows the shooter to have a maximized field of view even in low light. Even as the peep begins to tilt the viewing window remains circular, eliminating the problems of looking through an oval that so many other peep sights do not address. With the convex string groove, wear on the string is reduced noticeably. So much so that G5 offers a “no cut guarantee” as long as the peep is installed by a G5 archery sight retailer. It is available in the same sizes as the Meta, but color options change to: black, blue, pink, purple, green, and red.
Black Gold bow sights are headquartered in Belgrade, Montana. Established in 1988, it has grown to be known as one of the premier archery sight makers in the industry. This reputation stemmed from what they call an “iron clad” guarantee for the original owner which has gained the company a loyal fan base that has been built around quality and exceptional customer service. The Ascent Verdict comes in a 1, 3 or 5 pin arrangement in either a 1 ¾” or 2” housing. It has a matte black finish. It features precision first, second and third axis adjustability, all of which can be made smoothly and quietly. Base mount options include a four inch dovetail base or the newly patented X-Frame which offers added durability and reduced weight. The Level Head sight ring makes adjustments easier and more secure while also being able to fit into the top of the sight ring. An indexable indicator needle makes for easy re-sighting should the shooter’s set up change. A splined vertical drive gear increases durability while also providing a more solid and quiet feel. These Black Gold bow sights also feature a high performance PhotoChromatic shell, guaranteed to change colors faster. The angled sight tape can be seen from either the side or back. 54 sight tapes are included, giving the shooter a high level of customization options. It also works well with one-piece quivers and is adaptable with 2X and 4X lens additions. The Revenge family of Black Gold sights comes in both a 5 and 7 pin arrangement with a 1 ¾” and 2” housing respectively. Mount options include a six inch dovetail or the lighter X-Frame option. Finish options are limited to matte black. New click micro adjustments are available for both the second and third axis while the third axis also locks in to prevent movement. The pins also offer micro adjustments through the Inch Wheel system that also includes floating pin bushings for smooth fine tuning. The Level Head sight ring is also included. Adaptability for 2X and 4X lenses is also standard. PhotoChromatic shell technology is also standard on this archery sight, as well as in interchangeable fluorescent guard ring. The Backdraft series of Black Gold sights is very similar to the Revenge with a few exceptions. It only comes with a 1 ¾” housing. It also features gang horizontal and vertical calibrated adjustments. Overall, it also weighs over two ounces less than the Revenge. Other features remain the same. The Ascent Target is designed to accept all 10/32 scope housings. It is lightweight, at only 7.7 ounces, and features a six inch dovetail bar with a positive locating design. Full first, second, and third axis adjustability is available. The third axis also locks down to prevent movement while tightening screws. A splined vertical drive gear increases durability while offering a more solid feel. The yardage scale is rear facing and includes 54 sight tapes. A nylon setscrew in the locking knob offers security while also preventing marring on the dovetail bar. A quick detach knob is also included. The sight offers a large 2.25” travel distance that is easily and precisely navigated using the SpeedDial system. The Widow Maker comes in a 4 or 5 pin arrangement encased in a 2” housing. It is mounted using the lightweight X-Frame base. The standard sight ring guard is a 2” BigDog available in the shooter’s choice of seven different colors. The SkyCoil light gathering system in enclosed in a high performance PhotoChromatic shell. A Level Head sight ring offers easy and secure adjustments. The sight is also adaptable to fit the 2” lens kit. The Rush offers many of the same features as the Widow Maker with a few differences. First, it comes in a 3, 4, 5, and 7 pin. The BigDog sight ring is optional with this sight. It also is adaptable with the 1 ¾” as well as the 2” lens kit. The Rush is also the only sight that comes in a finish that is not matte black, anodized camo. Simply put, Black Gold offers some of the best compound bow sights available today for the active archery enthusiast.