How to calibrate Garmin Xero bow sight
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How to calibrate Garmin Xero bow sight

August 14, 2019


Hi Youtubers I will now show you how to adjust the Garmin
Xero bow sight to your bow. This process consists of three steps: First: Mechanically zeroing in the primary
pin at 15 meters Secondly: Aligning the rangefinder, which
you can see on the front of sight, with your primary pin And third: Shooting at various distances to
learn the bowsight the ballistic of your bow and arrow Here you see the sight mounted on the bow. It has just been mounted, has not yet been
turned on, and is therefore at factory setting. Let’s start by turning on the sight. When you turn on the sight for the first time,
it will automatically start a guide, which will help you through the setup process. First you will be propted to select language. I select English, but you can of course select
any language you prefer. Next I have to select units of distance measurement,
available options are yards and meters. I select meters. Then I’m asked if I want to start pin calibration. And that’s exactly what I want, so I select
Yes. As this is the Xero A1i, the more expensive
model, I get the option to select ranged pin color. I prefer the the ranged pin to be green, so
that’s what I’ll select. Now I get to option to select pin brightness. Let’s take a look at how that works. Let me increase the brightness and then click
OK. Next I can adjust reticle brightness. The reticle refers to the green circle and
arrows you see around the red dot used when measuring distance to the target. Let me increase the reticle brightness a little
also. Now I’m instructed to stand at the range,
where I want to zero in the first, also referred to as the primary, pin. It has to be at least 15 meters from the target,
which is what I recommend. Let’s press OK, go to the 15 meter mark and
shoot an arrow. I’m now standing 15 meters away from the target. Now I press and hold the trigger. The sight will now use the laser rangefinder
to measure the distance to the target. The 15 meters are now confirmed. Now I release the trigger and I’m asked if
I want to use the 15 meter range. I confirm by clicking to OK button. Now I zero in the first pin at 15 meters. This is done by sliding the the sight on the
straight rails. Use this vertical and this horisontal rail
to adjust the sight. Please note that there are both straight and
curved rails on the sight. Make sure you only use the straight rails
to zero in the primary pin. For this you need a 7/64th inch hex key. In order the keep weight down, the rails are
made of aluminum, not steel. Therefore the maximum torque is only 2.2 Nm,
which is not very much. If you don’t have torque wrench available,
you can turn the screw until it makes contact and then it 1/4 turn. You might damage the sight if you exceed the
maximum torque, so make sure be be really careful when you tighten the screws. When you need to figure out which way to slide
the sight, you can think of it this way: Move the sight to where your arrows hit. So for example: If you arrows hit to the left
of where you aim, you need to move the sight to left and so on. Now I have mechanically zeroed in the first
pin at 15 meters, using the straight rails only. During this process the display has shown
this message: Set pin using vertical and horisontal rails. I now click OK to confirm that I have finished
setting up the first pin. Next step is to adjust the reticle for the
laser range finder. This is done by nocking an arrow, draw the
bow and look through the peep sight. The reticle must be adjusted so the red dot
exactly fits in the green circle. This example show a reticle, where the red
dot needs to be adjusted up the right. This adjustment ensures that the laser rangefinder
measures the distance to where you aim the red dot. Use the horizontal and vertical curved rails
to adjust the laser range finder reticle. The curved rails are constructed so that adjustments
on these only affects the laser rangefinder reticle, it does not change where is arrow
hit. So make sure you don’t use the straight rails
while adjustning the laser rangefinder reticle. Now I have adjusted the reticle, so the red
dot fits in the green circle when I draw the bow an look through the peep sight as I normally
would when shooting. Then I confirm the adjustment of the reticle
by clicking ok. Just to make sure that I did not change where
the arrow hits, I’m now asked to shoot an arrow 15 meters from the target and confirm
that the primary pin still is accurate. I now shot a couple of arrows to check that
my primary pin is still accurate at 15 meters. Since I did not touch the straight rails,
it’s still accurate and I confirm that it’s still accurate by clicking OK. I’m now instructed to back up 10 meters, which
means going back to 25 meters from the target The display now instructs me to hold the
trigger to measure the distance to the target. The distance is measured and I release the
trigger. Now I’m prompted to confirm that I will use
25 meters as the next distance. I confirm by clicking OK, and I’m now ready
to shoot at 25 meters. I now shot 3 arrows on target at 25 meters. The display now asks me if the arrows hit
bullseye. Let’s go the target and see. This is the group of arrows shot from 25 meters. As you can see, the group is 5 centimeters
too high. So now we need to go back to bow and enter
a correction, to get accurate shots at 25 meters Now I’m back with the bow, and I have to answer
if the arrows hit bullseye. They did not, as shots were 5 centimeters
too high, so I select No and click OK. Next question is if I missed too high or too
low. I select High and click OK again. Now I have to enter how much too high, and
I select 5 centimeters and click OK. Now the sight adjusts the ranged pin, I have
to shoot again at 25 meters the see if the arrows are accurate now. I now shot 3 arrows, and they were accurate. So I confirm they hit bullseye by selecting
yes and clicking ok. Next step is to back up another 10 meters
and repeat the same process I did at 25 meters. I have now repeated the electronic calibration
at 25, 35, 45 and 55 meters. 55 meters is the maximum distance I want to
shoot, so when asked if I want to calibrate more distances,
I select no and click ok. I’m now asked if I want to set fixed pins. If fixed pins are set, I can always fall back
to a traditional fixed pin sight. This next step allows me to define the distances,
for which I want fixed pins. I select yes and click OK to begin setting
fixed pins. I select the first pin at 15 meters. I want this pin to be green. The A1i model allows me the set the pin color
for the fixed pins. I want to set another pin, and this time I
want to set it at 25 meters. So I scroll down, select 25 and this time
I want a red pin. Now I want another pin at 35 meters and this
time I want it green. I configure another pin at 45 meters and I
want it red. Last pin I set at 55 meters, and I select
this one to be green Now I don’t want anymore fixed pins. The setup of the Garmin Xero is now complete,
and I’m ready to shoot. Thanks for watching. If you find this video helpful, I would appreciate
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or suggest other videos in the comments. Thanks.

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  1. Perfecto vídeo,thanks.did you use these sight al might with full moon waiting for board?did you use light flor the pins..?

  2. When you made the adjustment for height at 25 meters, it did not ask if you needed to adjust right or left. It looked as if the arrows were high and left. Could you make a horizontal adjustment as well as the height adjustment if needed at these additional yardages ?

  3. This is probably the best tutorial for setting up and calibrating the Garmin A1i on YouTube!!! Great job with the video!!!

  4. Great video explaining process to setup and calibrate this sight. MUCH better than Garmin did!

    Question, When I’m trying to align the laser reticle it’s hard to see. The red laser reticle is not a clear red dot but a blurry blemish distorted area. I’m wondering if it’s the sight or might be my old eyes. ?

  5. I found this video more helpful than the the Garmin tutorial videos.
    For the amount of money we are paying for this site, Garmin should send someone
    to set it up for us.
    Well at least have better tutorial videos… Just my opinion.

  6. I've seen a lot of discussion about this sight being difficult to set up. Your tutorial makes the process easily understood and helps with this great product. Thanks.

  7. Thank you!!!! This was the video that convinced me to click the buy button. Looking forward to going through the setup and I will be watching this again as navigate through the menus. Thanks again!

  8. I didn’t set my max distance far enough , and I need to reset my fixed pin distances as well, how to I get that menu to come back? Or do I have to reset the whole sight?

  9. Thank you Mr. Hansen for the excellent video! I'm embarrassed to admit that I didn't view your instruction first because the video was not in english. Only after I failed on my first attempt did I return for more help using your instruction. You helped me figure out what I was doing wrong with my bow and taught me a cultural lesson too. Thanks!

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