Nock Out Lighted Nock Review

Unlike the people at the Colorado Department of Game and Fish, I’m a big proponent of lighted nocks.  Aside from the novelty factor, they do serve a valid purpose.  A lot of archery kills are made in low light conditions when being sure of one’s shot placement is sometimes very difficult.  Secondly, it saves arrows.  Most hunting arrows are north of the $20 a piece range and they have an uncanny knack for disappearing after errant shots.  If the light up nock saves one arrow, it has paid for itself.  My dad gave me a pack of Nock Out lighted nocks from Clean-Shot Archery and for the past month and a half I’ve used them with pretty good results.

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Lighted nocks have three criteria to meet before I’ll use one.  They have to not affect arrow flight, be easy to use, and last but not least, be bright.  The Nock Out has all three covered.

Weighing in at 21 to 24 grains depending on which insert is used, the Nock Out comes in 2.6 grains lighter than the Lumenok and 1 grain heavier than the Nocturnal.  A lot of people don’t like lighted nocks because they throw the Forward Of Center ratio out of balance.  The extra length kept the FOC in an acceptable range in my 29 1/8 inch arrow 340 spined arrow.  The biggest test of the nock was actually shooting it though.  It preformed flawlessly up to 60 yards out of my Mathews Chill X with a 29 inch draw at 70 pounds.  No sight adjustment was needed although I think the 60 yard pin could be tweaked just a little bit if I was shooting this distance a lot.

The Nock Out is pretty easy to use.  They come with three inserts and after choosing the right one, press the insert into the end of the arrow.  It is a snug fit, and some of my criticism of the nock comes here.  Once that insert placed, it isn’t coming out.  The arrow is forever mated with the nock.  The second piece of criticism is that the battery life is almost half that of it’s competitors and the battery is non replaceable.  With a continuous battery life of 24 hours, it isn’t that big of a deal considering the light will only be on for a few minutes at a time, but if you mistakenly turn it on and the battery goes dead, it’s useless.  There is a way around this, however.  The metal collar between the nock and the black insert that houses the battery has a practice mode.  If you turn it 1/4 turn, it deactivates the LED.  This is helpful when practicing or the arrow is not in use.  To turn the light off upon retrieval, you simply pull it out until it clicks and the light goes off.  No digging around with a pocket knife like the Nockturnal.  They’re also bright.  Really bright.

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Lighted nocks can really be hit or miss.  The Nock Out seems to overcome common problems associated with most light up nocks and while they’re not absolutely necessary, they can really make life easier in the archery woods.  If you’re in the market for a good light up nock, check out the Nock Out from Clean-Shot Archery.  At $28.99 factory direct, they’re a pretty tough deal to beat.

 

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