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    • Patrick
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      I tried them in the past, but never liked them. I’ve shot with a tab for 25+ years, and every time I had a notion to try a glove, I decided it just wasn’t for me. This year I bought a closeout ABS Down Under glove for dirt cheap. I figured if I didn’t like it…oh well. I don’t even know why I put myself through this! Anyway, I tried it, and I was surprised to find…I liked my tab much better. πŸ™„

      So, I went back to my tab and was about to ship the glove off to a fellow tradbow member, when I poured fletch-tite all over the glove. I didn’t want to ship like that, so I told him sorry, but I wasn’t going to be able to send it off.

      Then I decided, what the heck, it’s ruined, just tinker with it. One of the reasons I liked a tab more is I can get the string closer to my face. Especially important since I use a rather deep hook. With a glove, you just can’t get as close because of the glove tips. So I cut the tips off. The tips had most of the fletch-tite anyway. The best of all worlds suddenly opened up to me. The glove always on my hand. Fingers and string tight against my face. It’s perfect! I’ve been shooting with my modified glove for a while now, and I’m definitely done with tabs. That’s my story anyway. πŸ˜†

    • Stephen Graf
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      That’s exactly what happened for me when I cut the ends of my glove off. And I never looked back.

      Keep an eye on the seams. Now that you have cut away some of the thread, the seams will tend to unravel. I turn my glove inside out and then stitch a few loops around the end of the 2 seams on each finger.

      Never had a problem with unraveling after that.

    • Mark Turton
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      I’m off right now to cut the finger tips of a glove, thanks for the tip, Mark.

    • Mark Turton
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      Back again, that works a treat, new glove saved from the bin.

      Mark.

    • RedTape
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      Interesting idea. How much do you cut off the tip? I would have thought the string would run across the end of your fingers.

    • Stephen Graf
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      Cut off less than you think you should. As you shoot the glove, it will open up a bit and expose more of your finger tips.

    • RedTape
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      Thanks for the info. I’ll give it a try.

    • stefan 1984
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      i think i take the cuter an cut off the tips of my vintage glove… but is it okay to make a lot of shoots a day ? for hunt i think its no problem but for 2 days on a 3d tournament , what do you think ?
      anyway, i cut it off for this weekend, i try it out and then i give a feedback… with or without skin on my fingers πŸ˜‰
      but i put my new glove in my pocket …

    • Ken Schwartz
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      I decided to trim the tips off and give it a try ,cause my fingers are closer to my face my alignment to target is better and not hitting to one side. I just ordered a new tab but this might just work better . Thanks for the tip!

    • stefan 1984
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      i absolutly like it… great .. you can go closer to the face with the string … thanx for the post… great idea..

    • apachehusky
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      Patrick wrote: I tried them in the past, but never liked them. I’ve shot with a tab for 25+ years, and every time I had a notion to try a glove, I decided it just wasn’t for me. This year I bought a closeout ABS Down Under glove for dirt cheap. I figured if I didn’t like it…oh well. I don’t even know why I put myself through this! Anyway, I tried it, and I was surprised to find…I liked my tab much better. πŸ™„

      So, I went back to my tab and was about to ship the glove off to a fellow tradbow member, when I poured fletch-tite all over the glove. I didn’t want to ship like that, so I told him sorry, but I wasn’t going to be able to send it off.

      Then I decided, what the heck, it’s ruined, just tinker with it. One of the reasons I liked a tab more is I can get the string closer to my face. Especially important since I use a rather deep hook. With a glove, you just can’t get as close because of the glove tips. So I cut the tips off. The tips had most of the fletch-tite anyway. The best of all worlds suddenly opened up to me. The glove always on my hand. Fingers and string tight against my face. It’s perfect! I’ve been shooting with my modified glove for a while now, and I’m definitely done with tabs. That’s my story anyway. πŸ˜†

      Can you post a picture? I want to try a glove but can’t decide over my tab.

    • Patrick
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      Lighting sucked, and the photo isn’t very sharp, but here it is. I’ll replace w/ a better pic when time permits:

    • Sam S
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      Patrick wrote: Lighting sucked, and the photo isn’t very sharp, but here it is. I’ll replace w/ a better pic when time permits:

      Looks good to me, I was wondering how far or much to cut. I’ve got a couple of gloves that have holes starting in the index finger maybe this will save them from the trash.:arrow:

    • Patrick
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      After losing the above glove for quite a while, I switched back to my tab and have some observations I would like to share.

      While using the glove with my 57# and above bows, I had to move the string from in the joint to a slightly deeper hook. Otherwise my fingers felt like they were going to separate at the joints…hurt like hell. I just accepted that as a problem with my hands.

      Since switching back to my tab, I’ve come to realize it’s just because the glove was too thin. I have absolutely no problem with going back to putting the string in the joints of my fingers again…which I prefer.

    • codger
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      ive been shooting around 55 years and could never get comfortable with a tab. ive gone through alot of gloves and settled on the elk shin type from three rivers. it works for me i have three or four broken in and stashed in quivers and tackle boxes.

    • Patrick
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      codger wrote: ive been shooting around 55 years and could never get comfortable with a tab. ive gone through alot of gloves and settled on the elk shin type from three rivers…

      I prefer the larger, “elk femur” gloves. πŸ˜† Sorry, I couldn’t resist.:oops:

      No matter which, tab or glove, I’ve always disliked some things about each. Since losing the glove, I FINALLY found it again, but I’m sticking with the tab….forever! (said that before πŸ˜† )

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      I can’t seem to ever settle on this. I don’t really find any big advantages to a glove over a tab for my shooting, but there’s something classic and old-school about shooting with glove, to be honest, and when I’m shooting my “D” bows, it just feels somehow right.

      But, I’m convinced I get a cleaner release with a cordovan tab. I also have yet to use a glove that doesn’t eventually develop a crease on the stalls, no matter what the material is, leading to some degree of ‘hang up’ on release. On some gloves it’s been so bad that even though the rest of the glove was still in great condition, I couldn’t shoot with it anymore, which seems like a waste. I haven’t had this happen with any tabs I’ve used.

      I can also buy a couple good cordovan tabs for the price of one good shooting glove, and I can wear a tab with just about any glove when it gets colder, without having to cut the fingers off. And when I need to do things in the field that require finger dexterity, it’s easier to flip the tab around than take off the glove.

      So lately, after using a glove all summer and enjoying it, I’m shooting with my favorite tab again – the Bateman Bubba. Like you, Patrick, I’m sure I’ll stick with it “forever!” πŸ˜‰

    • Ralph
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      I’ve got about 10 “best glove I ever owned” and even more “best tab I ever owned”.

      Good that I can find something to spend my money on. πŸ™„

      P.S. I have a super glove that I has gone missing. I was going to try nipping the end of the fingers off but I think it’s hiding.

    • Patrick
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      Smithhammer wrote: …I’m shooting with my favorite tab again – the Bateman Bubba. Like you, Patrick, I’m sure I’ll stick with it “forever!” πŸ˜‰

      I’ve had my eye on one of those tabs for a while. Looks very similar to mine, except the top overlay is plastic, and that drives me insane!

      R2 wrote: P.S. I have a super glove that I has gone missing. I was going to try nipping the end of the fingers off but I think it’s hiding.

      πŸ˜† My glove wasn’t as smart as yours. It decided to hide after nipping off the tips.

    • Ralph
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      I made mine. It’s from the tongue of an old boot. The one on the right is more typical of what I use.

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Nice tab, Ralph.

      But I have to ask – is that Carlos Santana with a turkey over his shoulder? I must have missed that album…8)

    • Ralph
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      Carlos has new music coming so you can make up for what you missed.:D

      I been going back to my gloves more so lately. I don’t know why but it seems that sooner or later with my tabs my anchor tends to start creeping away from my face.

      It’s easier to cure the problem by going back to my beginnings than it is to worry about the present and concentrate on what I’m shooting at.

      They say it’s never to late for old dogs to learn new tricks but maybe this old dog don’t wanna!:D He just wants be better with what he’s got.

      Keep your hand to your face!!!!!!!!!Ralph

      Thx for compliment.

    • Patrick
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      R2 wrote: I made mine. It’s from the tongue of an old boot. The one on the right is more typical of what I use.

      That’s some impressive repurposing! 8)

    • Ralph
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      Reckon if I’d have used the tongue from an insulted boot it’d kept my hand warm:roll:

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      R2 wrote: Reckon if I’d have used the tongue from an insulted boot it’d kept my hand warm:roll:

      I’ve insulted my footwear for a variety of reasons over the years, but never to keep my hand warm – I’m going to have to try that!

    • Ralph
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      Well damn, no wonder my feet get so cold. I’ve been using the wrong kind of insults.

      Thanks buddy, I’ll look a bit closer to the labels on the box next time I try to buy warm boots. πŸ˜€

      I think Doc mentioned fat fingers on keyboards on a thread, I’m adding brain f…s on this one. πŸ™„

      P.S. Bruce, you didn’t insulate me. πŸ˜€

    • David Coulter
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      This thread got me thinking about my glove. I’ve used a Duraglove all along and have been very happy with it. I’m pulling a r/d longbow rated at 46# and like the feel of the string, plus just being able to use my hand for other things while wearing the glove. I got out my barely used tab and gave that another try. Aside from feeling a bit clumsy with it, I really liked that I just naturally went into a deep hook. But, I also felt extra pressure on my ring finger so maybe I’m torquing a bit with the tab. Last night I got out a Cordovan traditional style glove and cut out the finger tips as suggested. What I didn’t like about that glove before was that it kept the string too far away, which is what started this thread. I’ll give that a try later. Dwc

    • Patrick
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      When I was at Gregg’s home, picking up my Java Man Archery Elkheart, I shot a few other bows, and used his American Leathers Big Shot. It seeemed much better suited to me, as it didn’t seem as though it was keeping the string further from my face. I’m going to try out their CrossOver glove at the Kalamazoo Expo, as long as they’re there, of course. As Smithammer noted above though, I could buy a bunch of tabs for the same price!

    • Ralph
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      Hey Pat, wished you’d tell me where I hid my super glove.:D I still want to try at least cutting the tip off of the third finger cause that’s the one that seems to hang with that particular glove. I still can’t find it:D

      Everything happens for a reason some say so if I lost it rather than misplaced it, Merry Christmas to the finder. πŸ™‚

    • Alexandre Bugnon
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      Patrick wrote: Lighting sucked, and the photo isn’t very sharp, but here it is. I’ll replace w/ a better pic when time permits:

      Interesting! I will try!

    • Patrick
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      R2 wrote: Hey Pat, wished you’d tell me where I hid my super glove.

      I’ve always found whatever I’ve lost in the last place I’ve looked…try looking there. πŸ˜†

    • Ralph
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      πŸ™‚ I quit lookin. It’s gonna have to find me and I’m gonna play hard to get just cause. πŸ˜€

    • Etter1
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      I have tried several gloves and just can’t get used to it. In fact, I’m the only one in our little GA circle that shoots a tab but I can’t find anything I like better than a neet calf hair tab. Thin enough to feel the string and thick enough to protect you from the nock. Love them and they’re quite affordable.

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      I’m back to shooting with a glove again, and I think I’ve finally found the glove for me. For some time now, the BW Stick-Tite glove has been my favorite, but about a month ago I decided to try the “Super Stick Tite” which has nylon overlays on the stalls. I’ve never had a slicker release from a glove, and it’s the first glove I’ve used that both fits me properly, and gives a release smooth enough to be comparable to a tab in my my experience.

      I prefer this style of glove to the ‘Berlin’ type, which I find more bulky. But the usual problem with this style of glove is that the stalls tend to twist and rotate on the fingers when shooting, and continually need to be re-adjusted. The Stick-Tite design eliminates this.

      My other challenge with most gloves is that I find the stalls are often just a little too short for the deep hook that I like. The Stick-Tite has good long stalls that I don’t have to worry about when I hook the string.

      I also think that part of what makes the release so slick on this glove is not just the nylon surface, but the fact that it is raised off of the leather and is narrower than the full width of the finger, thereby limiting the amount of contact with the string. At the same time, this isn’t one of those gloves where the stalls are so thick that I lose all sensitivity – I can still definitely feel the string with this glove, which I like. As I said, I’ve only been shooting with it for about a month, but so far it is holding up really well, giving me the performance I’ve been looking for, and it is a very reasonably priced glove for the quality (about $22). If you like this sort of glove, I think BW has produced a winner.

    • Stephen Graf
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      I’ve gone back to the 8 dollar no-pinch tab (the smooth version, not the calf hair version). Used it for 20 years before spending 8 years exploring gloves.

      Shot 9 tilapia in a row with it the other day πŸ˜€ A couple days before that I shot 2 tilapia with one arrow πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Steve Graf wrote:

      Shot 9 tilapia in a row with it the other day πŸ˜€ A couple days before that I shot 2 tilapia with one arrow πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      Nice! I suddenly have a craving for fish tacos….:wink:

    • Ralph
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      Smithhammer wrote: [quote=Steve Graf]

      Shot 9 tilapia in a row with it the other day πŸ˜€ A couple days before that I shot 2 tilapia with one arrow πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      Nice! I suddenly have a craving for fish tacos….:wink:

      http://www.food.com/recipe/tilapia-fish-tacos-216778

      I guess you could substitute squawfish? Used to be plenty of those in the Snake River. :D:D

      Oh oh, what’s that got to do with glove/tab Ralphie boy? Old boy perhaps?:D

    • David Coulter
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      I tried this tab yesterday and I keep getting stung on my ring finger. It must be too short for me. I think I’m just a glove guy anyway. I keep going back to the Duraglove.

      So, if anybody wants to try a leather tab, a medium, me thinks, send my your address in a PM and I’ll mail it to you. No need for any money, even for postage. Glad to have it go to a good home. best, dwc

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    • David Coulter
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      dwcphoto wrote: I tried this tab yesterday and I keep getting stung on my ring finger. It must be too short for me. I think I’m just a glove guy anyway. I keep going back to the Duraglove.

      So, if anybody wants to try a leather tab, a medium, me thinks, send my your address in a PM and I’ll mail it to you. No need for any money, even for postage. Glad to have it go to a good home. best, dwc

      SOLD! thank, dwc

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