My intro to Martin Archery was through a 2008 Martin Dreamcatcher that my dad had made for me as a gift because of my continuing interest in the sport: 50# at 28" -- an honest dream to shoot, and my first real bow.
At the time, I was confident in my abilities to go without sight/stabilizer bushings. I'd been studying for about a year under a coach teaching basic archery at the college I went to -- he was a good coach that used to compete, but we learned to shoot without sights, stabilizers, or aids of any kind: straight barebow. I got good enough to shoot consistent 4"-6" groups at 25 yards, even with the crappy plastic stick bows we had (I think the heaviest was 40#).
After I got the Martin, I got out of archery for awhile because school got tough, but I'm getting back into it.
I'm wanting to amp up my standards and start training to shoot under some competition standards. The only way, in my mind, is to get a good competition sight, and look into getting a target stabilizer -- like the decked out Hoyt bows that Olympic archers use.
But ... all that stuff on a Martin Dreamcatcher? I can't even imagine exactly how that would look, or where Martin Archery would put the bushings. The handle on the Dreamcatcher is so graceful. And the Dreamcatcher seems to be pretty much designed as a barebow.
But at this point, I hardly have the money to go out and get a Hoyt to use as a competition/target bow, and I'd like to make my Dreamcatcher a little more hunt worthy. Having at least a sight would help with confidence out there.
Anyway, long post but, what are your opinions on putting sight/stabilizer bushings on a Martin Dreamcatcher? Anybody gone through with it? I'd like to see what it would look like, so if anybody has pictures of even a sight/stabilizer on a trad. recurve like the Dreamcatcher, I'd like to see before sending her back to the factory for the bushings.