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Arrow Points and Tips

choosing arrow points for archeryArrow points are the sharp tip that attaches to the front of an arrow. Without a good point on the arrow it will not stick in to targets very well, if at all. Arrow points are an important part of the arrow selection process and should not be over looked when choosing your new archery gear.

Arrow points come in two main types, field points for target shooting and broad head points for hunting. Field point tips are round and sharp like a pencil tip. They tend to resemble the tip of a bullet, so much so that some field points are known as “bullet tips”.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

How to Choose Arrows

Bows and arrows go together like bread and butter, but choosing the right arrow to go with your bow is somewhat more complicated than choosing butter over margarine. Shooting accurately is the result of three factors: the archer, the bow, and the arrow. Once the arrow matches the bow all that’s left is getting the archer up to speed.

how to choose arrows for archery

For an archer to shoot well, all arrows must be as close as possible to the same weight and spine.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Choosing a Recurve Bow

Most beginner archers the first bow they purchase is a recurve bow. A recurve bow is the modern evolution of the traditional longbow. A recurve bow is simple to use, easy to put together, and can support most of the same accessories as a compound bow.

A recurve bow has just three main parts: the riser, the upper and lower limbs, and the bow string. The riser is the middle of the bow and is the handle. The riser is where the limbs attach. The sights, arrow rest, and stabilizer attach to the riser as well. Risers are made from wood, aluminum, carbon fiber and other space age materials.

choosing a recurve bow

A recurve bow can be easily taken down for storage and transport. Here are all the accessories an archer would normally carry.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

How to Refletch Arrows

Sooner or later every archer will have a fletch come unglued from an arrow. Rather than throw the arrow away, with a few simple tools you can simply glue on a new fletch, feather or vane. The skill of fletching an arrow allows an archer to customize their arrows with particular colours but it is also a valuable skill to know should a fletch come off at a tournament far from your local pro shop or while hunting deep in the woods.

Arrow refletching supplies and tools

Arrow refletching supplies and tools

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Compound versus Recurve Bows

Archers today mainly use two types of bows: recurve and compound bows. Each type of bows has its advantages depending on what purpose you intend to use your bow for.

Recurve bows are closest to the traditional long bow that most people picture. Recurve bows can easy be taken apart for transport, are ultra simple to work on in the field and are very adaptable as the archer grows in size or skill. The limbs on a recurve bow are curved toward the back of the bow. This recurving allows for the same draw weight that can be found in a longer bow, but in a shorter over all length.

comparing compound and recurve bow

Bows are typically around 68” long and are the traditional bow that most people are familiar with.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Kinds of Bow Sights

There are many accessories you can add to your bow to help you shoot better. The first one to get is a sight. Bow sights on a recurve or compound bow will increase accuracy dramatically. Sights on a bow are a relatively new phenomenon. Thousands of years ago, longbows did not have sights and archers had to rely on experience and instinct to aim accurately. This is still possible today with a little practice, and is a good method for beginners to learn, but since sights do make the difference let’s take a look at how modern bow sights work.

a pin bow sight

Sights on a compound bow used for hunting typically have between 3 and 7 pins.  The first (top) pin is set for 10 yards, the second for 20 yards, the third for 30 yards and so forth.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Parts of a Compound Bow

parts of a compound bow

Diagram of the parts of a compound bow (click to enlarge)

The compound bow has revolutionized the sport of archery. The shorter length combined with high speeds make this style of bow more accurate and easier to shoot than ever before.

Unlike a nice and simple traditional longbow there are many different parts on a compound bow to make it shoot with the deadly accuracy it is know for, but which one is causing the arrow to miss its mark as you set it up? Let’s take a look at the different parts of a compound bow and what they do so as to better understand what’s going on. Read the rest of this entry »

Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Types of Bows

types of bows in archery

The war bow has proven itself for hunting and defense many times over. This longbow from Britain has a draw weight of over 100lbs.

Archery has been around for nearly 35, 000 years. Over that time, the different types of bows have changed dramatically. There are now more bows on the market than ever before. Science and technology has helped designers create bows that shoot faster, more accurately and with little or no vibration, which are all qualities that make the growing sport of archery even more exciting. Choosing your first bow can be a daunting task with so many choices on the market today, each bow has its pros and cons so let’s take a look at the different types of bows that are available.

 

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

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