So you are new at archery and you do not know where to start especially in terms of the equipment you need. The list here is not about what is best for you but rather what is available that you can use to put on your bow.

For the experienced, this might look more like a definition of terms/equipment but as newbies, it can be a guide that can be useful to determine what you need at archery.

The Bow

  • The Bow

When it comes to the bow, there are two main kinds of bows: the Compound and the traditional bow. The major difference between the two is that the compound bow has a cam wheel while the traditional bow does not.

  • Bow String

As the name suggests, is the string part of your bow. There about 10-15 different type of materials that are used to make the string.

  • The Stabilizer

This points of at the front of the bow and it is more of a long round bar than anything else. Its purpose is to diminish the shaking and also ensure that you have a much steadier arm.

  • The Clicker

This is usually found in the traditional bow. It helps you know when to release your arrow.  Once you draw to a particular length, it usually clicks so that you can know when to shot your arrow.

  • Peep Sight

This is a small circular disk with a hole at the center where you get to put your string that you will be using for your aim.

  • Bow Sights

It is usually placed on the arrow rest and has pins that are usually aimed at lining up the area to shoot at on the target.

  • Arrow Rest

This is the sitting area of your arrow and it moves along as you shoot the arrow. All bow have it even if your arrow uses your hand as a rest.

  • String Knocks

They are small metal pieces or string that are placed at the middle of the bowstring. The arrow is usually placed against the knock so it gives you the certainty that the arrow is placed at the same place every single time.

  • Serving

It is located in the middle of the bowstring. It serves as a protective gear to the bowstring. It protects the bowstring from wear and tear.

  • The Silencers

These in conjunction with the vibration dampeners help keep the bow quiet. They are usually tied at the end of the bowstring or have rubber buttons as in the case of compound bows which play the same role.


The Arrows

  • The Wooden Arrow

This is the most classic arrow. They can range from the most basic type of wood to the fanciest you can think of.  These can only be used on the traditional bows only. The compound bows are too strong hence they can be broken by a compound bow.

  • Carbon Arrows

These are made out of carbon fiber. They are very strong, durable and they come in varied sizes.

  • Aluminum Arrows

They are light in weight and are very fast hence very good arrows. Their only disadvantage is that they get dents and bent very easily.

  • Fletching Arrow

This kind of arrow has feathers or plastic vanes at its back that keep the arrow straight while shooting.

  • Broad Head Arrows

They are specifically used for hunting. They are either fixed or mechanical. Though they work pretty well, the mechanical kind works better with the compound bow by shooting at a much higher speed.

  • Field Point Arrows

These are also called target points. They usually have small tips making them perfect for target practice.

  • Inserts

They are put at the front part of the arrow as you screw the arrowhead on. They can be weighed so that you can adjust the weight of the arrow and also the balance.

  • Arrow Knocks

Release Aid

  • Mechanical Release

They clamp on the looped part of the string to help back the bow. They have very little impact on the string and when released that can improve your accuracy.

  • Tabs

These are pieces of plastic or leather that you hold in your hand between your bow string and you.

  • Gloves

A glove is a glow and you need to wear it for protection.


Other Accessories

  • The Bow Case: You will need to protect your investment for a very long time
  • String wax: This not only makes your string waterproof but also increase your sting life and also provide protection.
  • Field repair kit: This a basic set of tools that you can use to adjust bows, arrows and any other thing you might require adjusting.
  • Quivers: Not necessary but you will need one that can hold your arrows and can be attached to your bow or separately on your belt or even hang them from your back.

All of these are things you have but not necessarily all of them. You will just need to know what is going to be more useful to you.  The best way to know what you like is by trying it out. So Go out there and archery!!!