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Archery costs and recommended equipment

The basic necessities for archery are a bow, arrows and target.

Beyond that, the gear that will make archery safer and more enjoyable are a quiver to carry the arrows in, an armguard to protect from string slap to the arm and some hand or finger protection to cushion the skin from the bow string.

The usual items necessary for traditional archery are:

Bow

Beginners fiberglass bows are available in some variety under $50, and complete "sets" comfortably under $100.
Better bows of wood & fiberglass start with imports from about $130 & up.
Quality American made bows are available for well under $300.
A nicer American made longbow will average between $395 - $500.
Custom bows can range in the $600 to nearly $1000.
See Bow Listings

Arrow

Arrow choices are based on the archer's preference, purpose and budget.
We can help you to choose the best arrow for your needs.
We will need to know: 
#1) Your bow type (recurve or longbow), 
#2) Your bow's draw weight, 
#3) Your draw length
(see "How to measure your draw-length")
#4) Your intended use: 
(Target, Olympic/Tournament, Re-enactment,  Hunting, or a combination)  

Target

Targets are one of the three prerequisites to the sport of archery (the other two being a bow and some arrows).

There are actually two parts to the target: the target back (the thick area that the arrow sinks into, which can be Styrofoam, straw or other fiber) and the target face made of paper, cloth or Tyvek, which is decorated with rings or other images for scoring.
 
The target face is pinned on the target back and is changed as needed.

Target faces cost from $1.25 apiece for 16" printed paper to $50.00 and up for fitted Tyvek models.

Shooting Glove or Tab

Gloves and Finger tabs serve to protect the hand from the repetitive pressure of the bowstring against the soft inner finger.
The choice of fingertab or glove is a matter of personal preference and is not essential gear for archery, but they can certainly make the sport more enjoyable.
A fingertab ("Tab") is simply a piece of leather with a hole cut in it and shaped to drape evenly over the surface of the inner hand where it meets the bow string.
They are made in small, medium and large sizes.
Shooting gloves come in a multitude of styles and sizes.
They are both worn on the string holding hand. 
See How to Use a Finger Tab

Armguard

Armguards are an important, but not essential, accessory for successful archery.
The purpose of an armguard is to protect the inner-lower bow holding  arm from potential injury due to string slap at the time of arrow release.
Anyone who has ever felt the sting and burn of a bowstring will remember how it feels. 
Avoidance of injury is important for children (as it is for adults, too) and so an armguard is recommended.

Quiver

Quivers come in many shapes and materials.
The simple purpose of a quiver is to carry arrows.
Storage of arrows is also the task of a quiver.
Safety is enhanced by a quiver, too, as the arrows are neatly tucked away until ready for shooting.
Carrying loose arrows can be hazardous for anyone, but especially for children.
These handy arrow holders come in shoulder, hip and back and ground models.
Bow quivers are useful for hunters or prolonged practice.

Bow stringer

Bow Stringers are simply made and simple to use.
They are constructed of 2 leather pieces and some strong, thin rope.
The leather pieces are each folded over to create a pocket and then securely attached to either end of the rope.

The purpose of a Bow Stringer is to pull the bow limbs forward evenly and allow for easier application of the string to the tips.
A Bow Stringer is highly recommended for wooden Recurves and Longbows. They not only make stringing the bow much easier and prevents twisting and damage to the limbs, but most importantly, it is the SAFEST way.
A bow stringer is ABSOLUTELY necessary with a flat-limbed bow in order to avoid twisting the limbs with other methods of stringing, such as the "step-through".

We will custom fit your bow stringer to your bow at no additional charge, if ordered with a new bow.

See "How to use a Bowstringer".

Lessons can coach the beginning and intermediate archer to gain knowledge in correct technique. Archery lessons can be found through many athletic and sportsman's organizations and at some archery stores.

There are also many books and videos available particular to different intentions and styles of shooting.

Some brief discussion with our knowledgeable help will quickly sort out the best options in equipment for your needs and budget.

  Also see Frequently Asked Questions

 
 
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