Welcome toxophilite to the Combat Australia website. If you think we may be insulting you, rest assured we’re not. It’s not an insult or a nasty disease, a toxophilite is merely a lover of archery. So if you have a penchant for a bows, arrows, longbows or recurves that makes you a toxophilite. Before you purchase one of our bow packages, you may be interested in reading some compound bows essentials, so we're here to help!
Did you know: Archery is one of the most ancient practices which involves both skill and precision.
How ancient? We’re talking Stone Age ancient. In 2010 an archeological dig in the Sibudu Caves in South Africa returned human made arrowheads that possessed qualities of being projectiles and not hand held spears.
Historically, archery was used for survival in both hunting and warfare. Bows in their various rudimentary forms are believed to have replaced spear throwers in all continents except for Australia. This change was due to the accuracy and increased projectility of arrows from a bow. Egyptian hieroglyphics and artifacts depict bows and arrows that were believed to be used for hunting and combat in the predynastic period of Egypt (approximately 3100 BC). Other artifacts found in Egyptian archeological dugs are believed to have been head sharpeners or arrowheads. Archery was also prominent in the Shang Dynasty (1766-1027 BC) was an integral part of combat. Archers commonly rode in chariots alongside lance soldiers. During the Zhou Dynasty (1027-256 BC) archery became a formal sporting competition that was enjoyed by nobility and hallmarked official situations. In Europe it is believed that archery was first used in Stellmoor and the Ahrensburg Valley in Germany in approximately 10-9000 BCE.
Archery based iconography is deeply embedded in many different cultural mythologies including Greek, Roman, Indian, African, Armenian, European, East Asian and West African. Heroes and Gods like Apollo, Cupid, William Tell, Robin Hood and Zhou Tong. The association of archery is derived from the skill, power and strength required to use a bow.
Bow design and construction is actually very diverse, but all share the common characteristics of a string attached to flexible limbs. Bows are generally divided in to two distinct types: those that are operated by pulling the string and those that are operated by a mechanism.
These bows are distinctive in look because of the cams or pulley system used at each end of the bow. This technology allows for a “let off” capacity. This is the point during the pull back motion when the archer can hold less weight. Favoured by many archers this type of bow, allows for increased aim time, greater control that invariably leads to a greater degree of accuracy in hunting and target based archery.
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Traditionally sharpened stones, wood, bamboo, rock, reeds and bird feathers were used to construct bows and arrows. Overtime, archery equipment evolved with other types of technology and fibreglass and aluminium alloy were used for the bow and arrows. Currently, carbon fibres and carbon composites are the most popular material due to the lightweight material that is conducive to longer projectiles.
Despite the decline of archery for hunting and warfare the athletic, poetic and mythological characteristics of archery has been used in many popular films. These include: The Hunger Games, Avatar, Lord of the Rings, Robin Hood, Arrow, Brave, Epic, Zorro and the Avengers.
Here's something to consider when choosing the best compound bow for sale. Australia has many suppliers of bows. Atunga is a high quality, reasonably priced brand. However, there are many low quality reasonably proced brands around as well. An important things for you to do is calculate your arm span to determine your draw length, this will also help calculate the compound bow range. To calculate this you standing with your arms stretched out to the side (like a crucifix), measuring from fingertip to fingertip and dividing by 2.5
The next thing is poundage. That’s the amount of weight that you are able pull back. The amount varies depending on arm size, strength and experience. Most men can pull in the range of 30 to 70 pounds. The same goes for children. An approximate guide is kids 5-8 (10 pounds), 7- 10 (15 pounds), 9-12 (20 pounds), 11-14 (30 pounds).
If you are unsure amount the appropriate poundage come into the warehouse in Penrith, NSW and test some of our models. If you’re a beginner a recurve or long bows are less complicated to learn and easier to use, however, in lots of cases choosing between compound bow vs recurve bow just comes down to personal preference.
At Combat Australia, we have a great range of compound bows for sale. NSW is a great place for compound bow hunting. We have a huge range including, compound bows for beginners and experienced archers, and compound bows for hunting and sport. We also have a number of packages with all your archery and hunting needs.
Here is a quick video which shows you some helpful hints on tuning and maintenance for your bow.
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