The Ultimate Beginners Guide To Choosing A Bow and Arrows
Let’s get down to brass tacks. When it comes to choosing a bow and arrows, there are several different types. Therefore I want to explain to the beginner archer, the common types found on the market today and their differences. This is a basic guide based on my own archery experience.
In archery there are many types of bows, but I’m going to explain the three most common. This will keep things simple when you go to purchase one. Remember that what type of bow you purchase is entirely your choice. Take your time and enjoy shooting different ones until you get a feel for what you like. If you’re not a member of an archery club, coming into the store and trying some out is your next best option.
The longbow is also known as the “War Bow” and in centuries past, was viewed as a dangerous weapon in a masters hands. The longbow is typically 5-6 feet long and straight when unstrung. A longbow is flat toward the target and then curved toward the archer in a capital D shape. This is also one a difficult bows to master because of its size and recoil when you release the string.
The recurve bow is the most common bow that you’ll see. This bow is a straight bow that’s slightly curved at the top and the bottom. Recurve bows come in all shapes and are typically around 5-6 feet in length. There is very little recoil when releasing the string and the lighter pull makes the recurve bow popular with beginners and technical shooters.
A compound bow is similar to a recurve but is shaped in such a way as to always be in the “strung” shape. A compound bow has roller mechanisms also called cams, on the top and bottom of the bow to assist with the pull of the bow. As the shooter draws the string, the cams roll down, eventually “breaking”. When the cam breaks, the string pull resistance becomes giving compound bows the characteristics of being easier to pull and to hold, allowing the archer an increased aim time. Compound bows are the most popular bows for hunting.
At Combat Australia, we sell various types of fiberglass, aluminum and carbon fiber arrows. For the average or recreational archer, fiberglass is perfect. They’re effective, affordable and tough. Carbon fiber arrows are slightly more expensive but the shaft is straighter and they recover quickly after launch; therefore allowing greater penetration. Aluminum arrows are heavier, but they are more durable and can survive hitting a hard surface. It really comes down to what you are predominately shooting and the poundage of your bow.