Equipment and Safety Devices
So, you want to do archery, but don't know what you need beyond a bow and some arrows?
Then let me help you!
As the title suggests, there's more to good archery practice than just your basic bow and arrows. There's also safety equipent. We'll go over some different tools that will help you practice archery safely.
Check Your Gear
It's important to check your gear regularly. With your bow, check the limbs for cracking, and the string for fraying. Cracks and freys can cause equipment failure, which can result in injury. Arrows also should be checked for cracks and warping.
Ever had a bowstring smack your arm and leave a nasty bruise? No? Well you don't want to. To help prevent this, as well as help your arrows not be knocked off coarse by your own arm, you should invest in an armgoard. One of the most basic safetly gear needs, an armgoard will protect you from alot of pain and bruising, and many ranges won't let you shoot without one.
Along with the armguard, the fingertab is one of teh most basic safetly gear needs. A fingertab protects your fingers from the string, and allows the string to slide out of your hand better, creating less friction and allowing your arrows to fly straighter.
A quiver holds your arrows, and keeps them from falling on the ground. Whether a back quiver, a ground quiver (One that sits upright on the ground), or a hip quiver as shown here, havign a quiver is important. It helps keep your arrows all in one place, and makes sure they are's fallign on the ground or stabbing people. We don't like stabbing.
While not necessary, a bowsling can be extremely useful. A bowsling allows you to relax your grip on your bow, while not allowing you to drop it. Having a relaxed grip allows your arrows to fly better, without added tension or shaking.