How to Shoot a Bow and Arrow?

Archery is a classic and very popular sport in the world. People in many different cultures and countries around the world have been doing this sport for more than 3,500 years. This ancient pastime has greatly evolved over time, reaching a high point during medieval times. 

The most famous archers come from China and Japan where they practiced to perfection in their communities for centuries as it was an important part of these societies. Nowadays, every country has its own form of archery which is practiced at both amateur and professional levels.

An Overview of Archery Equipment

You've seen it in movies, you see people practicing on the weekends at ranges, but what is the role of a bow and arrow in archery? How are they used to score points? What's so special about archery equipment other than a bow and arrow?

We'll help you learn about the equipment that goes into archery, how it's used, as well as some of our favorite pieces from our own line. We're going to cover:

  • The role of arrows 
  • Compound bows 
  • Quivers 
  • Arm guards 
  • Gloves
  • Crossbows
  • Recurve bows
  • The different types of arrows. We'll go over different materials and point styles.
  • The different bow types, what they're used for, and why we use them. 

Types of Bows

There are three main types of bows: compound, recurve, and crossbow. The compound bow has a comfortable grip, originating in the 1970s, and is used in the Olympic games. The recurve bow is simpler to use (easier for beginners) and originates from Asia. The crossbow comes from Europe where it was used for hunting before the invention of firearms.

  • Recurve Bow

The bows used in ancient times were recurved and this type of bow is still in use by some archers. The recurve bow is made from a few long slender sticks glued together to form a tube. This tube is then braced with a band (called the nock) to hold the string.

Recurve Bow

  • Compound Bow

A compound bow is a larger and more powerful bow that can be drawn with less effort. The huge benefit of a compound bow is the fact that it reduces the amount of physical strain behind drawing it. This makes longer hunting trips much more bearable on your body and provides better results when shooting your target.

Compound Bow

Basically, they are big bows with lots of moving parts that make it easier to pull them back and get them ready to fire. They are a lot like rifles in this sense, but instead of bullets, they shoot arrows. They use cable pulleys to provide mechanical advantage which means you have less work to do when pulling back on the bow string for aim than you would without this system in place for you.

  • Crossbow

The crossbows were invented during the Middle Ages, also called arbalest (from the ballista, Greek for ram or catapult). It was used in warfare to provide accurate fire and return arrows that had been fired at it for close combat. They were also used for hunting, so-called "handguns".


How to Shoot a Bow and Arrow?

Archery is one of the earliest known and most widespread sports in history, dating back to 10,000 BC. Though it's often seen as an activity just for Robin Hood wannabes or The Hunger Games contestants, archery is a surprisingly accessible sport that can be made easier to learn than even golf or tennis. Learn how to shoot arrows and bows:

Arrows and bows come in a variety of lengths. Find out what's best for you! The length of the bow plays a large role in its performance and speed. The most popular archery bows are the "recurve" or "longbow" types, which curve slightly back from the target. 

A longbow can be up to 40 inches long and can be used at full draw to shoot arrows at 220 mph! The most popular is recurve: made for shooting a typical-sized arrow (around 1/4 to 3/8 inch). You can find an archery bow at any sports shop or online, but it's important to ensure you get one appropriate for your experience level, size, and weight.

The materials used to make a bow should vary depending on the amount of shock and force you'll be pulling as you hunt down your prey. Bows can be made from different types of wood, and each will do an entirely different job. 

Hardwoods such as walnut, ash, and hickory produce bows that are the most powerful, while light woods like balsa or bamboo create more forgiving bows that shoot accurately but aren't as powerful.

Learn the rules and etiquette of archery! Archery is governed by all sorts of rules, aiming to make things as fair as possible for all parties involved. There are several organizations that regulate the sport. Here's a list of some of the rules for archery:

Bow and Arrow Archery

Rules of Archery

  • You cannot shoot at your target but the arrow is allowed to be in the air.  This is done because it can be quite dangerous if you accidentally hit the ground while shooting arrows. This shot is called a "run away"; it's basically when you know you're in trouble and try to run away from your target instead of fighting back!
  • The bow must always remain parallel to the ground, otherwise, you will have committed a foul shot known as "the tilt.  This is an issue because most bows only have a limited range of movement and the tilt will throw off your aim.
  • You must not shoot at someone behind you or through their legs or body parts.  This is called "crossing".
  • You can't shoot arrows directly over your target's head. This is known as "over the top", and can be quite dangerous as it's hard to tell where the arrow will land if you happen to fall off your horse! (Fun fact: That's where the phrase "don't aim over the top." came from!)
  • You may only shoot your arrows at a target of your sign-up, or one under your supervision.  This is to make sure that if you are shooting someone else's target, they've agreed to it!
  • You must not shoot anyone while they are wearing metal, as this will result in a serious injury.  This is why metal armor was invented! If you want to be really safe, use plastic or leather tactical gear like an archer would have used in medieval times.

Safety Gear for Archery

Tired of shooting arrows blindly at targets? Never fear, this blog is here to give you the best tips and tricks on how to shoot with safety gear.

Why do archers need safety gear, you say? The answer is simple. As someone who has competed in archery for a few years now, I can tell you that the sport is not without risk. If an arrow were to fly dangerously close to your face or head (which does happen), it would be wise to protect yourself against any potential injuries.

If you are a beginner, here is a simple guide to the different types of safety gear to ensure your safety while shooting.

  • Face Masks

The most common type of safety gear is the face mask. If you are an experienced archer, you should already have one, but if not, rest assured that they are very easy to purchase online and at most sporting goods stores. 

The face masks range in affordable price and they are very simple to put on. It usually consists of two straps that go around either side of your head as well as another strap on your chin/mouth area that holds the mask in place. Nothing too complicated!

  • Hearing Protection

The other type of safety gear is hearing protection. Hearing protection is the second most common type of safety gear used. I personally use both hearing protection and a face mask, but some people prefer to only use one of these items. 

Hearing protection usually consists of a small unit in your ear that goes on your head, which is relatively simple to put on. The main drawback to this type of protection is that they only provide limited sounds and protection against high decibel noises.

  • Eye Protection

The third type of safety gear is eye protection. Eyeglasses usually consist of plastic on either side that is worn over the eyes, similar to sunglasses. These glasses protect your eyes from getting hit with anything like an arrow, etc.