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What equitment do you need in archery?

I know about the bow and what kind I want(Thats about the only thing I "know" about this), But in the stores the arrows don't have heads. Do you get heads for the kind of archery you want/do(I just want to shoot targets at the shooting-range... NOT Hunt/Killing), or is it that it really doesn't matter?
Dose the kind of arrow matter too?

Plus don't you need some kind of finger guard or something like that?

And are there any other things that you need?

I'm not getting it till around the last weekend of Febuary.
I've allways wanted to shoot archery, Ever since I was like 4 years old. But I'm totaly lost on the what I need.
Thank you. :)

The equipment you need partially depends on the type of bow you will be using. I recommend a compound bow, since they can be adjusted for your pulling strength and the length of your draw. Also, compound bows tend to have sights on them, which makes archery much less frustrating. Compound bows have other advantages, too. They feature a positive stop, which means the string "breaks over" and stops at a particular, adjustable distance. The string is then easier to hold in place, and the positive stop makes each draw the same length, giving you much greater consistency and accuracy. Compound bows also feature innovative arrow rests. I recommend a captive arrow rest, such as the Whisker Biscuit. These hold the arrow in a secure position, and do not allow it to fall off of the rest if the bow is moved or tilted. Some recurve bows also feature sights and advanced arrow rests, but lack the positive stop.

The arrows are sold without heads to allow you to choose the type of head that you will be shooting. For targets, you will want basic field points. Do not buy the cheap, ready-made arrows with crimped-on points. The arrows you will buy will need to be shortened to accomodate the length of your draw, and the pre-fab arrows cannot be shortened reliably. You will take your arrows to the archery pro shop (found in most sporting goods stores), and generally they will cut your arrows to the proper length for free. Aluminum and graphite (carbon) arrows are available, with different styles of vanes/fletchings. The one you choose is really up to personal preference, although certain styles peform slightly better in certain situations.

Instead of a finger guard, I highly recommend a caliper-style release, which locks the string into an ergonomic handle and gives you a trigger with which to release your shot. Other equipment you will need will be an arm guard (a doubled-over sock with the toe cut out works fine), a tool for making adjustments to your bow and its attachments, and bowstring wax. A field point target is a must if you want to practice on your own. You really don't need a quiver.

You don't need the most expensive bow out there, for sure. A cheap one is just as good for target shooting, but it needs to have (or be able to accept) all of the accessories that I mentioned. Try to get a bow that will grow with you, at least in terms of pull strength. You'll find you develop the muscles you need quickly! Lastly, make absolutely sure that you have the guy in the pro shop set up the bow for you and cut your arrows to length--don't try to do it on your own.

You're going to love archery! Good luck!

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