Archery is a sport done all over the world. There are many kinds of archery. There is Bow Hunting, Target Archery, Field Archery, and Flight Archery. In Bow hunting you shoot game, in Target Archery and Field Archery you shoot at targets, and Flight Archery you go for distance. The ancient Egyptians were the first to use the bow and arrow extensively.
The safety of Archery is very critical. Any Archer should use these rules…
1) Don’t shoot unless away from everything.
2) Don’t shoot straight up.
3) Don’t aim at anything you don’t intend to hit.
4) Keep equipment in good condition.
These are the basic safety rules of Archery. They are simple and easy to follow. Any Archer that follows these rules should be successful.
The most important piece of equipment is the bow. There are three kinds of bows, the compound, the recurve, and the straight bows. Second most is the arrow. The three parts of the arrow are the point, shaft, and the nock. The point shape varies on shape from bullet shaped to blade shapes. Shafts vary from materials wood, aluminum, fiber, and carbon. The nock has the notch for the string, and has slits for the feathers/vanes of your arrow.
You can buy accessories for your bow such as arm guards, shooting gloves wrist straps, sights, quivers, and stabilizers. An arm guard protects your arm from the release of the string. Shooting gloves protects from string cutting off circulation when pulling back the string. A wrist strap holds your hand to the bow. A sight increases accuracy. A quiver holds unused arrows on your back or your waist. A stabilizer reduces vibration of the string after the shot.
To shoot the bow an Archer places feet comfortably apart, facing the target. A right hander holds the bow with his left hand and the string with his right hand. It is the opposite for a left hander. You pull the string back to your chin, with your elbow up even with the string. The string is pulled back with the middle three fingers and rolled off of the fingers. Draw the string back in one smooth motion. Then stay still until the arrow hits the target.
A bow used to be made with sticks and hide. The arrows used to be made of wood and had flint tips. They were made with barbs on them for war so they could not be pulled back out. They were made with bullet shaped points for hunting so they could be pulled back out and reused.
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