Archery Equipment

Maybe you are new to archery, or maybe you aren’t but you are just looking for something new to try, no matter which here is some information on the subject.

Target Archery (Indoor and Outdoor)

Leith Community Archers are a Target Archery club, a style of archery featured in the Olympic games that can be practiced both indoors and outdoors. Target Archery is probably the most popular kind of Archery, and because it's easy to set up, is the one that most people are more familiar with.

Target archery consists of shooting an arrow at a stationary target with a gold bullseye in the centre. Other types of a target can be used recreationally, however, the gold centred WA bullseye target you can see below is the most common and the most widely known.

The WA (World Archery) is the international governing body for the sport of archery) previously known as the FITA target (Federation Internationale de Tir a).

About Archery - Target

WA (was FITA) Target

Targets come in different sizes and these are used for different shooting distances, at a longer distance you need a larger target face to aim at. Common target sizes and their shooting distances (in brackets) are listed below and the target size refers to the diameter of the outer or largest ring on the target…

  • 40cm (18m Indoor)
  • 60cm (25m Indoor)
  • 80cm (30m and 50m Outdoor)​
  • 122cm (70m and 90m Outdoor)

A bullseye or central gold ring shot is worth 10 points and usually as shown in the image above and the further the target ring is from the centre of the target consequently the lower the score.

Most common types of bow used: Recurve, compound, barebow.  Other types of bow: Crossbow.  Good for all skill levels​

Recurve bow

recurve bow is a bow with limbs that curve away from the archer when unstrung. A recurve bow stores more energy and delivers energy more efficiently than the equivalent straight-limbed bow, giving a greater amount of energy and speed to the arrow.

Arrow rest Where the arrow rests during draw. These may be simple fixed rests or may be spring-loaded or magnetic flip rests.

Back The face of the bow on the opposite side to the stringBellyThe face of the bow on the same side as the string

Bow sight An aiming aid attached to the riser

Brace heightt The distance between the deepest part of the grip and the string; fistmele is the traditional term, referring to the equivalent length of a closed fist with the thumb extended, indicating the proper traditional distance used between the deepest part of the grip and the string.

Grip The part of the bow held by the bow hand

Limbs The upper and lower working parts of the bow, which come in a variety of different poundage

Nocking point The place on the bowstring where the nock (end) of an arrow is fittedRiserThe rigid centre section of a bow to which the limbs are attached

String The cord that attaches to both limb tips and transforms stored energy from the limbs into kinetic energy in the arrow

Sling A strap or cord attached to the bow handle, wrist or fingers to prevent the bow from falling from the hand

Tab or thumb ring A protection for the digits that draw the string. Also provides better release performance. Usually made of leather.

Tiller The difference between the limb-string distances measured where the limbs are attached to the riser. Usually the upper distance is slightly more than the bottom one, resulting in a positive tiller. Reflects the power-balance between both limbs.

Stabiliser thread for stabilisers

Recurve bow - Archery equipment


An arrow consists of a long straight shaft with stabilisers called fletchings, as well as a weighty (and usually sharp and pointed) arrowhead attached to the front end, and a slot at the rear end called the nock for engaging the bowstring.

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