Archery terms

Below is a list of Archery terms that will educate, fascinate and allow you to wow your friends with your newly gained knowledge of Archery terms and facts! You know they will thank you for it...perhaps.

Ever wanted to know what Want to know where the nock is? Discover where the name Fletcher came from? Are you an Ambi-Ocular archer? Do you want to know where the belly or the face of the bow is? Do you want to know what a Bowyer does? Why should you never dry-fire a bow? Should you be afraid of a Field Captain? Can you put your limbs on the riser the right way?  Have you ever had to Let Down a bow? Do you know where the nock point is?

Below is an A to Z of Archery terms.  Some will become familiar to you, and some you will never need or hear uttered by Leith Community Archers instructors or volunteers.  Archery is an ancient activity, and the origin of some surnames, words, and phrases we use today have originated from archery terms.

Fletcher was the name of the person who used to put flights on the arrows and Bowman was more simply an Archer.  Today Fletcher has become a common surname as has Bowman (Archer), similar to Smith (Blacksmith), Fisher (fisherman), and Cooper (barrel maker). For more information, you could visit the Wikipedia page on Archery.  There you will find lots of interesting facts about Archery.

Why not add another string to your bow, or add another arrow to the quiver and read on?

Archery terms

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There are currently 19 names in this directory beginning with the letter A.
Aim
This when you point the arrow at where you want it to shoot and hit.
Aluminum
Is a type of material that is used for making parts of bows, such as risers, cams and is even used in the making of arrows.
Ambi-Ocular
This is an archer that has no dominant eye, they are strong in both the left and right.
AMO (org)
Was the original name of the Archery Manufacturers Organisation. They were however renamed to ATA (Archery Trade Association in 2002.
AMO Length (measurement)
This the length for when you want to measure the bow string.
Anchor Point
The Anchor point is a point of reference on your face as to where you place your drawing hand. The most common are the mouth or jaw.
Archer
Is also known as a bow-man and is the name of the person that practices archery.
Archers Paradox
Is a effect when we shoot an arrow, we apply a certain force and this cases the arrow to wobble. This is known as flexing
Archery
The name of the sport or activity of shooting an arrow with the use of a bow.
Archery Tag
We all loved tag when at school, this is a similar game but uses a bow and arrow. You will normally wear gear like in paintball but shoot arrows with foam.
Arm Guard
When shooting the bow, the string can hit the forearm and this can cause pain and bruising. An arm guard is used to help protect it, usually made from leather.
Arrow
Made from wood, carbon or fibreglass, it is the arrow that is shot from the bow. The front is sharp and the back has feathers, as well as a nock to help it connect with the string.
Arrow Plate
With this the arrow will contact the bow and the friction will cause damage. This plate is made from material (often plastic or rubber) and protects the bow.
Arrow Rest
This is a plastic piece that sits on the riser and the arrow rests on.
Arrow Shaft
This is the main part of the arrow, the part without the nock, fletching or arrow point. Traditionally made from wood but more often than not they are now made from aluminum, carbon or a combination of the two.
Arrow Straighter
With continued use arrows can bend, this tool helps to straighten the shaft.
Arrowhead
You will find this at the top of the arrow. It will often look different depending on what type of archery you decide to do, whether target or hunting.
ASA (org)
This is the abbreviation of the Archery Shooters Association.
ATA (org)
Formerly known as AMO, abbreviation of The Archery Trade Association.
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