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 6 names in this directory beginning with the letter R.
Recurve Bow
A type of bow that is one of the most common and popular. It gets its name from the limbs, as they recurve away from the archery.
Reflex Bow
This bow is like the recurve in that it is curved away from the archer, the entire length of the bow recurves away and not just the limbs.
Release
When you let go of the bowstring whilst an arrow is in place and the bowstring is fully drawn.
Riser
This is the name of the handle of the bow, although it is also where the arrow rests and additional accessories are connected. The limbs will also screw into the sides of the riser.
Round
A round consists of shooting so many arrows at the target from a certain distance.
Run Archery
Is a fun cross-country event where you run through a trail and stop at certain places with rounds of target archery.
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