The bow and arrow has been used for millenia as a weapon of war, hunting and sport. The bow and arrow consists of basically as the name states a bow and arrows. The bow which is the projectile launching weapon is often made of wood, aluminum, carbon fiber or a mixture of these components and is available in different types as listed below.
This type of bow is usually made of wood and consists of different layers that make up the bow riser (middle part) and the limbs. This type of bow is more along the lines of what was used all throughout history.
The crossbow is usually made of aluminum and carbon fiber. This type of bow is similar in style to a gun as it has a stock and a trigger. Crossbows are basically just a traditional bow built to shoot like a gun (although does not have the power of a gun).
The Compound Bow is newer style of bow that features cams, and/or wheels on the limbs. This allows for greater arrow speeds, smoother draw cycles, and the possibility of let off making it easier to keep the bow at full draw for a longer period of time. Compound Bows are usually made of aluminum and carbon fiber, and allows for additions of many types of accessories.
Arrows are the second part of the bow and arrow combo. The arrows are the actual projectiles and while they used to be made of wood, these days they are more commonly made of carbon or aluminum. This allows for greater accuracy, durability, and ability to customize with different arrow heads.
The 2 main uses for bow and arrows today are for hunting and sport. In general bows are pretty universal and can be used for both hunting and sport, however like any other sport there are companies that tailor compound and traditional type bows specifically for sport/competition. These specific bows are usually lighter and more accurate.
Bow and Arrows can range widely in price anywhere from a few hundred dollars to over a thousand dollars. The price of a bow and arrow is dependent on factors such as the company name, materials used, popularity, and quality of the bow. It is important to be said that Archery is an expensive sport to get into however once you have the equipment it is not very expensive to maintain and upkeep your equipment. The key to getting a quality bow and arrow for a decent price is to shop around and do your research.
With most bow and arrows today there is a need for certain accessories that will help to make it easier to shoot. These accessories include the following components:
Bow sights are often made of plastic or metal, and include metal or fiber optic pins that help you to be able to accurately aim at your targets, instead of eying it up like traditional archers used to have to do.
Bow rests come is all different types, shapes, sizes and materials and helps to support your arrow. It used to be that the arrow would rest on the shelf however, the arrow often tends to move and travel side to side which can cause very inaccurate shots. Bow rests however help to curb that behavior and allow for more accurate shots and less arrow movement.
A bow release is a mechanical accessory that grabs onto the string or string loop and assists you in pulling back the bow string so that you do not have to use your fingers. This is a great help as with a lot of bows today you are pulling 50 to 70 lbs and this can really work to damage the joints in your fingers.
When any bow is shot there is always vibrations from the string that can often be thrown into the bow riser and can be felt in your hand. This can be virtually removed with the use of vibration dampners.
Where to get a bow and arrow?
Bow and Arrows can be bought many places including Ebay, Kijiji, pawn shops, classifieds and many other 2nd hand type places. However these places offer as is equipment that may not even fit you properly or work properly. If you are new to the sport and don’t know what to look for it will be worth your while to go to an archery shop. These shops have experienced archers that can help educate you and get you archery equipment that fits you at a good price.
Archery is a very challenging but fun sport that can be enjoyed by everybody in the family. For this reason The bow and arrow is quickly gaining in popularity and will continue to do so. So I encourage you to get out there get yourself a bow and arrows and start enjoying the great sport of archery.