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Shopping for a Bow - What's Important?

How to choose the right bow for you:

  • About Draw Length + Weight:
    • Determining the ideal draw length and draw weight is most important. Draw length is the distance between the string and the grip at full draw. Draw weight is the amount of force required to hold the bow at full draw; the draw weight can be adjusted to accommodate the archer's need.
  • Determining Draw Length
    • To determine the draw length, measure your arm span from middle finger to middle finger with your palms facing out. Then divide that number by 2.5.
  • Determining Draw Weight
    • Next, you should choose a draw weight that is comfortable and suitable for your needs. If you choose a draw weight that is too heavy, it will cause fatigue and poor shooting form. Too light of a draw weight may not be suitable for the purpose intended. See chart for additional information.
Children's weight (lbs)Recommended Draw Weight
Women's weight (lbs)Recommended Draw Weight
Men's weight (lbs)Recommended Draw Weight

Types of Bows

  • Compound Bows are modern bows that have cables and pulleys to bend the limbs.
    • Compound bow limbs are stiffer and more energy-efficient than other bows
    • The bow string is attached to cams and cables located on both limbs
    • Limbs store more energy compared to other bows
    • Pulley cams rotate during the draw which allow archers to gain a mechanical advantage and store more energy in the bow
    • Never shoot a bow without an arrow
  • Recurve Bows are a more traditional bow design that does not use mechanical aids.
    • The limbs curve away from the archer for added power
    • This design stores more energy than an equivalent straight-limbed bow, yielding greater speed
    • Limbs are usually made from multiple layers of fiberglass, carbon and/or wood
  • Crossbows are horizontal bows mounted on stocks.
    • Crossbows shoot bolts instead of arrows
    • Crossbows have a mechanism which locks the bowstring at full draw
    • Scopes are widely used on crossbows
    • Crossbows are faster
    • Some crossbows have a cocking mechanism that provide easy cocking
    • Crossbows dismantle quickly for convenient storage and transportation
    • Never shoot a cross bow without a bolt

Types of Arrows + Bolts

  • Wood (Arrow only)
    • Low price point
    • Prone to warping
    • Used by children
  • Fiberglass
    • Low price point
    • Brittle
    • Used by children
  • Aluminum
    • Can be manufactured precisely
    • Wide range of sizes in the market
    • Durable
    • Interchangeable arrowheads
  • Carbon Fiber
    • Straigher than aluminum
    • Tend to be more resistant to bending
    • Penetrates better than aluminum

Length of Arrows and why it's important

  • What is your draw length?
    • The draw length is used to determine the length of an arrow needed.
    • Your draw length can be measured by the distance between the arms from middle finger to middle finger with your palms facing outward. Then, divide the number by 2.5

Field Points and Broadheads

  • Field Points
    • Used primarily for archery practice and archery tournaments
    • Can be easily retrieved without causing excessive damage to a target
  • Broadheads
    • Used primarily for hunting
    • Razor sharp blades
    • Two types
      • Fixed blades
        • Two or more fixed blades are permanently attached in the open position
      • Mechanical blade
        • Retracted during flight, but open on impact with target
        • Tends to fly more accurately at the expense of penetrating power on impact
    • Broadhead wrenches are a great investment at an inexpensive cost. They can help the consumer put on a broadhead without having to touch the razor sharp edges. Click here to shop broadhead wrenches.

Types of Tips

Shopping for Archery Accessories - What's Important?

Arrow Rests

  • Arrow rests hold the arrow in position and support the arrow until it is released
  • Four most commonly used type of arrow rests
    • Shoot-Thru Arrow Rest
      • Easy to use and allows for quick tuning.
      • Has two prongs, spaced about two thirds of the arrow diameter apart, creating a cradle for the arrow
    • Containment Arrow Rests
      • Eliminates the possiblility of the arrow falling from the rest
      • Easy to install and easy to tune
      • Good choice for youth and novice shooters
    • Drop Away Arrow Rest
      • Designed to drop out of the way and eliminate concerns about fletching clearance
      • Large notches or prongs that cradle arrows much better than shoot-thru rests


  • Pin Sights
    • Simplest type of sight
    • Pin sights are lined up on a target
    • The top of the pin is for short-range shots while the bottom pin is for longer distances
  • Peep Sights
    • Simple to use
    • A ring is placed in position between the bow strings, so when the strings are drawn back, the hole in the ring lines up with the eye.
    • Used in conjunction with the pin sights
  • Red Dot Sights
    • Uses a red dot to line up the target
    • Predominantly used on crossbows


  • Solid Mount
    • Designed to attach to the bow permanently
    • Does not rattle or cause noise
    • Best used in open areas
    • Affects the balance and shooting accuracy of the bow
  • Detachable.
    • Able to remove the quiver from the bow easily when using a treestand
    • Available at a low price point and capable of carrying a lot of weight
    • Affects the balance and shooting accuracy of the bow
  • Backpack
    • Designed to be carried on a back similar to a backpack
    • Fletching are exposed so that the arrows are easier to retrieve
    • Suitable for hunting purposes
  • Shoulder
    • Most traditional quiver
    • Makes a lot of noise and can easily get caught on brush
  • Hip
    • Designed to be attached to a belt around the waist
    • Must be attached to the thigh, so it doesn't swing while walking.