Any archers around?

Hello all.

I'm looking to get started in field archery. Could do with a bit of the famous Arrse advice.

I'm willing to spend about 600 quid on a bow, and extras on top of that. Should I go with a recurve or a compound bow? I've read that recurve bows are less prone to breakages and are easier to maintain than compound bows.

Also, I've seen a beauty of a traditional bow here:

So, if anyone can offer any useful advice to an archery noob then I'd be grateful. Should I be going for recurve or compound? Wood, metal or composite?

I haven't done any archery for years but I do a lot of rifle shooting and the parallels are there.

I would suggest that you join a club first, try out what other people are using and see what takes your fancy.
Yep, it's just like me to go and spend good money on kit without trying the activity first. But, I'm a bloke and buying kit is good, no? I've always wanted to try archery since being a nipper, so I think I'll like it.

Yep, I will join a field archery club. There seems to be a good one in Bromsgrove. Will give them a ring.

Aye, I've been archering for yonks now (about 30 years, actually). My advice would be to opt for a cheapo compound initially, until you've mastered the art of aiming. The 40% letoff allows you to concentrate on your technique, without being distracted by having to hold the pull, since you'll be holding it for much longer in the initial stages.

Archering with a recurve is more satisfying, admittedly, but you can always get one when you've got your drills sorted technique-wise.

That really is a gorgeous bow your cast yer minces on there, mucker, by the way. :D



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Try Radio 4 at 1400. Loads of Archers on there!

That truly is a very pretty bow, and looks as if it would do the business. been about 40 years since I used to shoot, and I used a flat wood then, but have tried recurve and compound. I'm not keen on competition bows, with all the hardware sticking on and about, but understand the reasons. Bit like shooting; I know that cheekpieces, grips and all the gubbins really do help, but I prefer the simplicity of a smooth stock. But then, what do I know? I'm an old fart.
Good advice. I think I'll go down to the club, and have a go with kit available there. Then perhaps buy a cheapo compound as Bugsy says, and work from there. Still, I'm tempted to buy that traditional bow anyway.

Cheers fellas.


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I did a beginner's archery course with a club in manchester last year before I moved down to london - I loved it, and find it far more challenging than shooting. been that busy till recently down here I've had no more time to pursue it. :(
I used a recurve for about 6 years and it is very satisfying when it comes right. Zen and Archery is very applicable with a simple set up. I did try compound but felt that if one wanted to take advantage of all the clip on bits and pieces, one might as well go the whole 9 yards and use a target rifle. I had more consistent scores with the compound but got greater satisfaction with the recurve.
Point about going to a club for a bit before putting hand into wallet is very good advice. You will be overwhelmed with info - archers in general are a very social group - but try all sorts and make up ypur mind what gives greatest enjoyment. One final tip - try and confine yourself to indoor shooting; enough to take on boards without the weather and wind.
So, the core advice is visit a club, try different kit, buy a cheap compound bow to begin with, and stick to indoor archery whilst I get my technique down. There's an indoor archery club not 10 minutes from me. Will follow this advice to the letter, apart from one thing: I'm on my way to buy that traditional bow in a few minutes. It would look nice on my wall, if nothing else.

I agree, get yourself down to a club and try a few different bows out. I've got a 45lb flat bow and a 70lb longbow, they are a real pleasure to shoot (when I get the time).
Shooting a longbow is my thing, it takes ages to get good with one, your ability increases (both accuracy, distance and drawweight) as you go. I don't go to any clubs now, I just take myself off into a field and do a bit of distance, speed and marks shooting.
I got mine from here;
Do not buy before you have been to a club. There is no such thing as an off the peg recurve. Things like length and pull have to be determined. You will also need to know the length of the arrows. An arm guard is ESSENTIAL; not for gaydom (don't want to hurt my arm miss) but mainly for greater accuracy (bow string messed about by striking clothing) I would also suggest a glove until you get really horny fingered.
Many thanks for the advice all. I went to an archery shop and the bloke there was good and honest -- he told me not to buy anything yet, and that I should get myself down to a club. So, I've phoned a club and there is a beginners class on Sunday, and am booked in to go there.

Once again, many thanks.


My sister in law in Canada hunts using a compound bow out in the Maritimes, Bear and Deer!
Another little tip carrying on from the cheapo compound. Try and get a bow somewhere between 40" and 44" cam to cam. I believe you'll find that transitioning to the naturally longer recurve will be easier.

I have two compounds and two recurves. The recurves are 55" and 58" respectively. My compounds are a Bear Bruin 44" and a Bear Screaming Eagle 31" (owing to the extreme angle of the arms). I always find that the transition is much easier from the longer compound. However, this may not particularly apply to you.

Just a thought.


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