The Basics of Archery

Archery has been a part of humankind for a long, long time. Bows and arrows were used as a main weapon in wars of old as well as a main hunting aid that the main meal provider used for keeping their families fed. Nowadays, archery is used just for the sport of it, but that's not a bad thing. In fact, it's nice that archery is just a sport instead of using for weaponry.

So, when we think of archers, do we think of just current-day competitions and those well-physiqued figures who use them so effortlessly in the movies, or do we remember the ancient civilizations like Persia and seek out a great archer of those times to emulate? I guess that all depends on how deep of a thinker any of us really are.

Bows and Arrows 

Yep. What would archery be without these two aspects? Do we really delve into to the history of these things or do we just want to buy ourselves a set, get a target and start aiming for the center? Little did the people of the Mesolithic age know how they would be taken for granted for creating these enjoyable items.

Then you've got to learn that you can't just pick up the arrow, place it in the mount of the bow, draw back and release and expect to hit bulls-eye no problem. Like with any sport, there are methods, rules, and lots of practice to get it right. If you don't know what those methods are, you end up hurting yourself. Thankfully for us, those ancient guys went through all the pain and suffering for us and then went on to teach predecessors who wrote down the rules and guides so we modern-day guys and gals could just have fun with it.

And now for your general knowledge (if you don't already know this, that is), here is a list of the most commonly used archery bows:
  • Crossbow -- The limbs of this bow are mounted in a horizontal way instead of the vertical.
  • Compound Bow --This bow has stiffer limbs than the others and uses pulleys or cables to bend the limbs.
  • Flatbow -- The limb is wide and the cross-section is a rectangular shape. This is the bow that was used most for hunting back in the day.
  • Longbow -- A bow where the length is at least equal to the height of the user.
  • Shortbow -- This is simply a bow that is short in length.
  • Recurve Bow -- This one is the one to use for speed and power. It is described as the two tips being curved away from the archer when it is drawn.
Now for the general knowledge of arrows, here is a list of its parts:
  • Arrowheads -- These are made from the hard materials of metals. Obviously they need a point to pierce the target.
  • Fletching -- This is the "feather" part of the bow made from either plastic or real feathers; it provides balance to the arrow and helps in the projectile motion.
  • Nock -- It's that little notch at the end of the bow to ready the string for shooting.
  • Shaft -- This is the main body of the bow. It can be made from many different materials which probably lowers or raises the quality or price of one.
So, that takes care of the basic basics of bows and arrows. Then next thing to learn is knowing the proper posture or stance to implement for the best results, but I'll cover that in an upcoming article. In the meantime, go ahead and investigate the original archers of old to compare how much things have improved for us.