Bows

Bows

How do you choose which bow type is best?  You can’t. They are all equally ‘best’.  Compound vs Recurve vs Longbow vs everything in between...  It’s a debate that goes on at every club around the country.   

We all have our preferences, and that’s one of the beautiful things about archery.  The variety of bows and disciplines is wonderful.   

Many archers own multiple bow types.  You don’t have to just pick one.  But if you wanted to specialise, you’re going to have to make up your own mind, and not let peer pressure sway you.   

The advice we give to new archers is to ‘go with your heart’.  If your heart is telling you to shoot a particular bow style, then go with it.   

We can advise you on the differences between a flatbow and a hybrid bow, or which bow type is best suited for a particular application, but what we’ll never tell you is which bow style is best!  

Only you can decide that. 

We have compiled a range of archery kits to help make buying a bow easier. Some are pre-packed kits as supplied to us from the manufacturer. Others are kits that we build from a variety of different components. 

But remember; these kits are just a small selection of what is possible. We offer an infinite amount of possible combinations! 

From old fashioned wooden bows with feathered arrows, to gadget powered compound bows and release aids. 

If there is a style of bow you really fancy, but are feeling a bit anxious about making a mistake, give us a call and we would be happy to put something together for you. 

Go on…  You know you want to.  Everyone has to start somewhere.  It might as well be here! 

Fondly referred to as ‘the dark side’.  Usually by those that have not yet ‘seen the light’. Compound bows are designed for maximum accuracy and are the latest development in archery equipment. 

The main difference between a compound bow and a recurve bow is the eccentric cam attached to each limb.  As the bow is drawn, the cam rotates and compresses the limbs.  But when the cam approaches the fully drawn position, the holding weight decreases sharply. The initial draw of say, 50#, lets off to 20# for the duration of the aim allowing the archer to aim more steadily. 

Compound is the most accurate bow style.  Release aids and scopes add to the accuracy. Arrow speed is faster giving a flatter trajectory.   

The compound bow division is hugely popular, but don't be fooled into thinking this makes winning easier. Your competitors will have these same advantages too! 

With a history dating back over 2000 years, crossbows continue to evolve and thrive today.   

There have been some incredible advancements on crossbow technology in recent years, pushing accuracy and to a whole new level. 

All our crossbows are age restricted products (18 years or older). 

If you want to be Olympic champion, you’ve got to look at recurve bows as this is the bow style used as the Olympic Games.  

Still the most popular style of archery in the UK, recurve archery is very accessible by people of all abilities (and budgets!).   

It is usually the first bow an archer will learn on, as it is the ‘go to’ bow style for most clubs running beginners' courses. 

If you’ve ever had an archery lesson while on holiday these are probably the type of bows you used. 

Traditional archery is archery in its original form.  Beautiful bows emphasising natures raw materials. No gadgets. No aids. Just your skill with a bow and arrow.  

Wooden arrows fletched with feathers, a wooden bow, shooting glove, bracer and quiver is all the equipment you need to compete alongside other traditional archers. 

Traditional archery relies solely on the archer's skill, or instinct, to hit the target. This make it a very challenging, but extremely rewarding discipline. 

Occasionally used at some target events, but traditional archery's real home is in the woods shooting unmarked distances.