If you have the spirit of the old school, then you will surely enjoy shooting with a traditional bow. Bows and arrows have been around for thousands of years. These weapons have been a means of obtaining food, protection and entertainment throughout the history of its existence. Genghis Khan, Robin Hood, William Tell are just some of the great names we always think of as a curved stick with a bowstring. Since these legendary figures passed into the afterlife, there have been many advances in the field of archery: compound bows, scopes, rangefinders, etc. Perhaps all this allows you to use your bow and arrows more efficiently, but not everyone agrees. that it’s better. Many men still prefer archery in its more traditional form. For them, the attraction of hunting with a bow in a more sophisticated way, as their ancestors did, is so great that they simply cannot resist it.
If you’ve ever felt like you have a Hawkeye living inside of you, check out the basics of traditional archery.
There are two main types of bows in traditional archery: longbow and recurve. Both are presented in different versions, but the base is pretty standard. The longbow is more straight with one curve from end to end. It looks like a D when drawn. A recurve bow has more than one curve, as the name suggests. When pulling the bowstring, this gives it additional elasticity and, accordingly, power.
This is the most important piece of equipment. If you don’t have the proper arrows, it doesn’t matter what kind of bow you shoot with. If the arrow is unable to fly properly, the archer will never hit the bullseye or vital organs of his prey. The arrow consists of a straight shaft made of wood (many archers today use carbon fiber or aluminum alloy shafts for cost and strength reasons), which has a notch for the bowstring, feathering to stabilize the flight of the arrow (turkey wing feathers are commonly used) and, most importantly, the tip (bullet-shaped, oval or pencil-shaped, depending on the intended purpose of using the arrow).
The main purpose of the quiver is to be a storage for arrows. However, if sharp hunting points are used, the quiver prevents the archer from being injured by them. There are several varieties of quivers: dorsal quivers, which are worn on the back like a backpack with one shoulder strap; lateral, which hang from the side of the archer; quivers that are attached directly to the bow, and some others.
It is a leather or plastic bracer that protects the archer’s forearm from being hit by a bowstring. Not all archers believe that this piece of equipment is necessary, but it is still useful to use it so that the bowstring does not cling to the sleeve of clothing during the release of the arrow.
5. Shooting glove or fingertip
There is no mechanical release in traditional archery. To avoid injuring the fingers with a bowstring, archers use a glove or a special fingertip. In addition, this contributes to a smoother release of the bowstring and, accordingly, a more accurate flight of the arrow.
These are the main items of equipment for an archer who shoots from a traditional bow. All of them are presented in a variety of options of different levels of quality, from the simplest devices to works of art, in the creation of which leather and wood craftsmen invest many hours of painstaking work.
Traditional and modern bows: what is the difference
Shooting with a traditional bow is no better or worse than shooting with a modern compound bow. It’s just different things. There is nothing wrong with cams, releases, stabilizers, etc. However, instead of using all these accessories, traditional archers prefer to shoot intuitively. The difference is this: when an archer shoots a modern bow, he almost always uses a scope. If he is not endowed with an incredible ability to accurately determine the distance by eye, he will not do without an electronic rangefinder. The fact is that on the sight of a modern bow there are special points (pins) that correspond to different distances in yards, and you need to hold the bow so that the corresponding pin points to the target. The bow should be at an angle perpendicular to the ground.
At the same time, the traditional archer shoots intuitively. The bow can be held at any angle. The archer himself makes mental calculations and decides at what angle to hold him so that the arrow reaches its target.
In addition, a key design feature of the compound bow is the two compound mechanisms at the ends of the limbs, which distribute the load of the thrust in such a way that it weakens very much towards the end. Once the bow is drawn, it doesn’t take much effort to keep it at full draw. The traditional bow has nothing of the sort. It takes the same amount of force to draw the bowstring back on it as it takes to keep it fully drawn. Traditional archers aim faster and don’t hold the string taut for long periods of time.
For those who would like to shoot purely for fun, there are plenty of opportunities. Firstly, there are numerous traditional archery clubs that regularly hold competitions and other events in which you can always participate.
Bow hunters also have the opportunity to test their skills in almost extreme conditions. It is not so difficult to shoot an animal from several tens, even hundreds of meters, if you have a rifle with a telescopic sight in your hands. It is quite another thing to quietly get close to the target at a distance of several meters and release an arrow that will finish it in the most honest way from the point of view of hunting ethics. Again, there’s nothing wrong with hunting with firearms, it’s just different.
Archery teaches us how to seek the truth. When the shooter misses, he does not blame others, but looks for the fault in himself.
For many, this centuries-old activity is a kind of therapy. Concentration on the target, the way the arrow is launched, and accuracy require a lot of attention and focus. Such activities will help not only to clear your mind, but also to cope with troubles at a more “stressful” stage of your life.