As a guide, below you will find basic list of what you can expect to purchase for a starting archer and some very "rough" pricing. Start with good equipment sized for the archer, with correct limb weight. Once the archer gains experience, and correct form has been achieved, they can purchase the fancier "bells & whistles" equipment if desired.
Recommend starting with a recurve. a 3-part take down makes transportation easier.
Start with light poundage ( 14-20lbs) pull, to perfect "form".
54" for 8-12yr;
62" for 11-15yr;
66" for intermediates,
68" young adult/adult
($50.00 - $200.00 Used)
100.00- $250.00 New
Without sight, rest etc.
Long rod or Device attached to the front of the bow to reduce torque
and/or maintain bow handle position during the shot, and increase stability.
Good basic aiming, with adjustment for windage, quick bow mount
Basics:$14.00 - $60.00 New
SLING:Finger,bow or wrist
Attached to the hand, this catches the bow when it is shot, allowing the archer to keep a relaxed hand, rather than "grabbing" the bow, and risking a torque.
$2.50 - $10.00 New
These leather or rubber/plastic protectors for your finger tips to prevent the strings from destroying your fingers .
Worn on your bow arm to protect it in case the string strikes your arm.
These are important. You may break or lose your first set in your first year, so stay with some basic aluminum arrows-Easton "Jazz" arrows are durable and economical. Arrows must match the bow's draw weight.
It is important that the archer be measured for the correct size arrow - if you get ones that are too heavy/big, it will cause nothing but frustration. Arrows are sold by the dozen. The components of an arrow are:
A: The "shaft"
B: The "nock" - the thing that holds the arrow to the string
C: The "Fletches" - (feathers/flights) - on the end of the arrow.
D: The "inserts" - these go inside the front of the shaft to screw/glue the tips into.
E: "Points" , they are the pointy things on the end that allow the arrow to stick into the target.
$4.00 - $15.00 EACH
A case that is generally attached to your belt or waist that will carry your arrows,a pencil/paper/scorecard, some back-up equipment.
Also, ground quiver, often used in camp settings,penetrates ground and holds arrows and bow at shooting line.
$10.00 - $50.00 New
(and up for the custom ones)
Used for checking and adjusting the bracing height & tiller, set nocking point and kisser location of bow.
Used for crimping brass nock set to the bow string. Also some with nock remover.