New to Archery – What do I need?
My coworker and friend recently decided that she wanted to be introduced into the world of archery. Her idea stemmed from having her kids watch Hunger Games and deciding it would be a badass hobby to get into. After one trip to the archery range with me, she decided that she would be getting into archery and outfitting entire family. Being that her kids are young, she needed gear recommendations for the new archers both in youth and adult sizes. She enlisted the help of an archery instructor, and in my opinion, the gear recommendations the instructor provided was a bit exhaustive. Instead, I gave her a buying guide list of items that I’d buy to save money.
If you, or someone you know, is looking to get into the sport of archery and are looking for the bare minimum essentials, you probably aren’t looking for nice-to-haves like a dedicated archery backpack (although it is sweet!) or a fully functional leather back quiver to bring out your inner Robinhood. For the most part, the back quiver thing is better left to cosplay, though your mileage may vary.
At the bare minimum you will need:
- A bow (with limbs and a string)
- A nocking point (or string nock)
- An arrow rest (if you aren’t shooting feather fletchings)
- A bow square
- A cheap bow stringer (to string, and de-string your bow)
- An armguard
- A shooting tab, or a shooting glove
- A cheap hip quiver
The Samick Sage has been the unrivaled response for a quality first bow that someone can grow into. The benefit to this bow over others is the ability
to scale the bow and grow with it, rather than have to buy an entirely new setup when the archer is ready to move on. Specifically, you can buy upgraded or replacement limbs for the Samick Sage and increase or decrease your draw-weight as necessary. Should you decide to upgrade, you can also pass this bow along to someone else with limbs that have been adjusted to their ability. Samick has been great at providing packages that outfit the new archer if you just want to buy the bulk of what you’ll need. You’ll still need more, though, as this is geared towards the know-nothing archer.
Bow-Related Accessory Requirements:
You will need at least one nocking point. Some people prefer to put two on their string, but one will suffice. What this does is allow for consistent placement of the arrow nock (the forked fitting on the back of the arrow) onto your string.
With one nock, you connect the back of the arrow under the nocking point. With two, you “nock” the arrow onto the string between your nocking points. Allen string nocks are somewhat the standard and come in a pack of 5. Bohning string nocks are also an alternative for a bit cheaper in a pack of 6. You can never have too many of these things. I usually apply these with a set of pliers but you can buy a dedicated nocking point tool for pretty cheap.