New Archer Buying Guide

New Archers

Armguard:

Armguards protect your forearm from string slap, that is, the string of your bow ruining your forearm as you release arrows. You will experience string slap. Even Fred Bear, a bowhunting legend, wore an armguard while shooting his bow. As with anything, there are a multitude of flavors to this as well. I prefer something with undecorated heavy gauge leather for my arms like this Fred Bear looking armguard rather than the simple ultralight type armguards. 

Shooting Tab vs Shooting Glove:

Shooting gloves are sweet. There’s no denying that. I wish I could shoot with a shooting glove because of how cool they look. However, if I’m fully honest with myself, I shoot better with a leather tab. There are many variations to leather tabs, but try to get something with more than one layer, like this two-ply Allen leather tab. My buddy uses a shooting glove that looks remarkably like this one, but it isn’t something I can stand behind. 

Hip Quiver:

Neet leather pocket quiver
Neet Leather Pocket Quiver lets you stick arrows in your back pocket without putting holes in your pants

If you’re being fully frugal, this is one of those things you can skip over when it comes down to brass tacks. May archers of old would keep their field-point arrows in their pockets which led to holes and dedicated pocket quivers like this basic Neet pocket quiver. For the most simple quiver and a way to easily access your arrows at a target archery range, a hip quiver like this works great. I’d avoid the back quivers as pulling arrows from behind you and reloading your arrows into your quiver is troublesome. 

Arrows:

The assume on arrows is that they’re complete. This means that the field tips are screwed into the arrow inserts which are glued into the arrow shafts that are fletched with vanes or feathers and that there is an arrow nock pressed or glued into the back of it all. 

There’s much more to arrows than selecting the cheapest set and I plan on writing much more about this topic later, but for now, Check out the Easton Arrow Selection Chart

To give you a quick idea, spine stiffness should be selected based on your personal draw length and draw weight. I touched on draw length and draw weight in an earlier article about recurve bows for the new archer, but arrow selection is a bit more involved than those two variables. Arrows should be matched to the bow and yourself for a truly tuned system. 

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