Unlike sports like basketball, which can be enjoyed with only a ball and a goal, archery involves multiple pieces of equipment. Whether you just got your first bow or you want to rent one from the archery range to take lessons, here are seven accessories that customize your look without breaking the bank.
1. Sight: 1 cent
A sight attaches to your bow and helps you aim. An archery shop can help you select a sight that will work well with your bow and your budget. You can buy an actual bow sight, but it’s not mandatory. If you’re not quite ready to make that investment, taping a matchstick to your riser provides a sight for virtually no cost.
2. Rest: $2.50
An arrow rest holds the arrow in place as you draw the bowstring. Rests vary in price from about $1 to $50. However, you don’t need to spend a lot on a fancy rest. The simple rest pictured above does its job quite nicely.
3. Finger Sling: $2.50
A finger or wrist sling helps you hold the bow as you release the bowstring, eliminating the fear of dropping the bow as you follow through. You should buy a finger or wrist sling early on to avoid damaging your equipment and hurting your shooting form. Finger slings come in every color, and many archers make their own from paracord. The finger sling pictured above is made from a shoelace.
4. Finger Tab for Recurves: $3
All recurve archers need a finger tab to protect their fingers and release the string more cleanly. Tabs range from basic models made from leather-like materials to highly customized models with brass and composite material around actual leather.
Molding a tab to fit your hand takes a while; break it in by shooting. A tab that’s too long affects the arrow’s flight. If you need to custom-cut the leather, do so carefully. You can’t glue it back together!
5. Stretch Band: $7.99
Stretch bands are highly overlooked, especially by beginners. These are great for working on your form, warming up your muscles, and helping you advance as you shoot heavier draw weights.
6. Arm Guard: $9.99
Much like finger tabs, armguards are highly recommended for everyone. Your arm will thank you for the purchase, because an armguard saves you lots of bruises and pain! Armguards come in many shapes and colors, so it’s easy to pick one that fits your personality (or matches your bow!).
7. Quiver: $9.99
Although a quiver isn’t necessary, you’ll be glad to have one when you’re walking back and forth to pull arrows. Quivers are safe and handy for storing arrows, and make it easy to pull arrows one at a time when on the shooting line. Custom quivers made of leather can cost $300, but basic quivers do the same job for a fraction of the cost.
Finding archery equipment is easier than it seems. A local archery store can help you find exactly what you need to try archery. What are you waiting for? Get started today!