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Accent Stripes: Thin colored laminations that run through the riser section of the bow. Agincourt: Site of the famous battle between the French and the English in 1415 on the 25th October, St Crispin's day, where the longbow was the decisive weapon in the English victory. Aiming: The process by which an archer points the bow. Archers either aim by instinct or use a bow sight. Anchor Point: The exact location that a person pulls and holds the bowstring back to before releasing. Anchor: The position of the drawing hand under the chin or in contact with some part of the face before shooting. Archer: The person shooting the arrows. Archery Manufacturers Organization: The AMO, this organization usually sets safety standards for the industry. Archery Range: An indoor or outdoor space equipped with target butts for regular shooting. Arm Guard: A device of cloth or leather that protects the bow arm from abrasion by the string or cables while shooting the bow. Arrow Nock: Plastic part glued or pressed into the back of an arrow that accepts the bowstring. Arrow Plate: Material attached on the side of the sight window to protect it and quiet the arrow as it is drawn and shot. It reduces wear on the bow. Arrow Rack: A device for storing arrows when they are not in use.
asaarchery.Arrow Rest: A shelf or device on the side of the bow that supports the arrow. Sometimes shot when tuning the bow to find faults in the set-up. Barebow: A bow without sights.http://www. Backset Riser: Same as a backset handle. Barreled Shaft: Shaft that is tapered smaller on each end than it is in the center section of the shaft. Blunt: An arrow that has a blunt end or a hard knob instead of a point. inserts. feathers. Arrow Shelf: Area of bow directly above the handle or grip section where arrows rest when "shot off the shelf".com/ B Back of Bow: Side farthest away from you when you correctly hold the strung bow. points. Belly of Bow: Side closest to the archer when the bow is held correctly.S. stain or paint. not including the nock or point end. Backset Handle: Bow design that has just the handle or grip setting behind the limbs. Banana Shape: Feather fletching with a half moon shape also called magnum shape. made from a variety of materials. Flat ended arrow points that are made from various materials. Best Gold: The shot nearest to the exact center of the Gold. Bare Shaft: A blank arrow without nocks. Boss: The part of the target without the face. for which a prize is sometimes given at a tournament. Arrow Shaft: Main body of the arrow. Archery Shooters Association: A. used for small game and practice shooting. Bolt: The “arrow” used in a crossbow. . Backed Bow: Reinforcement on the back of the bow.A. .
even if a witness saw where it struck. but without looking through this gap. Bow Window: The gap between the bowstring and the edge of the bow that some archers see when aiming. Bowman: Another term for an archer. Bow Sight: A mechanical device attached to the bow that enables the archer to hold a pin or spot directly on the target. usually more appropriate for traditional archery shooters. Bow Weight: The poundage required to draw the bow to the full length of the arrow. Bowstring: Strands of material served and twisted together to form a string used to propel an arrow. No score is given to it. generally measured from the string nock to the deepest part of the handle/grip. Bowyer: A person who makes bows. most archers prefer to line up their string with some part of the bow or sight. Bow Rack: A device that holds bows when they are not being used. also can be used to measure brace height and tiller. Brace Height: Distance. Bow Square: T-shaped tool used to determine where to place string nock. Some types are Dacron. However.Bouncer/Bounce Out: An arrow that has rebounded from the target. See Backed Bow. The Archer may shoot another arrow. Bow Glass: Fiberglass laminations put on the back and belly of a laminated bow during construction. which can vary in width. Kevlar and fast-flight. Bowbender: An expression used for archers. Bow Arm/Bow Hand: That which holds the bow. which is scored as long as the original arrow is found in front of the target. Brace: To “Brace” a bow is to tension it so that the string can be fitted also . Bow Stringer: A device used to properly Brace a bow. Bow Nock: A term sometimes used to describe the string groves on each end of the bow.
Clicker: A device. As the point of the arrow comes past the clicker. Cam: An egg shaped wheel/pulley on the limbs of compound bows used to store energy and provide let-off. Bracer: A guard made of leather or other firm material that is worn on the forearm of the bow hand to protect it from the string after the release. Broadhead: A sharpened steel point with razor blades attached used in bow hunting. Butt: Old term for the shooting range. . The other two fletching are called shaft feathers. Bracing: Bending the bow to place the string in the notches. Now used to mean any backstop for halting arrows shot at a target face. Cock Feather/Fletching: The odd-colored feather/fletching on the arrow shaft at right angles to the nock. Bulls-eye: The gold or other colored center circle on a target. NOT recommended for beginner archers.the stringing of a bow. Cast: A general term describing the speed a particular bow gives to an arrow. Also means the distance a bow can propel an arrow. This is the moment for the archer to loose. the metal is released to strike the edge of the bow with a sharp 'click'. Braced Bow: A bow that is strung and ready to shoot. usually a thin strip of metal. Measures the efficiency of the bow. C Cable guard: An accessory used on compound bows which shifts the cables away from the centerline of the bow allowing the arrow to pass by without contacting the cables. which is fitted to the side of a bow and one end of which rests against the arrow. It is set at to go off when the archer reaches the proper anchor point. Some blades open on impact. Center Shot: When the bow's sight window is cut to the imaginary centerline that runs down the belly of the bow.
Crossbow: A mechanically drawn bow. Cresting Brush: Brush used to apply cresting paint to arrow shaft. Crown Dip: Color (paint or stain) applied to the back 8-12" (nock end) of the arrow. Crossbow Bolt: What the projectile fired from the crossbow is called. Deflex: Section of the limb and or riser that bends toward the bowstring. D Dacron: Nylon type material used to make bowstrings. sighted and shot like a rifle. Compound Bow. The limbs angle toward the belly of the bow. Compound Bow: Double cam: An archery bow with two cams. Cut Past-center: A bow having it's sight window cut a certain amount past the imaginary centerline of the bow's belly.Composite Bow: A bow made of two or more kinds of materials. one on each limb to store energy and provide let-off. Cut Off-center: A bow having a sight window not cut to the centerline of the bow (the bow's an 1/8" off center). Crest or Cresting: Rings painted around the shaft near the fletching to identify the owner or as decoration. instead of keeping it pressed in until the moment of loose. Dental Floss: Dental tape used for a nocking point or for reinforcing the serving. held. generally measured from the . Draw Length: Distance a person draws a bow. Crester: Device that spins the arrow shaft so that cresting can be applied. Creeping: The fault of letting the string come away from the chin in a slight forward movement during aiming. Single cam: An archery bow with one cam (perimeter weighted and bottom limb mounted) and one wheel providing a very fast and smooth shot.
over the string nock. cutting out sections and "splicing" them back together to form a uniquely colored feather then gluing the one piece on the arrow. Die Cut: A feather that has been cut to a particular shape like a . End: A group of arrows that are shot before being retrieved from the target and scored. Endless Loop: Simple bowstring with a loop on both ends. Call 011 41 21 614 3050. even when on the very point of loosing.T. the International body of archery.: Le Federation International de Tir à l'Arc.I.A. Eye: The end loop of a bowstring. Draw: The act of pulling the string on a bow to the shooting position. Feather. usually measured at 28" For example: 50lbs @ 28". Fast: A command to stop archers shooting. Pronounced. Draw Weight: Actual amount of weight taken to pull a bow a certain distance. F F. to "elevate" the arrow above the shelf. Draw Loop: Attached on the string.bottom of the arrow nock (throat) to the back (side facing farthest away from you) of a correctly held bow. It should be instantly obeyed. There are usually six or three.” Feather Splice: Taking two or more different colored feathers. Fast Flight: Relatively new lightweight material that has little stretch and is very strong and used to make modern bowstrings. E Elevated Rest: Arrow rest that is attached to the sight window or installed through the riser. also refers to the rounds designed by them for international competitions. “feetah”. Fadeouts: The very ends of the riser where the riser "fades out" into the limbs. used with a release to pull the string with no pinch. Usually in the phrase “Stand fast.
Finger Tab: A piece of leather or plastic worn to protect the bowstring fingers. Fistmele: A rough bracing height measured with the width of a fist plus the extended thumb. shield or magnum shapes. Fletcher: One who makes arrows. in order to apply fletching to shaft. it consists of two separate bundles of string hand twisted together. With target sizes and distances being different. sharp-ended arrow points made from steel used for target practice.parabolic. Flight Shooting: Type of competition without a target where the arrow that . Finger Pinch: Describes having your finger pinched against the arrow nock by the bowstring when pulling the string back. Fletching Jig: Tool used to hold the fletching clamp. Field Points: Round. Full Length: a 10" . and then attached to fletching jig. Usually natural feathers or plastic. but new materials are available. Mainly for older one piece bows not for modern recurves or compounds. also used to mean one who attaches fletching to a shaft. Flemish String: Short for Flemish Twist String. Field Archery: More like a round of golf where archers move from one target to another. with 36 shot from each of four distances. Field Pile: An arrow point used only in field shooting which is less sharp then the one used for target shooting. Flat Bow: A short longbow with a wide limb design. which will apply fletching to arrow shaft. Fletching: The feathers or other material that help stabilize the arrow during flight.12" long uncut feather that can be used for making a flu flu arrow or be cut or burned to a particular shape. This is a bad habit that should be avoided because it puts torque on the arrow. FITA Round: A round of 144 arrows. Feather. Fletching Clamp: Device fletching is inserted into.
Also. Grand National Archery Society: The ruling body of sport in the United Kingdom. the highest standard of archer. usually measuring about 60 per cent of the total weight in the back and 40 per cent in the front. until the arrow has hit the target. Distance counts not accuracy. Forgiveness: Ability of a bow to be shot in many different positions without any noticeable affects on accuracy. Flipper Rest: Simple elevated rest attached to the riser/sight window. The archer's bow.has traveled the furthest is the winner.M.B. hand and string should remain still after shooting. Freestyle: A bow that has sights. Grand Master Bowman: G. Front of Center (FOC): The balance point of the arrow. An archer with a good release has a consistent follow through. competition conducted with such bows. Follow the String: Said of the older type of one-piece wooden bows that have taken a permanent curve through use. G Grain weight: Refers to the actual weight of an arrow or arrow accessories in terms of grains. Forward Set: Describes a bow that has the handle and/or the riser setting in front of the limbs ("has a forward set riser"). Follow Through: The action that takes place directly after an arrow is fired. Flu Flu: An arrow with over-sized feathers to limit the distance in which it flies. Grains: Standard weight of measurement in archery. Full Draw: String pulled to the shooting position with proper anchor. Footed Arrow/Shaft: A wooden arrow which has the front three or four inches made of harder wood than the rest of the arrow in order to take the shock of impact better. . Commonly used to shoot such things as aerial targets and small game hunting.
Call 1 216 967 2137. J Jar: Lack of smooth action in the bow after release. Heel: A relaxed bow hand against the full handle sometimes referred to as a “broken wrist”. also called the riser. Handle: The center of the bow. like FITA a world governing body. Hanging Arrow: An arrow that hangs down because it hasn't penetrated deeply into the target. Another archery organization. Hand Shock: The felt vibration produced by a bow after it has been shot. I Instinctive Shooting: Aiming and shooting the arrow instinctively. Hen Feather: Two feathers of the same color on an arrow that has three feathers. Group: The pattern of arrows shot on target during an end. Also refers to the habit of kicking the bow up with the heel of the hand upon release. International Field Archery Association: IFAA. Also refers to the way in which a bow is held. used like a blunt point but with spring arms that grab and keep the arrow from skipping or completely penetrating the .Grip: Section of the bow riser where you place your hand to shoot the bow. rather than using a mechanical device or the point of aim theory to aim the arrow. International Bowhunters Organization: The IBO. They are not at right angles to the nock. Judo Point: A flat-ended arrow point. the part that the archer uses in gripping the bow. this one primarily for bowhunters. Ground Quiver: A metal rod with a loop placed in the ground to hold spare arrows and the bow when not in use. H Hand Grip: The part of the handle that your bow hand actually holds.
Kisser Button: A device attached to the bowstring that touches the archer's lips when the string is at full draw. both in the limb and riser section. makes up the "core" of the limbs. Limb Wedges: Wedge shaped piece between the limb laminations at the base of the limbs. Lamination Taper: Amount of taper from the butt to the tip of the limb lamination (example: lamination taper is . but she is also in fact the supreme arbitrator in any disputes that may occur. Laminations: Thin strips of material that run the length of a laminated bow. Kinetic Energy: Term used in physics. to the bow and then on to the arrow. In recent years to combat sexual inequality we can also have a Lord Paramount.030 per inch). Limbs: The parts of the bow from the riser (handle) to the tip that bend and . This term is generally used in reference to a take down bow's limbs. Limb Taper: Amount that the limb width tapers from the fade outs to the tips (example: limb tapers from 1 3/4" to 3/4"). L Lady Paramount: This is the sexist title historically given to the lady who presents the prizes at the close of a tournament. Limb Core: Laminations sandwiched between the two layers of bow glass. Let-Off: The amount in percent that a bows holding weight is reduced from its pulling weight.target. K Kick: The recoil from the bowstring and bow as it is shot. this term basically mean the energy being transferred from the archer. More kinetic energy basically means more penetration. Limb Tips: End of the limbs where the string groves/nocks are. Used to hold the anchor point consistently in the same position.
To “nock” an arrow is to place it on the string. Note archers may loose or shoot arrows. Nock: An attachment that holds the arrow in place on the bowstring. Call 1 800 811 2331. Master Bowman: The standard immediately below Grand Master Bowman. or the slot in the end of the arrow. the act of placing the arrow on the string. as a verb. The bow shall carry no support for the arrow. Also the slots in the tips of a bow. N National Archery Association: The NAA is the ruling body in the USA for FITA style and collegiate archers. Nock Cushion: Used as a barrier between the string nock and a release to lessen the pinch at full draw. also called banana shape. but they never ever “fire” them! Also known as “release”. made to take the string. . Longbow: Traditional bow made from wood with stacked belly and horn nocks. Nock Self: Groove that is manually cut in the back of primitive arrows to accept the bowstring. Mechanical Release: A tool attached to the string providing an archer smooth consistent string releases when used properly. Also supports hunter’s rights in the USA. Usually made from small metal crimps or strands of dental floss attached to the string serving. Nocking Pliers: Used to put on brass string nocks. Nock. M Magnum Shape: A profile shape for fletching. Matt: Straw disk behind the target face to stop and hold arrows.give the arrow its forward momentum. Nocking Point: A marked part of the string where the arrow is placed. Loose: The act of letting go the drawn bowstring. Call -1 719 578 4621. National Field Archery Association: NFAA Field and hunter style shoots.
O Off the shelf: Refers to shooting an arrow directly off of the riser shelf. P Parabolic Shape: Feather that has a round back shape. . edge of a target face. The bow is too powerful for the person. Parallel Shaft: An arrow shaft that is the same diameter from one end to the other. Over-bowed: Said of an archer who is using too heavy a bow. Perfect End: All six arrows of one end in the Gold. Pass Through: The act of the arrow clearing the bow while having nominal contact. past the belly of the bow. Peep Sight: Placed on string to help sighting. this will improve accuracy and consistency. They sometimes just have a hole but others have magnifying lenses. Overdraw: A device used to make the arrow rest stick out past the belly of the bow and shorten the length of the arrow. Pinhole: The exact center of a target. Also used as a term for an arrow that goes through the target completely. North American Bow Hunters: NABH. See weight. Call 1 800 224 4990. Pile: The point of the arrow. Point Blank: The distance from the archer to the target is virtually nil. This is used for better consistency. non-scoring. This adds speed and makes a lighter arrow.Nocking: The act of applying the arrow to the bowstring for releasing. Overlays: Laminations used in the grip and limb tip areas to beautify and strengthen those areas. This is a very dangerous thing to do. This term used to mean that the arrow was drawn back too far. Petticoat: The outside.
Points. Projectile: An arrow released from a bow. Quiver. Quiver. Hip: Quiver attached to a belt and worn on the hip. Bow: An arrow holding device that is attached to the bow’s riser or limbs. Quiver. Quiver. Rarely used in the United States. Points. Also called a roving quiver. Back: An arrow holding device worn on the back. Quiver: A case or receptacle for holding arrows usually hung somewhere on . Blunts: See Blunts. Quiver. Tube: Round "tube" shaped quiver worn on the hip. usually keeps arrows divided. Pocket: Small pouch worn inside the pants pocket where a few arrows may be carried. Judo: See Judo Points.Point of Aim: The spot that the archer must aim at to hit the target. Points are awarded according to which parts of the bird are knocked down. Broadhead: See Broadhead. Pull: The act of pulling the bowstring to full draw. For short distances the “point of aim” will be in front of the target. tube shape or quiet backpack style. Q Quarrel: A crossbow arrow also known as a bolt. Points. Cat: Unique back quiver keeps arrows separated for quietness. Quiver. this is a different place for different styles of shooting. Popinjay: A type of shooting where a wooden model of a bird is placed at the top of a mast and blunt arrows are shot at it from directly below. Field: See Field Points. Points. for longer distances it will be above the target.
in the center section of the bow. shrub or fence post where a male deer has raked his antlers. Riser: The bow's handle. Note that the part of the bow you actually hold is called the handgrip. Also known as loose. Round: A certain number of arrows. as a baseball game is made up of innings. R Recurve Bow: A non-compound archery bow having two limbs of any cross section connected by a handle. In other words the limbs point away from the archer. not the handle.the person. shot from established distances. for Robin Hood's legendary accomplishment. Roving Quiver: Cross between a hip quiver and a tube quiver worn on the hip. A round is made up of ends. Robin Hood: The feat of driving the tip of an arrow into the end of another arrow that's already in the target. Release: The act of letting go of the string to launch the arrow. in competition. Roving: A type of archery game or competition in which archers shoot a variety of targets from different distances. of course. Reflexed Bow: The limbs angle toward the back of the bow. so when strung at the manufacturer's recommended brace height the string contacts the limbs after it leaves the string nocks. S . Rub: Damage on a tree. either one piece or takedown. Named. Release Aid: A mechanical device that allows smoother release of the arrow. Reflex: Section of the limb and or riser that bends away from the bowstring. Rut: A time of year when male deer mate or attempt to mate with the females. away from the archer.
Sight. Sloppy Release: A bad release. Also the act of wrapping the thread on the string. Skirt: The part of the target outside the scoring area. . Shield Cut: Feather having a concave shape in the rear.Scrape: A territorial marking male deer "scrape" in the ground showing their readiness to mate. Spine Weight: Refers to the strength of an arrow in terms of poundage or a range of poundage (50#-55# spine). Serving: A tough whipping of thread or monofilament that protects the middle and ends of the bowstring. Self-Bow: A bow made of a single piece of wood. Can be in either the longbow or recurve styles. Shooting Glove: Leather glove used to protect the fingers while shooting. Shelf: The place on the bow where the arrow rests. Shooting Tab: Small piece of leather material placed between fingers and string to protect the fingers while shooting. Sight: A device on the bow that assists the archer in taking aim on the target. This string prevents the arrow or the archer's fingers from fraying the string and causing it to break. Serving Jig: Small tool used to apply serving to bowstring. This is important when selecting the proper arrow for your bow weight. Sheaf of Arrows: 24 arrows. Spine Tester: Tool used to determine the spine of a shaft. usually throwing the hand out sideways. Smoothness: Describes the way a bow feels when drawn. Sight Window: The cut out area of the riser directly above the arrow shelf. allowing the shooter to look through the string aligning front and rear sights. Peep: A rear sight placed in the string. Spent Arrow: An arrow that has traveled too far to be effective. Denotes the ability of a bow to be drawn back by the archer without any felt “catches”.
String Fingers: The two or three fingers used to pull the string back. Stability: Describes the stiffness of the bow limbs when drawn. Stance: The manner in which the archer sets him/herself up for a shot. A takedown bow is usually an aluminum alloy handle and two detachable fiberglass limbs. to aid them in straightening out faster after it leaves the bow. bows typically consist of either 2 or 3 pieces. Stabilizer: A rod and weight system mounted on a bow to minimize undesirable torque of the bowstring upon release. Tapered Shaft: Shaft that has the back 10-12" tapered down to a smaller . If the front foot is farther forward the stance is called “closed”. which are considered to be more primitive bows. in relation to their twisting side to side. Stack: An excessive or uneven build up of poundage when the bow is drawn. T Tab: A piece of leather or tough plastic that fits over the fingers that hold the bowstring. String Nock: Various materials put on bowstring to permanently mark the nocking point. String Groove: The grooves at the end of the bow limbs where the bowstring is held in place.Spine: A measurement of arrow shaft stiffness. Stick Bow: A term used for recurve bows and longbows. usually at a 90-degree angle facing the target. If the rear foot is farther forward the stance is said to be “open”. Takedown Bow: A bow that can be taken apart for ease of transportation. Can attach to the front and or the back of the bow used to dampen vibration. Stabilizers lead to better balance and performance. Tackle: A general term for archery equipment. Spiral Fletching: The feathers are laid on the bow in a curved manner.
Torque: The act of the bow twisting in the bow hand due to improper twisting of the string by an improper hold. A tassel usually hangs from the archer’s quiver. Tassel: Fabric that some archers use to wipe arrows. U Understrung: A bow with a bowstring that is too long for it. Tree Stand: An elevated location in the trees that a hunter can shoot from. or is about to be. NOTE: Not available on Fast-Flight harnesses. Throat of Grip: The deepest spot of the grip/handle. Tiller: The amount that one limb is weakened compared to the other limb in order for the two limbs to be in time. Timber!: A cry of warning that an arrow has been. This is used in tuning the bow and is the measured distance between the string and the meeting point between the limbs and riser of a compound. Target Face: A paper or cardboard with scoring areas. They are used to attach the string (compounds only). Tear Drops: An attachment at the end of some compound cables.) This term is almost never used anymore. Trigger: Another term for a mechanical release.diameter typically from 23/64" to 5/16". Target: The object that an archer aims at. Can be devastating to the archer who is afflicted. An unlimited shooter can use any equipment to advance his/her score that is approved as safe. Target Panic: The loss a control due to nervousness at the sight of a target. . (Similar to "Fore!" in golf. There are now classes and videos to help available through the NFAA. released. Unlimited: A category of archery equipment that can be simply stated as one who shoots with a trigger and has a stabilizer bar longer than 15". this helps in rapid change of string even in field conditions. Target Arrow: A lightweight arrow used for shooting at normal targets.
Can also denote the actual weight of a bow.V V of the Hand: The natural “V” formed between the thumb and index finger of the bow hand. W Waiting Line: A line located at least five meters behind the shooting line. Velocity: The speed at which the arrow travels measured in feet-per-second or meters-per-second. X Y Z . where competitors not competing or spectators are permitted to stand. as opposed to the weight needed to pull it. Vane: A plastic feather for an arrow. Weight: The number of pounds of force required to pull the bowstring back 28 inches. Weight in Hand: The actual weight of a bow.
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