A Glossary of Archery Terms A to Z

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Armguard: A leather-based pad worn on the within of the forearm of the bow hand to shield the arm from the slap of the bow string.

Arrow Plate: An inlay simply above the deal with on the aspect of the bow the place the arrow passes because it leaves the bow.

Ascharm’ A cupboard during which Bows, arrows, and archery sort out are saved.

Back: The floor of the bow farthest from the archer when the bow is held within the taking pictures place.

Backing: Various supplies together with: fibre glass, cellulose merchandise, uncooked conceal, and so on. glued to the again of the bow to enhance its solid.

Backed Boiv: A bow to which a backing has been glued.

Barb: A projection on a looking head which prevents its simple withdrawal.

Barreled Arrow: An arrow whose shaft is tapered from the center towards every finish and having its best cross-sectional space within the center of the shaft.

Boss or Bast: The twisted and coiled straw again of a goal to which the face is hooked up.

Bow Stave: A billet of wooden from which a bow is to be manufactured.

Bowyer: A maker of bows.

Brace: To string the bow.

Belly: The stomach of the bow is the aspect that you simply see while you maintain the bow in taking pictures place.

Bend: The act of bracing or putting the string within the bow nocks.

Bobtailed Arrow: An arrow that has its best cross part on the pyle and tapers towards the nock.

Bodkin: A three bladed broadhead arrow.

Broadhead: A flat triangular formed looking head made of metal.

Butt: A backstop to which faces are hooked up, equivalent to bales of straw.

Carriage Bow: A bow that has its two limbs joined underneath the deal with in a ferrule. It might be disjointed to allow simple transportation. (Takedown).

Cast: The inherent means of a bow to propel an arrow.

Chested Arrow: An arrow that has its best cross-section towards the nock and tapers from this level towards each the nock and pyle.

Chrysal: A compression failure i.e., a fracture of the fibres normally showing as a line throughout the stomach of the bow.

Clout Target: The commonplace 4 foot goal enlarged twelve instances and specified by a horizontal place on the bottom.

Cock Feather: The feather on the arrow which is at proper angles to the nock. Usually the odd coloured feather.

Crest: Colored bands of various width and spacing, painted on the arrow for identification functions.

Crossbow: A quick bow set crosswise on a inventory, drawn by mechanical means, and discharging a dart by set off launch.

Cross Wind: A wind blowing throughout the goal.

Curl: A swirl within the grain of a bow stave.

Down Wind: A wind blowing towards the goal.

Draw: The act of pulling the bow string the complete size of the arrow.

Drawing Fingers: The first three fingers of the hand utilized in pulling the string.

Drawing Weight: The drive in kilos required to convey a bow to full draw.

Drift: The sidewise motion of the arrow because it travels towards the goal due to a cross wind.

End: A unit quantity of arrows utilized in scoring. In goal com¬petition six arrows represent an finish.

Eye-‘ The loop or loops in a bow string.

Field Captain: The official in cost of a match.

Finger Tips: Leather finger stalls used to shield the ideas of the three taking pictures fingers.

Fistmele: The distance from the bottom of the clenched hand to the tip of the prolonged thumb. Used as a measure of the correct distance from the deal with to the string when a flat

bow is braced or strung.

Fletch: Placing the feathers on an arrow.

Fletcher: A producer of arrows. Arrow maker.

Fletching: The feathers which information the arrow in flight.

Flight Arrow: A lengthy, mild arrow with very small fletching or vanes. Used in distance taking pictures.

Flirt: A jerky or leaping motion of an arrow from its theoretical flight line.

Follow the String: A bow that has taken a everlasting set within the drawing path.

Floo Floo: An arrow utilized in wing taking pictures. It is mostly fletched with a whole spiral. The dimension of the fletching is such that the flight distance is brief.

Footing: A hardwood splice on the pyle finish of a picket shafted arrow.

Gold: The bulls-eye within the regulation 4 foot round goal. A circle 9 and three-fifths inches in diameter.

Grip: The half of the bow held within the taking pictures hand.

Hen Feathers: The two feathers, usually of the identical coloration,which aren’t at a proper angle to the arrow nock.

High Braced: When the fistmele distance exceeds seven inches.It is healthier to excessive brace a bow than to low brace one.

Hold: The pause at full draw place prior to launch of the arrow.

Home: When the arrow is totally drawn with the pyle even with the again of the bow it’s stated to be “home”.

Horns: Tips of the bow created from animal horn during which the bow string nock is minimize.

Jointed Bows: Same as a carriage bow.

Kick: A jar which is felt when a bow is shot. Generally due to inconsistently tillered bow limbs.

Lady Paramount: A woman assistant to the sector captain. In cost of the ladies’s taking pictures line or division in a match.

Laminated Bow: A bow that’s constructed up in layers. It could consist of totally different sorts of wooden, wooden and metallic, wooden and

fibre glass, and so on.

Limb: Half of the bow. From the deal with or grip to the tip.Upper and decrease limbs.

Loose: The act of taking pictures. Letting the drawn bow string slip

from the taking pictures fingers.

National Archery Association. (NAA): National Association of Target Archers.

National Field Archery Association. (NFAA): National Asso¬ciation of Field Archers.

Nocks: The grooves on the ideas of the limbs of a bow into which the bow string is fitted, additionally the slot on the feathered finish of an arrow.

Nocking Point: The level on the bow string the place the arrow nock rests.

Overbowed: A bow with a drawing weight in extra of that which the archer can shoot correctly.

Overdraw: To draw the bow past the arrow size for which the bow is designed.

Overstrung: When the fistmele is exceeded by the use of too quick a bow string.

Pair: Two arrows and a spare, additionally three feathers.

Pennant: A small flag with the fly longer than the hoist. Placed on the line of targets on a workers to point out the path and velocity of the wind on the targets.

Petticoat: The border exterior of the final or white ring of the goal.It has no scoring worth.

Pyle: The metallic tip hooked up to the top of the arrow shaft,the purpose of the arrow. Anglo-Saxon (pil) that means dart,additionally spelled pile.

Pin: A very small knot in bow woods, particularly yew or osage.

Pinch: To crush the fibres of the bow by compression. See Chrysal.

Pinch: To squeeze the arrow between the drawing fingers.

Pin Hole: The heart of the gold of the goal, i.e., useless heart.

Point Blank: The act of aiming straight on the goal.

Point of Aim: An object at which an archer goals by sighting over the tip of the arrow.

Quiver: A container for arrows. Shape, dimension and supplies fluctuate.They could also be carried on the waist, over the shoulder, on the bow, or on the bow arm.

Quiver, Ground: In the only type, a metallic rod roughly 18 inches lengthy, pointed at one finish and a loop fashioned at proper angles to the stem on the different finish. Inserted

within the floor, arrows could also be dropped by way of the loop and withdrawn separately.

Range: The terrain utilized in archery competitions. Also known as a Field Course.

Recurved Bow: A bow that’s bent again from a straight line on the ends of the limbs.

Reflexed Bow: Unstrung and held in a taking pictures place, the limbs of the bow curve away from the archer.

Release: Same as Loose.

Round: A mounted quantity of photographs at a given distance or set of distances.

Rover: An archer who engages in subject taking pictures. See Roving.

Roving: Shooting over fields and woodlands at pure targets.

Run: When a single one of the strands which make up a bow string frays, stretches, or breaks, the string is alleged to have a run.

Sap Wood: The wooden instantly beneath the bark.

Self: Used in reference to a bow or an arrow created from a single piece of wooden, i.e., self bow, self arrow.

Serving: The winding or wrapping across the bow string on the nocking factors to shield the bow string from put on.

Shaft: The physique or most important part of the arrow. The time period “feathered shaft” is incessantly utilized in print to designate an arrow.

Shaftment: That part of the shaft to which the feathers are hooked up.

Shake: A longitudinal crack in a bow stave.

Shooting Glove: A three fingered glove used to shield the taking pictures fingers.

Shooting Tab: A flat piece of leather-based designed to be worn on the taking pictures fingers for cover.

Spiral: The curved place during which the feathers are hooked up to the arrow shaft.

Spine: The high quality of resiliency in an arrow which allows it to bend because it passes the bow in flight after which recuperate its authentic form.

Stacked Bow-‘ A bow with an oval cross part. One during which the thickness of the limbs is little higher than the width.

Steele: Same as shaft.

Tab: See taking pictures tab.

Tackle: The gear of an archer: bow, arrows, quiver, tabs,strings, and so on.

Takedown: See Carriage Bow.

Tiller: Shaping the bow to correct curvature. To tiller a bow.

Toxophilite: One fond of, or devoted to, archery. Derived from the Greek toxen that means bow and philos that means loving.

Turn: A time period used to describe a bow that has a twist to proper

or left of the string. Underboived: A bow having too little drawing weight for the


Unit: Fourteen targets of a subject roving course.

Upshot: The final shot in an archery contest.

Vane: The internet or flat expanded half of a feather. The flat prolonged plastic surfaces hooked up to a shaft to function fletching.

Wand: A picket stick two inches huge, standing upright within the floor. Six ft in top. Used as a mark at which to shoot.

Weight: The weight in grains of an arrow. See additionally Drawing Weight.

Whip Ended: A bow which has limbs which are too weak on the ideas.

Whipping: See Serving.

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