SOME ARCHERY TERMINOLOGY

  • BRACER: A leather/plastic covering to protect inside of the bow arm. These can be short or long, whichever is your preference.
  • TAB: These are generally made from thin leather and protect the arrow fingers. During your introduction course, you probably used a simple one piece leather tab with two finger holes. There are many varied styles, most archers use a double thickness leather with a metal/plastic assembly that acts as a chin rest, to ensure that you pull back to the same place on
  • each draw.
  • QUIVER: Made from leather or plastic, these are normally hung from a belt and hold your arrows in readiness for shooting.
  • FOOT MARKERS: These take many forms, but are basically devices placed on the ground to ensure that your feet are in the same position each time you shoot.
  • STRINGER: This is a cup shaped leather piece and a piece like a saddle, joined with a length of cord and is used to attach the string to the how.
  • BRACING HEIGHT: The distaiice between the string and the arrow rest, as recommended by the bow manufacturer.
  • NOCKING POINT: This is the’place on the string where the arrow fits. They can be made by winding waxed string i.e. dental floss around the bowstring and gluing, or metal tags.
  • CLICKER: Normally a thin strip of metal fitted to the bow handle, this slides over the arrow and “clicks” off at full draw
  • length, ensuring that the arrow is pulled back to the same draw each time.
  • SIGHT: This is an adjustable sighting aid attached to the bow handle and can be set to the bow and your own personal requirements.
  • KISSER BUTTON: Sometimesused as an additional guide to shooting, when the lips are resting on the string and line up
  • with the button.
  • RISER: The handle of the bow. /generally made of metal or wood.
  • LIMBS: These are the curved flexible arms that attach to the how handle and are various lengths and weight resistances. You can change your limbs rather than the whole bow as you progress.
  • STABILISER: Weights and rods, which are screwed into the riser! handle to stabilise thel,ow when the arrow is released.
  • ARROW REST: These are manufactured in either plastic or metal and have an arm for the arrow to rest on. They are normally fixed to the riser by means of a self-adhesive base.
  • PLUNGER PRESSURE BUTTON: Spring loaded button fixed through the riser to assist the flight of the arrow through the bow.
  • SIGHT MARK: This is the recorded sight position for the various distances that you shoot. It is advisable to maintain a record of these so that you can set up for any shoot. Further adjustment will most probably be needed each time, but you will be close.
  • FLETCH1NG: This is what is commonly referred to as a feather on the blunt end of the airow. These are generally made from plastic and are many and varied.
  • NOCK: Fitted on the blunt end of the arrow to hold the arrow on the string.
  • PILE: This is the sharp end of the arrow and is fitted either in or over the shaft, again they come in various shapes, sizes & weights.
  • BOSS: This is generally a large disc made up of bound straw, to which the target face is fixed. Made normally in two sizes.
  • SHOOTING LINE: This is a line parallel to the targets at a measured distance, th archer stands astride this line when shooting. An arrow must not be put on the bow until the leading foot is over this line.
  • SAFETY LINE: This line is laid down parallel to the shooting line but at some distance to the rear. All persons not shooting must remain behind this line, together with their equipment.
  • FIELD CAPTAIN: The person elected as Field Captain has the responsibility of ensuring that all arrows have been shot before allowing any person over the shooting line. He/she must also be certain that nobody is beyond the shooting line towards the targets before allowing shooting to commence. Both situations are indicated by the blowing of a whistle. All archers must obey the whistle of the Field Captain at all times.
  • BOUNCERS: This is the term given to an arrow that hits the target and bounces back. In certain shoots, at the discretion of the Judge/Field Captain, the archer may be allowed to shoot a further arrow.
  • METRIC ROUND: The target distances are measured in metres and the target scored:- inner Gold I 0, outer Gold 9, inner Red 8, outer Red 7, inner Blue 6, outer Blue 5, inner Black 4, outer Black 3, inner White 2, outer White I. Any arrow outside scored as a miss.
  • GNAS ROUND: The target distances are measured in yards and the target scored:- Gold 9, Red 7, Blue 5, Black 3, White I Any arrow outside scored as a miss.
  • LINE CUTTER: This is the term given to an arrow that touches or breaks the black line between colours. The arrow scores the higher value. If there is any doubt, the score shall be decided by the Judge or the Field Captain.
  • Toxophilite: an archer
  • Toxophily: the art or sport of archery