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I Can Feel It Sucking Me In..

Discussion in 'Archery' started by cloverleaf, Jun 24, 2018.

  1. cloverleaf

    cloverleaf Super Moderator Staff Member Mod/Admin

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    Had my third casual go at archery yesterday at a local fete. The first try was at the same event a few years ago; where repeated bruising to my forearm from the string put me off. I had a pop at a stag do a few weeks ago and that was more enjoyable as I had a bit more tuition, although the gear was predictably a bit ropey.

    Finally, yesterday I got some great advice and was rewarded with some fairly promising groups; managing to drop my arrows consistently into a 6"ish circle at the 10-15yd we were shooting. Not great by airgun standards, but considering that I've probably fired less than 50 arrows in my life and the bows are un-sighted, I was pretty pleased.

    The targets were maybe 3' square and the poor b*****s running the shoot were frequently out with metal detectors behind them trying to retrieve stray arrows - so evidently not everyone was enjoying my level of success :p

    Really tempted to pay the local club a visit now as they were very friendly and encouraging, while the prospect of being able to casually dip my toe into the water of a fresh, potentially more simple interest really appeals.

    That is all :)
     
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    Ive heard Bsa are starting to do bows if you fancy one:eek:
    Just joking I've done some compound bow shooting with fibre optic sights etc and long bow shooting it's a enjoyable hobby with a lot more skill than using a pcp so give it a go why not
     
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    Mortimer Lord Haw Haw

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    Go for it. I stopped principally because my hands couldn't take the punishment. I shot oriental bows, no sights, no Olympic nonsense with sights. IMHO, bows should be shot instinctively like catapults, a sort of martial art, otherwise a rifle is better. Though stick-in-the-mud people I met couldn't see that POV and were almost to a man/woman opposed to gun ownership.:D
    Archery clubs can be a bit up themselves, again IMHO, but it's a good sport. I found my fitness was boosted massively. Hours of walking to retrieve arrows is exercise and it most certainly builds upper body strength.
    I presume you know that you have to do an Archery GB course over six weeks 'to get your ticket'? The drop-out rate when I did that and the following few months was something over 90 per cent.
     
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    It's something I've always wanted to have a go at, but never have. The opportunity has never presented itself and the urge has obviously never been strong enough for me to make the effort.

    Go for it Mike; it sounds like you're going to be a 'natural'.
     
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    I have always fancied giving it a go, I am very new to Air Rifles (2 weeks) so I will try and learn to shoot first
     
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    I looked into archery few years ago after much the same reasons you have a few casual goes and wanting to get into it a bit more looked at my local clubs they are full and had a massive waiting list :(

    Bit much for my small garden really although the wife does it with scouts now so I may try and get into it again

    Best of luck I don't think the outfit above is mandatory though ;)
     
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    Archery can be good fun, and pretty challenging. Some of the clubs do 3d field target shooting too.
     
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    Hazel cut at this time year makes great 'bows & arrows' well it did 60 odd years ago ... :thumb:

    Have fun Mike ..;)
     
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    Depends what you are shooting. If you are still havi ng the slap on the forearm, bend your arm slightly or your bowarm hand knuckles on the riser should be about 45 degrees , this moves your forearm out of the way of the string when you release
     
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    Your a long time dead, do what you can for as long as you can as a long time dead.

    Just join a club and enjoy!
     
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    if you doing right,you will not need an arm guard .keep it simple,its much more enjoyable
    "robin hood" style with no sights or gizzmos, also not that expensive.im using this....
     

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    I've always fancied giving archery a go!

    Like you I've had a few informal plays but I think the Mrs would kill me if I took something else up......
     
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    Bow Sling Arrows :thumb:

    Ray
     
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    Cheers guys :)

    As usual I've looked at all manner of hardware but speccing a bow seems like a lot more work than buying a rifle (well, there are a lot more variables although hopefully fewer quality issues!). In light of this and my complete lack of knowledge I'd do well to start at the bottom and use club gear until I really know what I want.

    Unfortunately it seems that the club hosting the event at the weekend is all out of beginner's courses this year (which seems a little strange given the time of year, but there we go), so I might be out of luck for the foreseeable. Tbh I doubt there's much stopping me from buying all the gear and using it outside at my shooting club, however I'd welcome the tuition and opportunity to try a range of gear, while I think going all-in to start with could be counterproductive and kill some of the enjoyment.

    For the time being I'm loving the simplicity of a decent recurve, however if I get into it I can see how the additional performance of a compound would appeal. Having looked at some of the gear available there's so much choice, I'd not have a clue where to start. Hopefully there are some decent European / even British makes as all the yank stuff seems typically over-priced as usual.

    Anyway, will actively pursue it at some point as I've finally been pushed over the edge, however I also have lots of other stuff to be getting on with too; so there's no rush!
     
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    I tried it once and found it difficult to keep still, I was all a Quiver :D

    Ray
     
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    I was looking into this recently. There's the cost of the initial course (required) £60 then fees are £96/year plus £47 Archery GB membership (compulsary). Didn't fancy lashing out over £200 just to join a club only open a couple of evenings a week. May be cheaper or more expensive near you.
     
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    I brought a good take down recurve bow and nearly all the equipment for about £250 from Archery World in Preston, including 1/2 an hour of one to one tuition back in 2010, I later brought a number of books written by renowned archers as it is quite a technical sport setting up the bow (brace, tiller etc) and matching everything (arrows, sights) to work together, as well as learning how to shoot the damn thing but learning new stuff is great when you get the results.
    The take down bow I have only has 22 lbs limbs which allows me plenty of practice with out getting tired or straining muscles, and is also low enough power to allow safe practice at home with a suitable backstop, with the bow being a take down I can up grade the limbs strength to suit future archery activities.
    I would like to eventually go to instinctive bow shooting (Hoyt recurve hunting bow maybe) but for now having sights helps me to learn roughly where I should be aiming at different ranges, I really don't practice nearly enough but whenever I get the bow out it is a really rewarding session.
     

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