Accessories for archery

Which accessories for archery are there?

Protective clothing for real archers

Protective clothing is as essential in archery as the correct handling of bow and arrow. Without protection, even the tiniest divergence from the perfect execution of the shot can lead to painful injuries.

Protective clothing in archery

Arm guard - an important accessory for preventing injuries

The danger that the string slabs your forearm when releasing it is always there and can lead to very painful abrasions and bruises on the forearm. This can be prevented by wearing an arm guard, which you should always do.

There are numerous types of arm guards and they come in various lengths. A short arm guard protects the forearm, which is sufficient for experienced archers most of the time. Especially for beginners it can be difficult to twist the bow arm outwards of the area where the string goes, which is why we recommend a long arm guard that also protects the elbows and the upper arm if you are just starting to do archery. Depending on the application and personal taste, archers can choose between plastic, nylon, genuine- and artificial leather.

Arm guards forsports archers

Leather arm guards

Protection for the fingers: Fingertab, glove or release

Apart from numerous differences, fingertabs, gloves and releases have something in common: They help holding the string securely.

The fingertab is located on the inside of the drawing hand. The middle finger is put through the hole. The index finger is kept behind the smaller loop, middle- and ring finger are kept behind the large one.

Fingertabs

The shooting glove is worn on the drawing hand. Index, middle- and ring finger are put into the finger sleeves. Additionally, the glove is secured on the wrist. 

Shooting gloves

Furthermore, there are gloves that are worn on the bow hand and replace the arrow rest for some traditional archers. Compound shooters use a release instead of tabs or gloves. For recurve shooters, this tool has been banned by all associations. There are various executions of the release although the basic function always stays the same. The string is no longer pulled back with the fingers but with the little pliers on the release.

Releases

Often however, the string is not gripped directly, but with a d-loop, which is a little sling that is attached over and under the nock on the string. In order to trigger the release, you have to press a small button or lever, which will then release the string. This is the decisive advantage: The string is released much quicker and with more precision then it would be possible for an archer releasing the string by opening the fingers. Fewer vibrations are transferred to the arrow.

The compound shooter has to handle his release carefully. If he presses the trigger while still drawing the string back, the arrow is not only released too early and uncontrolled but the shooter will also him himself in the face with his release, causing painful injuries.

Bow strings

The chest guard is also an important archery accessory

Other than the name might suggest, the chest guard is not mainly used for protecting the chest from injuries. It is also called brushing protection and keeps the string away from clothing. Loose or thicker clothing is held back. The string bounces off the chest guard and thereby can not get entangled in the clothing when releasing. The arrow flight does not get affected.

The chest guard is worn on the side of the bow hand and is just simply stripped over the clothing. Even though the chest guard mainly serves for improving your results, the protective capabilities should not be underestimated. For female archers in particular, the risk that the chest is hit is large.

Chest guards

The nocking point for the perfect angle

The nocking point helps the archer nock the arrow at the right angle. Most commonly used are special nocking points made from brass. A small thread with string material however, has the same effect. The nocking point is secured onto the string in such as way that the arrow forms an angle of slightly more than 90 degrees with the string when it is nocked directly under the nocking point. The lower side of the arrow lies approximately 3mm over the right angle.

The easiest and most precise way to secure a nocking point is by using a checker. If you wish, the nocking point will be put on by our service team. This service can be selected for any type of bow.

Nocking points accessories

Archery accessories for guiding the arrow - The arrow rest

An arrow rest is a necessary component for all types of bows except for the longbow. There are different types of arrow rests: Rests to glue on and rests to screw on. Both types can be used with or without a plunger button. In the beginners´sector, arrow rests can be purchased for a price between 1.50 euros and 5 euros.

Guiding the arrow when releasing is the main function of the arrow rest. Longbow shooters do not require an arrow rest since they shoot over the back of their hand. For that, they require a special glove or an indentation in the riser, which is normally equipped with a leather rest.

Arrow rests

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