Think you know your stuff? Well it never hurts to study a little bit more. Becoming the best archer you can be requires two things: (1.) TONs of practice and (2.) Understanding and comprehending each and every part of your bow. Are you aware what each and every piece of your bow is called and what it is for? Bows and arrows have went through a great deal of evolution since their creation, but compound bows haven’t given us many surprises in the last few years. If you don’t know what every part of your bow is for or you are interested in learning a bit more about your bow, this article is for you.
The most important part of a bow in our eyes! The string stretches from cam to cam on a two cam system. On a solo cam system, the bow string ends both end at the single cam, but the string travels around the top idler wheel.
This is the part of your bow that all limbs and accessories attach to. Here your will find the grip. Make sure you inspect your bow for cracks and dents because they could be causing unnecessary vibrations in your arrow shots.
If you don’t know what the limbs of a bow are.. I’m surprised you have enough interest in archery to be reading this bow. The limbs are a main component of the bow and give bows their overall shape. The limbs are the flexible fiberglass planks that are attached to the riser on one end and support the cam or idler wheel at the other end. Limbs allow for flexing which translates into energy build up as the bow is drawn. The limbs of your bow should be screwed down tightly at all times when shooting your bow and you should always make sure there are no cracks in the limbs. You will need to replace the limbs periodically because they lose springiness over time.
Arrows are most often made from aluminum or carbon or both. The most popular choice for archers tends to be carbon because it maintains its shape (straightness) and is much more durable. Another advantage of the carbon arrow is its preferable weight to spine ratio.
The berger hold is the tapped hole that can be found above the arrow shelf on a regular compound bow. The arrow rest is screwed from the outside of the riser into the berger hole. Upon setting your bow make sure that arrow is centered on the middle of the berger hole.
A bow wrist sling is installed along with a stabilizer. This allows archers to not drop their bows after taking a shot. Make sure to install your sling loosely so you don’t have to add torque when an arrow is fired.
The cables on a compound bow appear similar to the bowstring and run from one cam to another. The cables work with the cams when a shot is executed.
The cable slide attaches to the cable guard and holds the string and cables out of your line of fire. The cable slide ensures the arrow is not impeded by the string and cables.
Sights can be found mounted to the front of the bow in the sight window of the riser. The bow sight allows for pin point accuracy during aiming. If you are finding that your arrows are not landing where you are aiming, you likely need to adjust the bow sights.
The peep sight is used while aiming the bow and consists of a circular plastic or metal piece that is inserted into the bow string. The peep sight enables the archer to line up the arrow’s trajectory with the front sights.
The arrow rest holds your arrow when the bow is drawn.
Stabilizers are rods that absorb vibration during release of the arrow and provide counter balance for the weight of the bow when it is drawn. Stabilizers can be over 28″ when used for applications such as indoor target shooting.