Knowing Your Archery Equipment

By | November 1, 2017

Archery is a sport that has been around for thousands of years. It began as a way to hunt for food but with the advent of newer, more advanced weapons, archery is now used mostly for sport. Though it has taken a back seat to other types of hunting, the equipment used in the practice of archery has not been left behind with advances in technology. There are three main pieces of equipment necessary to practice archery. They are bows, arrows and a target. Though not a physical piece of equipment, the archers stance should also be considered a necessary part of archery.

First, let us take a look at the bow. In modern archery, there are three types of bows used. These are the long bow, the recurve bow and the compound bow. The long bow is most reminiscent of past bows, this is the easiest bow to work with and is great for beginners. The recurve bow and the compound bow both require more advanced skills and should only be utilized by the highly skilled shooter. What you use your bows for will have the biggest impact on which one you choose. You should decide whether you will be shooting for target practice, hunting, competition, etc. before looking into purchasing your first bow.

The next piece of equipment you will need are your arrows. There are arrows that are designed for multiple uses. These are ideal when you are just starting out and will be using them for target practice. If you will be game hunting, you will need a different type of arrow. The weight and speed of the arrow will vary depending on what material it is constructed from and its length. Do a bit of homework and talk to fellow archers before deciding on what arrows to purchase.

Finally, you will need a target. Without a specific target, you will have nothing to shoot at and gauge your improvement. It is advisable to purchase a target made for this, however you could make your own. Manufactured targets will allow you to better judge your accuracy, so you should begin with them if possible.

There are optional accessories that you may want further down the road. However, a bow, arrow and target will suffice when you are starting out. Learning the proper stance is extremely important and without it, the best equipment in the world will not make you a great shooter. Happy shooting!

Sydney Garrison is an avid cyclist and sports enthusiast. She is also a partner in an online bike carrier store.


Product Description
The BLOCK GenZ was designed specifically with the young archer in mind. It is intended for bows of 40 pounds of draw weight or less. The GenZ features the legendary open-layered technology which allows easy arrow removal and longer target life no matter what kind of arrow tip the GenZ shooter is using. High-contrast white-on-black aiming points offer great visibility, so your child can move up from the larger aiming points to the smaller spots for a greater degree of difficulty and superior accuracy.

Price: $34.99
  • YOUTH ARCHERY TARGET for use with bows of 40 pounds of draw weight or less. Measures 18" x 16" x 8"
  • Legendary open-layered technology allows EASY ARROW REMOVAL and LONGER TARGET LIFE
  • High contrast white-on-black aiming points offer GREAT VISIBILITY so your child can move up from the larger aiming points to the smaller points
  • Comes with Handle for EASY TRANSPORT Light and Portable
  • Stops field tips, broadheads and expandables. MADE IN THE USA

3 thoughts on “Knowing Your Archery Equipment

  1. user7826

    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great target for kids!, November 3, 2016

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    Great target. We use this in the back yard for the kids to practice with. It has several surface targets to aim for. It isn’t the largest of targets so you want to ensure the background area is safe before shooting. The arrows stick nicely when hit and its a good overall target. Key product features include:
    Designed specifically for the youth archer
    • Intended for bows of 40 lbs of draw weight or less
    • Uses legendary layered technology
    • High contrast design
    • Long target life

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  2. user1441

    105 of 113 people found the following review helpful

    1.0 out of 5 stars
    READ THIS BEFORE YOU BUY!!!, August 28, 2015

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    It is a poorly designed target all that is holding it together it the white wrap around the foam , mine the seam must have been weak because it simply broke apart and all the foam exploded everywhere. Very disappointing especially after reading all the great reviews…. invest in a solid foam target like a rhinehart instead it”ll be worth your money. This target only lasted me a week and I was just shooting a 30 lb recurve.

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  3. user5361

    20 of 21 people found the following review helpful

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    PERFECT! Small enough to be light and protable, big enough to present a meaningful and functional target. LOVE IT!, January 9, 2015

    By KnuckleCurve

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    Love the Field Logic Youth Block GenZ Target. It’s small enough to be extremely portable and big enough to present a meaningful target for both my children and myself. Every once and a while they’ll miss and we’ll have to search for an arrow, but for the most part my beginner archers (9 & 11) can hit this target consistently from 20-30 yards without any trouble.

    With 30-35 pound bows at 20 yards the arrows (with field tips) penetrate about 5-7 inches and remove easily. Even though it’s only stated to accept 40lb bows or less, I regularly shoot at it with my 55 pound bow without any trouble. My arrows punch all the way through the other side but are safely stopped about halfway (30 inch arrows), which might be problematic for anybody that wishes to set up the target against a hard background. But they are still easy to remove; they slide right out. I have not shot broadheads at this target so I can’t comment on it’s performance in that regard, but with field tips it’s terrific.

    If there is any negative at all it’s that it will occasionally tip over when an arrow hits high, which bent a couple of aluminum arrows when it tipped over. But that complaint probably isn’t fair given that it happens most with a bow that is set to a heavier LB than the target is rated for, but it does also happen occasionally with the 30 and 35lb bows. The aluminum arrows that bent were cheap and I was expecting to have to throw them away soon anyway so it didn’t really bother me. The carbon arrows survive the tip-over event without an trouble (usually it tips back a little when the arrow strikes and then falls forward when it tips back, the weight of the arrows on the front pulling it over – so the arrow(s) still stuck in the target break the fall. We always have it set up on grass, maybe this wouldn’t happen on a hard surface? haven’t tried that). But I really don’t mind this little issue as I wanted something LIGHT and PORTABLE. It would not tip if it was heavier, but it would be harder to transport then too. If there must be a trade off I’ll keep the portability.

    All in all, though, this is EXACTLY what I wanted. Something small, light and portable that we could easily take with us wherever we go. Simply drop it and shoot. Couldn’t be any easier than that. Have never had it damage an arrow (the above tipping incident not withstanding) or have any difficulty removing arrows from the foam layers. We’ve put a few hundred arrows into it so far and one can just barely tell that it has been used, so I expect that it’ll hold up well for a long time to come.

    GREAT PRODUCT. Would definitely recommend to a friend and/or buy again.

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