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Archery is fun! Kate>Clint

DouglasDangerDouglasDanger PennsylvaniaRegistered User regular
edited September 2017 in Social Entropy++
Archery is a fun hobby. It's also really, really old!

If you are interested in archery, you would be best served by looking up a local archery shop or club on Google. If you don't have any experience at all, it can be very overwhelming figuring out what sort of bow and kit is best for you.

You're most likely not ambidextrous, so you'll need to figure out that, and figure out which of your eyes is dominant. Most types of archery benefit from keeping both eyes open, but dominance still matters.

If you talk to people and figure that stuff out, your local archery shop should be able to hook you up with a good starter set. You can also check out the major sporting goods stores, like Cabela's.

Or, you can find an online retailer. I use 3Rivers.

https://www.3riversarchery.com

A good starter kit should be under $300
https://www.3riversarchery.com/samick-sage-recurve-adult-bow-kit.html
That has everything you need to start, except a target.
If you know someone, you can probably find one for considerably less.

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  • TheStigTheStig Registered User regular
    How come splitting someones arrow wins a tournament when their arrow hit in the exact same spot?

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  • Mortal SkyMortal Sky queer punk hedge witchRegistered User regular
    I have wanted a Mongolian style bow for ages. One of these days I'll get around to it but lordy do I just plain ol' not have cash for new hobbies at the time of writing

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  • OmnipotentBagelOmnipotentBagel floof Registered User regular
    I'm just here to agree that Kate is the best.

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    I thought this was the new Marvel thread

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  • Grey GhostGrey Ghost Registered User regular
    I've got a a pretty good starter recurve bow that may be the wrong hand for me

  • DouglasDangerDouglasDanger PennsylvaniaRegistered User regular
    Grey Ghost wrote: »
    I've got a a pretty good starter recurve bow that may be the wrong hand for me

    Why do you think this, bub?

  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    I should get back into archery.

    not a doctor, not a lawyer, examples I use may not be fully researched so don't take out of context plz, don't @ me
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  • Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    TheStig wrote: »
    How come splitting someones arrow wins a tournament when their arrow hit in the exact same spot?

    HE SPLIT ROBIN'S ARROW IN TWAIN!

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  • Grey GhostGrey Ghost Registered User regular
    Grey Ghost wrote: »
    I've got a a pretty good starter recurve bow that may be the wrong hand for me

    Why do you think this, bub?

    I lack any real consistency with my shot placement
    Though I suppose that could just be because I haven't been doing it long, or practicing consistently

    I'd like to at least try a left handed bow and compare

  • DJ EebsDJ Eebs Moderator, Administrator admin
    TheStig wrote: »
    How come splitting someones arrow wins a tournament when their arrow hit in the exact same spot?

    because it's badass?

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  • DouglasDangerDouglasDanger PennsylvaniaRegistered User regular
    Grey Ghost wrote: »
    Grey Ghost wrote: »
    I've got a a pretty good starter recurve bow that may be the wrong hand for me

    Why do you think this, bub?

    I lack any real consistency with my shot placement
    Though I suppose that could just be because I haven't been doing it long, or practicing consistently

    I'd like to at least try a left handed bow and compare

    It could be your release. Do you use your fingers + glove or tab, or a mechanical? Most of my problems are from either not hitting my anchor point, or not releasing clearly

    I think you've been doing this for some time, so I don't mean to be a know it all, I'm certainly not, I'm just brainstorming a bit

  • Grey GhostGrey Ghost Registered User regular
    Fingers and glove, and you might be right about that
    I picked it up a few years ago but haven't been diligent about practicing, and haven't picked it up at all since I moved, so I'll never be sore about anyone giving me advice

  • BedigunzBedigunz Registered User regular
    For my bachelor party, I went to something called Dodgebow (it's like dodgeball, but with bows and arrows).

    Guys, dodgebow is badass.

    http://www.dodgebow.ca/en/

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  • DouglasDangerDouglasDanger PennsylvaniaRegistered User regular
    It's fun to think about the release problems. There's totally a set up that completes eliminates the issue-- a loop on the string and a mechanical release. It's pretty much the only set-up for compound bows.

    I'm weirdly invested in the traditional aspect of archery for some reason. It's a good way to sort of meditate, I guess, is the best way to put it.

    I shot a compound bow when I was teenager, and was fairly competent with it. I could probably go back to being fairly competent with it in far less time than it will take me to get to the point where I don't embarrass myself with my recurve, but I don't want to do that.

    I'm not trash talking compound, they're amazing pieces of technology and they're not easy, they're just a whole different thing.

  • TubeTube Registered User admin
    TheStig wrote: »
    How come splitting someones arrow wins a tournament when their arrow hit in the exact same spot?

    because it's badass?

    Because they don't have an arrow in the bullseye any more and you still do. It's like curling.

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  • DouglasDangerDouglasDanger PennsylvaniaRegistered User regular
    Would it be too masturbatory to post some pictures of my bow and stuff?

    Would someone else who has a bow join in?

    I don't want this to be a weird thread with one weird dude treating it like his Instagram

    I'm very self conscious

  • UnbrokenEvaUnbrokenEva HIGH ON THE WIRE BUT I WON'T TRIP ITRegistered User regular
    We had an archery club around here, but then we had a ridiculous amount of snow in a short period of time and the equipment shed they taught out of became structurally unsound because of the weight and had to be torn down, and they never relocated anywhere else

  • chromdomchromdom Who? Where?Registered User regular
    I did archery (I arched?) at summer camp as a kid, and I was moderately good at it. I never had the opportunity to do it elsewhere without significant time/travel/money investment, but I've always wanted to pick it up again.

    That's my way of saying that I would like to see your bow (and your range, and your target shooting results, and maybe even videos showing mechanics of shooting) @DouglasDanger

    Make with the showy-showy!

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  • BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User regular
    Would it be too masturbatory to post some pictures of my bow and stuff?

    Would someone else who has a bow join in?

    I don't want this to be a weird thread with one weird dude treating it like his Instagram

    I'm very self conscious

    show us your stiff wooden shaft

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  • XaquinXaquin Right behind you!Registered User regular
    yeah, and the leather glove

    ....

    who is kate?

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  • WhippyWhippy Moderator, Admin Emeritus Admin Emeritus
    Would it be too masturbatory to post some pictures of my bow and stuff?

    Would someone else who has a bow join in?

    I don't want this to be a weird thread with one weird dude treating it like his Instagram

    I'm very self conscious

    show us your stiff wooden shaft

    I love a good high, hard shaft

    DouglasDanger
  • DouglasDangerDouglasDanger PennsylvaniaRegistered User regular
    Xaquin wrote: »
    yeah, and the leather glove

    ....

    who is kate?

    Hawkeye

  • XaquinXaquin Right behind you!Registered User regular
    edited September 2017
    huh?

    edit: oh did comics randomly change again?

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  • Grey GhostGrey Ghost Registered User regular
    Xaquin wrote: »
    huh?

    edit: oh did comics randomly change again?

    Kate Bishop has been Clint Barton's protege for some years now, first as a member of the Young Avengers
    Lately she has struck out on her own

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  • TallahasseerielTallahasseeriel Registered User regular
    I wouldn't mind going somewhere and trying out an archery lesson or something someday.

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  • XaquinXaquin Right behind you!Registered User regular
    Grey Ghost wrote: »
    Xaquin wrote: »
    huh?

    edit: oh did comics randomly change again?

    Kate Bishop has been Clint Barton's protege for some years now, first as a member of the Young Avengers
    Lately she has struck out on her own

    gotcha

    I was always fond of Green Arrow myself despite of or perhaps because of all of his personality flaws

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  • Rhesus PositiveRhesus Positive GNU Terry Pratchett Registered User regular
    We have a friend with a bow, and every summer he throws a party which includes setting up a target in the field at the back of his house.

    Mrs Rhesus and I keep talking about joining a club, and now my hours at work are calming down that could be a thing we look at.

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  • DouglasDangerDouglasDanger PennsylvaniaRegistered User regular
    Here are some pictures. I'm having trouble figuring out this multi-upload thing on Imgur, so I'll just paste the links

    http://imgur.com/HKa99D7
    http://imgur.com/kSI2Xbb
    http://imgur.com/ZkYBWOT
    http://imgur.com/QoluNDu
    http://imgur.com/GfptTb9
    http://imgur.com/9LO8cXu

    My bow is a PSE Blackhawk, 60" tall 45 pound draw weight.

    I'm not quite good enough at 10 meters, and plain old pathetic at 25

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  • A Dabble Of TheloniusA Dabble Of Thelonius It has been a doozy of a dayRegistered User regular
    edited September 2017
    I've got a custom takedown recurve from Bear archery

    Gorgeous bow, but I'm out of shape and out of practice so the 60 lb draw weight is a bit much. Whoops

    Really need to get back to it

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  • DouglasDangerDouglasDanger PennsylvaniaRegistered User regular
    That's gorgeous!

    I would love to get a heavier (draw weight) bow in a few years. I really, really want a Bear.

  • TallahasseerielTallahasseeriel Registered User regular
    I have a feeling I'd be really bad with a bow.

    One time I went to a range for muzzle loading guns.
    I got to fire a replica musket and well, it didn't have ironsights so I couldn't figure out what I was doing.

    My brother in law loaded it with a full hunting load of powder one of those times though and acted all surprised when it barely made me flinch.

    How do you sight a bow?

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  • CelloCello Registered User regular
    Bedigunz wrote: »
    For my bachelor party, I went to something called Dodgebow (it's like dodgeball, but with bows and arrows).

    Guys, dodgebow is badass.

    http://www.dodgebow.ca/en/

    This is also known as Archery Tag and there's a league in town at the Archery Tag Arena and I kinda wanna sign up for it but what if everyone is good at it and I am comparably mediocre and ughhhhhh

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  • DouglasDangerDouglasDanger PennsylvaniaRegistered User regular
    Uriel wrote: »
    I have a feeling I'd be really bad with a bow.

    One time I went to a range for muzzle loading guns.
    I got to fire a replica musket and well, it didn't have ironsights so I couldn't figure out what I was doing.

    My brother in law loaded it with a full hunting load of powder one of those times though and acted all surprised when it barely made me flinch.

    How do you sight a bow?

    You can have sights or you can shoot without. Shooting without sights is often called bare bow. I do that. It's tricky.

  • TheStigTheStig Registered User regular
    Please practice safe archery. Do not bare bow.

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  • DouglasDangerDouglasDanger PennsylvaniaRegistered User regular
    TheStig wrote: »
    Please practice safe archery. Do not bare bow.

    Um, do be safe

    Have plenty of space behind your target unless you have a serious pile of dirt or a hillside or something

    This morning, I was seeing what I could do at 25, and the first shot was high. My arrow just grazed the top of the target bag. It ricocheted, went probably 10 meters, hit a stone and ricocheted again, probably went 10 more.

    A clean miss at a non-ridiculous how far can I shoot? type angle at full draw could probably go 100 meters?

    Olympic recurve match targets are at 70!

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  • webguy20webguy20 I spend too much time on the Internet Registered User regular
    So these are some of the types bows I've had. I'm currently not shooting right now, though I should pick it back up, its a great back workout. The pictures are just what I found online, they are representative though.

    Bowtech Assassin
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    Bowtech Constitution (2007 model)
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    Also anyone interested in the hobby, make sure your local laws permit shooting within the city limits, most places don't allow it. Also hay bales make for poor backstops for high speed bows. The arrows can travel right through them.

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  • DouglasDangerDouglasDanger PennsylvaniaRegistered User regular
    I shot those wicked broadheads yesterday. They fly just as well as my field points. I didn't shoot too many shots with them though, I was a bit worried about missing the target and breaking them on the wood pile I was using as a back stop.

    I also looked at a Bear Montana longbow at Cabela's yesterday, and probably would have bought it if I could have found a salesperson.

    I'll have to settle for watching this dude make a longbow...

    https://youtu.be/XmOhU50AK-Q

    My dad bought me a book about making your own self bow. A self bow is a bow made from one piece of wood. It looks very fun, I wish I had a woodshop.

    The Traditional Bowyer's Bible, Volume 1 https://www.amazon.com/dp/1585740853/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_H5wRzbFPH8QSY

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  • TallahasseerielTallahasseeriel Registered User regular
    My step brother owns a compound bow.

    He said something about going to let me try it out sometime.

    Apparently his has a really hefty pull weight though.

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  • webguy20webguy20 I spend too much time on the Internet Registered User regular
    Uriel wrote: »
    My step brother owns a compound bow.

    He said something about going to let me try it out sometime.

    Apparently his has a really hefty pull weight though.

    Being able to draw the bow and let it down smoothly would not be something I would want to learn with a high draw weight.

    For compound the first time out for an average uninjured man i would recommend 50/60 lb bow to learn the basics safely.

    There is a fair amount to learn to draw a bow back correctly, and let it back down without firing. A person doesn't want to figure that out while shaking and struggling with the equipment.

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  • Donovan PuppyfuckerDonovan Puppyfucker A dagger in the dark is worth a thousand swords in the morningRegistered User regular
    Katniss vs. Kate, who wins? #yearofthebow #laracroftwouldfuckthembothupnolying #lolskyrimItookanarrowtotheknee

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