This is an Olympic-style bow. This is what
they shoot in the Olympics. Very technical piece of equipment, pretty expensive piece
of equipment. Let me introduce you to all the components on a bow and what they do.
This is the Olympic bow, right here. This is the riser, machined aluminum. These are
the limbs, carbon, fiber, and foam. This is the string. The particular one I use is called
Dyneema, there’s about eighteen strands all wound together in here. This is the knocking
point where your arrow rests. This is the sight, obviously used for sighting in your
arrow. This is what you call a cushion plunger. This helps tune your arrow so it kicks off
the bow properly and doesn’t wobble all over the place in flight. These, are vibration
systems. They take a lot of the vibration out of the bow. When you shoot the bow and
let go, a lot of vibration comes back up through your arm, these take the vibration out. This
is a stabilizer system; these two back ones are called V bars. Some people choose to use
them, some people don’t. This is the front stabilizer; it helps keep the bow stable when
you’re holding it straight out there. This is the clicker. You pull your arrow through
that clicker and when you hear that thing go off that’s when you let go of your arrow.
That way, you know you’ve pulled the exact same distance each time. This is a quiver.
This holds your arrows and the equipment you need to tune your bow, and put on your hand
arm. This is a carbon arrow, very light, very fast, cuts through the wind, mostly used in
long-distance competitions like the outdoor shooting. This is an aluminum arrow, fatter,
a lot slower, but corrects a lot better. I like to use these indoors because of the correction
factor, also an arrow that you would use for hunting, and an arrow you would use for teaching
kids with. This is a wind flag, so when I’m standing about a football field away from
the target, I put this on top of it, I can see which way the wind’s blowing. That way
I can aim off a little bit so my arrow makes it actually to the target, not the one next
to it. These are the arrows. The arrows have several different parts to them. One of them
is the main shaft itself, and then at the end of the shaft you have the tip. There’s
several different types of tips. For hunting you use the broad heads, the points that the
general public would visualize on the end an arrow. At the other end you have your fletching.
This particular fletching is a spin wing, used in Olympic competition, cuts through
the wind very fast, but doesn’t correct as well as the other fletching. This is a feather
right here. These are used on traditional take down recurve bows, and this is a plastic
fletching which is very popular with the compound shooters. And then at the end of the arrow,
you have a knock, which snaps onto the string.