Looking to get started in archery but not sure what you need? Here is a quick run through of the basic equipment needed.

For newcomers to archery, knowing what to buy can be more than confusing without the right guidance. It is recommended that a six-week beginner’s course is completed using the equipment provided, before considering any major purchases.

Due to the expense of buying archery equipment, second-hand equipment can provide a significant saving, but should only be considered after taking advice from experts.

Take a look at this quick list of the basics required for archery to ensure that you have a good idea all of the kit you may need, whether it is bought, borrowed or hired.


A guard on the arm to provide protection from abrasion when an arrow is released.


Arrows have a maximum diameter of 9.3mm (0.36in), and are usually distinguished by a competitor's initials, or with distinctive colours and patterns on the arrow fletching (feathers).


The projectile weapon consisting of a shaft with the two ends joined by a string to shoot arrows.


The string of a bow used to transfer the energy to the arrow. Most strings are made of a hydrocarbon product called dyneema.


Usually made of plastic or leather, chestguards are intended to keep clothing out of the way and to protect the body against a bowstring at release.

Finger tab or shooting glove

A flat piece of leather worn as a guard to protect the finger on the arrow’s release.


A container for holding arrows.


The attachment on the rear of an arrow that holds it in place on the bowstring.


A device placed on the bow to help the archer take aim.

Targets in archery

What the archer takes aim at. The target is 1.22m (4ft) in diameter, with the centre (bullseye) standing 1.3m (4.3ft) above the ground. The bullseye is 12.2cm (4.8in) in diameter.

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