From the traditional longbow of medieval times to today's compound bow, archery accessories evolved from being a weapon of war to becoming a noble sport enjoyed by people of all ages.
Bows that are widely used today have the most technological gadgetry that utilizes a pulley system to store energy as well as a variety of useful archery accessories. These accessories are all made for a common reason – to aid the archer and make his aim more accurate.
Here's A Buying Guide For Archery Accessories | Outdoor Warrior
Whether you'll be using your bow for hunting or for practice shooting, you'll want to set it up correctly to maximize your effectiveness as an archer. The compound bow is the most common type of bow among the many types available.
A compound bow can be equipped with accessories, so it's important to know which archery accessories you're going to need and why you need them.
If you're new to archery, you might be surprised at how the bow and arrow have advanced as opposed to what you normally see in the movies. Now let me show you the accessories that you need.
1. Arrow Rest
The arrow rest holds the arrow at full draw and guides it toward the target upon release.
The are a few different kinds of arrow rests such as the drop away, shoot thru, and pressure/plunger rests.
2. Release Aid
The release aid helps you draw and hold your bow at full draw.
This accessory helps you maximize your bow's power and is very useful for heavy bows.
This accessory holds your arrows and can be attached to your bow. But it's not exactly every archer's favorite because it's quite bulky.
It limits your mobility and can be a reason for missing the target.
4. Bow Sight
Everybody knows what a sight is for.
You can attach single or multiple pins to help you aim at certain distances.
Most stabilizers have vibration dampers attached to it. This is very important particularly for hunters in the sense that the bow is quieter with these on.
Some say it doesn't have much impact on the sound produced but is more essential in adding weight to the bow which means more control.
6. D Loop
This is a very important piece of accessory for your bow. The D Loop connects the release aid to the string and prevents it from getting damaged. It's really unsafe to shoot with a damaged string so a few dollars worth of installing the D loop is worth it.
Watch this video for tech tips on bow stabilizers by Lancaster Archery Supply.
There are a few other accessories that you can add to your archery equipment. I just came up with this list to provide you with the main ones that you need in terms of helping you become more accurate and effective as an archer. Once you have these installed on your bow, you're good to go.
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published on October 29, 2019, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.