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Archery Tips & Techniques

Here are some specific archery techniques to help when writing a character who practices archery or even to get you started on your own path to learning the sport. This is mainly tips and tricks for a recurve bow, however some of these could be used when dealing with a compound bow as well. Most of this will just be the basics but if you’d like more advanced information, feel free to contact me.


  • Recurve bow is a standard ‘classic’ bow. This means you draw back the weight of the bow on your own instead of using wheels ( compound ) to help with the draw.
  • Recurve bow’s perform better when the draw weight is at least 40 lbs or more.
  • The larger the riser ( the middle section of the bow where the limbs are attached ) the less shock you will receive when shooting.
  • The recurve has many parts, so let’s break them down:


  • Arrow Rest - This is exactly what it sounds like. This is where you rest the arrow you are loading onto the bow.
  • Back - The side of the bow that is facing away from you. The side of the bow seen by others.
  • Belly - The side of the bow facing you.
  • Grip - The part of the bow you hold with your ‘bow’ hand.
  • Limbs - The curved upper and lower parts of the bow.
  • Nocking Point - The place on the string where you rest the arrow fletching.
  • Riser - The middle section of the bow.


  • Arrowhead ( Broadhead ) - The point of the arrow. There are several types of these from metallic broadheads to plastic bullets.
  • Fletching - The end ( vanes ) of the arrow, can be plastic, feathers, or metal. More often than not, it is plastic these days.
  • Nock - The slotted tip attached to the fletching. This helps the arrow string onto the bow.
  • Shaft - The main body of the arrow. They can be made out of a multitude of materials.


  • Feet - Stance should always be solid and comfortable. Keep your feet shoulder length apart, aiming your body is subjective to the target.
  • Grip - Do not strangle the bow. Let the bow rest in your hand. The best and most comfortable place is right at the base of your thumb, where bone meets palm.
  • Bow Arm - A locked shoulder but relaxed, slightly bent elbow is how you should hold the bow. If you press down on your shoulder with your other arm, your bow arm should not move.
  • Release Hand - When drawing the bow, keep your elbow sideways, it should not move up or down. Keep it straight and squared and let your release hand brush somewhere along your jawline. String to tip of nose. Also called ‘kissing the string’. 
  • Follow Through - Keep your bow arm up until the arrow hits the target. Your release hand should continue it’s motion of when you were aiming, brush against the side of your face and fall down once it reaches parallel to the back of your head.


  • Dominant Eye - Determining if you are a left handed or right handed shooter is not based off of if you are left or right handed. Instead, it is based off which eye is your dominant eye. Most of the time your dominant eye will correspond with your dominant hand but it does not always have to be the case. To determined your dominate eyes, hold your hands away from your face about ½ inch away. Make a triangle with your thumbs and forefingers and center something on the wall inside of the triangle. then close your left eye. If the image stays centered or in view, you have a right dominate eye and vice versa if you close your right eye. While you use both eyes when shooting an arrow, your dominant eye should float to the target before your non dominant eye.
  • Trajectory - If you are eyeballing your target, it is always good to understand that arrows curve and that your aim and shot should reflect that. If you are using a sight, trust the sight. Do not aim a little above or below the sight.
  • Breath - old your breath for 5-7 seconds and then release it as you take your shot, this will help keep your accuracy in check and also help you not over-think your shot. This also helps your back tension.
  • Back Tension - Only your draw shoulder should be the one to hold the tension and pivot as you shoot. If you use both shoulder muscles you will feel a more pushing sensation than a pulling one.

Someone on Stephen’s Facebook pointed out that it looks like Oliver is back to using a simpler bow. More like the recurve bow he used in S1 as opposed to the compound bow he’s been using since S2.

This is the scene from the trailer where he jumps off the bridge. I cropped and lightened it and it definitely looks like a recurve bow.

trans lesbians who use recurve bows are valid
trans lesbians who use crossbows are valid
trans lesbians who use compound bows are valid
trans lesbians who use self bows are valid

Bow Types

Recurve Bow:

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Mongol Bow:

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Compound Bow:

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And there are many others out there. If looking for bows to fit a certain time period and culture, research it! If looking for a bow for a fantasy thing, or maybe sci-fi bows that shooting laser arrows, also research it. See what bow fits your idea, world or character. 

Archery in (modern) media

I’m always a bit fussy about archery details, as some of you might have noticed but mostly I try to keep it to myself. But lately I’ve seen a lot of posts about archery, especially in the Overwatch and MCU fandoms displaying archery details (looking at you Hawkeye, with your canonically 250 pounds draw weight -.-) that would simply be impossible or terribly unhealthy in the real world. At first I thought, ‘well it’s fiction, what do you know, maybe their universes work differently from ours’ but then I noticed that people read those things and applied them to our world. And here is where my trouble begins. Especially when it comes to draw weight, there is so much misinformation out there, even on seemingly professional archery websites and today I read a well written post about writing resources for fight scenes including apparent insight into archery details from OP with a link to a site suggesting fitting draw weights for your fictional characters. But sadly, the link was broken. So I brooded about it for a while and searched a bit here on tumblr and there doesn’t seem to be some sort of character/draw weight chart on here so I decided to make one.

I’m going to distinguish between normally active adult males and females, not to exclude anyone but simply because of the influence of male hormones on muscle growth (curse you, it’s simply not fair). There is no distinction between the sexes in prepubescent children (seriously, I see this one way too much, it really bugs me. Even on professional sites they make a distinction here and that’s BS. There’s no sex related difference in muscle growth yet so why would you do that?). There’s also no difference between Juveniles because shooting regularly with a bow that’s very strong, regardless of whether you could draw it, can seriously mess up your joints, especially when you are still growing. Specialized people are those who already do a sport that trains the needed muscle groups, like rowing or climbing, on a regular basis. Maybe I’ll go into the mechanics of archery later but for now, remember that the main muscle groups needed for correctly shooting a bow are the ones of your character’s back and shoulders, as well as your rotatory cuffs (trust me, you don’t want to injure them by using a bow that’s too strong for your training status, those suckers will never stop bugging you and you need them for almost everything so be careful.) And seriously, I’ve seen big buff men insisting on shooting with a stronger bow /wanting to try my bow and fail miserably, it’s ridiculous. So remember, the circumference of one’s biceps doesn’t tell you anything about their ability to draw a bow. Enough of my rambling, here’s the chart:

Draw weights in lbs/pound, as that is the universal unit for it, hell knows why. This chart of course assumes that it’s the character’s first time shooting a bow, except for the last column. You shouldn’t exceed those draw weights but instead work your character up in ~2 lbs steps to your desired draw weight. You could do slightly bigger jumps in draw weight for experienced archers but nothing in the ‘suddenly 10 pounds more’ range is healthy or necessarily doable. The limit for adult archers is what professional athletes are shooting with who do essentially nothing but train. So keep that in mind. If your character does some archery on the side as a hobby/necessity twice a week or so, they won’t reach draw weights that high without seriously damaging/risking their health. (You will see a lot of hobby archers doing that as well, telling you for example that they are shooting a 75 lbs long bow and then you meet them again a few years later and they have got (of course) some king of muscle/joint/nerve damage resulting from their draw weight or serious back problems from their one-sided training.)

*You’d be surprised; they are often the best archers. They have the necessary calmness, have years of experience and had decades of training. If they start at 80 or so years old this is of course not feasible.

For human standards, these are the absolute limits for normal people. There are of course always some exceptions, but everyone repeatedly exceeding these draw weights is seriously risking their health. If you want to apply this to a fantasy setting you can multiply those values with how much stronger your fantasy character is than a normal human

One last addition: Someone who’s not experienced in archery will probably try to draw the bow using their ‘biceps strength’. That might work once or twice, maybe even more with a weaker bow but it also means that a lot of energy goes to waste and that person is going to get tired pretty soon. You also cannot move that much weight just using your arms, your back and shoulders are much stronger so use those. (looking at you, writers who make their archer character’s arms ache after shooting for a longer time, you shouldn’t feel them. ) 

It is of course possible to get someone started with a 30# or stronger bow but it will mess up their technique and everything vaguely resembling accuracy and they will be a wreck if they keep doing that.

If you want to write about an archer and have any questions, please don’t let my rambling discourage you and feel free to ask everything you want to know. 

A Slow Shift

Description: Clint Barton x reader. The reader is a shop assistant and serves Clint, entirely oblivious to who he is. Complete and utter fluff.
Words: 2,163
Warnings: None.
Author’s Note: Okay, I’ve never written Clint before so be nice ;) Loosely inspired by a cute guy who served me at my local Archery shop a few days ago. He was trying so hard. Bonus points for trying even though my mother was right there though, that took balls.

Tagging: @thinkwritexpress @castihelloboys @winchester-with-wings @heismyhunter @kenzie-110101 @maha-pambata-is-my-patronus (If you don’t want tagging in Clint ones, let me know!)

You stared blankly at the clock, watching the seconds crawl by. You were entirely convinced by this point that they were slowing down - that or time worked differently in shops. Maybe it was a pocket reality where time went by at half speed… or maybe you were just bored out of your mind and your thought processes were getting ridiculously side tracked. One option was definitely more likely than the other.

Stifling a yawn, you leaned back in your chair. Of course, it was definitely a bonus that your boss had given you something to sit on, it wasn’t exactly a busy shop so standing would be feet numbing as well as mind numbing.

In theory, the store should be exciting. You wouldn’t admit it, but you’d taken the job to impress a (now ex) boyfriend and seeing as the pay was good, you’d stuck around. He’d been interested in taking up archery so you’d taken the job here, at an archery shop on some little industrial estate in the suburbs of New Jersey, but then he’d moved on. You’d dated him for less than a month and now you’d been working here for officially two. The perks were alright, after hours you were free to use the shooting range out back and you got a discount at the nearest café so you couldn’t really complain. Well, you could and you would, but it was only because today was a drag, most were far more interesting - you certainly got some characters to say the least.

You shook your head to try and wake yourself up and grabbed the clipboard next to the till. If no one was around at least you could do some stock checks. You paused, smirking to yourself as you thought about just how quiet it was. No one to see you vault over the till if you hypothetically wanted to…

You placed the clipboard in just the right spot and stood up, pushing the chair back quietly. Mentally, you counted to three and on the last number you went for it. You jumped, vaulting over the till with one hand, picking up the clipboard as you went. The way was clear so you landed cleanly but used your momentum to go straight into a forward roll, bouncing up at the end just short of hitting a shelf. Who said high school gym class never taught you anything?

Masking a smile at just how smoothly that’d gone, you straightened your uniform and grabbed the pen out of your top pocket. Clicking it down to bring the nib out you let out a brief sigh - back to the boring stuff. Turning on your heels to head for the accessory aisle, you were surprised to see a man watching you, barely concealing a snigger.

Your eyes went wide and you swallowed hard. Shit.

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~Friendly membly reminder that that if you use recurve bows and compound bows you are a fake archer and wrong. The only real archery done using 6'5 english longbow used during the Battle of Agincourt~

ancient-pistol  asked:

Since you are bored and stuck at home, why not take this opportunity to explain why I should buy a recurve instead of a compound bow

This is tough because I can give you, like, the fair answer, the honest answer, the arrogant recurve shooter answer or I can sum all of the those up as “well, it depends?” because it really does depend on what you want to Do. Hunt, compete, just fuck around in the backyard, SCA.