Archery is a centuries-old sport, first used for hunting and gathering,
then later adapted for use in war. English longbowmen were notorious
for their skill and for the astounding distances from which they were able
to hit their enemies. Mongol horse bowmen were unparalleled in their
skill at shooting moving targets while themselves moving at a gallop.
Centuries of history have been linked to archery, and even today, it
remains one of the world's most respected sports and skills.
Competitive archery has been a part of the Olympic Summer Games since the
Games' reintroduction to modern times, and archers from around the world
gather quadrennially to determine who deserves the gold. Those who
compete in events face several different challenges, including tests
of range, speed and overall accuracy. Every little bit of assistance
you receive from your equipment helps, so finding the perfect gear for
your style is important.
Bow hunting has also grown in popularity in recent years, as bows have
become lighter and capable of much greater range and accuracy. Composite
materials have increased the overall strength of the bows while also
reducing the amount of force needed to draw the string. Arrows have also
incorporated the latest technology to make them lighter, fly farther, and
increase their positive aerodynamics.
When you're just starting out in the field of archery, the basic equipment
you'll need is a bow, a quiver of arrows, and an arm guard. The arm guard
protects against the snap of the bow, which can be very painful if it
strikes unprotected skin. Selective equipment includes items like an
arrow catch or secondary nock points. The full gamut of archery equipment
is readily available for even the casual archer.
Directory of archery equipment and supplies manufacturers in the United States of America. Each directory listing
includes contact information, category tags, and a website link. Mfg.RegionalDirectory.us/archery-equipment-and-supplies/
This industry trade group directs the industry's annual
archery and bowhunting trade show. The ATA also provides core funding
and direction for ArrowSport and the Bowhunting Preservation Alliance. www.ArcheryTrade.org