Tips for beginners
Right handed bow
If you plan to buy your own bow, you should know, if you are a left or right-handed shooter. It depends on the hand you use to pull the bowstring, i.e. a right handed archer holds the bow in his left hand and uses his, usually more skilled, right hand to nock the arrow. The arrow rest respectively shelf is placed on the left side on a right handed bow (viewed from archers position).
To draw the bow we recommend a bow stringer. Of course there are several techniques, primarely the step-through method. If you control this methode, you`ll have no problem to string or unstring your bow quickly, without twisting the limbs by accident.
To adjust your bow, you will first have to determine the brace hight. Most bows come with a recommendet brace hight, e.g. from 6,5" to 7". This corresponds to the fistmel used with an English Longbow. Depending on the manufacturer, American Flatbows or recurve bows need about 1" more. Setting up the brace hight is a major adjustment (controls arrow flight, velocity, noise, handshock), so we recommend to use a checker. Relevant is the distance from the deepest point of the handle to the string. Furthermore, the checker is used to (r.e.) adjust the nocking point. The arrow will show a so called "riding-effect" if the nocking point is set too high or too low. Firstly, a straight flying arrow looks more aesthetical an secondly loses less energy and will therefore fly further and hit more accurate.
For the above-mentioned actions also counts " the proof of the pudding is the eating"! Do not dry to draw the bow and shoot without an arrow! A simple wooden bow will break almost certainly and even a laminated bow maybe damaged. It`s similar to an air rifle, fired without bullet. This is called a dry fire.
Finally, the most important advice of all: always treat bow and arrow like a weapon. Never aim at persons or shoot in a upright manner. Always play it safe! A broken arrow can be replaced or fixed at any time - an eye cannot. Apropos eye: when you pull out an arrow, always be sure, there`s nobody standing behind you, because the nock of your arrow can cause as many injuries as the point. One last thing concerning safety: always check arrows, bow and string before you use them. If your arrow does have a small crack, break it totally! If your string clearly shows signs of use, replace it. Always remember, a broken string is similar to a dry shot and can distroy your bow.
Push-pull method

Placing the string on the bow by "push and pull method"

We highly recommend that you use a false string because it is a difficult operation

Using the Bow stringer
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INSTRUCTIONS for "step-through method"

1. Slide the top loop of your bow string over the nock and down the limb about halfway, or as far as the loop will allow.
2. Fit the bottom loop into the nock, being sure to align it properly in the groove.
3. Hold the string taut from the bottom nock by holding the thicker serving area at the center of the string.
4. Step through the bow with your right leg (right handed archer), while keeping the string stretched tightly between your hand and the bottom of the bow.
5. Brace the bottom of the bow against the front of your left ankle, or in the arch of your foot. You can help hold the bow tip in place by sliding it under the top flap of your shoe.
6. Bring the bow upwards to rest on the back of your right thigh, just below your buttocks.
7. Push the top limb foreward with your right hand , leaning back slightly into the bow with your thigh if you need the extra help.
8. Slide the string up with your hand, letting it slip into the upper nock firmly.
9. Position the string in the nock groove and double-check that the bottom nock is also still aligned.
Step through

If you would like to order new arrows and you don`t know your correct arrow lenght, you must figure it out. Insert an arrow into the bow you will be using, then draw back to your anchor point (full drawing point, usually where your middle finger gets close to tuching the side of your mouth/lipps) get someone there to mark the arrow at your full draw. Only the point/pile should be seen in the full draw over the bow back.
The distance from bow back to string is your arrow lenght! (or nock bottom to arrow base).
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