If you picture Robin Hood, you probably imagine him shooting a longbow. These are classic, straight-limbed bows now used almost exclusively for target shooting. They are not as accurate as the other options, but that doesn't mean you can't have fun with them. Some target shooters consider it more exciting when a bullseye is a significant achievement.
- Flatbows have a similar shape, so much so that the two terms are often used interchangeably. The "American flatbow" design is one of the most popular.
- A large longbow can require a huge draw weight to fire, which is difficult for most beginners.
Made from Wood, Aluminium, Carbon or a combination of Carbon and Aluminium, the correct arrow choice is very important to give you the best results from your shooting. Arrows come in a huge range of types and stiffnesses and have to be matched to the archer and the equipment they are shooting. A 6' tall person shooting a heavy bow will require a different selection to a 5' tall person shooting a lightweight bow. Arrows are available ready made or can be built to special order. For example if you have your own favourite colours or vane type. We can also supply arrows as shafts and components for those wishing to assemble their own.
Recurve athletes shoot at targets set 70 metres away and compound athletes shoot at targets set 50 metres away. Athletes of both bowstyles shoot at a traditional yellow, red, blue, black and white target that scores 10 for the inner ring and one for the outer ring.
The recurve target is 122cm in diameter with a 10 ring 12.2cm in diameter.