colored laminations that run through the riser section of
Anchor or Anchor Point: The position of the drawing hand at full draw. At high anchor the drawing hand touches the cheek. At low anchor the drawing hand is placed under the jaw bone.
Armguard: A piece of stiff material used to protest the bow arm from the bow string upon release. An armguard is usually made of leather and is worn on the inside of the forearm holding the bow.
Arrow Plate: Material attached on the side of the sight window to protect it and quiet the arrow as it is drawn and shot.
Arrow Point: The metal tip of an arrow.
Arrowrest: A horizontal projection on the bow upon which the arrow lies. This device keeps the arrow on the bow and in shooting position.
Arrow Shaft: Main body of the arrow, not including the nock or point end, made from a variety of materials.
Arrow Shelf: Area of bow directly above the handle or grip section where arrows are placed to be "shot off the shelf".
Back of bow: The outer surface or backside of the bow; the side facing the target.
Backset, handle: bow design that has just the handle or grip setting behind the limbs
Backset, riser: bow design that has the entire riser setting behind the limbs
Banana shape: feather fletching with a half moon shape also called magnum shape
Barebow: a conventional bow with no sights, stabilizers or draw checks
Bare shaft: a blank arrow without nocks, inserts, points, feathers, stain or paint.
Barreled shaft: shaft that is tapered smaller on each end than it is in the center section of the shaft
Belly of bow: side closest to you when you correctly hold the strung bow
Bolts: The short arrows used in a crossbow
Bow: A device made of flexible material with a string connected at two ends. The string, when drawn and released, propels an arrow
Bow arm: the arm or hand which holds the bow
Bow glass: fiberglass laminations put on the back and belly of a laminated bow during construction
Bow notches: grooves at either end of a bow that keep the bowstring secured
Bow rack: a rack used to hold archery bows when they are not in use. A bow rack make a safe storage place and protects bows from damage
Bow sight: A mechanical device placed on a bow which the archer uses for aiming at the target. This device is not allowed in certain types of archery competition
Bow sling: A strap fastened to either the bow or the archer's bow hand that keeps the bow from falling after the release. It is especially useful if the archer shoots with a relaxed bow hand
Bow square: T-shaped tool used to determine where to place string nock, also can be used to measure brace height and tiller
Bow string: strands of material served and twisted together to form a string used to propel an arrow
Bowstringer: a device used to safely and effectively string a bow
Boyer: one who makes or repairs bows
Brace: the stringing of a bow
Brace height: distance, generally measured from the string nock to the deepest part of the handle / grip
Butt: Any backstop to which a target face is attached
Cam: an egg shaped wheel / pulley on a limb(s) of compound bows used to store energy and provide let-off
Cast: The ability of the bow to propel an arrow a given distance
Centershot: when the bow's sight window is cut to the imaginary centerline that runs down the belly of the bow
Chest Protector: a piece of nylon mesh or leather worn across the chest to keep the bow string from catching on the archer's clothing
Classification: division of archers according to age and gender
Clicker: A tool attached to the back of the bow which clicks when you are at your desired anchor point
Cock feather: odd colored or marked feather, on an arrow with three feathers
Composite Bow: a bow manufactured by combining different types of materials
Compound bow, double cam: an archery bow with two cams, one each limb to store energy and provide let-off
Compound bow, single cam: an archery bow with one cam (perimeter weighted and bottom limb mounted) and one wheel providing a very fast and smooth shot
Creeping: A fault in shooting form in which the archer lets the move, or creep, forward just before releasing the draw. This fault should be corrected as it weakens the shot, reducing both speed and distance.
Crest: bands of paint used as decoration on an arrow, usually placed to give a clean edge on the crown dip
Crester: spins the arrow shaft so that cresting can be applied