The following pointers should be considered when selecting a compound bow.
The length most suited the individual archers drawing length. (The maximum weight permitted in the GNAA is 60 pounds peak weight, however bows of greater weights can be let down to this limit..)
The Maximum Draw Weight is called the “Peak Weight”and uccurs during mid-draw.
The Minimum Weight at full draw called the “Let Off” weight, specified as a weight or as a percentage termed the “Let-Off”.
The Type of Stringing used which can be a continuous string, or two steel cables with a middle shooting string of Dacron or Fast-flyte, or a “shoot through” arrangement with several strings.
The “Wheels”, eccentric cams or single cams fitted to the limb axles and their means of adjustment.
The Mechanisms used to adjust the bow weight and guide the cables or strings.
The bow sights must be very strong and rigidly fixed to the bow with a sight pin that will resist rotation due to the high shock placed upon them by the bows speed.
A normal sight can be used or a lens.
The lenses magnification must not be too great or some problems will be experienced in holding the sight on its mark.
The String “Peep” or back sight must be held consistently in the correct position at full draw so an elastic tube or similar device is essential to ensure this is so.
The Arrow Rest-this can be of several types and is dependent upon the individual’s preference, initially a “Springy” or a prong shaped rest can be used.
In time other rests can be tried out and a satisfactory one can be chosen on its performance.
The Types of String Release which can fit directly around the string, through special loops or metal loops behaind the string.
There are releases with side loosing, centre loosing, with rotating heads, held in the fingers or by wrist straps with first finger, little finger or thumb releases.
Once again the best release is the one that gives the best performance to the individual archer.
The arrow specification will depend upon the individual archers requirements and the final bow settings so the arrow selection advice should be taken from an archer experienced in compound bow shooting or a qualified coach.
The important thing is the compound bow should be tested out in absolute safety, preferably indoors with a double safety net and at no less than twenty yards range and under close supervision.
One must be absolutely sure that the release mode is understood and the archer is totally confident in handling the bow and the release.
In the initial stages the compound bow must not be lifted above level and the target should be set on the floor, the compound bow shoots very fast and the arrow is not visible in its flight until experience is gained with it.
When confidence in the release and the bow is gained then the archer should then start shooting outdoors but always ensure that at least 100 yards overshoot is available and someone will advise on the shot arrows landing site.
It would be advisable to start with short distances and then increase distance when sight marks are established.