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How to Become Robin Hood!!

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Whether you are target shooting in a competition, hunting, or just practicing your shot the steps to a great shot are all the same. You can purchase a bow at almost any sporting goods store and you will need to find a bow that fits you. An employee at the store will help to make sure that the bow has the proper draw weight and draw length for you. After purchasing a bow and the necessary components, the next step in the process is to practice your shot. As an avid bow hunter and target shooter, I have learned the keys to making a great shot. The steps and insight in this instructable will guide a first-time bow shooter through the process of shooting a compound bow. In addition, I will also describe the necessary components for a compound bow.
 
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Step 1: Bow Components

Prior to taking your first shot you should be familiar with the key components of the compound bow and the components of the arrow. As you can see the bow has many different components but for this instructable we will be concerned with just five of the components. 

+ Release Loop - The small string attached to the main bow string where the release will be 
                                 connected. 
+ Peep Sight - A small plastic piece, with a hole in the middle, which allows you to see your sights
                          and the target without outside distractions.
+ Hand Grip - The hand grip (wooden on this bow) is strategically placed to improve stabilization 
                          when shooting the bow.
+ Arrow rest - Plastic prongs that holds the arrow ensuring a proper arrow flight.
+ Sights - Neon and holographic, these sights enable the shooter to shoot at different distances.

Arrow Components:

+ Nock - Plastic piece that attaches the arrow to the bow string.
+ Vanes - They stabilize the arrow when it is in flight. There are many different sizes of vanes
                   and the size is all dependent on the shooters preferences.
+Field Tip - A type of tip used when target shooting or practicing.
                                       


Deepblu5057 months ago
First thing to do to become Robin Hood is to loose the training wheels.
rimar20004 years ago
I think the bow of Robin Hood was not like that!!
k5cqb rimar200011 months ago
If compound bows existed during the time Robin Hood supposedly existed then i am sure he would use one.
I also think Robin hood was capable of shooting an arrow onto another arrow without dumb luck.
http://m.youtube.com/index?desktop_uri=%2F&gl=GB#/watch?v=bYk7_xHUGXU
ROFL^^^ I don't believe Robin Hood had a compound bow...
same here lol
THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dr Qui1 year ago
If you are interested in taking up archery JOIN A CLUB I was a member of Ballyvalley Archery club Banbridge Northern Ireland who have produced a couple of Olympic and commonwealth champions. The club strongly advises that you should not buy a bow until you have been shooting for at least 6 months and your arms and shoulders have strengthened, If you buy a bow before that by the time you can shoot accurately you will be fit to pull a much stronger bow. Most clubs have bow that you can use until you are ready to buy your own. I shot for 6-7 months before I bought my compound bow.
Brayden11222 years ago
When I'm aiming I prefer just looking down the arrow. I just find it easier.
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way to go on your first instructable.
Don’t let all the chest puffing put you off making another, we all thing we are great at shooting and all like to tell everyone how good we think we are.

Fantastic job
If you have read all your comments like I just did and if you have a sense of humor perhaps make a instructable on the vast array of advice. RALFAO .
Well done champ keep it up
G'Day mate

good to see another enthusiastic archer out there.
Looks like you are in need of a few pointers I was given years ago.

1. Stand up straight. Pull ya hips back under your body or move your body over your hips. If you can’t that is a warning sign your bow's poundage is too high.

2. Release your death grip on your bow with your left hand, relax your fingers. The bow is held in your hand by balance not strength. The bow handle sits in the webbing of your hand around the meaty part of your thumb and first finger.

3. I know it’s hard but u need to drop your right elbow down. strangely its not done by moving the elbow down. The best way I can explain it is to drop your right shoulder and your elbow will come down making it a more natural position. The more nature the longer and steadier you will be able to hold your draw.

4. When you release the arrow you must let the bow pivot forward, it carries some kinetic energy with it. You are wearing a bow strap try and use it. You will not drop the bow although it does feel like it.

All these things will increase your accuracy a guarantee it.
I have 3 robin hoods. I had to reduce the size of my arrows and increase my distance. They are getting too expensive to keep getting robin hoods.
I’m using top end eastern’s atm. last time I replaced them cost me 550 for 12 bare shafts.
There is no more that 3 grains of sand difference in weight between any one of them.

Good luck and happy hunting.
Ambermile2 years ago
I've looked, but I don't see any ibles from those that have left negative comments. Cbracy spent the time to do something and should be congratulated for that rather than pilloried for his equipment choice. I shoot compound and I am an archer... I don't shot barebow for the same reason I don't ride a horse - it's outdated. Now some people *do* ride horses and that's fine... and their choice.

I'd best not let on I have a laser sight on my bow eh? Or that I use a rangefinder either. To me it's a sport and as a sport I shoot against those with similar kit - that makes it fair as far as I can see.


Arthur :D
gary.j3 years ago
Judging by the foto you are gripping the bow to tight which will cause you to torque the bow when the arrow is released. (bow will pull to one side).
Also the draw length is to long as previously mentioned, and you seem to be leaning backwards which could mean the the draw weight could be too much as well as the incorrect draw length.
I corrected my shooting form by setting up a video camera and recording myself shooting a number of times, you can then playback and see where you are going wrong. (i also saw that i needed to lose weight) Then get advice or compare it to pics of pro's while they are shooting.
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You have bad shooting form, when you shoot any type of bow you shouldent grip the bow as this may cause the arrow to shoot wonky, also keep you're draw arm down and relax man! One final question when did Robin Hood ever shoot compound?
nonickname3 years ago
-Your shooting form is terrible
-You're cowering away from your bow and your draw length is way too long
-You're extremely over bowed

You don't pull the rigger. It's fired by back tension. You don't hammer fist your grip like that. Don't lean back from your bow like that. Don't have a draw 2" longer than it should be. Don't shoot a bow that's obviously way too heavy for you.
Aaronius4 years ago
Any support of Archery is appreciated. Credit where credit is due, modern archers who use a well-tuned compound bow and release can minimize human error and make some very precise shots. Also for hunting, it can give a greater likelihood of a more humane kill. Compound bow shooting has its merits. However, it is not Robin Hood. As a traditional archer myself, [non-hunter], I prefer the feel of the string on my fingers and have the callouses to prove it. Where the modern compound bow may have some advantages, speed doesn't seem to be one of them. I found that both my friend, using a compound, and I will hit the bullseye, but he one time, where I have emptied my back quiver in the same amount of time. Just a thought.
What exactly is yr point? Lots of arrows shot at what and to what purpose? Like comparing a shotgun to a scoped rifle! Don't both things have their merits? If you're talking about hunting, then one well placed shot is worth a hundred badly placed ones. Just different horses for different courses!
I own all three types of bow and enjoy each one equally! They all have different purposes and are all fun to shoot!
Who said you cant be accurate with a longbow?????????????
Depends on what you call accurate! Obviously it is relative. Visit a Field Archery club and compare bow types on an accuracy basis. Find 5 guys that can shoot a half inch group at 30m with a long bow! - probably not?!! The issue with becoming accurate with a Long bow shot 'instinctively' ( is there any other way?) is the extraordinary amount of time that goes into the learning and practicing to get it right. Certainly, some people just 'have it' whilst others never 'get it'! You have to just accept that not everyone wants to be Robin Hood but still want to enjoy archery in whatever form they choose!
in my opinion, all that modern jumk is a disgrace to archery you may as well shoot a crosbow. I think archery should include building, and becomming accurat with your own bow. its all part of the experience.
Hedger4624 years ago
Although any way of holding a bow will shoot an arrow the best way to be consistant is by taking the inconsistancy of the human body out of the equation. The best way to grip the bow is to barly touch the bow, let it sit in your hand with the force of the bow holding it in, the reason for your wrist sling is so that after you shoot the bow it will fall but wont hit the ground.
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tincanz4 years ago
Robin Hood would not be using a cheaters' compound bow with unnecessary technology to fire it for him.
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purplewg3 years ago
Give the man a break. He is only trying to help the archery challenged and beginners. Equipment is a personal choice. This is not a Ford, Chevy, Dodge argument. If it has a string and shoots and an arrow it is a bow. Which type we decide on depends on much on our plans for shooting.

Cbracy, work on standing more upright. Look at your picture and you can see the reverse C in your back. Get maybe just a little more weight on the front foot. It may help you stand more upright. If you are anchored in that picture, you can take an inch off that arrow also.
a crosbow has a string and shoots an arrow. it is not a bow. I still think compounds are cheating.
I agree about his stance! I would hazard a guess that he's 'over bowed' and should wind the poundage down! If he were to tournament shoot with his back like that he'd be very sore come the end of the shoot! Also tuck the middle, ring and pinkie fingers in against yr palm holding the bow bow with only the thumb and index finger (use a bow sling to stop you dropping the bow!), this'll rotate yr forearm outta the way and stop you from hitting it with the string as you get more and more tired!
leon08623 years ago
wouldnt this be cheating in a contest like its like a rifle only u use ur arm and a pull of a finger
saehn3 years ago
...and also Robin Hood was just pretend. o_O
Rhd554 years ago
I myself am an avid bowhunter, and I don't know how you can stand to use that type of rest. I sit in a treestand with an arrow nocked, and when I go to shoot downward, the arrow always pops out of the rest. I use a fallaway, and if you can't afford that, whisker biscuits are a cheaper alternative. Nice Matthews :)
Robin hood would have used a great British longbow not a compound bow .which should be illegal except to people with sufficient skill to shoot bare bow, like robin hood. also he wouldn't hold the string like that he would use one finger above two bellow or three bellow as was normal at the time. good guid e for basic archery... but with overpowered equipment...
torned004 years ago
cool bow!
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