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Epaphroditus
01-17-2014, 3:34 PM
Curse Santa for giving my daughter a bow ... she is really into it (lets hope it lasts more than a few weeks like everything else she gets 'into'). Percy Jackson and Hunger games are likely not helping matters.

H O L Y C R I P E R S ! There is so much to know and so many options for arrows and bow setup, etc that I have no friggin clue.

Sports Authority and Big 5 suck the mighty one as far as archery goes - total waste of time going in there.

Whatever, I got a target and we are setting up an archery range in the garage and going to town at 20 foot shooting to work on form and stuff.

Dragged out grampas old compound bow, too so I can shoot with her. Note to self - do not let that arrow hit wood - they do not come out or they destroy the arrow (at least the cheapy arrows we have so far).

By coincidence this weekend there is an "archery guy" coming out to the dojo after our ukemi seminar (http://www.aikido-sanleandro.com/news.html#currentevents) so we will see what the deal is with him.

Archery Only (in Newark) is not too far away and I'm thinking a lesson or two are probably a really good idea (for both of us).

Just what I need is another expensive hobby ...

RobG
01-17-2014, 4:10 PM
Lessons would be helpful. Also, keep it simple for her in the beginning. A basic recurve, arrows, tab, and arm guard is all that's needed to have fun and learn. My 7 year old started the same way and is having plenty of fun. You are right, the Hunger Games movies have shops/lessons packed to the gills with kids. Best to schedule lessons around the crowds so she can take her time and learn. I have heard good things about Archery Only but have no personal experience. Good luck to you both and have fun.

wjc
01-17-2014, 10:31 PM
Curse Santa for giving my daughter a bow ... she is really into it (lets hope it lasts more than a few weeks like everything else she gets 'into'). Percy Jackson and Hunger games are likely not helping matters.

H O L Y C R I P E R S ! There is so much to know and so many options for arrows and bow setup, etc that I have no friggin clue.

Sports Authority and Big 5 suck the mighty one as far as archery goes - total waste of time going in there.

Whatever, I got a target and we are setting up an archery range in the garage and going to town at 20 foot shooting to work on form and stuff.

Dragged out grampas old compound bow, too so I can shoot with her. Note to self - do not let that arrow hit wood - they do not come out or they destroy the arrow (at least the cheapy arrows we have so far).

By coincidence this weekend there is an "archery guy" coming out to the dojo after our ukemi seminar (http://www.aikido-sanleandro.com/news.html#currentevents) so we will see what the deal is with him.

Archery Only (in Newark) is not too far away and I'm thinking a lesson or two are probably a really good idea (for both of us).

Just what I need is another expensive hobby ...

Talk to Wayne or Roger...I'm sure they could help you out.

It's not that expensive once you get the basics, i.e. bow, arrows, arm brace, glove/thumb pad. It's when you start making your own arrows, strings, bows.

Here's a couple of source for archery supplies online.

http://www.3riversarchery.com/Index.asp
http://www.lancasterarchery.com/

Oh, and DON'T dry fire the compound...they can shatter.

sharxbyte
01-17-2014, 11:00 PM
if you're near sacramento, go to Wilderness Archery. They know their stuff.

GW
01-18-2014, 8:44 PM
Predator Archery in Gilroy is a great shop. Lessons are available there and they work with kids a lot.

Jason95357
01-18-2014, 9:17 PM
We've been using some of the cheap Bear and Barnett stuff (Goblin (http://www.amazon.com/Bear-Goblin-Youth-Bow-Set/dp/B001UHV7AO/), Banshee Jr. (http://www.amazon.com/Barnett-Lil-Banshee-Compound-Archery/dp/B006JAQRF2/)). It's ok, but I know it's not great. We got two springs ago, before we got into firearms, and before I got used to dropping hundreds to buy toys. But since two of my kids really got into firearms, I only do archery with the two who are not. To put it another way, if I'm going to go to the firearm range, only two want to go . So to spend shooting time with the other two, I do archery with them.

I am somewhat kicking myself for not taking a free NASP (http://naspschools.org/) trainer course at a High School about 30 minutes north of here back in December. It was a bit of a scheduling conflict, and a full 8-hour day, and I skipped it. I'll do it next year. But one thing I did learn about the program is a standardized bow they have, the Genesis Bow. It's a 10-20 lb. but with zero let-off.

Today I was at Bass Pro today window-shopping. They had the NASP's Genesis Bow for $219-229, depending on color. I see now I can find them without the arrows for $147 on Amazon/Walmart and $30 for 6 arrows and $10 for a quiver, so not bad for $187. I also see the same full kit as BPS had (with 5 arrows and quivery) for $199 at Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Genesis-Right-Handed-Blue-Raspberry/dp/B002KMNWTC/). Also a 15-25 lb. Genesis Pro (http://www.amazon.com/Genesis-GOB127-Pro-Bow/dp/B004ZBRS2S/) version for $180 (which isn't allowed in NASP competition, but we might get anyway as as second bow later on).

I'm thinking of picking up a couple of those Genesis bows this year at birthdays. I guess it's just like firearms, gets more expensive the more you get into it. But the better quality you get, the better your successes and the more fun.

Eljay
01-28-2014, 6:55 PM
How did it go with the guy at your dojo?

The Archery Only classes are good and everybody involved with instruction has their act together. I've seen mixed reviews of their sales people in terms of how patient they are with newbies.

Divernhunter
01-28-2014, 10:34 PM
It is all good if you get to share and do it with the kids. Also better for you and them than just buying a computer game.

rAvery
01-29-2014, 11:27 PM
Glad to hear that the archery community has a few more members.

Good that you know not to waste your time with Big 5, or Sports Authority. They sell crap, and know very little about archery.

There are some excellent Archery shops in the Bay Area. Pacifica Archery in Daly city is my favorite, they have an indoor range. There is a tiny shop in SF near golden gate park, about 15 minutes from the Golden Gate Park range.

There is one in Dixon, only been there once, but it was nice.

I got my bow in at a shop in Roseville, think someone else in this thread mentioned that shop.

For cheap targets I used to use styrofoam containers filled with bubble wrap, those were not that great. I used old carpet that was rolled up and tied, and stood up on one end, worked ok. Finally broke down and bought a real target.
Definitely be cautious about letting your arrows hit wood, it will break cheap arrows. Even good expensive arrows can be damaged that way.

Archery is expensive when you get started. A good bow will set you back, arrows can get expensive too, then you have tabs or gloves, a quiver and some other miscellaneous accessories. But after that its just maintaining everything. For me it is much cheaper than shooting my guns. And just as fun.

Once you and your daughter get some practice in take a trip to the Kings Mountain archery range in Woodside. Its totally free. You go through the forest to different targets, The targets are laid out like a golf course. It is really fun, and there are different distances depending on your skill level. I am sure there are more ranges like that, but Kings moutain is the only one I know about so far.

I took archery classes in college, but kind of fell out of practice. My younger sister took an interest in archery after she raid Hunger Games, and teaching her got me back into archery.

Enjoy yourselves. And like another member said, never dry fire. It can destroy a bow, even once can cause permanent damage.

Eljay
01-30-2014, 6:53 AM
There are two archery ranges that include free field courses in the east bay - both in the east bay regional park district. The clubs that run them do accept tips and have paid membership with various benefits and there are some events they charge for.

http://redwoodbowmen.org
http://www.brionesarchers.org (I think - I know they have a free public practice range anyway)

There's also a private club http://diablo-bowmen.org

covingtonhouse
01-30-2014, 8:09 AM
http://www.cbhsaa.net/
Here is another good resource for statewide archery info.

butcher-boy
02-23-2014, 7:27 AM
Let me add the site Tradgang for a wealth of info. And as the best traditional archery store/site this side of Denver is RMSG. Tons of top used equipment. Just call them and you might talk for an hour on the phone. Good luck, Tom.