Archery | Buying Your First Bow #2 – How to Purchase Online

Updated : Oct 12, 2019 in Articles

Archery | Buying Your First Bow #2 – How to Purchase Online


  • Why a maximum of 30 pounds?
    I am the quartermaster of a school archery club here in Singapore but normally when someone new joins i would recommend 24 pound max for everyone. The people joining is usually about 17 years old and is in good physical health, and I see them just unable to even properly pull a 20 pound club bow.
    The coach reasoning and I agree with, is that any higher poundage is going to ruin their form and make any correction in the future very hard. (Second hand experience here with a clubmate)

  • I purchased a Samick Sage off Amazon and then watched your earlier video. Returned the Sage and got an SF Forged from Lancaster. It was great advice because I feel the SF Forged will grow with me over the months as I train. And I've already added stabilizers and a clicker.

  • I would suggest anyone who is tall or who has a wide wing span actually go to a store if possible because you will need to have your draw length measured. You do not want to buy arrows that are far too short and have them come off the rest and skewer your hand. I have two friends with a wide wing span and myself is included. You bow is not just a piece of equipment, it is also a weapon so you really should be measured up first.

    As NUSensei has previously advised, do not go above and beyond in weight of your bow. You need to be able to pull this back without over straining your muscles.

    Arrows – recurve arrows do not work in compound and vice versa (there is always an exception and I can vouch for that). Too heavy or too light arrows can damage your bow.

    Thank you David for your videos. I recommend this channel to the noobs that I get hooked on this sport.

  • 1:00 No, no, no. Don't go to an actual shop. Seeing all the pretty things you are not going to be able to buy will make you depressed and you will stop with archery.


  • Damn in chile there a not so many options, and shipping cost must be a lot D:< and local stores does not have as many options as there in usa 🙁


    that is a shit arrow rest

  • Long and sponsored. 2/10.
    How can someone made a video in which he recommends how to buy certain thing and make it sponsored by a shop? It's like a red flag of mistrust for anyone that watches it.

  • A number of retailers in my area no longer sell recurve bows of any type. Their reason being that they can't beat the prices of on-line retailers.

    They figure that they will make their money selling arrows and accessories.

  • I would like to share a common school of thought here in my community in terms of buying the first set of gears. It consists of 3 suggestions:

    1) prior to making the shopping list, always consider decking out on everything except for limbs and arrows, if you have the budget, for this is the least costly path overall. All that is left to do is replacing limbs and arrows as you progress;
    2) if you can't do what #1 suggests, either save up, or get the least expensive beginner's gear that is considered good enough (SF Axiom stuff being the most common suggestion), but be prepared to ditch them altogether once you get very good at 18m and want to shoot farther;
    3) DO NOT get mid-range stuff for any reason other than a massive discount or as free gift. They are overkill for short distance and useless for long range.

    It is not unusual to see beginners here wielding Hoyt GPX, W&W Nano Max or even MK Alpha risers, accompanied by Shibuya Ultima sight and other other Olympic grade gears, but with a set of SF Axiom limbs and inexpensive arrows. I nearly went that route but I had a massive budget cut due to things in life, so I followed suggestion #2. BTW I got a full set from Infitec, which seems to be badge-engineered Cartel products.

    Any thought on that, Sensei? Do you think there is a valid point in it? Really hoping to hear from you.

  • Very informative archery video. Thanks for posting. I really did learn a thing or two as it relates to choosing what to buy (look for). Again, thanks for posting. Cheers!

  • At 5:43, that's the package sells?
    Don't think I've ever seen a bigger mismatch in looks of arrows and bow 🙂

  • Hello, I have a question for you. I have been doing archery for about 8 months now, and my coaches are recommending that I get my own bow. I've been to competitions with club equipment, however I was the only one with equipment disadvantage since everyone had Olympic recurves. Do you think I should start investing in a bow, or is it hard to decide at this point? I feel like it's a huge investment on such a hobby. Hope you reply soon 😀

  • what exercises can i do to pull a heavier bow? I recently bought a 50 pound bow and I cant pull it back but i don't want to wait that long to use it (im a scrawny kid)

  • just about to finish Basic training in my archery lessons and I now have a chance to get a bow for Christmas. but can someone help me. there's two options which is the 'samick sage' recurve or the 'kinetic rave' compound. dunno what I should get for my first bow 😐.

  • Hey NU, what is the premise behind buying long stabilizer side rods vs short? Iv been using 15 inch side rods for years but Im buying some new ones and wondering what shorter rods would do for me.

  • Hey NUSensei, would this be a good beginner bow and arrow, and would they go well together? (Sorry I am asking you this)
    Bow: PSE Archery Razorback
    Arrows: Daisy Youth Archery 26'' Target Arrows
    (Again, I am very sorry for asking you this, because I know that this is an annoyance to you and everyone, but I'm not sure if this bow and arrow would go well together)

  • I am 13 years old and I am looking to buy the PSE Razorback Recurve or OMP Adventure 2.0. What bow do you think is a better choice? and what AMO Length should I get 54 or 62?

  • Thanks for all your archery tips, i bought a bow online a couple weeks ago and it arrived today, ive done everything correctly and even though its a 60 lb recurve its super fun to use, i probably would have broken it without all your tips so thank you 🙂

  • Hey NuSensei, sorry for asking again, but I went on the website you recommended above and looked around. I was able to find a new bow and arrow, so would they be good together? (Sorry for asking again)
    Bow: Adventure 2.0
    Arrow: Easton Genesis V2 Arrows

  • The finger tab has 2 piece of material on it, one is the leather and another is an orange piece of material. May I ask what is the purpose of the orange piece of material ?

  • I'm a very late beginner to archery would you think websites like medieval collectibles dot com is a good website to buy a traditional long bow.

  • Are recurve bows adjustable in their draw weight? Can you change it by changing the limbs, or it isn't worthy and might as well just buy a better bow? I want to start, I'd like to do bowhunting/fishing, so a bow I can take down and transport easily and is very simple to use is what I want. However, I've read in hunting channels that it's not advisable(even illegal sometimes) to attempt hunting with anything below 25 lb. Should I buy a simpler bow first and work my way to a more usable draw weight(40-50 lb)? Or(remembering your previous video) is it possible to tweak the draw by changing the limbs? I remember that you mentioned in the previous video that it is advisable that, if we mean to practice this seriously, it would be advisable to invest a bit more in better equipment, that's why I ask. Thanks for this videos, it is helping a lot.

  • i know this video is old but… Im on track&field and im good at running and long jump. Im rlly afraid of failure so if i fail ill turn to archery. But if im not good there after 2 years just FML coz i cant do more XD

  • is it really necesary to have everything on the list? or is it ok just to buy the bow, the arrows and the points for a start?

  • Just wanted to add that the Jaguar Elite actually includes it's own bow stringer in it's box, so if you do go for a Jaguar Elite like in the video you don't have to get the stringer separately.

  • i am not an archer, but if i joint to this sport , i will aim olympic section and choose best one which pro olympic athlete use. Yes expensive but i will only cry once lol. Buying cheap one will make you cry many times. But before buy, i will join archer club gather many information from senior.

  • I followed your advice on arrows, bought Gold Tips and the lookup chart on their website recommended a 400 spine for my recurve. The problem is, I am finding that Gold Tip is expecting you have a center shot shelved bow, and NOT a traditional one where the riser is in the way. My arrows deflect wildly off the side. This is bad advice.

  • Hi NU,

    What I really think is missing in your advice is that you are focusing on an Adult buying a bow for himself or herself……

    The real life situation for many is that it is not the adult who needs or would like a bow

    Children are a group of archers who would not be able to decide on what to buy and especially how much money to spend!!!

    Some advice to parents who are not archery orientated but would like to give their child’s best chance at the sport!!!

    This is a real tuff thing to advise on…… can you make a video on this

    Best regards from Germany


  • I shoot target compound as youth, about 275/300 points average, and i want to try and get into recurve. Theres this used bow on kijiji with Hoyt excel risers and Sebastian Flute Axiom limbs for about 150 CAD. Is that a good idea or not? Draw weight is #30.

  • Hi Nusensei, I just want to thank you for all your videos; The biggest hurdle was buying online – i eventually went through Lancaster and got a Cartel 3 riser and 35lbs Samick Sage limbs, plus some other necessary goodies. Thanks for all your info and advise.

  • Ok I know I'm like super annoying right now but I was hoping you could answer these questions. 🙁

    1. What if you don't know your draw weight?
    2. How do you check your draw weight?
    3. I am not getting Max pull on mystring, I think its too stiff?

  • Hi NUSensei
    I have always loved bows and recently I have been looking around to learn what bow would fit me best as a beginner that has never seen or touched a bow in real life, but my biggest problem is that I live in Denmark so there really isn't any local shops to go to, so I was wondering if you know of an online store that sells in EU? The bow type I have been looking after is a recurve bow if that helps. I have been looking on eBay but after this video, I became unsure if it was the best place to buy from hope you can give me some advice, because I would really like to get a good starter bow.

    Have been looking on ebay and found this, would this be an okay starter recurve bow? It's from core archery.

    Best Regards

  • His recommendations for first bow are wrong. First a cheap introductory bow will let to decide if you you want to continue archery. If not you have wasted your money on an expensive bow. The p;rices he has listed are higher than most are. His post is too long with lots of unseeded information that may not be of interest. If you decide to continue archery, research the Internet, and talk to members of local archery club. Many shoot different types of bows, Listen to their opinions.

  • I bought my first bow, watching this video on Apex Hunting though. they offered Samick Polaris package and sage. I saw your video of the difference of the two as well. Decided to buy Polaris b/c of the handle. it's all good. cheers!

  • I suggest bass pro shop. That's where I got my first bow and arrow. It was perfect and they let you try pulling the draw string and stuff like that

  • Love your videos. I used to be into the compound bow but there is something very appealing about the recurve. I am an older man now and settled on 30 lb limbs on an xspot decut aluminium riser. The folks at Lancaster archery are first class. I am used to shooting my CZ 75 9mm pistol but want to rediscover the beauty of archery. You sir, are informative and I thank you for reintroducing me I do enjoy shooting a pistol with its short sight radius but archery is a step above. It is common to all of humanity. Thank you for you informative videos.

  • Good advice if you are getting into archery as a complete beginner but I've been shooting Longbows for 30 years with the same 35lb now and all I ever had was a bow, a string and some basic renectment arrows, no tabs, no arm guards, no knock tips, no stringer and lastly no quiver, the bow cost me £50 including the string and the arrows are about £30 for 6 of them so I'm up and running for less than £100 😉

    If you want to buy more kit and stuff then go for it but you don't need to is all I'm saying.

  • I love your eloquent and thorough walk through video of buying a bow and the options etc.👍🏻❤️❤️😎
    The only thing (which yes is trivial) but the same song for 32 minutes was making me bananas lol even as calm as it sounds lol 🤷🏻‍♀️ 😂

  • Thank you for your videos! They are very helpful. After watching your videos and doing some research, I've decided to purchase the PSE Uprising package. Do you think that for a starter/learner archer this is a decent product? I figured if you have a look at the bow you could give me a decent answer on whether I am making a wrong purchase or not. Any help would be appreciated!

  • I want to buy a takedown bow with a 30lb draw weight. The company also sells extra limbs at various draw weights. Would It be fine to just change out the limbs to a higher draw weight if i need to one day, or do I need to purchase a new bow?

  • what if i'm confident in my ability to grow into the bow?.. I don't have the kind of money to spend on a starter bow and get a better one later… i kinda wanna get a good bow, affordable but quality, with a fairly heavy draw weight and just get used to it..

  • I want a recurve I can use for hunting and barebow competitive archery I ordered a Hoyt satori and wanted to know if that’s a good choice.

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