Based on a conversation after completing my beginner archery course.

Which bow

Without going into too much detail it's recommended to start with a recurve because it will help you achieve results with your techinque faster.

You can always switch to barebow, or traditional bow, or compound, or longbow if you wish.

Starting out with your bow

It's possible that your new bow will be heavier than you expect. So this is what you should do when coming to the club:


The next time you'll probably shoot 40 arrows with your bow, and the time after that 70 arrows etc.


Make sure that the components you buy (riser, limbs) are ILF (International limb fitting) standard. It's one of the few standards that exist in archery, and you want things to fit together.

Components you need

Riser (sv: stock), ILF

Example: Risers by Win&Win have a budget series that can be had for under 2300 SEK.

Limbs (sv: lemmar), ILF

Get the cheapest shittiest limbs you can find


Stringer: sv: påsträngare [optional]

This is a tool to string your bow in the absence of other helper tools. There are many different ones, but you may want a lighter smaller one that you can carry with you everywhere. Like this:

Arrow rest

The arrow rest should be as smal and light as possible. You want a magnetic arrow rest like in the picture. These ones are easy to attach, the magnet makes sure the arrow rest rests the position when the arrow flies away, it doesn't wear out (like soft/rubber rests do).

Don't buy the ceapest or the most expensive one, buy a good one. A good example is Shibuya.


The plunger nudges your arrow to make sure it straightens its flight path quicker once you let it loose. A plunger will need tuning according to how you shoot.

Same as arrow rest, don't buy the ceapest or the most expensive one, buy a good one.


Spend all your money on a sight

If you buy a good one, you will never need another one, ever. The last for decades.

Make sure you're buying a sight suitable for your shooting hand (that is, right-handed, or left-handed)

Stabilizer (sv: stabbar/stabilisatorer)

As a beginner, you want the middle one and the V-bar (to attach side stabilizers later). This is to make sure that the side stabilisers don't help you too much before you develop a proper technique.

Don't go for the cheapest or for the most expensive ones, go for the good ones, they will also last you for a long time. If you find a set of all three stabilisers that goes for a good price, get that, you'll probably want those side stabilisers later.

This is, of course personal preference, but there are a few things to consider:

Magnetic bow stand will simply protect your bow, and makes it convenient to put it down to rest etc.

Bow square (sv: trängvinkeln) [optional]

To set nocking points on arrows

Finger sling (sv. fingerslinga)

Most archers don't use the sling pictured below, and insted use the finger sling pictured above

While you can buy finger slings, you can just make them out of shoe laces (as pictured above). You want a sports shoe lace that is flat (not round).

You will need at least two of these because they can be easily lost. And you shouldn't just use one of them, but use change them from time to time so that they are the same length, state etc., and don't affect you.


Do not buy until you've used your own bow for a while. Then you will measure your finger pull weight, and will figure out which arrows you need, and then buy them.

Arrows also consist of four parts that you may need to buy separately:

Summary of equipment


Equipment How much money to spend
Riser ILF Right/left-handed When buying new from a specialized store, even the cheapest one is more than enough
Limbs ILF The cheapest and the shittiest
String Whichever, suitable for small arrow nocks, don't go for the fastest of the fast
Arrow rest Right/left-handed Don't buy the cheapest or the most expensive
Plunger Don't buy the cheapest or the most expensive
Sight Right/left-handed Spend all your money on it
Stabilisers Look for a good price

Special mention:

Equipment How much money to spend
Arrows Don't buy until you've used your bow for a while
Equipment Notes
Quiver Right/left-handed Compartments for arrows. Pockets. Pockets can be closed/zipped-up
Bow stand Light magnetic
Bow square
Stringer Small a light to carry around
Bag Lots of pockets to carry small stuff, a tube to carry arrows and stabilisers
Allen key set Both inches and millimiters (because parts often come in either)

Personal notes

These are numbers for my own first bow:

Part Measurements
Riser 25" (could be called medium by some companies)
Limbs 70" 26#
The measurement above is for a draw length of slightly over 29" (29.2" or 29.3")