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Whenever you shoot a round that is shot according to the Rules of Shooting you should submit your scoresheet to the records officer who will then, using the Archery GB Handicap Tables, work out the handicap value for that round and score. Once you have submitted 3 scores your handicap is worked out as an average of those handicap values. At the same time the Record Officer will also be able to work out your classification. The grades of classification from low to high are:

Unclassified, 3rd Class, 2nd Class, 1st Class, Bowman, Master Bowman, Grand Master Bowman (for Juniors the highest classification is Junior Master Bowman instead of Grand Master Bowman)

From the dropdown lists below you will be able to see the scores that are required to achieve each classification in each round. In order to achieve a classification you must obtain the required score on three separate occassions within the same year.

Handicaps and classifications stand for the next twelve months, unless you are able to improve during the following years season. If at the end of the following year the best scores are less than they were in the previous year, the Handicap and Classification is adjusted downwards when the final values are calculated.


Please Note: These tables are presented for information purposes only. Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the data here is both accurate and up to date you should always check the latest official tables on the Archery GB website in the Shooting Administration Procedures manual.

Imperial Rounds

Classification

Round 3rd 2nd 1st BM MB GMB
York 335 543 865 1049 1157 1214
Hereford / Bristol I 539 752 1010 1143 1220 1259
Bristol II 754 933 1119 - - -
Bristol III 908 1044 - - - -
Bristol IV 1050 - - - - -
Bristol V - - - - - -
St. George 307 465 689 812 - -
Albion 458 610 785 875 - -
Windsor 605 728 856 - - -
Short Windsor 717 809 - - - -
Junior Windsor 820 - - - - -
Short Junior Windsor - - - - - -
New Western 193 334 560 689 - -
Long Western 342 488 666 757 - -
Western 486 610 739 - - -
Short Western 590 685 - - - -
Junior Western 687 - - - - -
Short Junior Western - - - - - -
American 504 607 713 - - -
St. Nicholas 595 - - - - -
New National 130 233 406 507 - -
Long National 234 346 487 559 - -
National 351 448 549 - - -
Short National 430 505 - - - -
Junior National 503 - - - - -
Short Junior National - - - - - -
New Warwick 96 167 - - - -
Long Warwick 171 244 - - - -
Warwick 243 305 - - - -
Short Warwick 295 343 - - - -
Junior Warwick 343 - - - - -
Short Junior Warwick - - - - - -

Metric Rounds

Classification

Round3rd2nd1stBMMBGMB
WA 1440 (Gentlemen) 538 745 1026 1177 1268 1319
WA 1440 (Ladies) / Metric I 634 845 1092 1220 1298 1342
WA 1440 (Cadet Ladies) / Metric II 769 959 1160
Metric III 966 1104
Metric IV 1150
Metric V
WA 900 500 617 739
WA 70m 232 357 512 588
WA 60m 312 428 553
WA 50m (80cm Target Face) 256 367
Long Metric (Gentlemen) 175 293 466 559
Long Metric (Ladies / I) 272 393 532 602
Long Metric II 356 462 573
Long Metric III 445 527
Long Metric IV 528
Long Metric V
Short Metric 362 453
Short Metric II 413
Short Metric III
Short Metric IV
Short Metric V

Imperial Rounds

Classification

Round 3rd 2nd 1st BM JMB
York 127 335 543 865 1049
Hereford / Bristol I 256 539 752 1010 1143
Bristol II 442 754 933 1119 1213
Bristol III 632 908 1044 - -
Bristol IV 845 1050 - - -
Bristol V 1047 - - - -
St. George 128 307 465 689 -
Albion 237 458 610 785 -
Windsor 379 605 728 856 -
Short Windsor 528 717 809 - -
Junior Windsor 686 820 - - -
Short Junior Windsor 830 - - - -
New Western 63 193 334 560 -
Long Western 152 342 488 666 -
Western 271 486 610 739 -
Short Western 397 590 685 - -
Junior Western 541 687 - - -
Short Junior Western 680 - - - -
American 316 504 607 713 -
St. Nicholas 464 595 - - -
New National 41 130 233 406 -
Long National 98 234 346 487 -
National 189 351 448 549 -
Short National 280 430 505 - -
Junior National 387 503 - - -
Short Junior National 494 - - - -
New Warwick 32 96 - - -
Long Warwick 76 171 - - -
Warwick 136 243 - - -
Short Warwick 198 295 - - -
Junior Warwick 271 343 - - -
Short Junior Warwick 340 - - - -

Metric Rounds

Classification

Round3rd2nd1stJBMJMB
WA 1440 (Gentlemen) 284 538 745 1026 1177
WA 1440 (Ladies) / Metric I 338 634 845 1092 1220
WA 1440 (Ladies Cadet) / Metric II 449 769 959 1160
Metric III 690 966 1104
Metric IV 961 1150
Metric V 1118
WA 900 295 500 617 739
WA 70m 88 232 357 512
WA 60m 142 312 428
WA 50m (80cm Target Face) 117 256 367
Long Metric (Gentlemen) 61 175 293 466
Long Metric (Ladies / I) 115 272 393 532
Long Metric II 184 356 462 573
Long Metric III 283 445 527
Long Metric IV 404 528
Long Metric V 523
Short Metric 223 362 453
Short Metric II 265 413
Short Metric III 407
Short Metric IV
Short Metric V

Imperial Rounds

Classification

Round 3rd 2nd 1st BM JMB
York 46 127 335 543 865
Hereford / Bristol I 110 256 539 752 1010
Bristol II 225 442 754 933 1119
Bristol III 388 632 908 1044 1184
Bristol IV 620 845 1050 - -
Bristol V 891 1047 - - -
St. George 50 128 307 465 -
Albion 108 237 458 610 -
Windsor 206 379 605 728 -
Short Windsor 349 528 717 809 -
Junior Windsor 535 686 820 - -
Short Junior Windsor 734 830 - - -
New Western 20 63 193 334 -
Long Western 61 152 342 488 -
Western 129 271 486 610 -
Short Western 229 397 590 685 -
Junior Western 382 541 687 - -
Short Junior Western 568 680 - - -
American 172 316 504 607 -
St. Nicholas 323 464 595 - -
New National 13 41 130 233 -
Long National 38 98 234 346 -
National 88 189 351 448 -
Short National 156 280 430 505 -
Junior National 264 387 503 - -
Short Junior National 402 494 - - -
New Warwick 10 32 - - -
Long Warwick 31 76 - - -
Warwick 65 136 - - -
Short Warwick 114 198 - - -
Junior Warwick 191 271 - - -
Short Junior Warwick 284 340 - - -

Metric Rounds

Classification

Round3rd2nd1stJBMJMB
WA 1440 (Gentlemen) 147 284 538 745 1026
WA 1440 (Ladies) / Metric I 171 338 634 845 1092
WA 1440 (Ladies Cadet) / Metric II 234 449 769 959 1160
Metric III 446 690 966 1104 1249
Metric IV 756 961 1150
Metric V 963 1118
WA 900 151 295 500 617
WA 70m 31 88 232 357
WA 60m 57 142 312 428
WA 50m (80cm Target Face) 50 117 256 367
Long Metric (Gentlemen) 20 61 175 293
Long Metric (Ladies / I) 44 115 272 393
Long Metric II 81 184 356 462
Long Metric III 153 283 445 527
Long Metric IV 272 404 528
Long Metric V 426 523
Short Metric 127 223 362 453
Short Metric II 152 265 413
Short Metric III 294 407
Short Metric IV 484
Short Metric V

Imperial Rounds

Classification

Round 3rd 2nd 1st JBM JMB
York 10 40 142 362 637
Hereford / Bristol I 29 98 280 570 834
Bristol II 71 204 473 783 994
Bristol III 158 360 663 930 1090
Bristol IV 338 591 869 1066 1177
Bristol V 633 868 1063 - -
St. George 12 44 142 329 -
Albion 30 97 257 481 -
Windsor 70 188 402 625 -
Short Windsor 157 327 550 732 -
Junior Windsor 327 514 702 830 -
Short Junior Windsor 569 720 839 - -
New Western 4 18 72 211 -
Long Western 15 54 168 363 -
Western 37 116 292 506 -
Short Western 82 210 418 606 -
Junior Western 184 361 559 698 -
Short Junior Western 379 551 692 - -
American 58 157 335 521 -
St. Nicholas 152 304 480 605 -
New National 2 11 47 143 -
Long National 9 33 109 249 -
National 24 78 205 367 -
Short National 53 142 296 442 -
Junior National 120 248 401 512 -
Short Junior National 253 388 503 - -
New Warwick 2 9 - - -
Long Warwick 7 27 - - -
Warwick 18 58 - - -
Short Warwick 41 105 - - -
Junior Warwick 92 180 - - -
Short Junior Warwick 190 275 - - -

Metric Rounds

Classification

Round3rd2nd1stJBMJMB
WA 1440 (Gentlemen) 53 134 305 567 831
WA 1440 (Ladies) / Metric I 59 155 364 665 925
WA 1440 (Ladies Cadet) / Metric II 80 213 480 799 1024
Metric III 206 418 721 988 1151
Metric IV 486 728 984 1164 1269
Metric V 701 939 1133
WA 900 47 136 316 519
WA 70m 6 27 98 249
WA 60m 13 50 156 330
WA 50m (80cm Target Face) 13 44 129 272
Long Metric (Gentlemen) 4 17 69 191
Long Metric (Ladies / I) 10 38 127 289
Long Metric II 21 72 200 373
Long Metric III 50 139 301 458
Long Metric IV 121 255 418 537
Long Metric V 271 412 532
Short Metric 49 117 237 376
Short Metric II 58 140 280 426
Short Metric III 156 279 420
Short Metric IV 366 473
Short Metric V 430

Imperial Rounds

Classification

Round 3rd 2nd 1st JBM JMB
York 3 12 53 175 390
Hereford / Bristol I 10 33 124 332 601
Bristol II 26 81 248 537 811
Bristol III 69 175 417 723 952
Bristol IV 189 363 650 916 1081
Bristol V 449 660 914 1092 1190
St. George 4 14 57 173 -
Albion 10 34 121 299 -
Windsor 27 79 225 449 -
Short Windsor 73 172 371 592 -
Junior Windsor 200 347 555 732 -
Short Junior Windsor 443 587 748 856 -
New Western 1 5 24 92 -
Long Western 5 17 69 202 -
Western 13 42 144 336 -
Short Western 32 92 248 461 -
Junior Western 89 201 403 592 -
Short Junior Western 243 399 584 713 -
American 23 66 188 374 -
St. Nicholas 72 167 341 510 -
New National 1 3 15 60 -
Long National 3 10 43 133 -
National 8 28 98 237 -
Short National 21 60 170 329 -
Junior National 56 132 280 428 -
Short Junior National 154 269 415 521 -
New Warwick 1 2 - - -
Long Warwick 2 9 - - -
Warwick 6 21 - - -
Short Warwick 16 46 - - -
Junior Warwick 44 100 - - -
Short Junior Warwick 121 200 - - -

Metric Rounds

Classification

Round3rd2nd1stJBMJMB
WA 1440 (Gentlemen) 22 59 161 351 596
WA 1440 (Ladies) / Metric I 24 66 187 419 697
WA 1440 (Ladies Cadet) / Metric II 32 90 256 544 828
Metric III 104 225 475 781 1010
Metric IV 332 511 783 1026 1178
Metric V 500 730 985 1163 1268
WA 900 17 54 166 358
WA 70m 2 8 35 122
WA 60m 4 16 64 188
WA 50m (80cm Target Face) 4 15 56 153
Long Metric (Gentlemen) 1 5 24 87
Long Metric (Ladies / I) 2 12 50 155
Long Metric II 7 25 91 234
Long Metric III 19 57 167 335
Long Metric IV 55 133 289 447
Long Metric V 166 288 440 550
Short Metric 21 54 138 264
Short Metric II 25 65 165 311
Short Metric III 85 169 308 445
Short Metric IV 277 378 494
Short Metric V 334 442

Imperial Rounds

Classification

Round 3rd 2nd 1st BM MB GMB
York 574 865 996 1134 1206 1249
Hereford / Bristol I 780 1010 1105 - - -
Bristol II 955 1119 - - - -
Bristol III 1060 - - - - -
Bristol IV - - - - - -
Bristol V - - - - - -
St. George 487 689 777 870 - -
Albion 629 785 849 - - -
Windsor 743 856 - - - -
Short Windsor 820 - - - - -
Junior Windsor - - - - - -
Short Junior Windsor - - - - - -
New Western 356 560 652 748 - -
Long Western 508 666 731 - - -
Western 625 739 - - - -
Short Western 697 - - - - -
Junior Western - - - - - -
Short Junior Western - - - - - -
American 619 713 - - - -
St. Nicholas - - - - - -
New National 249 406 478 554 - -
Long National 361 487 539 - - -
National 459 549 - - - -
Short National 514 - - - - -
Junior National - - - - - -
Short Junior National - - - - - -
New Warwick 178 280 - - - -
Long Warwick 254 333 - - - -
Warwick 312 370 - - - -
Short Warwick 348 - - - - -
Junior Warwick - - - - - -
Short Junior Warwick - - - - - -

Metric Rounds

Classification

Round3rd2nd1stBMMBGMB
WA 1440 (Gentlemen) 774 1026 1134 1248 1311 1352
WA 1440 (Ladies) / Metric I 873 1092 1183
WA 1440 (Cadet Ladies) / Metric II 981 1160
Metric III 1121
Metric IV
Metric V
WA 900 631 739
WA 70m 374 512 566
WA 60m 443 553 597
WA 50m (80cm Target Face) 381
Long Metric (Gentlemen) 310 466 533 602
Long Metric (Ladies / I) 409 532 582
Long Metric II 475 573
Long Metric III 536
Long Metric IV
Long Metric V
Short Metric 464 560
Short Metric II 507
Short Metric III
Short Metric IV
Short Metric V

Imperial Rounds

Classification

Round 3rd 2nd 1st JBM JMB
York 335 574 865 996 1134
Hereford / Bristol I 539 780 1010 1105 1204
Bristol II 754 955 1119 - -
Bristol III 908 1060 - - -
Bristol IV 1050 - - - -
Bristol V - - - - -
St. George 307 487 689 777 -
Albion 458 629 785 849 -
Windsor 605 743 856 - -
Short Windsor 717 820 - - -
Junior Windsor 820 - - - -
Short Junior Windsor - - - - -
New Western 193 356 560 652 -
Long Western 342 508 666 731 -
Western 486 625 739 - -
Short Western 590 697 - - -
Junior Western 687 - - - -
Short Junior Western - - - - -
American 504 619 713 - -
St. Nicholas 595 - - - -
New National 130 249 406 478 -
Long National 234 361 487 539 -
National 351 459 549 - -
Short National 430 514 - - -
Junior National 503 - - - -
Short Junior National - - - - -
New Warwick 96 178 - - -
Long Warwick 171 254 - - -
Warwick 243 312 - - -
Short Warwick 295 348 - - -
Junior Warwick 343 - - - -
Short Junior Warwick - - - - -

Metric Rounds

Classification

Round3rd2nd1stJBMJMB
WA 1440 (Gentlemen) 538 774 1026 1134 1248
WA 1440 (Ladies) / Metric I 634 873 1092 1183 1281
WA 1440 (Cadet Ladies) / Metric II 769 981 1160
Metric III 966 1121
Metric IV 1150
Metric V
WA 900 500 631 739
WA 70m 232 374 512 566
WA 60m 312 443 553
WA 50m (80cm Target Face) 256 381
Long Metric (Gentlemen) 175 310 466 533
Long Metric (Ladies / I) 272 409 532 582
Long Metric II 356 475 573
Long Metric III 445 536
Long Metric IV 528
Long Metric V
Short Metric 362 464
Short Metric II 413
Short Metric III
Short Metric IV
Short Metric V

Imperial Rounds

Classification

Round 3rd 2nd 1st BM JMB
York 215 335 574 865 996
Hereford / Bristol I 388 539 780 1010 1105
Bristol II 601 754 955 1119 1186
Bristol III 780 908 1060 - -
Bristol IV 959 1050 - - -
Bristol V 1118 - - - -
St. George 207 307 487 689 -
Albion 344 458 629 785 -
Windsor 496 605 743 856 -
Short Windsor 631 717 820 - -
Junior Windsor 761 820 - - -
Short Junior Windsor 872 - - - -
New Western 116 193 356 560 -
Long Western 239 342 508 666 -
Western 380 486 625 739 -
Short Western 501 590 697 - -
Junior Western 622 687 - - -
Short Junior Western 732 - - - -
American 413 504 619 713 -
St. Nicholas 537 595 - - -
New National 76 130 249 406 -
Long National 159 234 361 487 -
National 270 351 459 549 -
Short National 360 430 514 - -
Junior National 452 503 - - -
Short Junior National 536 - - - -
New Warwick 58 96 - - -
Long Warwick 120 171 - - -
Warwick 190 243 - - -
Short Warwick 250 295 - - -
Junior Warwick 311 343 - - -
Short Junior Warwick 366 - - - -

Metric Rounds

Classification

Round3rd2nd1stJBMJMB
WA 1440 (Gentlemen) 401 538 774 1026 1134
WA 1440 (Ladies) / Metric I 478 634 873 1092 1183
WA 1440 (Cadet Ladies) / Metric II 610 769 981 1160 1235
Metric III 838 966 1121
Metric IV 1066 1150
Metric V 1190
WA 900 400 500 631 739
WA 70m 150 232 374 512
WA 60m 222 312 443 553
WA 50m (80cm Target Face) 181 256 381
Long Metric (Gentlemen) 108 175 310 466
Long Metric (Ladies / I) 186 272 409 532
Long Metric II 269 356 475 573
Long Metric III 369 445 536
Long Metric IV 473 528
Long Metric V 567
Short Metric 292 362 464
Short Metric II 341 413
Short Metric III 469
Short Metric IV
Short Metric V

Imperial Rounds

Classification

Round 3rd 2nd 1st BM JMB
York 89 215 335 574 865
Hereford / Bristol I 192 388 539 780 1010
Bristol II 353 601 754 955 1119
Bristol III 539 780 908 1060 1184
Bristol IV 765 959 1050 - -
Bristol V 995 1118 - - -
St. George 92 207 307 487 -
Albion 181 344 458 629 -
Windsor 310 496 605 743 -
Short Windsor 462 631 717 820 -
Junior Windsor 633 761 820 - -
Short Junior Windsor 798 872 - - -
New Western 42 116 193 356 -
Long Western 111 239 342 508 -
Western 211 380 486 625 -
Short Western 332 501 590 697 -
Junior Western 485 622 687 - -
Short Junior Western 643 732 - - -
American 258 413 504 619 -
St. Nicholas 414 537 595 - -
New National 27 76 130 249 -
Long National 71 159 234 361 -
National 146 270 351 459 -
Short National 231 360 430 514 -
Junior National 343 452 503 - -
Short Junior National 463 536 - - -
New Warwick 21 58 - - -
Long Warwick 56 120 - - -
Warwick 106 190 - - -
Short Warwick 166 250 - - -
Junior Warwick 242 311 - - -
Short Junior Warwick 321 366 - - -

Metric Rounds

Classification

Round3rd2nd1stJBMJMB
WA 1440 (Gentlemen) 226 401 538 774 1026
WA 1440 (Ladies) / Metric I 266 478 634 873 1092
WA 1440 (Cadet Ladies) / Metric II 360 610 769 981 1160
Metric III 597 838 966 1121 1249
Metric IV 889 1066 1150
Metric V 1066 1190
WA 900 236 400 500 631
WA 70m 161 150 232 374
WA 60m 103 222 312 443
WA 50m (80cm Target Face) 87 181 256 381
Long Metric (Gentlemen) 41 108 175 310
Long Metric (Ladies / I) 82 186 272 409
Long Metric II 140 269 356 475
Long Metric III 231 369 445 536
Long Metric IV 356 473 528
Long Metric V 490 567
Short Metric 184 292 362 464
Short Metric II 220 341 413
Short Metric III 366 469
Short Metric IV 533
Short Metric V

Imperial Rounds

Classification

Round 3rd 2nd 1st BM JMB
York 23 69 215 335 574
Hereford / Bristol I 58 155 388 539 780
Bristol II 132 298 601 754 955
Bristol III 258 477 780 908 1060
Bristol IV 473 709 959 1050 1157
Bristol V 768 956 1118 - -
St. George 25 73 207 307 -
Albion 59 149 344 458 -
Windsor 125 266 496 605 -
Short Windsor 244 416 631 717 -
Junior Windsor 430 595 761 820 -
Short Junior Windsor 657 774 872 - -
New Western 9 32 116 193 -
Long Western 31 89 239 342 -
Western 72 176 380 486 -
Short Western 143 289 501 590 -
Junior Western 277 445 622 687 -
Short Junior Western 478 615 732 - -
American 105 222 413 504 -
St. Nicholas 232 378 537 595 -
New National 6 20 76 130 -
Long National 19 56 159 234 -
National 48 121 270 351 -
Short National 95 200 360 430 -
Junior National 186 312 452 503 -
Short Junior National 330 440 536 - -
New Warwick 5 16 - - -
Long Warwick 16 44 - - -
Warwick 36 88 - - -
Short Warwick 72 145 - - -
Junior Warwick 139 222 - - -
Short Junior Warwick 239 307 - - -

Metric Rounds

Classification

Round3rd2nd1stJBMJMB
WA 1440 (Gentlemen) 91 191 401 538 774
WA 1440 (Ladies) / Metric I 103 224 478 634 873
WA 1440 (Ladies Cadet) / Metric II 141 306 610 769 981
Metric III 313 536 838 966 1121
Metric IV 617 837 1066 1150 1249
Metric V 839 1027 1190
WA 900 88 199 400 500
WA 70m 14 47 150 232
WA 60m 28 82 222 312
WA 50m (80cm Target Face) 26 70 181 256
Long Metric (Gentlemen) 9 31 108 175
Long Metric (Ladies / I) 21 64 186 272
Long Metric II 43 114 269 356
Long Metric III 91 198 369 445
Long Metric IV 190 323 473 528
Long Metric V 352 466 567
Short Metric 82 160 292 362
Short Metric II 98 192 341 413
Short Metric III 222 337 469
Short Metric IV 427 514
Short Metric V 488

Whenever you shoot a round that is shot according to the Rules of Shooting you should submit your scoresheet to the records officer who will then, using the Archery GB Handicap Tables, work out the handicap value for that round and score. Once you have submitted 3 scores your handicap is worked out as an average of those handicap values. At the same time the Record Officer will also be able to work out your classification. The grades of classification from low to high are:

Unclassified, 3rd Class, 2nd Class, 1st Class, Bowman, Master Bowman, Grand Master Bowman (for Juniors the highest classification is Junior Master Bowman instead of Grand Master Bowman)

From the dropdown lists below you will be able to see the scores that are required to achieve each classification in each round. In order to achieve a classification you must obtain the required score on three separate occassions within the same year.

Handicaps and classifications stand for the next twelve months, unless you are able to improve during the following years season. If at the end of the following year the best scores are less than they were in the previous year, the Handicap and Classification is adjusted downwards when the final values are calculated.


Please Note: These tables are presented for information purposes only. Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the data here is both accurate and up to date you should always check the latest official tables on the Archery GB website in the Shooting Administration Procedures manual.

Imperial Rounds

Classification

Round 3rd 2nd 1st BM MB GMB
York 142 308 511 786 977 1080
Hereford / Bristol I 280 508 723 952 1091 1165
Bristol II 473 725 911 - - -
Bristol III 663 884 - - - -
Bristol IV 869 - - - - -
Bristol V - - - - - -
St. George 142 286 442 635 - -
Albion 257 435 590 746 - -
Windsor 402 584 713 - - -
Short Windsor 550 701 - - - -
Junior Windsor 702 - - - - -
Short Junior Windsor - - - - - -
New Western 72 175 313 504 - -
Long Western 168 321 468 626 - -
Western 292 466 595 - - -
Short Western 418 573 - - - -
Junior Western 559 - - - - -
Short Junior Western - - - - - -
American 335 487 594 - - -
St. Nicholas 480 - - - - -
New National 47 118 217 362 - -
Long National 109 218 330 455 - -
National 205 336 436 - - -
Short National 296 417 - - - -
Junior National 401 - - - - -
Short Junior National - - - - - -
New Warwick 36 88 - - - -
Long Warwick 85 160 - - - -
Warwick 146 233 - - - -
Short Warwick 209 287 - - - -
Junior Warwick 279 - - - - -
Short Junior Warwick - - - - - -

Metric Rounds

Classification

Round3rd2nd1stBMMBGMB
WA 1440 (Gentlemen) 305 509 716 959 1118 1203
WA 1440 (Ladies) / Metric I 364 602 817 1037 1169 1242
WA 1440 Cadet Ladies / Metric II 480 738 935
Metric III 721 942
Metric IV 984
Metric V
WA 900 316 481 603
WA 70m 98 214 340 477
WA 60m 156 293 413
WA 50m (80cm Target Face) 129 240
Long Metric (Gentlemen) 69 161 275 424
Long Metric (Ladies / I) 127 254 377 501
Long Metric II 200 339 449
Long Metric III 301 431
Long Metric IV 418
Long Metric V
Short Metric 237 348
Short Metric II 280
Short Metric III
Short Metric IV
Short Metric V
WA Standard Bow 361 472

Imperial Rounds

Classification

Round 3rd 2nd 1st JBM JMB
York 78 158 308 574 786
Hereford / Bristol I 173 306 508 780 952
Bristol II 325 505 725 925 1078
Bristol III 508 693 884 - -
Bristol IV 737 893 - - -
Bristol V 976 - - - -
St. George 82 157 286 487 -
Albion 165 278 435 629 -
Windsor 287 426 584 743 -
Short Windsor 439 571 701 - -
Junior Windsor 614 717 - - -
Short Junior Windsor 787 - - - -
New Western 37 81 175 356 -
Long Western 99 185 321 508 -
Western 193 314 466 625 -
Short Western 310 440 573 - -
Junior Western 465 576 - - -
Short Junior Western 629 - - - -
American 240 355 487 619 -
St. Nicholas 396 495 - - -
New National 24 53 118 249 -
Long National 63 121 218 361 -
National 133 221 336 459 -
Short National 215 313 417 - -
Junior National 328 415 - - -
Short Junior National 452 - - - -
New Warwick 18 41 - - -
Long Warwick 50 92 - - -
Warwick 97 157 - - -
Short Warwick 155 220 - - -
Junior Warwick 232 288 - - -
Short Junior Warwick 315        

Metric Rounds

Classification

Round3rd2nd1stJBMJMB
WA 1440 (Gentlemen) 208 328 509 774 959
WA 1440 (Ladies) / Metric I 245 391 602 873 1037
WA 1440 Cadet Ladies / Metric II 332 512 738 981
Metric III 475 751 942
Metric IV 783 1006
Metric V
WA 900 217 337 481 631
WA 70m 53 110 214 374
WA 60m 92 172 293
WA 50m (80cm Target Face) 78 141 240
Long Metric (Gentlemen) 36 77 161 310
Long Metric (Ladies) 73 141 254 409
Long Metric II 126 217 339 475
Long Metric III 214 318 431
Long Metric IV 340 433
Long Metric V 479
Short Metric 172 250 348
Short Metric II 206 295
Short Metric III 352
Short Metric IV
Short Metric V
WA Standard Bow 285 376 472

Imperial Rounds

Classification

Round 3rd 2nd 1st JBM JMB
York 35 61 127 283 511
Hereford / Bristol I 86 139 256 477 723
Bristol II 184 272 442 695 911
Bristol III 333 447 632 860 1028
Bristol IV 561 680 845 - -
Bristol V 844 936 - - -
St. George 38 65 128 265 -
Albion 86 134 237 412 -
Windsor 171 245 379 563 -
Short Windsor 305 393 528 685 -
Junior Windsor 493 576 686 - -
Short Junior Windsor 705 762 - - -
New Western 15 28 63 159 -
Long Western 47 79 152 300 -
Western 103 159 271 445 -
Short Western 192 268 397 556 -
Junior Western 339 424 541 - -
Short Junior Western 533 600 - - -
American 142 204 316 469 -
St. Nicholas 286 360 464 - -
New National 9 18 41 106 -
Long National 29 49 98 202 -
National 70 109 189 319 -
Short National 130 185 280 403 -
Junior National 232 296 387 - -
Short Junior National 374 428 - - -
New Warwick 8 14 - - -
Long Warwick 24 39 - - -
Warwick 52 80 - - -
Short Warwick 96 134 - - -
Junior Warwick 170 212 - - -
Short Junior Warwick 267 300 - - -

Metric Rounds

Classification

Round 3rd 2nd 1st JBM JMB
WA 1440 (Gentlemen) 122 176 284 481 716
WA 1440 (Ladies) 140 205 338 571 817
WA 1440 Cadet Ladies / Metric II 193 280 449 707 935
Metric III 390 505 690 918 1087
Metric IV 700 810 961
Metric V 916 1006
WA 900 123 182 295 461
WA 70m 23 41 88 197
WA 60m 43 73 142 275
WA 50m (80cm Target Face) 39 63 117 225
Long Metric (Gentlemen) 15 27 61 146
Long Metric (Ladies / I) 33 57 115 236
Long Metric II 64 102 184 322
Long Metric III 126 182 283 416
Long Metric IV 238 306 404
Long Metric V 398 453
Short Metric 107 149 223 334
Short Metric II 129 178 265
Short Metric III 264 323
Short Metric IV 462
Short Metric V
WA Standard Bow 197 255 346 459

Imperial Rounds

Classification

Round 3rd 2nd 1st JBM JMB
York 6 19 53 158 335
Hereford / Bristol I 18 51 124 306 539
Bristol II 47 117 248 505 754
Bristol III 113 235 417 693 1050
Bristol IV 268 445 650 893 1050
Bristol V 552 741 914 - -
St. George 7 22 57 157 -
Albion 19 52 121 278 -
Windsor 47 112 225 426 -
Short Windsor 115 225 371 571 -
Junior Windsor 269 409 555 717 -
Short Junior Windsor 515 640 748 - -
New Western 2 8 24 81 -
Long Western 9 27 69 185 -
Western 24 63 144 314 -
Short Western 56 129 248 440 -
Junior Western 137 257 403 576 -
Short Junior Western 319 459 584 - -
American 39 94 188 355 -
St. Nicholas 113 215 341 495 -
New National 1 5 15 53 -
Long National 5 16 43 121 -
National 16 42 98 221 -
Short National 36 86 170 313 -
Junior National 88 172 280 415 -
Short Junior National 209 315 415 - -
New Warwick 1 4 - - -
Long Warwick 5 13 - - -
Warwick 12 32 - - -
Short Warwick 28 64 - - -
Junior Warwick 69 129 - - -
Short Junior Warwick 160 229

Metric Rounds

Classification

Round3rd2nd1stJBMJMB
WA 1440 (Gentlemen) 37 82 161 328 538
WA 1440 (Ladies) / Metric I 41 92 187 391 634
WA 1440 Cadet Ladies / Metric II 55 127 256 512 769
Metric III 156 289 475 751 966
Metric IV 415 590 783 1006 1150
Metric V 614 813 985
WA 900 31 78 166 337
WA 70m 4 12 35 110
WA 60m 8 24 64 172
WA 50m (80cm Target Face) 8 23 56 141
Long Metric (Gentlemen) 2 8 24 77
Long Metric (Ladies) 6 18 50 141
Long Metric II 14 38 91 217
Long Metric III 33 82 167 318
Long Metric IV 88 175 289 433
Long Metric V 224 336 440
Short Metric 35 74 138 250
Short Metric II 41 89 165 295
Short Metric III 123 208 308
Short Metric IV 328 415
Short Metric V 390
WA Standard Bow 73 145 240 376

Imperial Rounds

Classification

Round 3rd 2nd 1st JBM JMB
York 2 6 26 78 142
Hereford / Bristol I 7 18 67 173 280
Bristol II 19 47 148 325 473
Bristol III 53 113 282 508 663
Bristol IV 156 268 502 737 869
Bristol V 402 552 794 976 1063
St. George 3 7 29 82 -
Albion 7 19 67 165 -
Windsor 20 47 140 287 -
Short Windsor 57 115 263 439 -
Junior Windsor 169 269 451 614 -
Short Junior Windsor 408 515 673 787 -
New Western 1 2 11 37 -
Long Western 3 9 36 99 -
Western 9 24 81 193 -
Short Western 24 56 158 310 -
Junior Western 70 137 298 465 -
Short Junior Western 208 319 497 629 -
American 17 39 116 240 -
St. Nicholas 57 113 249 396 -
New National - 1 7 24 -
Long National 2 5 22 63 -
National 6 16 55 133 -
Short National 15 36 106 215 -
Junior National 44 88 201 328 -
Short Junior National 130 209 345 452 -
New Warwick - 1 - - -
Long Warwick 2 5 - - -
Warwick 5 12 - - -
Short Warwick 12 28 - - -
Junior Warwick 35 69 - - -
Short Junior Warwick 104 160 - - -

Metric Rounds

Classification

Round3rd2nd1stJBMJMB
WA 1440 (Gentlemen) 17 37 101 208 305
WA 1440 (Ladies) / Metric I 18 41 114 245 364
WA 1440 Cadet Ladies / Metric II 24 55 157 332 480
Metric III 83 156 338 566 721
Metric IV 294 415 645 863 984
Metric V 445 614 865 1047 1133
WA 900 13 31 99 217
WA 70m 1 4 17 53
WA 60m 3 8 33 92
WA 50m (80cm Target Face) 3 8 30 78
Long Metric (Gentlemen) 1 2 11 36
Long Metric (Ladies) 2 6 25 73
Long Metric II 5 14 50 126
Long Metric III 14 33 102 214
Long Metric IV 42 88 205 340
Long Metric V 139 224 367 479
Short Metric 16 35 90 172
Short Metric II 19 41 108 206
Short Metric III 70 123 236 352
Short Metric IV 252 328 439
Short Metric V 305 390
WA Standard Bow 36 73 170 285

 Imperial Rounds

Classification

Round3rd2nd1stBMMBGMB
York28351169891310651146
Hereford / Bristol I477723884---
Bristol II695911----
Bristol III860-----
Bristol IV------
Bristol V------
St. George265442575721--
Albion412590700---
Windsor563713----
Short Windsor685-----
Junior Windsor------
Short Junior Windsor------
New Western159313443593--
Long Western300468579---
Western445595----
Short Western556-----
Junior Western------
Short Junior Western------
American469594----
St. Nicholas------
New National106217315432--
Long National202330418---
National319436----
Short National403-----
Junior National------
Short Junior National------
New Warwick79156----
Long Warwick150234----
Warwick222297----
Short Warwick278-----
Junior Warwick------
Short Junior Warwick------

Metric Rounds

Classification

 Round3rd2nd1stBMMBGMB
WA 1440 (Gentlemen)481716885106511901259
WA 1440 (Ladies) / Metric I571817973
WA 1440 Cadet Ladies / Metric II707935
Metric III918
Metric IV
Metric V
WA 900461603
WA 70m197340437
WA 60m275413494
WA 50m (80cm Target Face)225
Long Metric (Gentlemen)146275378490
Long Metric (Ladies / I)236377465
Long Metric II322449
Long Metric III416
Long Metric IV
Long Metric V
Short Metric334
Short Metric II
Short Metric III
Short Metric IV
Short Metric V
WA Standard Bow Round
459

Imperial Rounds

Classification

Round 3rd 2nd 1st JBM JMB
York 100 283 511 839 1015
Hereford / Bristol I 212 477 723 992 1118
Bristol II 381 695 911 - -
Bristol III 570 860 - - -
Bristol IV 792 - - - -
Bristol V - - - - -
St. George 103 265 442 671 -
Albion 199 412 590 773 -
Windsor 332 563 713 - -
Short Windsor 484 685 - - -
Junior Windsor 651 - - - -
Short Junior Windsor - - - - -
New Western 49 159 313 542 -
Long Western 124 300 468 653 -
Western 231 445 595 - -
Short Western 354 556 - - -
Junior Western 504 - - - -
Short Junior Western - - - - -
American 277 469 594 - -
St. Nicholas 431 - - - -
New National 31 106 217 392 -
Long National 79 202 330 477 -
National 160 319 436 - -
Short National 247 403 - - -
Junior National 358 - - - -
Short Junior National - - - - -
New Warwick 24 79 - - -
Long Warwick 62 150 - - -
Warwick 115 222 - - -
Short Warwick 177 278 - - -
Junior Warwick 252 - - - -
Short Junior Warwick - - - - -

Metric Rounds

Classification

Round3rd2nd1stJBMJMB
WA 1440 (Gentlemen) 244 481 716 1004 1149
WA 1440 (Ladies) / Metric I 289 571 817 1075 1196
WA 1440 Cadet Ladies / Metric II 388 707 935
Metric III 628 918
Metric IV 914
Metric V
WA 900 255 461 603
WA 70m 69 197 340 501
WA 60m 115 275 413
WA 50m (80cm Target Face) 97 225
Long Metric (Gentlemen) 47 146 275 452
Long Metric (Ladies / I) 92 236 377 523
Long Metric II 154 322 449
Long Metric III 248 416
Long Metric IV 372
Long Metric V
Short Metric 197 334
Short Metric II 235
Short Metric III
Short Metric IV
Short Metric V
WA Standard Bow 316 459

Imperial Rounds

Classification

Round 3rd 2nd 1st JBM JMB
York 69 194 335 574 813
Hereford / Bristol I 155 359 539 780 972
Bristol II 298 569 754 955 1092
Bristol III 477 752 908 - -
Bristol IV 709 938 - - -
Bristol V 956 - - - -
St. George 73 190 307 487 -
Albion 149 321 458 629 -
Windsor 266 473 605 743 -
Short Windsor 416 612 717 - -
Junior Windsor 595 747 - - -
Short Junior Windsor 774 - - - -
New Western 32 103 193 356 -
Long Western 89 220 342 508 -
Western 176 358 486 625 -
Short Western 289 481 590 - -
Junior Western 445 607 - - -
Short Junior Western 615 - - - -
American 222 394 504 619 -
St. Nicholas 378 524 - - -
New National 20 68 130 249 -
Long National 56 145 234 361 -
National 121 254 351 459 -
Short National 200 344 430 - -
Junior National 312 440 - - -
Short Junior National 440 - - - -
New Warwick 16 52 - - -
Long Warwick 44 110 - - -
Warwick 88 179 - - -
Short Warwick 145 240 - - -
Junior Warwick 222 304 - - -
Short Junior Warwick 307 - - - -

Metric Rounds

Classification

Round3rd2nd1stJBMJMB
WA 1440 (Gentlemen) 191 375 538 774 982
WA 1440 (Ladies) / Metric I 224 448 634 873 1056
WA 1440 Cadet Ladies / Metric II 306 577 769 981 1131
Metric III 536 810 966
Metric IV 837 1047
Metric V 1027
WA 900 199 379 500 631
WA 70m 47 136 232 374
WA 60m 82 204 312 443
WA 50m (80cm Target Face) 70 167 256
Long Metric (Gentlemen) 31 97 175 310
Long Metric (Ladies / I) 64 170 272 409
Long Metric II 114 251 356 475
Long Metric III 198 352 445
Long Metric IV 323 460
Long Metric V 466
Short Metric 160 278 362
Short Metric II 192 326
Short Metric III 337
Short Metric IV
Short Metric V
WA Standard Bow 270 405 484

Imperial Rounds

Classification

Round 3rd 2nd 1st JBM JMB
York 23 69 127 283 511
Hereford / Bristol I 58 155 256 477 723
Bristol II 132 298 442 695 911
Bristol III 258 477 632 860 1028
Bristol IV 473 709 845 - -
Bristol V 768 956 - - -
St. George 25 73 128 265 -
Albion 59 149 237 412 -
Windsor 125 266 379 563 -
Short Windsor 244 416 528 685 -
Junior Windsor 430 595 686 - -
Short Junior Windsor 657 774 - - -
New Western 9 32 63 159 -
Long Western 31 89 152 300 -
Western 72 176 271 445 -
Short Western 143 289 397 556 -
Junior Western 277 445 541 - -
Short Junior Western 478 615 - - -
American 105 222 316 469 -
St. Nicholas 232 378 464 - -
New National 6 20 41 106 -
Long National 19 56 98 202 -
National 48 121 189 319 -
Short National 95 200 280 403 -
Junior National 186 312 387 - -
Short Junior National 330 440 - - -
New Warwick 5 16 - - -
Long Warwick 16 44 - - -
Warwick 36 88 - - -
Short Warwick 72 145 - - -
Junior Warwick 139 222 - - -
Short Junior Warwick 239 307 - - -

Metric Rounds

Classification

Round3rd2nd1stJBMJMB
WA 1440 (Gentlemen) 91 191 284 481 716
WA 1440 (Ladies) / Metric I 103 224 338 571 817
WA 1440 Cadet Ladies / Metric II 141 306 449 707 935
Metric III 313 536 690 918 1087
Metric IV 617 837 961
Metric V 839 1027
WA 900 88 199 295 461
WA 70m 14 47 88 197
WA 60m 28 82 142 275
WA 50m (80cm Target Face) 26 70 117 225
Long Metric (Gentlemen) 9 31 61 146
Long Metric (Ladies / I) 21 64 115 236
Long Metric II 43 114 184 322
Long Metric III 91 198 283 416
Long Metric IV 190 323 404
Long Metric V 352 466
Short Metric 82 160 223 334
Short Metric II 98 192 265
Short Metric III 222 337
Short Metric IV 427
Short Metric V
WA Standard Bow 157 270 346 459

Imperial Rounds

Classification

Round 3rd 2nd 1st JBM JMB
York 3 12 30 89 215
Hereford / Bristol I 8 33 76 192 388
Bristol II 23 81 165 353 601
Bristol III 61 175 307 539 780
Bristol IV 172 363 531 765 959
Bristol V 425 660 819 - -
St. George 3 14 33 92 -
Albion 9 34 76 181 -
Windsor 23 79 155 310 -
Short Windsor 65 172 284 462 -
Junior Windsor 184 347 472 633 -
Short Junior Windsor 425 587 689 - -
New Western 1 5 13 42 -
Long Western 4 17 41 111 -
Western 11 42 92 211 -
Short Western 28 92 175 332 -
Junior Western 79 201 318 485 -
Short Junior Western 225 399 516 - -
American 19 66 129 258 -
St. Nicholas 64 167 267 414 -
New National 1 3 8 27 -
Long National 2 10 25 71 -
National 7 28 62 146 -
Short National 18 60 117 231 -
Junior National 49 132 216 343 -
Short Junior National 142 269 360 - -
New Warwick - 2 - - -
Long Warwick 2 9 - - -
Warwick 5 21 - - -
Short Warwick 14 46 - - -
Junior Warwick 39 100 - - -
Short Junior Warwick 112 200 - - -

Metric Rounds

Classification

Round3rd2nd1stJBMJMB
WA 1440 (Gentlemen) 19 59 111 226 401
WA 1440 (Ladies) / Metric I 21 66 127 266 478
WA 1440 Cadet Ladies / Metric II 28 90 174 360 610
Metric III 93 225 363 597 838
Metric IV 313 511 672 889 1066
Metric V 472 730 891
WA 900 15 54 110 236
WA 70m 2 8 20 61
WA 60m 3 16 38 103
WA 50m (80cm Target Face) 4 15 34 87
Long Metric (Gentlemen) 1 5 13 41
Long Metric (Ladies / I) 3 12 29 82
Long Metric II 6 25 56 140
Long Metric III 16 57 113 231
Long Metric IV 48 133 221 356
Long Metric V 152 288 383
Short Metric 19 54 98 184
Short Metric II 22 65 118 220
Short Metric III 77 169 250
Short Metric IV 264 378
Short Metric V 320
WA Standard Bow 41 110 183 301
February 20,2017

One of the most frequent questions we get asked by people who are on one of our beginners courses is "which bow should I buy?". This though is perhaps the wrong question to ask and instead it should be "when should I buy my first bow?"

Whilst it is perfectly understandable to be excited about your new sport, it would be a mistake to rush out and buy a bow too early as this can result in having to replace parts earlier than you would otherwise need and/or buying something that may either cause you injury or impair your development and enjoyment of the sport.

For this reason we strongly suggest that our members make use of the clubs bow loan scheme. For a deposit of £50 we will loan you one of our beginners bows, a sight, tab, arm guard and a set of arrows. When you return the bow, the deposit will be refunded to you.

By using the club bows you will be able to work on developing your form, build your strength all of which will not only give you a better understanding of what you actually need but also potentially mean you can draw heavier bows thus saving you from replacing your equipment too soon.

We would normally recommend that a beginner starts with a recurve bow hence this article will focus on that. Whilst compound bows are gaining popularity in this country recurve is still the dominant discipline and is potentially cheaper, easier and safer for a beginner to start with.

So you've decided, or one of the club coaches has advised you, that it's now time to buy your own bow. What should you buy?

This is by no means a definitive guide. The single most important thing to remember when buying a bow is that it has to be 'right' for you. What is right for you may not be right for someone else and just because a particular bow may not be listed here doesn't mean that you shouldn't buy it.

As you will no doubt have seen the price of bows vary widely but keep in mind that, as a beginner, it is likely that you will replace most parts of your bow in the first couple of years depending on how often you shoot and how quickly you pick things up.

Risers

Risers

They come in different sizes, different colours are made by different companies and have different limb fittings. To make life easier for you we would advise that you buy a riser that uses ILF (International Limb Fitting). In theory any ILF limb will fit any ILF riser regardless of make. ILF is by far the most common fitting and gives you maximum choice of limbs. The choice of riser is very much down to feel. A £600 riser won't shoot as well as a £200 riser if it feels uncomfortable to you. Nor is an £600 riser necasarily more acurate than a £200 one. A more expensive riser may however have tuning/adjustment capabilities that the most basic risers don't have but for a beginner such adjustments can cause more confusion than benefit in the early stages.

Is one manufacturer better than another?
Yes.....and no. The biggest names in recurve bows are probably Hoyt and Win & Win (W&W) but that's not to say that they are the best, at least not at the beginners end of the market. The cheapest W&W riser is more money than a beginner would typically be prepared to pay but that doesn't mean you should rush out and buy a Hoyt either. One particular manufacturer who make some great risers for beginners and intermediates is Sebastian Flute (SF) In some ways these risers are argualbly better than the entry level Hoyt. Other brands that do beginner risers are Cartel and Kap but there are many others.

Models that we would suggest at worthy of consideerationare (in no particular order):
WINS Axion (around £110)
WINS Premium (around £150)
WINS Forged Elite (around £240)
Hoyt Excel (around £110)
Hoyt Horizon (around £150)

(prices and models correct 2017)

What size should you buy? The size of a recurve bow is determined by the size of the riser and the length of the limbs. The most common size is a 68" bow which typically would mean a 25" riser with medium limbs. However determining what size bow you need is an important step to get right with many variable and so you should really speak to a coach about it or someone at the shop.

How much should you spend?
There is no real way of answering this question. Our advise is that you spend as much as you are prepared to spend but keep in mind that you may still replace it in the first couple of years. The more you spend now the longer you might be able to keep it but far more important than price is how it feels to you. Don't spend £250 on a riser if it feels uncomfortable when a £100 model feels better.

Limbs

Again this is something you will need to speak to a coach about or the shop as they come in different sizes, different weights, made of different materials and made by different companies.

What size do I need?
The size limb (and therefore the size of riser) you should buy will be determined by your draw length. The average person will shoot a 68" bow meaning that on a 25" riser they need Medium length limbs. Getting the correct bow size is important as if you shoot one that's the wrong size you won't be able to get the most energy from the limbs or you'll be putting too much energy into them. If your draw length is between 27"-29" you will probably need a 68" bow and therefore medium limbs.

What poundage should I buy?
This is why we suggest using the club bows to begin with. For most people archery uses muscles that they don't use that much in every day life, therefore it takes time to develop them. If you buy limbs that are too heavy you are 'over bowed' and could do yourself an injury and you'll find it very hard to be accurate. If you buy limbs that are too light you are 'under bowed' and won't develop the muscles needed or be able to reach the distances you want. By the time most beginners come to buy their first bow most will be looking to buy limbs between 24lb - 32lb but for some people 24lb will be too much and 32lb too light. Only you know how easy or hard it is to draw so ultimately it's got to be something that you feel comfortable with.

Limbs

What make/model should I buy?
Limbs are made of all different types of materials such as wood, foam, carbon and often limbs will use a combination of these materials. The main difference in these materials is their speed. The faster they spring back the faster the arrow flies. As a beginner you are going to be increasing your draw weight so you will almost certainly replace them in the first year. Therefore don't spend a lot. Models we would suggest are worth consideration are:
SF Premium Fibre (around £60)
KAP Windstorm 1 (around £60)
WNS Axiom (around £70)
WNS Premium Alpha (around £95)

(prices and models correct 2017)

Sights

Sights

Assuming you aren't shooting bare bow, you'll need a sight. There are two schools of thoughts when it comes to buying your first sight and both are equally valid. 1. Buy cheap and replace sooner. 2. Buy more expensive and replace later, if at all. The reason why both are valid can be best demonstrated by highlighting the main disadvantages of both types of sight.

Cheap Sight Disadvantages:
1. They shake themselves loose frequently.
2. They are harder to adjust quickly and finely.

Expensive Sight Disadvantages:
1. They can cost 10x as much as a cheap one.
2. They offer a level of fine adjustment that a beginner won't make use of for several months.

To be frank all a beginner needs from a sight to begin with is a fixed reference point. On that basis a pin stuck in some tape on the riser does the job (not recommended long term of course). You do want something though that you can record your sight marks with, but any sight can do that.

It's up to you how much you want to spend but models we believe are worth considering are:

Cartel Midi Extension (around £10)
SF Axiom (around £25)
Decut 120 (around £40)
SF Velocity Carbon (around £75)

(prices and models correct 2017)

You can spend a lot more than that the Shibuya Ultima RC Carbon is a whopping £235 but you certainly don't need to spend anywhere near that as a beginner.

Arrows

Arrows are obviously an important piece of equipement that you will need. However it is important to get the right length and spine (thickness/strength) of arrow and that is determined by your bow and draw length. Therefore you should talk to a coach or the shop before making a purchase.

There are dozens of different types of arrows made from a range of materials but as a beginner we would definitely suggest you buy aluminium arrows as these are cheap to replace and perfectly good enough.

Typically most shops tend to supply beginners with Easton Jazz or Easton Blues and these are available in sets of 8 or 12 as well as individually. 8 arrows is enough to begin with, you will probably bend and loose some over time but they can be easily replaced.

Arrows

Other equipment you will need will be a tab, arm guard, string, stand and quiver. You may also wish to consider buying a case/rucksack in which to transport and store all your equipment.

A Tab is a very personal piece of equipment and often over looked as just a finger protector. Its more than that as it's one of only 2 points of contact you have with your bow. To begin with a tab is just a piece of leather but when you buy your first bow you will probably need something better as the heavier draw weights may hurt your fingers if you shoot with the cheap single layered leather tabs. The most important thing is that you get one that fits correctly. Too small and your fingers won't be protected, too big and the leather will catch on the string spoiling your shot. Speak to the shop to get the right size. Tabs come in all manner of shapes and sizes and prices. You don't need to spend a fortune. What you are getting in the more expensive tabs is a better quality leather which allows the string to slip off more easily, more adjustments and the name. We would advise getting something with a finger spacer to prevent you pinching your arrows off the string but beyond that it's done to personal preference, feel and budget.

When it comes to the string just ask the shop to provide you with one but ask them to set the bow up as well. They should then check to make sure that the brace height and nocking point height are correct which may require making some minor adjustments to the string (adding or removing twists). It's a lot easier for you if they do it first but it is something you will need to learn to check and do for yourself as well.

Your quiver, stand and arm guard are all just personal preferences.

After all that, enjoy your archery!

February 10,2017

There are many different rounds that can be shot both indoors and outdoors and broadly breakdown to either Metric or Imperial. Imperial rounds are the traditional rounds from Archery GB (governing body of archery in the UK) that are typically named after British cities. These rounds are shot at distances measured in yards. Metric rounds are shot at distances measured in meters and predominantly fall under the World Archery (formally FITA) governing body although there are also some metric rounds from Archery GB.

The following tables show the number of arrows (per dozen) shot at each distance for each specific round and the maximum score that can be achieved for that round. The tables also list what size target face is required and the scoring system that is used, either 5 zone or 10 zone.

5 Zone Scoring / Imperial Scoring

Target Face5 zone scoring is only used in Archery GB Imperial rounds. On a target face there are ten rings with the rings being in coloured pairs resulting in 5 colours. These 5 colours are the zones and are scored as follows:

Gold: 9
Red: 7
Blue: 5
Black: 3
White: 1

10 Zone Scoring / Metric Scoring

10 zone scoring is where each of the 10 rings has a different value with 10 being for the inner gold ring, 9 for the outer gold ring all the way down to 1 for the outer white ring. Many target faces number each ring accordingly, as can be seen in the picture above.

Archery GB Indoor Rounds

Indoor rounds such as a Portsmouth are shot in 3 arrow ends with 2 ends (6 arrows) of sighters and use metric scoring.

Archery GB Outdoor Rounds

Outdoor rounds such as a York are shot in 6 arrow ends with 1 end (6 arrows) of sighters and use imperial scoring. A 120cm target face is used and rounds involve multiple distances. The furthest distance is shot first and then the bosses are moved to the closer distance.

World Archery Indoor Rounds

All indoor rounds are shot in 3 arrow ends and archers also get 2 ends (6 arrows) of practice before scoring commences. Archers also have 2 minutes in which to shoot an end an 3 arrows. The metric, 10 zone scoring system is used.

World Archery Outdoor Rounds

A single outdoor round is shot at multiple distances with the furthest distance being shot first. The bosses are then moved closer to shoot the shorter distances. Archers are given 45 minutes of sighters at the furthest distance and the archer can shoot as many arrows as they like within this time. Distances 90, 70 and 60 metres are shot in 6 arrow ends using 120cm faces. The closer distances, 50 and 30 metres, are shot in 3 arrow ends using 80cm faces. For 6 arrow ends the archer is given 4 minutes to shoot, for 3 arrow ends they have 2 minutes. The metric, 10 zone scoring system is used.

Archery GB Imperial Outdoor Rounds (5 Zone Scoring)

Round Name100 Yards80 Yards60 Yards50 Yards40 Yards30 Yards20 Yards10 YardsMax Score
York642     1296
Hereford / Bristol I
 642    1296
Bristol II  642   1296
Bristol III   642  1296
Bristol IV    642 1296
Bristol V     6421296
St. George 33     972
Albion 333    972
Windsor  333   972
Short Windsor   333  972
Junior Windsor    333 972
Short Junior Windsor     333972
New Western44      864
Long Western 44     864
Western  44    864
Junior Western   44   864
Short Junior Western    44  864
American  2.52.52.5   810
St. Nicholas    43  756
New National42      648
Long National 42     648
National  42    648
Short National   42   648
Junior National    42  648
Short Junior National





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648
New Warwick22      432
Long Warwick 22     432
Warwick  22    432
Short Warwick   22   432
Junior Warwick    22  432
Short Junior Warwick     22 432

Archery GB Outdoor Metric Rounds (10 Zone Scoring)

  122cm Target Face 80cm Target Face
Round Name 90 Meters 70 Meters 60 Meters 50 Meters 40 Meters 30 Meters 20 Meters 50 Meters 40 Meters 30 Meters 20 Meters 15 Meters 10 Meters Max Score
Metric I 3 3 3 3 1440
Metric II 3 3 3 3 1440
Metric III 3 3 3 3 1440
Metric IV 3 3 3 3 1440
Metric V 3 3 3 3 1440
Long Metric (Gentlemen) 3 3 720
Long Metric (Ladies) / Long Metric I 3 3 720
Long Metric II 3 3 720
Long Metric III 3 3 720
Long Metric IV 3 3 720
Long Metric V 3 3 720
Short Metric / Short Metric I 3 3 720
Short Metric II 3 3 720
Short Metric III 3 3 720
Short Metric IV 3 3 720
Short Metric V 3 3 720

World Archery (WA) Metric Outdoor Rounds (10 Zone Scoring)

 122cm Target Face80cm Target Face
Round Name90 Meters70 Meters60 Meters50 Meters40 Meters30 Meters20 Meters50 Meters40 Meters30 Meters20 Meters15 Meters10 MetersMax Score
WA 1440 (Gentlemen) 33     3 3   1440
WA 1440 (Ladies)  33     3 3   1440
WA 1440 (Cadet Ladies)   33     33   1440
WA 900  2.5 2.52.5        900
WA 720 (70 Meters)  6           720
WA 720 (60 Meters)            720
WA 720 (50 Meters)            720
WA Standard Bow Round
   3        720
Olympic Round Sets            Best of 3 or 5 Sets
Olympic Round (Cadet)  Sets           Best of 3 or 5 Sets
Compound Match        1.25     150

Archery GB Imperial Indoor Rounds (10 Zone Scoring)

Round Name Distance Face Size Dozens Max Score
Portsmouth 20 Yards 60cm 5 600
Bray I 20 Yards 40cm 2.5 300
Bray II 25 Yards 60cm 2.5 300

Archery GB Indoor Special Rounds

Round Name Distance Face Size Dozens Max Score
Stafford 30 Meters 80cm 6 720
Worcester 20 Yards 16" (5 Zone Scoring) 5 300
Vegas 18 Meters 3 Spot Triangle 5 600

World Archery (WA) Indoor Rounds (10 Zone Scoring)

Round Name 18 Meters
40cm Target Face
25 Meters
60cm Target Face
Max Score
WA18 5   600
WA25   5 600
WA Combined 5 5 1200
Recurve Match Sets   Best of 3
Compound Match 1.25   150
February 09,2017

Archery GB is keen to recognise progress and provides a wide range of awards for all archers regardless of age, ability and bow types. These awards can be a good way of not only charting your own progress but can also motivate you by giving you something to aim for.

Many of these awards can be obtained at Club Target Days as well as at tournaments. A Club Target Day is not to be confused with a normal practice day. Instead a Club Target Day A Club Target Day is any day and time appointed under the Rules of the Club and previously announced to the Members. All scores made on a Club Target Day must be entered
in the Club Record Book and all shooting is in accordance with the Rules of Shooting.

Classification

Third Class Badge
Second Class Badge
First Class Badge
Bowman Badge
Master Bowman Badge
Grand Master Bowman Badge

Classifications in archery start with Third Class and continue with Second Class, First Class, Bowman, Master Bowman and Grand Master Bowman. The scores that need to be achieved for each of these classifications are dependent on the round that is shot, the type of bow you use, how old you are and your gender. Details of what rounds can be used for classification and what scores are required can be found here.

You can claim the relevant badge once you have submitted 3 qualifying scores within the same year.

3rd, 2nd, 1st class and Bowman classifications can be achieved by shooting at official club days as well as in open competitions and tournaments and are entirely handled at club level.

Master Bowman, Junior Master Bowman and Grand Master Bowman can only be achieved by shooting the required scores at UK Record Status tournaments. Unlike the lower awards, Master (Junior and Senior) and Grand Master Bowman are co-ordinated by Archery GB and not the club and so all claims are made to Archery GB.

Six Gold End Badge

Six Gold End Badge

If, at a Registered Tournament or Club Target Day, you shoot six arrows into the gold in one end at either of the two longest distances for your age group (WA Metric or Imperial Rounds), you can claim this badge. Juniors can claim a Six Gold End badge only once in each discipline you shoot - recurve, longbow and compound. There is also a 3 Gold End badge for Longbow.

Claims must be submitted to Archery GB on the appropriate form. If it is attained at a tournament then the claim should be ratified by the tournament organiser. If it is attained at a Club Target day, then Club Secretary must sign the claim form.

 

Imperial Measurements

Metric Measurements

Seniors

Gentlemen 80 Yards 70 Meters
Ladies 60 Yards 60 Meters

Jnr Gents

Under 18 60 Yards 60 Meters
Under 16 50 Yards 50 Meters
Under 14 40 Yards 40 Meters
Under 12 30 Yards 30 Meters

Jnr Ladies

Under 18 50 Yards 50 Meters
Under 16 40 Yards 40 Meters
Under 14 30 Yards 30 Meters
Under 12 20 Yards 20 Meters

Rose Awards

Rose Award 800
Rose Award 900
Rose Award 1000
Rose Award 1100
Rose Award 1200
Rose Award 1250

Rose Awards can only be claimed when shooting at UK Record Status York, Hereford and/or Bristol l – V tournaments that have been accorded "Rose Award" Status. Scores required to achieve a Rose Award and the relevant background colour of the badge are detailed in the table opposite.

Badge Colour

White

Black

Blue

Red

Gold

Purple

Compound and Recurve

800 900 1000 1100 1200 1250

Longbow

225 300 375 450 525 600

 

There are many other types of awards available from Arrow Awards for juniors through to WA Target and Star awards that can only be claimed at tournaments with World Record status. For details of these awards please visit the Archery GB website.

February 09,2017

Whether you are competitive or just shoot for pleasure, shooting in a tournament is a great experience and can be a lot of fun, but it can seem a daunting prospect at first. This guide to what to expect at your first tournament will hopefully help to dispell any fears you may have. The vast majority of tournaments are pretty relaxed events where beginners are very welcome. The only tournaments that are a little bit more formal are ones that have UK or World Record Status and even in these tournaments you will find a mix of elite, intermediate and beginners. All are welcome.

Why Should You Do It?

Firstly it’s good fun.  You get to meet other archers and see different styles & equipment.  There are always beginners at comps so you will not be the only one there.  You can get a score which can count towards your classification and handicap and then try to improve on it the next time – so it is a great way to see your progress.

Where/When Should You Go?

Our calendar has dates of lots of local and national tournaments and we often email about local tournaments. Arundown runs several annual tournaments and they are only a few miles away in Angmering.  We also hold friendly tournaments within the club.

Arrive at least 30 mins early so you have time to set up your bow.

Who Should You Go With?

It is almost always more fun to go with other members of the club – if you are entering a tournament put a message on the forum so other likeminded archers can go with you.  You could even share lifts to keep the costs down.

What Do You Need To Take?

Some places are more relaxed than others, but there are a few rules and helpful tips.  You can check out the full dress code rules here – but mainly you can’t wear blue denim, olive drab or camouflage clothes or ripped clothes and they shouldn’t have slogans on them.

  • You must bring your Archery GB card (or receipt) to show you have paid your membership.
  • Most venues have a snack stall but it’s always a good idea to take food & drink.
  • A pen to write your scores with!
  • If it’s outdoor, then often a chair and maybe an umbrella or suncream!
  • Your bow & arrows etc and spare equipment in case of damage.

What Happens On The Day?

field layoutOn arrival you must register with the organiser who will then tell you which boss you are on. You should then locate that boss and set-up your bow.

You will notice that often there will be three lines on the ground. The first line is the Shooting Line. You may only be on this line when it is your turn to shoot. The second line is the Waiting Line. All archers when not on the shooting line must wait behind this line. No equipment other than the equipment you are shooting with can be placed in front of the waiting line. The third line is the Equipment line. All other equipment, bags, cases, coats etc must be stored behind this line.

After you have set up and before the tournament starts there will be an Assembly where the judges will tell you the rules and explain the order of events.

When the tournament starts there will be one whistle to announce that archers may approach the shooting line. This will be followed shortly by a second whistle to announce that you can start shooting. When everyone has shot (or after 2 minutes if it is a timed round) there will be three whistles to denote that you can score and collect arrows.

Scoring

All arrows must be scored before any arrow is pulled. Do not touch the arrows but instead point to them when calling the scores. Always start at the highest score and work your way out calling them in sets of 3 e.g. “9,7,7” and then “7,5,5”. If the tournament has Record Status or if the judges have told you to do so, mark the arrows on the target face with two short lines either side of the shaft and then pull them out. This is so that if an arrow bounces out the judges can tell where it hit by finding the unmarked hole. If you make a mistake when scoring, simply raise your arm and a judge will come over and make the correction. Do not make the correction yourself.

Shooting In Details

Often there will be so many archers in a tournament that you will need to shoot in details. Typically there would be 4 archers on a boss. Detail A would be archers 1 & 2 and Detail B would be archers 3 & 4. On the first end Detail A would shoot first followed by Detail B and then both details score and collect. On the next end Detail B would shoot first followed by Detail A and so on. Swapping the shooting order means that everyone gets the chance to shoot at a clean target face.

Rebounding Arrows & Hangers

If you shoot an arrow and it bounces out of the boss you should continue to shoot your remaining arrows. Then take two steps back and raise your bow above your head to signal the judge who will then tell you what to do. If you or anyone else on your boss shoot an arrow that then falls so that it is hanging in the target face all archers must stop shooting immediately and raise your hand to signal the judge who will then tell you what to do.

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