*Adult supervision is required for archery sports.

We do not provide archery equipment to children without explicit parental approval and acceptance of responsibility.

Traditional Bows and Arrows for Children's Archery

KidBow bows and arrows for kids

A division of Traditional Archery Supply  
659 Bedford St. - Whitman, MA 02382 - USA  
(781) 447-4520


 Answers to Frequently Asked Archery Questions

What kind of equipment is recommended?

The basic necessities for archery are a bow, arrows and target. Beyond that, the gear that will make archery safer and more enjoyable are a quiver to carry the arrows in, an armguard to protect from string slap to the arm and some hand or finger protection to cushion the skin from the bow string.  ^TOP

How do we measure "Draw Weight" and "Draw Length"?

To measure "Draw Weight", you will need to try several bows of different weights. Draw weight is measured as “pounds per square inch and noted with a ‘#’ symbol.

A small child (50 to 80 pounds) will be comfortable with a draw weight of 10 to 15 pounds (#). A larger child weighing 80 to 110 pounds may be best with a 15 to 20 pound (#) draw weight. An athletic older child may be capable of drawing 20 to 30 pounds (#) . These are all rough estimates, but give the idea.

To measure "Draw Length", you should take a yardstick and place it in the middle of the chest bone. Reach out on it in front equally with the fingertips of BOTH hands. Note the inches mark where the fingers touch.

That will be your ultimate potential draw length. You will likely pull a little shy of that with the tension of the bow across your shoulders. Please see illustration here.

Both of these measurements will increase as a child grows.  ^TOP

Do you supply to groups?

Yes, we supply groups such as camps, schools, scouts, and youth organizations with all necessary equipment for archery sports. We will be happy to assist you in choosing what you will need. Please email us with your questions/requests, or telephone us at 781-447-4520. Group pricing discounts are available. Please see our "Orders" and "Policies" pages for payment and shipping options.   ^TOP

What is the difference between "Recurve" and "Longbow"? ...
... And what is a "Compound" bow and do you sell them, too?

Please see our "Definitions" page for the difference between a Recurve and a Longbow. "Compound bow" refers to a modern mechanical type of bow that uses wheels (“cams”), cables, and sights. The advantage to compound shooting is that it allows the archer to provide more force with less effort. The disadvantages are that they require more maintenance, take longer between shots and do not give the same reward of true personal achievement. The cost is usually greater, too. We do not sell compound bows.  ^TOP
What is the advantage to an archery ‘Kit’ or  ‘Set’?

The advantage of an archery kit is that all of the necessary equipment is already put together for you to get started with archery. See KITS for choices. Additional targets, arrows or any other accessory can be added at extra cost.
See our Accessories page for specific options and a la carte add-ons.  

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a Take-down bow?

The take-down bows offered here at KidBow come in 3 pieces, which are 2 "limbs" and a "handle" (also called a grip or a riser). The 2 limbs (arms) of the bow need to be firmly attached to the handle before shooting it, according to the instructions of the particular bow. See illustration here.

The ADVANTAGE of this is that this style of bow requires less physical space, when taken apart, making it easier to store and transport. This also allows for different limb weights to be attached to the same handle, with the purpose of allowing for a variety of archers to use the same bow or the same shooter to tailor the bow to his or her current strength or need. This can work well in group settings or when a child is becoming stronger and more proficient.

The DISADVANTAGES of the Take-down style are that it is a more complicated set-up and requires planning, forethought and PROPER ASSEMBLY of the bow. Some children may be unable to attach the parts together because of either strength, lack of understanding or carelessness. Also, because it is 3 separate pieces, parts can be lost. ADULT SUPERVISION is especially important with the Take-down bow.  ^TOP

What is the best age to start archery?

Only you know your child and know when he/she is ready to accept the responsibilities and discipline that archery requires. That said, if your child shows interest and the parent/caregiver can give the time to teach the correct methods and safety restrictions, then the child may be ready. All children should be supervised at all times.   ^TOP

What is the best way to learn archery?

As with so many other things, the best way to learn archery is by the guidance and imitation of a knowledgeable adult. Archery is a staple sport of many camp, school and scout programs. This is a great way to learn the correct procedures and rules. Parents and relatives can be wonderful teachers, too. There are also many books and videos that can demonstrate and teach. The most important thing is NOT to allow a child to try archery without proper guidance.  ^TOP

What makes archery a "family" sport?

Just about anyone can participate in archery. It can be enjoyed by young and old, the disabled and the athletic. The cost of equipment can be minimal because several participants can use the same equipment. It's a great way for families to share and spend time together. ^TOP

What are the safety rules and precautions for archery?

As above stated, the primary safety precautions involve both supervision and teaching.

» The most obvious rule is: do not aim a bow at a person, living thing or breakable object.

» A bow must not be loaded with an arrow unless standing on the shooting line and the signal to start shooting has been given. This is often called out as “All clear” by the supervising person. This means that it’s OK to go ahead and load the arrow and then launch it.

» When each participant has finished shooting their arrows, they should stand back from the shooting line so the supervisor can clearly see that they have finished.

» Only when everyone has finished shooting should the signal to move forward to collect the arrows be given.

» If an arrow or part of equipment is dropped in front of the shooting line while shooting is in progress, it can only be picked up after shooting has stopped.

» Walk forward to collect the arrows, never run.

( Keep a eye on the ground for any arrows that may have dropped short of the target and lodged in the ground. Always withdraw the arrows in the opposite direction that they entered, so as not to bend or break the arrow.)

» Always walk up to the side of the target butt, so as to not to accidentally walk into the rear of the arrows lodged in the target.

» One person at a time should withdraw their arrows from the target.

» When withdrawing arrows from the target, make sure no one is standing in front of the target or in the way of the withdrawn arrows. Withdrawing the arrows may require some force and the arrows may come out suddenly from the target butt and the rear end of the arrow could hit someone standing in front of the target.

» Everyone shooting should help to find any arrows that may have missed the target.

» When carrying arrows, always hold them to the side POINTING DOWN or carry in a quiver and never run.

» Everyone must return to the shooting line and the range checked to make sure no one is behind the target butts or in the safety zone before the signal to commence shooting is given.

» If any person or animal enters the safety zone while shooting is in progress, the emergency signal must be given and all shooting must stop IMMEDIATELY.

Even if the bow is held at full draw and the signal is given, the arrow must not be released. The bow should be pointed at the ground and the bowstring let slowly forward. The arrow should be removed from the bow until the range is clear. (Many people are unaware of the danger from a shot arrow and may walk behind the target butts.)

»  Any person failing to abide by the safety rules is endangering themselves or others and should be required to leave the archery range.

» Allow at least 165 feet ( 50 meters ) behind the target butts as a safety zone for misses or arrows that may deflect off the top of the target butts. When using the stronger draw weight bows  (+20 pounds = + 9 kg.), allow 250 feet (75 meters) for safety. The more clear space behind the target, the better.

» Also see Is Archery a Safe Sport? YES! (pdf)
»  Print Safety Rules (pdf)                            ^TOP

Can being right or left handed make a difference with archery?

Correct identification of “eye dominance” is essential to the best success with archery. You can be right handed yet be left eye dominant and vise versa.  If you are right eye dominant, you’ll want to hold the bow in the left hand and if you’re left eye dominant, you’ll want to hold the bow in in the right hand. In either case, aiming should always be with BOTH eyes open.

The #36 bow, Bear Wizard, Crusader and Titan fiberglass bows are equally "lefty/righty". These are great for kids to try both ways to hold the bow and experiment to find which works best for them.

To test, hold your hands out at arms length and with both eyes open, look through the hole formed by your hands at a distant object. Keeping that object in view, slowly move your hands towards your face until they touch your face. The hole formed by your hands should be over one of your eyes. This eye is your dominant eye and will control your aiming. Another quick way to test your eye dominance is to point your index finger at a distant object with both eyes open, then close one eye and see if your finger appears to move away from what you are pointing at. If your finger does appear to move, then the eye that you closed is your dominant eye. Try again with your other eye and your finger should not appear to move. If you are RIGHT EYE dominant, you are a RIGHT HAND shooter and should shoot a right handed bow (the vast majority). The opposite is true with left eye dominance, and a left handed bow would be needed for the best and most natural archery performance.  ^TOP

How do you string a bow?

See the  "Instructions for Beginning Archers"  

See How to use a Bow Stringer   ^TOP

Can you help us to choose what's best for my young archer?

We would be happy to help in choosing the correct equipment for your young archer if you can't find your answer on this website. Please contact us by email, telephone (781) 447-4520, or stop by our shop if you are local to us.   ^TOP

How to order? Can I  buy online?

Please see “How to Order” and “Online order question”    ^TOP

What are your store hours?

Store Hours in Whitman, Massachusetts

Tuesday through Friday - 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. EST
Saturday - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.EST
Closed Sunday and Monday      

Driving directions to your the store?

Please see “Contact Us”     ^TOP