This is meant as a glossary of terms to be used to understand the different parts of the Bow and Arrow.

Parts of the Bow

Arrow rest – A small shelf attached to the riser that the arrow rests on.

Limbs – The parts of the bow that bend.

Nocking Point – The part of the string where the arrow is clipped. Normally consists of a pair of metal rings or glued on thread.

Pressure Button – A sprung plunger in the riser that stops the arrow hitting the riser when loosened. Can be adjusted to match the arrow spine to help in tuning.

Riser – The handle of the bow.

Serving – Extra thread wrapped around to protect the string at the positions where wear is likely; around the nocking point where you hold it, and around the loops at the string ends.

Sight – Aiming device fitted to the riser. Normally adjustable up and down for range, and side to side for windage. Compounds are allowed a magnifying lens. Longbows are allowed a rubber band.

Sight Window or Cut-out – The part of the riser where the bow is cut out to allow the arrow to pass through the centre of the bow. Longbows have no cut-out.

Stabilisers – Extra weights on rods to make the bow more stable in the hand. Makes the bow easier to aim at the target, but makes it heavier in the hand and more difficult to hold up.

Parts of the Arrow

Pile – The weight at the end of the arrow.

Shaft – The main part of the arrow.

Nock – The part of the arrow that clips onto the string.

Fletching’s – The plastic or feather vanes on the back of the arrow that keep the arrow flying pile first.