demiraks_world (demiraks_world) wrote in archery,

Newb Equipment

I've been taking an archery "class" for a few weeks now.
I kinda like the sport, but honestly am not really sure how much I'll be participating in it. I know a couple people who bow hunt and so far they've been open and want to go "shooting" targets with me. But beyond that - I'm not sure how "into" the sport I'd get.

So, despite this I think I want to get a bow of my own, so that I CAN go shooting, and have the option of joining a league or something if I want. The problem is I'm not sure what to get!!

I don't want to invest too much money, so even though I love the compact size (and awesome speed) of a compound, I'll probably stick to a recurve. I figure I can upgrade if I really get involved.

I've been thinking of just getting a Genesis bow.
- relatively inexpensive
- compact like a compound
- shoots faster than a regular recurve
- seems easy (no choosing between risers and limbs, etc.)
- if I want to take my cousin or the girl I mentor out, they'd be able to use the bow too (assuming they can pull the weight I set it at.)

HOWEVER - It's not really a bow that would grow with me too much. But, I'm not sure it has to?

What does anyone think??
Would I be better off getting a separate riser and limbs?

I'm so just confused!!!

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The Genesis is a good teaching bow because it is a compound bow but with 0 let off but it certainly doesn't shoot or feel like a recurve bow. So if your serious about shooting recurve, then you need to stick with a basic recurve. If you'd like to maybe get more into compound bows, the Genesis would be a decent starter but I'd say as you get better (which will happen pretty quickly if you dedicate yourself) you'll probably be unhappy with the bow compared to other shooters and what they shoot.

In the end, you need to decide up front how much you really enjoy shooting. If it's something you really like, set yourself a reasonable budget and commit to it (I really do suggest over a few hundred bucks if possible, no need to go past 3 or 4 or 5 hundred but 200 - 300 is a reasonable amount to setup your own kit in the beginning, going any cheaper will yield in subpar equipment that you'll just have to change out anyway). If you like recurve target shooting, my suggestions would be a Kap Winstar II or T-Rex, with low cost ILF limbs. The resale on this equipment is a lot higher than non ILF risers and limbs. Get a simple sight, a decent rest and plunger (Shibuya or Cavalier), maybe a simple stablizer, and a good set of arrows (Easton Platinum are great beginners arrows IMO) and go shoot. A setup like this is somewhere in the $300 range though.

Find an archery range with a lot of great target shooters and join up. You'll get better advice from a real live person who can talk to you in person than you ever would from some stranger online.