Many new archers get confused with the terminology, so I thought it would be a good idea to break it down. There is a difference between the terms, “Traditional Archery” and “Primitive Archery.” Many of you may have seen me explain the differences between the two in the Rasher Quivers Archery Tip of the Day on our Twitter or Facebook Page. I hope to explain here even more without the character limits of the social media platforms.
Traditional Archery is a shooting classification. This classification includes bows without sights, stabilizers, cams, or other gadgets that may assist in the shooting process. The traditional class also excludes the use of release aids. A shooter in this classification must shoot with fingers only.
Bows included in the Traditional Classification:
- Reflex – Deflex Hybrids
NOTE: Recurve Bows with sights and stabilizers are not included in the Traditional Classification.
There are several shooting styles that fall under the Traditional Classification. These shooting styles include:
- Gap Shooting
- Face Walking
- String Walking.
Primitive Archery is a reference to equipment within the Traditional Classification. Primitive archery equipment is made all natural materials and crafted in a fashion resembling the craftsmen of the old ways.
Materials used in Primitive Archery:
Modern – Traditional
Modern – Traditional describes equipment in the Traditional Classification that are crafted, in part or in whole, with synthetic materials or are manufactured in a non-traditional manner. Some of the materials are:
I hope that my definitions were clear and easy to understand. I hope that you have a better understanding of the differences between “Traditional Archery” and “Primitive Archery”. If you have any questions or concerns, please leave a comment below.
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