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Attention: OSC Archery Practice is temporarily canceled for the next few weeks.  Watch this space for an update on when we will resume practice. 



Come join us at The Outdoor Sportsman’s Club for Indoor Archery Practice! 


When? Tuesday nights   From 7:15pm - 8:45pm.
(Except 3rd Tuesdays of each month!) 


Costs:  Only $3 per night

Where?  The OSC Indoor Range


  • Open to the public.  Beginners welcome, all ages, bow types, and styles.

What do we offer?

  • Free instruction for beginners from Experienced USAA/NFAA Level 3-NTS Archery Coaches!
  • Club bows and equipment to borrow if you don’t have your own!
  • Shoot at any distance.  You can shoot for fun or score!
  • Good for kids and adults!

Club Location?

The Outdoor Sportsman's Club
142 Sportsman Lane
Bellefonte, PA  16823

N 40° 52' 57"   W 77° 53' 11.6"

(About 15 Minutes from Penn State University and State College)
Any questions, contact us at

We hope to see you out on the range!
Don & Kat Natale

Selecting equipment to get started in archery can be a daunting task!  There are millions of bits of gear and accessories available which range widely in price and quality.

The good news is that Archery as a sport can be quite simple and inexpensive and you can put together a basic kit of everything you need to enjoy the sport which is both high in quality and high value.

The basic "kit" of everything you need to be an archer includes:
1) Bow (~$140)
For a teenager or adult sized person I highly recommend something like the 62" Samick Sage with 25-35 lb limbs for target shooting.

A right handed shooter uses a "right handed bow".  These come with strings, and usually a nocking point (the little brass thing on the string that lets you put your arrow on in the same place each time.)  Call and ask specifically if the bow will come with a string and a nocking point, and if they can install the nocking point for you.  You can install a nocking point yourself with pliers, but the bow shop will have a special kind of plier to attach it that won't risk damaging the string.

3) Arrow Rest (~$2.50)
This will stick on the side of the bow to hold the arrow.  This style works very well and is very popular:
If going with a stick on rest, it may be worth it to get an extra because they wear out over a long period of time.
Alteratively you can put a piece of felt or fur or similar material right on the arrow shelf and shoot off of that.

4) Bow Stringer (~$10.50)
I highly recommend using a bow stringer to safely string your bow.  Using a stringer is safer for you and safer for the bow than bending it over your legs the old fashioned way.  There are tons of variations but I highly recommend this one based on how well made it is:
5) Arm Guard (~$10.00)
An arm guard protects your bow arm from string slap.  It happens to everyone occasionally, ouch! Any arm guard will serve you well:
6) Finger Tab (~$15.00)
Any finger tab will serve you well but it is very advantageous to get one with a "finger spacer".  The finger spacer rests between your pointer finger and middle finger and prevents you from pinching the nock of the arrow.  Most archers who use a tab use one with a finger spacer.   The other feature many archers like is a rigid plate at the rear of the tab.  The difference between a $15 tab and a $40 tab is usually material quality and therefore longevity.  More expensive tabs are usually made from the highest quality cordovan leather.  I think this inexpensive EW Bateman Cordovan tab is great bang for the buck.  It's got a cordovan leather surface and it has a finger spacer:
Some archers prefer shooting with an archery glove.  I used to like these better too because it feels more intuitive to start, but the glove doesn't protect your fingers as well as a tab and I feel that a good tab will give you a smoother release than a good glove.  It's worth the small learning curve to become comfortable with a tab in my opinion.
7) Arrows (~$70.00 for 12)
If you like you can get your other gear together practice shooting at OSC with our club arrows.  Then I can watch your form and measure you for  arrows so they can be cut to your draw length.
Alternatively, there is no harm in shooting an arrow longer than your prescribed arrow length, and it is very common to just get a few full length arrows to shoot if you are a beginner (as you gain experience your technique will develop and your draw length will increase before it settles out to whatever it will be, so this is often a good idea).  

Arrows come in a million different sizes, spine (stiffness), types, and brands.  These would work well with the 62" recurve bow with 25-35 LB draw weight:

The spine (arrow stiffness) you would need for bows between 25-35 lbs draw-weight would be 1716 or 1816.  Get the 1716 if your bow is closer to 25 lbs and the 1816 if your bow is closer to 35 lbs and you should get them un-cut (un-cut length for these arrows is 29", the club arrows you've been shooting 28.5", so they'll definitely be long enough for most average sized people).  I recommend getting a full dozen so you have some spares, but you can easily get away with  6 arrows to start (thereby cutting this estimate in half to ~$35).
Some places will install your tips for you for a nominal charge, like 50 cents per arrow.  I recommend calling and asking for these details if you are going to have them do this for you just to be sure you're getting what you want... "a complete arrow with feathers, nocks, and glue-in tips (OR you can ask for screw inserts and screw in tips).
8) Tips  (~$8 for 12)
The arrows listed as Item 7 are fletched shafts with nocks in them, they do not come with tips.  These are the tips you need to fit with those arrows:

They come in different sizes, but the size just matches the arrow size, so in this case, size 1716 arrows take size 1716 tips.  Size 1816 arrows take size 1816 tips.  You will have to glue them in, hot melt glue works the best for a removable option.  Epoxy works for a permanent option.  Superglue doesn't work very well for this however.  I'll bring the hot glue if you don't have any and help you put your arrows together.
9) Quiver (~$11.00)
The quiver will give you a means to safely hold and carry your arrows while shooting.  Unless you have a style preference, I recommend the least expensive and simplest "side quiver".  A side quiver is one that hangs from your belt or pants at the side of your body rather than being strapped to your back like Robin Hood.  Most archers use side quivers because they are more comfortable and convenient.  Something like this will serve you well:


So for about $267 you can get everything you need.
 One optional item you may want to consider is a case to hold your bow, arm guard, finger tab, and stringer.  These can be found for around $25, but here's a secret, the bow usually comes in a pretty nice cardboard box.  I've used these boxes to transport my gear for a long time before finding a case I liked!  

And remember, you can't buy technique!  With this basic equipment and nothing but hard work and concious and attentive practice you could shoot groups/scores that would impress anyone at any local tournament!
As always, do not hesitate to email with more questions if you have them!

The Outdoor Sportsman's Club
P.O. Box 83 State College, PA  16804
814-355-4440 (Clubhouse)

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