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This is not a finite list, but it should make you feel comfortable at a Club Shoot.

Use in conjunction with the first set given on the first day

Anchor point- Definite spot on the archers face, on which string and index finger come to rest.
Arm guard or BRACER- A piece of stiff material used to protect the bow arm from the slap of the bow string upon release, worn on the inside of the bow arm.
Arrow point or pile- Metal point inserted into end of arrow shaft. Can also be that the shaft fits inside the point as in wooden shafts and some carbon shafts.
Arrow rest or Shelf- A projection or support on the bow or the arrow plate located in the sight window on which the arrow lies when nocked on the bowstring.
Barebow- The discipline of shooting without a bow sight, stabilisers and release aid.
Bouncer or Rebound- An arrow that bounces off the scoring area of a target.
Boss or TARGET- Usually made of straw or foam.
Bow sight- A mechanical device attached to the bow with which the archer can aim directly at the target.
Bow stringer- Cord with two pockets of dissimilar size or one pocket and one saddle, used to string a recurve bow.
Cast- The distance a bow can propel an arrow.
Clicker- Small strip of metal mounted on the sight window in front of the arrow rest giving precise indication of full draw by snapping off the arrow point with an audible "click".
Clout- A form of target shooting in which an arrow is shot into the air at a 15 metre diameter target on the ground at distances of up to 180 metres.
Come Down- An Instruction- The act of relaxing the tension on a Bow without releasing the arrow.
Cock feather- The feather or vane set at right angles to the slot in the nock (also called the index fletch).
Draw length- The distance, measured in inches, from the pivot point of the bow to the slot in the arrow nock when at full draw.
Draw weight- The force, in pounds, required to draw a bow a distance.
(Usually stated '# xx @ 28' , where xx = lbs at 28 inch draw length).
End- A set number of arrows that are shot before going to the target to score (usually 3 or 6).
Fast- An Instruction- The instruction given to Come Down, without releasing your arrow.
Field captain- The official in charge of an archery tournament.
Field Shooting- Just another type of archery derived from hunting. Targets (normally 14) are scattered around a wooden area.
Finger tab or TAB- A piece of smooth material worn on the drawing hand to protect the fingers and to give a smooth release of the bow string.
Fletching- The feathers, plastic vanes or other devices attached to the arrow shaft which stabilise the flight of the arrow.
Follow through- Movement of the drawing hand/arm and bow arm after the release.
Full draw- The position of the archer when the bow string has been drawn and the drawing hand is at the anchor point.
Handle- The centre part of the bow exclusive of the limbs.
Kisser button- Small protrusion placed on the bow string as an additional anchor reference point. Touches the archer's lips, teeth or nose at full draw.

Lady Paramount- Traditionally appointer as the supreme arbiter and also as the award presenter. If there are any disputes that can't be resolved by judges, Lady Paramount will have the final say.
Limbs- The energy storing parts of the bow above and below the riser.
Loose- To release the bowstring. (Old English term). -Command given to archers to begin shooting, usually in battles.
Nock- To place an arrow on the bow string. The attachment to the rear end of an arrow which is placed on the bow string and holds the arrow on the string.
Nock set- A small brass attachment added to the string to mark the nocking point.
Nocking point- The specific point where the arrow is to be nocked on the string.
Pile or point- Metal tip of an arrow.
Poundage- Draw weight of a bow.
Pressure button- A spring loaded button in the sight window against which the arrow lies and compensates for side-ways bend of the arrow.
Quiver- Device for holding arrows. Different forms are back, belt, bow, and ground quivers.
Round- The shooting of a definite number of arrows at specified target faces from set distances.
Safety Line or Tackle line or Waiting Line- A line, set behind the shooting line, behind which is placed all such equipment which is not used during shooting (also equipment line).
Serving- The protective wrapping of thread around the loops and centre of the bow string to protect it from wear.
Shaft- The arrow excluding the point, nock and vanes.
Shooting Distance- The distance between the archer and the boss or target.
Shooting line- A line parallel to and a specific distance away from the targets from which all archers shoot.
Sight- Bow sight.
Sight block- The movable part of the sight which holds the sight pin, aperture or scope.
Sight Mark- The setting of your sight on the bow for various shooting distances. You need to aim somewhere. An arrow doesn't fly straight but instead follows a trajectory!
Sighters- A number of arrows allowed to be shot in a round (or more) to set the sight mark before scoring arrows are shot in a competition.
Stance- The position of the feet and body assumed when addressing the target.
String- A cord used to shoot an arrow.
Stringer- A device to aid in the stringing of a bow.
String alignment- The placement of the string when at full draw in relation to the bow sight or the bow.
Target captain- The person who decides who is to call the value of each arrow, record the scores and draw the arrows from the target.
Target face- The paper which is attached to the butt and indicates the scoring areas.