Hi to all fellow archery enthusiasts. I started this thread to A) discuss our experience with archery, and B) to try and make up for deleting some really good posts that were unfortunately in the wrong section! Life is all about learning.... Anyway, to get the ball rolling, I've been doing archery for about a year now. I've always been interested in historical weapons like swords and bows more than guns, and joined a medieval re-enactment group to learn sword fighting. One of the games we occasionally play is called Combat Archery, which is like paintball with bows and rubber tipped arrows. The first time I played I was hooked, so I went to a local archery club to really learn the skills well, but never practise with sights because we don't use them when you're running around in the bush! I use a 30lb recurve, which is the maximum strength for safety reasons, which is just beautiful. No brand, I picked it up second hand, but it's strong, light and deadly accurate! We make our own arrows (http://www.thefantasyforum.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=1729) and I always shoot with a finger glove. I've had a go with compounds but personally I find them less satisfying. Archery is never easy, but I like the extra challenge of using a recurve more than a compound. And besides, we're not allowed to use compounds in CA anyway so there's no point for my style of archery. Learning archery the way I have, as well as target archery I've learnt to shoot on instinct over a wide range of distances and terrains, to draw and arrow and nock really quickly while on the run and under fire, and I've learnt to hit running targets. I've got no interest in actually killing an animal (or a person!), so to me, combat archery has taught me archery safely and in the exact way I've always wanted to learn it - as "real" as can safely be done. What's your story?