Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's archery club offers students the opportunity to learn how to shoot, develop personal skills, and train for national archery competitions.
Time: 7:00-9:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Location: Armory basement shooting range
(Meetings are open practice so you may come and go at any time!)
Our club currently has over 80 members and continues to grow by the year. Each new potential member has 2 free trial days - after that, club membership fees are $60/year or $30/semester, either paid in cash or charged directly to your RPI bursar
No experience necessary - bring your friends and we'll set you up with a club bow! If you have your own bow, you may also lock it in our equipment room
1. You do not talk about Archery Club.
1. Do not hurt yourself.
2. Do not hurt the people around you.
3. Respect our equipment.
4. No horseplay.
5. Give other archers space.
6. When shooting keep body perpendicular to the target.
7. One foot in front of the line, one foot behind.
8. Do not step in front of the line while people are shooting.
9. "Clear" is called when everyone is done shooting.
10. IF clear is called and it is not clear, LOUDLY state that it is not clear.
11. After clear is called, you may as a group gather your arrows.
A recurve bow is a bow with limbs that curve away from the archer when unstrung. A recurve bow stores more energy and delivers energy more efficiently than the equivalent straight-limbed bow, giving a greater amount of energy and speed to the arrow.
A compound bow is a bow that uses a levering system, usually of cables and pulleys, to bend the limbs. The pulley/cam system grants the user a mechanical advantage, and so the limbs of a compound bow are much stiffer than those of a recurve bow or longbow. This rigidity makes the compound bow more energy-efficient than other bows, as less energy is dissipated in limb movement.
A longbow is a type of bow that is tall—roughly equal to the height of the user; allowing the archer a fairly long draw, at least to the jaw. A longbow is not significantly recurved. Its limbs are relatively narrow so that they are circular or D-shaped in cross section.
RPI's indoor range offers 10 yard and 20 yard shooting distances. The grey mats mark the 10 yard distance line, and the PVC pipe marks the 20 yard distance line.
Our club arrows are made of carbon fiber, which makes them stronger and lighter than aluminum arrows. They break easily upon impact with hard surfaces, so it's important to always check and replace arrows when needed.
We use a variety of archery targets, including the classic single target round and the 3 mini target rounds. Every year we have an event to shoot your old exams, which can be a great stress reliever!
Meet the Officers
Lord and Saviour