Identify The Parts of a Compound Bow

Not everybody can name all parts of a compound bow. I mean, do you even know what a compound bow is?

On the market, there is a wide array of models made for particular types of archery. Research carefully on the types of archery you want to play, thus choose a suitable bow and arrow. You can ask the experienced to know more about this.

Many people love compound bows because they enable you to give quick and accurate shots.

Are you interested in understanding more about archery? This article will provide you with some useful information about parts of a compound bow.

The Basic Mechanism of a Compound Bow

Parts of a Compound Bow


This is one of the most significant parts of a bow. A string will stretch from cam to cam, which is derived from a two cam system.

The bowstring will end at every single cam, then travel around the peak of the idler wheel.


All limbs and accessories will attach to this part of your bow. It’s easy to find the grip right in the riser.

Detect your bow for cracks and dents carefully in case they cause unexpected vibrations in your arrow shots.


Do you know what the limbs used for are? They are a crucial part contributing to making a bow. Their overall shape decides how bows work.

They are fiberglass planks with flexibility, attached to the riser on a single end. They will support the cam/idler wheel on the other end. Flexing is allowed to convert into energy build-up while the bow turns drawn.

You’d better screw down the limbs tightly when you try to shoot your bow. Remember not to let your bow have any cracks in the limbs.

Over time, they will lose springiness. Due to that, the limbs need to be replaced every once in a while.


Usually, arrows are made from aluminum/carbon. Carbon seems to be the most common as it can maintain the original shape ( in a straight line). Furthermore, carbon is much more durable than any other kind of material.

A carbon arrow offers many advantages for archers. One of them is its suitable weight to spine ratio.


The most common types of broadheads on the market at the moment are mechanical and fixed-blade ones.

Fixed-blade: this type of broadhead has no moving parts. It is also kind of hard to use as the cutting diameters are smaller. However, they are more preferred by archers, as there is no fear of mechanical failure.

Mechanical: They have larger cutting surfaces, which make it easier to use. Nonetheless, the risk of mechanical mishaps is much higher than fixed-blade ones.

Berger Hole

A Berger hole is a type of the tapped hole. You can easily find this hole above the arrow shelf, in terms of regular compound bows.

The arrow rest will be screwed into the Berger hole, after being screwed from the covering of the riser.

Remember to center the arrow in the middle of the Berger hole, upon setting your bow.

Bow Sling

The installation of a bow wrist sling is set up, along with a stabilizer. This helps archers not to drop their bows when taking a shot.

Install your sling vaguely is essential because when an arrow is fired, you don’t have to add any torque in.


On a compound bow, the cables’ appearance is very much similar to the bowstring. They run from a single cam to another cam. When a shot is put in executing, the cables will work with the cams.

Cable Slide

This component attaches to the cable guard. It also holds the string and cables right out of the line of fire.

One more thing, the cable slide will ensure the arrow, as long as the string and cables do not impede the arrow.

Bow Sight

Sights are easy to be found. They are mounted in front of the bow, then come in the sight window of the riser.

During the process of aiming, pinpoint accuracy will be allowed by the bow sights.

Are your arrows not landing where you’re aiming? Adjusting the bow sights is what you are likely to do to fix this problem.

Peep Sight

This part of a compound bow is put in use while it is aiming at the bow. The peep sight contains a circular plastic/metal piece. One of them will be inserted into another part – bowstring.

Thanks to the peep sight, archers will be able to line up the trajectory of arrows with the front side.

Arrow Rest

The arrow rest is used for holding your arrow when your bow turns drawn.


Stabilizers are rods that will absorb vibrations during the releasing process of the arrow. They play the primary role in providing a counterbalance for the weight of your bow. This occurs when your bow turns drawn.

If stabilizers are used for those applications such as indoor target shooting, they can be over 28″.


The grip is the part where you hold with your offhand. Some people, on the other hand, prefer removing the grip and wrapping some tape around the bow instead.

This is because factory grips are usually pretty large, which requires lots of surface area contacting your hand.


The arrow will go in the quiver for you to make a shot.

This part protects the arrow from environmental factors. It also protects you and the bow from the sharp broadheads on the tips of the arrow.


Archery is quite a popular sport nowadays. If you have decided to play this sport, you should have some basic knowledge of archery, as well as kinds of bows.

I hope this article helped clear up your problems with parts of a compound bow. Thank you for reading.