Compound bows have an endless selection of options. Some of these options are designed to increase the performance of the bow in a particular discipline, such as indoor target shooting. All compound bows are designed to have their arrow rest either adjusted or replaced, depending upon factors such as intended bow use and arrow diameter.
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Fall Away Rest
A fall away rest is designed to drop away upon release of the arrow. As the arrow begins its forward travel, the support arm snaps into a retracted position. The rest is then reset for the next shot. The fall away rest eliminates any fletching clearance issues, and makes tuning for different arrows a simple task.
A rug rest uses a piece of material, usually leather, to provide a raised area for the arrow to travel upon. These rests are glued into place on the bow shelf. Rug rests are used by archers who, although they shoot compound bows, prefer the traditional rests. One advantage of the rug rest is that it is unbreakable and needs no tuning.
A prong rest uses two arms to support the arrow throughout its movement. These rests require a lot of attention to fletching clearance, especially with small diameter arrows. Some archers find that they have to use a straight fletching pattern with these rests. Prong rests also tend to be noisy.
A cradle is a type of rest the uses a circle of bristles to fully support the arrow. These rests are also called biscuit rests. The arrow shaft is held lightly within the circle of bristles and the fletching passes through easily upon release. Cradle rests eliminate the problem of fletching clearance. Even though these rests are frequently seen on hunting bows, a larger number of indoor target shooters are starting to use them.
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