Guide to Olympic Archery Arrow Rests

In this video, LAS TechXpert, and former U.S. national champion archer, Dan Schuller runs through the different types of arrow rests for Olympic recurve bows.

Olympic recurve archery – as the name suggests – is the only archery featured in the Olympic Games. So this is the highest level of competitive archery with a recurve bow in the world. And yet, the arrow rests are surprisingly simple.

Schuller shows a few different models – a bolt-on rest, stick-on rests with wire arms and a stick-on rest with a plastic arm.

Schuller describes the variations among these rests and how they’d be installed, and also suggests why an archer might choose one over the other. All are used by every level of archer, from beginner to Olympic champion.

Lancaster Archery Supply’s Dan Schuller Named PA Coordinator for Scholastic 3-D Archery

Lancaster Archery Supply will be leading the way for Scholastic 3-D Archery in Pennsylvania.

LAS Customer Service representative Dan Schuller has been named Pennsylvania coordinator for the Kentucky-based S3DA program, which seeks to introduce school-aged kids to the sport of 3-D archery.

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As the State Coordinator, Dan will oversee all aspects of the S3DA program in Pennsylvania, including tournaments, training and dividing the state into regions that will allow S3DA participants multiple monthly competition venues close to home. Dan will also recruit and hire Regional Coordinators to oversee and manage these individual regions.

He will have the full support of both the Lancaster Archery Academy, with Heather Pfeil and her team of dedicated coaches, along with the other archery professionals at Lancaster Archery Supply.

Dan will take on this job while continuing in his role with Customer Service at LAS.

“S3DA is extremely excited to have Dan come on board,” says Michael Lundeen, National Director for S3DA. “His extensive competitive experience coupled with his knowledge of the industry is going to give Pennsylvania a huge jump start and we look for great things to happen quickly.”

Rob Kaufhold, President of Lancaster Archery Supply added, “As someone who has known and worked with Jennie Richardson from S3DA for many years, I am honored to be able to offer Dan Schuller’s world-class expertise and dedication to our efforts promoting S3DA in Pennsylvania and across the USA.”

In reaction to being named Pennsylvania State Coordinator for S3DA, Dan said, “I believe that S3DA creates a great avenue to introduce archers into the sport. I am excited to help assist in the growth of archery through S3DA.”

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Dan grew up in Mercer, PA, where he started shooting 3-D archery at the age of 6 with a recurve bow. He quickly developed a great passion for shooting and joined the local JOAD club, Gold–N–Grain Archery.

Throughout his competitive career, Dan has won 10 Jr. National Championships; the 2008 Outdoor Senior National Championship; he has competed on 3 Junior World Teams and represented the U.S. at various international events.

Dan also was a member of the U.S. Archery Team from 2005-12, living at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA, from 2006-08.

In 2012, he graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management. Following his graduation, Dan and his wife, Maureen Schuller, relocated to Lancaster, PA, where Dan began working for Lancaster Archery Supply as a Customer Service TechXpert Representative.

Dan is currently training to make the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team. He was one of 16 male archers who qualified last September to compete for the three-member team. Dan is currently ranked 11th in the trial process, which features two more rounds of competition.

In his free time, Dan enjoys the outdoors and bowhunting.

Started in December 2012 by the Scholastic Archery Association, S3DA has grown exponentially as a next-step program to follow introductory programs offered through 4-H or the National Archery in Schools Program. S3DA addresses the need for a program to bridge beginning target archery experience and more advanced activities, such as 3-D shooting and bowhunting. The program currently operates across the United States, with hundreds of certified coaches serving thousands of young archers, grades 3–12.

Olympic archers hunting deer with Lancaster Archery Supply featured in Petersen’s Bowhunting

Petersen’s Bowhunting features in its January/February 2016 issue an article about four elite archers bowhunting for deer together in Ohio with the Lancaster Archery Supply team.

(Check it out here.)

The hunters included Brady Ellison, Jake Kaminski and Jacob Wukie, who together represented the U.S. during the 2012 Olympics in London, where they captured the team silver medal. They were joined by Lancaster Archery Supply TechXPert Dan Schuller, who narrowly missed out on making that team.

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All four Olympic recurve archers are in the running to represent the U.S. at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.

Written by Jon Silks, the article chronicles a week of hunting by these men in 2014 at Lancaster Archery Supply’s Wild Ohio Whitetails farm, while also giving individual profiles of each archer.

It includes commentary from LAS president Rob Kaufhold, who brought the athletes together to enjoy two passions they all share – archery and hunting deer.

The magazine is available on newsstands now.

Hoyt Formula Carbon Ace Recurve Limbs

Lancaster Archery TechXPert Dan Schuller describes the function and features of the Hoyt Formula Carbon Ace recurve bow limbs. These limbs are ILF compatible, meaning they conform to the International Limb Fit (ILF) standards, and will fit any Olympic-style riser made to receive such limbs.

Schuller explains these limbs are available in 2-pound increments from 22-50 pounds, and they come in four sizes – extra-short, short, medium and long.

The limbs are made of carbon foam, which means they will draw smooth and recover quickly after the shot.

Lancaster Archery Supply’s Dan Schuller Makes U.S. Olympic Shadow Team

Lancaster Archery Supply TechXPert Dan Schuller’s 2016 Olympic dream continues.

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During a successful, Labor Day weekend of competition in College Station, Texas, Schuller, 26, of Lancaster, Pa., shot his way into the elite group of 16 men who will compete next April in Stage Two of the Olympic Trials.

Ultimately, the team of three men who will represent the USA at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Aug. 5-21, 2016, will be selected from that field of 16, known as the Olympic Shadow Team.

In the Texas Shootout Saturday, in challenging conditions ranging from gusty winds and torrential rains to temperatures in the high 90s, Schuller finished eighth, with a combined score of 1288 after shooting four rounds of 36 arrows at 70 meters.

Then, in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials phase Sunday and Monday, Schuller won four of 15 head-to-head matches, finishing 11th among the 16 Olympic Shadow Team finalists.

The top-three finishers in the men’s trials were – in order, from first to third – Zach Garrett Jr., Sean McLaughlin and 2012 Olympic silver medalist, Brady Ellison.

Pro Staff member and friend of LAS, Mackenzie Brown of Texas, leads the women’s trials, followed by Ariel Gibilaro and Lanola Pritchard.

At Lancaster Archery Supply, Schuller works in Customer Service, where he answers questions about equipment and shooting, and assists archers in selecting the products they need to be successful.

Schuller also appears in many of the company’s product-review videos, where he focuses primarily on equipment used by Olympic recurve archers.

Lancaster Archery Supply president Rob Kaufhold was ecstatic about Schuller’s qualification, exclaiming that, “Dan has worked very hard to earn this spot on the team again.  He was on the 2012 Olympic Training team of 8 archers and has done a great job of balancing family life, his career at Lancaster Archery and training for this Olympic Trials event.

“Dan epitomizes the passion, drive and commitment to archery that we have here at LAS. Dealers and customers can ask for recommendations knowing that they are getting advice from world-class archery experts.”

Schuller has been shooting Olympic Recurve archery since the age of 6, and spent two years as a resident athlete at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., before earning a degree in business management from Penn State University, and marrying Maureen Elise Schuller.

Sugru Self-Setting rubber

Lancaster Archery TechXPert Dan Schuller talks about the archery applications of Sugru. Sugru is a glue that turns into rubber after it cures. It’s flexible like play-dough when you pull it out of the pack, so you can mold it to fit the shape you want. Let it sit exposed to air for 24 hours, and it will stick wherever you put it. It also will retain the shape you set, but will feel soft like rubber.

As Schuller explains, Sugru is perfect for customizing your bow grip. No two hands are the same, so no mass-produced bow grip is going to fit everyone the same. With Sugru, you can build up sections of the grip to fit your hand.

Hushpuk Accessory Pack

Lancaster Archery TechXPert Dan Schuller talks about the use and advantages of HushPuks. These stickers are designed to dampen vibrations in archery equipment. There are large, round HushPuks that can be used on limbs, oblong HushPuks that are great for risers, and small HushPuks which can be applied to sights, stabilizers and other bow parts.

Schuller notes that these dampening devices can be moved around after they are applied. You can change their position on your bow or accessories, or you can move them from one bow to another.

Range-O-Matic Spin-Wing Vanes

In this video, Lancaster Archery TechXPert Dan Schuller describes how the Range-O-Matic Spin-Wing Vanes work. He talks about how they should be attached to an arrow, and how they will benefit target archers.

Because of their curved shape, the Spin-Wing vanes cause an arrow to spin more than normal fletchings. That spinning motion helps stabilize the arrow in flight. The vanes come in a variety of lengths, so you have several options to choose from when fletching your arrows.

Axcel Achieve RXL Recurve Sight

Lancaster Archery Supply TechXPert Dan Schuller describes the features of the Axcel Achieve RXL Recurve Sight in this video. There are two versions of this sight – one is made of aluminum, while the other is carbon.

Schuller demonstrates how to adjust the sight for windage and distance, as well as how to break it down for packing while you’re traveling. Take note that the sight does NOT include an aperture. That’s something that is sold separately.

Shibuya DX Plunger

Competition archer Dan Schuller takes you through the details and use of the Shibuya DX Plunger for recurve bows.

In this video, Schuller shows you how to install the plunger, and describes how to customize it for your specific setup.

The Shibuya DX Plunger can be used by right- or left-handed archers, and each one comes with extra springs and two tips – one brass and one teflon. It’s available in six colors.