Your Guide to NASP Archery Equipment

The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) employs a very specific, limited set of equipment. There’s one bow and one arrow that every NASP archer uses, and a short list of other NASP-approved gear.


By standardizing the allowed equipment, NASP is able to make archery affordable for just about anyone, and the competition field is leveled.

Lancaster Archery Supply Technical Writer P.J. Reilly interviews NASP Arizona coordinator Kelsey Gerchar in this video as she runs through all of the NASP-approved gear.

Gerchar discusses why the Genesis bow is a good fit for the program and why the Easton Genesis arrow is the official arrow of NASP. She also explains the purpose of the other gear schools use as they run their individual NASP programs.

That gear list includes targets, a backstop curtain, tool kit and bow rack.

If you’d like more information on how NASP works and why it’s a great program, be sure to listen to our podcast with NASP general manager Tommy Floyd here.

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Bowhunting Tech Tip: Stabilizers

In this video, Lancaster Archery Supply TechXpert P.J. Reilly talks about the use of stabilizers for bowhunting setups.

Reilly walks through factors bowhunters should consider when choosing a stabilizer for their compound bow, such as the amount and distribution of weight they are willing to carry into the woods.

Along the way, he also discusses the purpose and function of stabilizers, including talking points about the choices available to bowhunters, and about how stabilizers can affect accuracy. The discussion also covers the use of side rods, and how they can help balance a bowhunting rig.

How to tie a peep sight into a bow string

Lancaster Archery Supply TechXpert P.J. Reilly demonstrates how to tie a peep sight into the string of a compound bow in this video.

There’s great value in putting a peep sight into your compound bow string. It’s key to helping consistently align your eye with your sight at full draw.

Tying the peep into the bow string ensures that the peep won’t slide once you set it in the right place. Reilly demonstrates two ways to tie in a peep in this video, using two different types of peeps.


Mathews Halon X review

The Mathews Halon X compound bow was unveiled to the public at the 2016 Archery Trade Association show. In this video shot at ATA, Mathews engineer Jason Thurow discusses this new bow with Lancaster Archery Supply TechXPert P.J. Reilly.

While similar to the Halon released by Mathews late in 2015, the Halon X is longer, at 35 inches axle to axle, the brace height is fixed at 7 inches and the cam is a bit smaller than the Halon’s.

What you end up with in the Halon X, is a bow that’s designed to be forgiving, with a gentle draw cycle, which makes it ideal for target archers as well as hunters.

Reo Wilde gets ready for busy 2016 tournament season

Reo Wilde, the world’s No. 4-ranked, men’s compound archer – No.1 in the U.S. – stopped by the Lancaster Archery Supply booth at the 2016 Archery Trade Association show in Louisville, KY, Jan. 5 to talk about his busy tournament schedule.

After winning the second stage of the Indoor Archery World Cup in Bangkok, Thailand, in December, Wilde spent some time at the ATA show visiting with sponsors. He will head to the third leg of the World Cup in Nimes, France, Jan. 15-17, before competing in the Lancaster Archery Classic Jan. 21-24, followed by the Vegas Shoot Jan. 29-31.

Wilde says he’s feeling good about his shooting form, after announcing in December that he will now shoot for Elite Archery.

2016 PSE Carbon Air Review

The new, 2016 PSE Carbon Air compound bow is reviewed in this video by Lancaster Archery Supply TechXPert P.J. Reilly

The Carbon Air is PSE’s flagship bow for 2016, and it is available for sale at the Lancaster Archery Supply Pro Shop, 2195-A Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster, PA.

In the video, Reilly talks about the all-carbon construction of the riser, the X-Force limbs an hybrid cams. The bow weighs in at only 3.2 pounds, making it one of the lightest compound bows on the market today.

This is a 32-inch bow, axle to axle, featuring a 6-1/8-inch brace height, with adjustable draw lengths from 24.5-30.5 inches. PSE makes the bow in models with peak draw weights at 50, 60, 65 and 70 pounds.

Reilly takes a couple of shots with the bow in this review, and talks about the draw cycle, the let-off valley and the feel of the bow at the shot, among other aspects and features of the bow.

Elite Impulse overview

Elite Archery is generating a lot of buzz this year with its “I made the switch” campaign, which encourages archers to switch to an Elite bow from whatever bow they’re currently shooting, and then declare that switch through social media by using the hashtag “Imadetheswitch.” Professional archers Reo Wilde and Cara Kelly are among the biggest names to recently make the declaration.

In this video,┬áLancaster Archery Supply TechXPert P.J. Reilly reviews the Elite Impulse, which is Elite’s flagship bow for 2016.

(You can watch the Elite trailer for the Impulse, here.)

The Impulse comes in two varieties – the Impulse 31 and the Impulse 34. Those two numbers refer to the respective bows’ axle-to-axle lengths, as measured in inches. The 31 is available in draw lengths from 26-30 inches, while the Impulse 34 can handle archers who draw 27-31 inches.

In building the Impulse, Elite strove to craft a bow that’s comfortable to shoot, yet is capable of blazing speed. In this video, Reilly talks about the Impulse’s shootability, and also tests its speed. What he found is a bow that’s smooth to draw, quiet at the shot, and sends arrows down range quickly.

New for Elite bows this year, the Impulse 31 and 34 are available in two Kuiu patterns, which are sure to be popular among Western bowhunters. The bows also are offered in standard camo patterns, as well as seven target colors, plus black.

How to optimize your hunting bow for indoor target shooting

One of the sad facts about the fall bowhunting seasons is that they will come to an end. But when they do, you don’t have to hang up your bow. Winter and spring are prime time for indoor target leagues and tournaments.

In this video, Lancaster Archery Supply TechXPert P.J. Reilly walks through steps you can take to increase your ability to be successful on the target line while using your bowhunting setup.

Most organizations that run indoor competitions have bowhunter divisions, which account for the unique equipment bowhunters tend to use.

Our own Lancaster Archery Classic, held each year in January, has a bowhunter division. The rules that govern our tournament are similar – if not identical – to the rules employed by many leagues and competitions.

(Click here for a full list of rules, as well as registration information.)

Basically, the bowhunter divisions place limitations on equipment. For instance, stabilizers in the Lancaster Archery Classic bowhunter division can be no longer than 12 inches, when measured from the riser. That means any coupling devices and end weights have to be factored into the overall length to stay within the maximum 12 inches.


You can also use one or two side rods of any length, extending backward from the riser.


You must use a fixed pin for a sight. It can have a scope housing around it, but lenses are not allowed.

There’s no reason you can’t shoot your exact hunting setup – you’ll have to trade your broadheads for target points on your arrows, of course – in leagues and tournaments. But there are some simple modifications you can make to optimize your rig for target shooting.

Target archery can be just as much fun as bowhunting.┬áBesides the enjoyment and camaraderie you’re likely to experience with indoor leagues and tournaments, the precision required of target archery will make you a much better shot when hunting season rolls around next year.

2016 Mathews Halon Review

The 2016 Mathews Halon is out and Lancaster Archery Supply has it in our Pro Shop, among the other 2016 Mathews bows. In this video, Lancaster Archery TechXPert P.J. Reilly gives a rundown of some of the features and functions of the Halon, which is the flagship bow for Mathews in 2016.

This is a 30-inch bow available in 5-, 6- and 7-inch brace height versions. Halon features Mathews’ new, dual Crosscentric cams, which deliver incredible power, while still allowing for a smooth draw cycle.

To handle that power, without delivering any shock to your hand at the shot, the Halon has a beefy, dual-bridged riser and wide limbs.

It’s available in five different finishes, 75- or 85-percent letoff and draw lengths ranging from 24 to 32 inches.

Stop by the Lancaster Archery Pro Shop at 2195-A Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster, PA, to test out the 2016 Mathews Halon.

How to set a peep sight

The peep sight is a commonly-used device among compound bow archers, which helps foster consistent aiming. It does so by forcing the archer to look through the bow sight the same way for each and every shot.

In this video, Lancaster Archery TechXPert P.J. Reilly demonstrates how to set the peep sight for an individual archer. Peep sight alignment varies from person to person, due to differences in face size and anchor points. The proper setting for one archer might not work for another.

Once the peep has been installed by pressing the bow and evenly separating the strands of the bowstring to accept the peep, setting it in the proper place for an individual archer is something that’s best done by two people.

Using a safe-draw tool – an imitation release that has no trigger – the archer should draw the bow and get into his or her comfortable anchor point. The archer then can direct the helper to move the peep up or down the string, until the archer can perfectly see the bow sight through the peep.