As I was browsing through kFit, I just so happened to see “One Hour Use of Archery Range” in the title. In the midst of boxing, yoga, and gym use in kFit, this stood out. I have never seen anyone do archery before, nor do I know anyone who diligently practices it. I remember that there used to be archery lessons in UP a long time ago, but I never got to try that. After my time in a gun shooting range, I admit my interest was piqued. My fingers raced to reserve the slot to an hour’s worth of archery. I was giddy with excitement while waiting for my time slot to arrive. Sagittarium Archery Range sounds like a promising new sport to try.
The Sagittarium Range
The Sagittarium Archery Range rests on the 4th floor of a building in Sct Borromeo. Don’t worry, it brandishes a huge signage that advertises their existence outside the building. You can’t miss it. Just in case though, they are in the building with laundry shops and a Nings/Wings restaurant in the first floor.
When you get inside, you are greeted by multiple targets lined up, ready for use. Just looking at it makes you feel excited. When people started lining up and firing their arrows, I was just itching to try.
In the corner are props like fake boars, as in a pig looking thing, that I can only assume is used for traditional archery.
On the walls are a variety of bows both used for practice in the range and for sale. They look really cool and kind of intimidating. It feels like you walked in on a mix of modern high fantasy novel. Most of the bows on the wall are called Recurve Bows. These are what you see used in movies like Hunger Games and The Avengers. Those are also what they use for training! There are bows called Compound bows. A compound bow is a modern bow that uses a levering system, usually of cables and pulleys, to bend the limbs. Because of the pulleys, the compound bow is more energy-efficient than other bows, as less energy is dissipated in limb movement .
The range itself isn’t a huge place, but it does house enough space to give beginners to competitive archers a challenge. The range has at least twelve lanes that can be used in one time.
After confirming my reservation, read their house rules, and signed their waiver, I was strapped into a thin arm brace. They gave me a quiver to strap onto my belt loops and a huge bow. I don’t think that the bow is actually that big, but because I am a tiny human the bow is proportionally gigantic in my arms. Just holding the bow gives me a shiver of happiness. It looks really awesome and it feels more natural to me than holding a gun. And it really does look cool, in a geeky fantasy kind of way.
So, the instructor gave tips on stance (straight body, feet apart, feet parallel), holding the bow (three fingers on the string, proper grip on the bow), and getting the arrow (black fletching should be near the thumb) then proceeded to teach how to properly fire the arrow. It took a while for me to hit near the center, but once you get used to the tension of the string and the movements, it becomes easier to shoot. My elven brothers are calling me into the battle, I thought, as I fired another arrow and it landed almost in the center.
Two whistles and you are to get your bow, go to your lane, assume your shooting stance, and fire at will. They give you 4 arrows to fire per round. After each round, you are expected to hang your bow and wait until everyone is finished firing all their arrows. Another whistle signals the group that it’s time to retrieve the arrows. Then back to the other side again to wait for the next round. While shooting, the instructors guide you for a better aim and better stance. Soon, it comes to you naturally. I can totally survive the zombie apocalypse now.
Bullets Vs Arrows
Although a gun is smaller, the bow feels lighter in my hands. I’m not sure if it’s because the weight is more distributed in a large weapon, or if the gun is really just heavier. Firing a gun is quicker, with all its bullets already loaded when you fire. Every time you fire an arrow, you take time to nock it on the string before you’re even ready to shoot. Personally, I find firing an arrow with a bow easier because of the lack of recoil. My tiny and not-so-strong hands can’t control the recoil of the gun very much and it feels very uncontrollable. That feeling of losing control while holding a lethal weapon is terrifying. The control offered by using a bow feels safer and gives me a better focus.
If I had to choose between being a gunner or an archer, I’d choose the latter. Aside from how cool it sounds if you say that you practice archery, I love the control firing an arrow offers versus bullets. I also feel safer, and maybe I’m deluding myself, but it using a bow feels less lethal than using guns. When I hold a gun, I have this fear that I might accidentally let a bullet loose and potentially killing someone in the vicinity. I don’t have that fear when I practice archery.
Aside from the use of ranges, Sagittarium Archery Range rents out and sells their equipment, Olympic style training, Traditional style training, Moving target shooting, Indoor Crossbow shooting, organizing Archery Tournaments, and Team Building Events.
You can even become a member of the range! Becoming a member entitles you to a free hour use of the range and equipment, a free hour on your birthday, and discounts on almost all the services they offer. They even have a frequent visitor card. After 5 visits, you get an hour free, and on your 11th, you get a free shirt. My biggest regret was not getting their 2 for 1 deal which ended on October 31st. They do have a new deal this November where you get an unlimited archery for a day when you get a membership.
They are open everyday with the following schedule:
Mon-Fri: 1:00 pm-9:00 pm
Sat: 11:00 am-9:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am-7:00 pm
4/F A&A Building, Scout Borromeo Street, South Triangle
Quezon City, Philippines
Paterson, W. F. “Encyclopaedia of Archery”. St. Martin’s Press, 1984, p. 18.