20 Essential Tools and Parts for Quick Bow Repairs

Carry this gear to keep your bow smooth and your aim sharp

Bows can be prone to breakdowns at the worst times. When it happens in the woods or at camp—say, a peep sight falls out—you have two choices: Go home or, if you have this kit, go hunting.

  1. Bow oil

  2. Superglue

  3. String wax and chamois

  4. String splitter

  5. Dental floss

  6. Matches or lighter

  7. Broadhead sharpener

  8. Spare string nocks

  9. Spare pin

  10. Replacement silencers

  11. Fleece or moleskin

  12. Nock pliers

  13. Serving jig and material

  14. Portable bow press

  15. Replacement peep and tubing

  16. String loop material

  17. Replacement inserts

  18. Replacement arrow nocks

  19. Replacement broadheads

  20. Hex wrench set

Quick Fix: Install a Peep Sight

> Step 1: Six inches above the nock, divide the string into two equal parts. Install the peep between.

> Step 2: Draw the bow and make note of where the eye aligns with the bowstring. Adjust the sight placement so you can see through the peep at full draw without moving your head.

> Step 3: Lay a 1-inch tag end of serving material along the bowstring above the sight with the serving jig nearest to the sight. Starting 1⁄2 to 3⁄4 inch above the sight, wrap the jig upward around the bowstring six times, overlapping the tag end. Snip any excess tag end remaining.

> Step 4: Double a length of dental floss to make a loop and lay it along the bowstring above the end of the serving wraps. Make at least four wraps with the serving jig over the loop and bowstring. Cut the serving material, leaving a 4-inch tag end. Thread the tag end through the floss loop and pull the loop back through your wraps, bringing the tag end of the serving with it. Cut the tag end to 1⁄4 inch and place a dab of superglue where it emerges from under the wraps. Melt the end with a match, being careful not to burn your serving or bowstring.

> Step 5: Repeat steps 3 and 4 below the sight, wrapping the serving material downward.

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