The most important accessory you will purchase for your bow is the arrowrest. Other than the bowstring, it is the only link between the bow and arrow. You are now confronted with about two hundred different arrowrests priced from five to one hundred and fifty dollars. Your choice of arrowrest depends upon the type of bow, type of arrow, fletching, nock, whether or not you use a release and your type of shooting, hunting, target or 3D.

Ideally an arrowrest should support the arrow for just enough distance to establish good flight and then get out of the way. More than a few inches of "guidance" introduces the effects of arrow flexing which makes tuning difficult. With presently available arrowrests, this flexing arrow is forced down and through two horizontally fixed points (the arrowrest) for the full length of the arrow. It begins to fishtail and porpoise before it leaves the bow. Each time any portion of the arrow contacts the arrowrest, no matter how minute, flight and speed are affected.

Introduction to the AUTOREST

The Autorest is a springless cableslide driven dropaway arrowrest. As the bowstring is drawn back, the cables move the slide which is coupled to the linkage to grab and lift the arrow into firing position.

When fired, the Autorest guides the arrow for a few inches of flight before being driven downward by the synchronous movement of the cables eliminating arrowrest contact with the rear three-quarters of the arrow where most arrow flexing occurs.

The Autorest is not sensitive to arrow diameter or nock to fletching to string orientation. The claw type rest prevents the arrow from falling off or through the rest.

The Autorest linkage weighs about 2 ounces and is supplied with necessary accessories which can include overdraw bracket and cable guard.

The integrated overdraw feature allows one to shoot the shortest possible arrow of any rest system without the associated problems. Because the rest is not in contact with the arrow when torquing occurs, torque related problems are reduced or eliminated. You get all the advantages of overdraw without the disadvantages.

The Autorest is the only arrowrest you will need for hunting, 3d, target or bowfishing and can be used by finger or release shooters. Autorest will fit right and left hand bows.

The following is a detailed explanation of
how the Autorest addresses arrowrest related problems

Arrow falling off or through the rest:

Upon drawing, the Autorest claw configuration grabs and lifts the arrow out of the shelf and locates the arrow into the vee groove rest, ready for firing.

Because of the vee groove rest, no arrow regardless of diameter, will fall through the rest. The claw portion of the rest prevents the arrow from falling off the rest if the arrow is bumped or if you suddenly turn to shoot.

Fletching and nock contact:

Because the arrowrest is driven down and away from the arrow after several inches of arrow movement, there is no contact with the fletching or nock. Fletching to nock to string orientation is not critical. There is no need to use special low profile or adjustable nocks for clearance.


The Autorest does not contain any springs. A bow is basically a spring that stores and releases energy. When an arrow is pushed from the rear, it compresses and buckles or deflects at its weakest point. It behaves like a spring. It will recover or snap back after a few diminishing deflections. This is where tuning problems arise. Spring loaded and other resilient (plastic) arrowrest try to follow and "smooth out" these "bumps." Trying to tune a spring-loaded rest to follow the flexing arrow is a challenging and sometimes impossible task. The Autorest quickly gets out of the way of these "bumps." This allows the arrow to quickly find its own natural flight path.

Arrow spine:

The Autorest, due to its springless dropaway operation, is very tolerable of different spined arrows.

Noise and wear:

The Autorest is rugged and quiet. It is constructed of high performance thermoplastics and aluminum. The claw and rest portion is made of a tough wear resistant material. Because the arrow is in contact with the rest for only 2 or 3 inches of travel, the rest will last for many thousands of shots. The Autorest does not require any lubrication and is not sensitive to the elements.


When an arrow is launched from a bow and the bowstring and limbs suddenly stop their forward motion, a torque or twist is developed in the wrist turning the bow. This torquing can transmit arrowrest contact to the arrow which has just left the bowstring but has not yet cleared the arrowrest. This point of contact, which can be the arrowshaft, the fletching or the nock is responsible for many tuning problems. This contact problem does not exist with the Autorest because the rest is driven down and away from the arrow by the synchronous movement of the cableslide actuated linkage. In short, there is no rest at that point at that time to affect the flight.

Torquing and overdraw

(Keep in mind the previous paragraph.)

For those who do not use or like overdraw,
Please read carefully.

The advantages of overdraw have long been recognized. A shorter, lighter arrow can be used giving the shooter higher speeds and a flatter trajectory. There is one major disadvantage. As the arrowrest is moved farther from the riser, torque related problems increase. Again, this problem does not exist with the Autorest because there is no rest at that point at that time to affect flight.

The Autorest gives you all the advantages of overdraw without the disadvantages. The Autorest enables you to use a shorter arrow, especially on low brace height bows.

Most overdraw/rest configurations have the problem of the cables hitting the overdraw bracket, limiting the amount of overdraw. The Autorestís rest is between the overdraw bracket and the cables. This arrangement allows for maximum overdraw.

Although Autorest uses an overdraw bracket and a set back rest, it does not mean that you must use a short arrow. Longer arrows fly extremely well. The overdraw bracket is primarily used to mount the stop plate which is part of the elevation adjustment for the arrowrest.

Arrow speed:

A properly adjusted Autorest will not decrease arrow speed. The Autorest roller slide contains 2 rollers to reduce friction to a minimum. The arrow speed increase is a result of the quick dropaway feature, which reduces arrow to rest friction by 70-80%.

Shock and vibration:

When fired, the forward and downward movement of the Autorest linkage helps to absorb and dampen shock and vibrations developed in the bow.

Elevation and windage:

The elevation adjustment, of the Autorest, consists of a self-locking pointed setscrew, located in the main arm, that upon full draw, seats into a vee grooved stop plate fastened to the overdraw bracket. This approach guarantees exact repeatable arrow rest height with no horizontal movement. The windage adjustment is a simple but effective split clamp arrangement.

Broadhead tuning:

During a recent rehearsal for a Eastern Pennsylvania TV sports show, a Buckmaster bow equipped with an Autorest was to be used to demonstrate broadhead tuning techniques. I later learned that a bow with a high quality conventional rest had to be used because the shooters could not get any of the various hunting arrows to fly poorly with the Autorest. Conclusion: The better an arrow is launched, the better it flies.

Comments from users:

  • I didnít realize I was that good a shot.
  • I canít imagine using any other arrowrest.
  • My groups have actually halved.
  • I can fire twice as many arrows in the same amount of time.
  • I spend more time shooting not tuning.
  • It makes my hunting bow shoot better than my target bow.
  • I couldnít have shot that boar, when it suddenly turned and charged me, with any other rest.
  • Because of my bow holding hand impairment, I could no longer effectively shoot a compound bow. The Autorest solved my problem.
  • Years ago I switched from a compound bow to a traditional bow because of so many arrowrest related problems. Shooting an Autorest equipped bow at a show convinced me that this arrowrest was different and now I use the Autorest with my compound bow.

Comments from Trade Show Visitors:

  • After five archery trade shows, this is the only product that made me say "Wow".
  • This is the type of product we come to a trade show to see.
  • Why donít other arrowrest companies demonstrate and allow visitors to try their arrowrest.

Comments from Pro Shops:

  • I use the Autorest as a problem solver.
  • We tried five quality rests on a high performance bow for one particular customer. None of the five satisfied him. We installed the Autorest and satisfied the customer.
Bow Manufacturers:
  • Custom or dedicated Autorest design can be quoted.
    The Autorest can be designed to work on compound bows without cable guard bars.

Attention: Dealers and Pro Shops

  • The Autorest can reduce your inventory because it is THE rest for all conditions.
  • The Autorest can reduce the fine tuning usually required for many other arrowrest installations.
  • The Autorest will enable the new archer to develop into a better shooter in less time because it eliminates many of the variables that affect accuracy.
  • FACT: Any device that will improve accuracy will keep the interest in Archery.
  • A complete Autorest includes the arrow rest, roller cable slide, overdraw mounting bracket and cable guard assembly (if required). Any individual or combination of replacement parts can be ordered.
From the Inventor of the Autorest

Dear Archer:

Thank you for reading this report explaining how and why the Autorest differs from every other arrowrest.

Several years of intense research and development have led to the development of the Autorest to eliminate all arrowrest related problems and make archery a more enjoyable sport for all.

Joe Angeloni
President, A Design Inc.