Posts Tagged ‘bows’

Choosing a Recurve Bow

Most beginner archers the first bow they purchase is a recurve bow. A recurve bow is the modern evolution of the traditional longbow. A recurve bow is simple to use, easy to put together, and can support most of the same accessories as a compound bow.

A recurve bow has just three main parts: the riser, the upper and lower limbs, and the bow string. The riser is the middle of the bow and is the handle. The riser is where the limbs attach. The sights, arrow rest, and stabilizer attach to the riser as well. Risers are made from wood, aluminum, carbon fiber and other space age materials.

choosing a recurve bow

A recurve bow can be easily taken down for storage and transport. Here are all the accessories an archer would normally carry.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Compound versus Recurve Bows

Archers today mainly use two types of bows: recurve and compound bows. Each type of bows has its advantages depending on what purpose you intend to use your bow for.

Recurve bows are closest to the traditional long bow that most people picture. Recurve bows can easy be taken apart for transport, are ultra simple to work on in the field and are very adaptable as the archer grows in size or skill. The limbs on a recurve bow are curved toward the back of the bow. This recurving allows for the same draw weight that can be found in a longer bow, but in a shorter over all length.

comparing compound and recurve bow

Bows are typically around 68” long and are the traditional bow that most people are familiar with.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Kinds of Bow Sights

There are many accessories you can add to your bow to help you shoot better. The first one to get is a sight. Bow sights on a recurve or compound bow will increase accuracy dramatically. Sights on a bow are a relatively new phenomenon. Thousands of years ago, longbows did not have sights and archers had to rely on experience and instinct to aim accurately. This is still possible today with a little practice, and is a good method for beginners to learn, but since sights do make the difference let’s take a look at how modern bow sights work.

a pin bow sight

Sights on a compound bow used for hunting typically have between 3 and 7 pins.  The first (top) pin is set for 10 yards, the second for 20 yards, the third for 30 yards and so forth.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Parts of a Compound Bow

parts of a compound bow

Diagram of the parts of a compound bow (click to enlarge)

The compound bow has revolutionized the sport of archery. The shorter length combined with high speeds make this style of bow more accurate and easier to shoot than ever before.

Unlike a nice and simple traditional longbow there are many different parts on a compound bow to make it shoot with the deadly accuracy it is know for, but which one is causing the arrow to miss its mark as you set it up? Let’s take a look at the different parts of a compound bow and what they do so as to better understand what’s going on. Read the rest of this entry »

Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Types of Bows

types of bows in archery

The war bow has proven itself for hunting and defense many times over. This longbow from Britain has a draw weight of over 100lbs.

Archery has been around for nearly 35, 000 years. Over that time, the different types of bows have changed dramatically. There are now more bows on the market than ever before. Science and technology has helped designers create bows that shoot faster, more accurately and with little or no vibration, which are all qualities that make the growing sport of archery even more exciting. Choosing your first bow can be a daunting task with so many choices on the market today, each bow has its pros and cons so let’s take a look at the different types of bows that are available.


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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Paper Tuning Your Bow

When it comes to bowhunting getting perfect arrow flight is one of the most important pre-season check ups you can perform on your gear to get ready for this fall’s hunt. Paper tuning is easy and can be done in your garage or basement. Paper tuning your bow will show you how your arrows fly and what needs to be done to correct it if they don’t.

If your bow is not properly set up, with the sights and arrow rest in alignment the arrows simply will not go where you want them to. When shooting broadheads the added width of the broadhead will catch in the wind as it travels towards the target. This causes the arrow to veer off side and miss it’s mark. Even when everything on the bow looks like it is properly set up just a small variation in alignment can make the difference between hitting your mark or the tree beside it. Read the rest of this entry »

Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson