Whether you want to get into the sport of archery, or if you want to try hunting with a recurve bow, It’s always a good idea to know as much as you can about the bow as you can. That is probably why you’re here!
We’ve got a lot of ground to cover so we’re just going to dive right in.
To fully understand what a recurve bow is, you first need to know the parts of the bow:
Also, take-downs allow for interchangeability, allowing you to get the perfect bow for you. The modern recurve bow is the only type of bow that is allowed in the Olympics, and these are mostly take-down bows.
When you’re looking for archery recurve bows, you may be wondering to yourself what is the difference between the two types of bows. The short answer is that it’s all a matter of curves and the materials used.
When the traditional longbow bow is unstrung, it is basically a straight wooden pole with a “D” shaped cross section where the flat edge is facing you, the archer. These bows are typically 3-inches longer than the archer is tall.
So, if you’re 6 feet tall, your bow is going to be 6’3”, hence the name. When it’s been strung up, it’ll the on a regular curve toward the archer. The longbow is usually made by using several layers from different types of wood and they are laminated together to create a single save of wood.
These laminated bows are made by using wood that are favorable to compression on the side that faces the archer. These woods are going to also be able to stretch well on the opposite side.
These bows are made to be very strong and can have very high draw weights. There are some longbows that can reach over 180 pounds in draw weight, and these are typically called war-bows.
A modern recurve bow curve away from the archer after the initial longbow curve. These bows typically have an unbending riser and curved limbs.
These bows will also have a window cut into the actual bow so that the arrow will fly straighter through it. This window is going to help the archer achieve maximum accuracy because it’ll allow for you to use a stiffer arrow.
The belief of the re-curving of the limbs is that the very ends of the limbs will be able to accelerate faster than the rest of the limb, thus being able to transfer energy much more efficiently, creating faster arrow speeds and improved accuracy.
The modern recurve bow can be purchased with additional accessories to provide a more consistent shot, but more about them later.
Throughout history, the recurve bow was made from composite materials and they were used by the Chinese, Turks, Greeks, and others.
While the limbs are still made from composite materials like fiberglass, carbon and/or wood around a carbon or wood core, the risers are often made from another material, be it wood or plastic, which are ideal for a beginner recurve bow.
But for more advanced bows, you’ll find the risers are made from a carbon fiber or aluminum with carbon fiber.
Carbon fiber is going to have great strength-to-weight ratio. With carbon fiber risers, there are hollow carbon tubes that are interlocked to give you incredible stiffness, which is engineered to promote near instantaneous vibration damping as it reduces noise significantly.
Also, when you’re using the bow in colder weather, a cold riser will make it harder to get a perfect shot. A carbon fiber riser isn’t going to feel cold—in fact, it may even feel warm when you touch it.
A bow made of fiberglass is generally used because it is stiffer than wood and it’s often a bit more affordable. If you get a and fiberglass sandwiched together, it’s going to provide with high tensile and compression strength, and it’ll also be relatively lightweight.
A wooden recurve bow will be flexible enough to handle all that bending and the stress that is applied when you shoot your arrow.
Among the types of wood used include: yew, hickory, walnut, ash, and even exotic woods like basswood, yucca, blackwood, and iron wood. However, when it comes to the type of wood used for the core, it is almost always maple—especially in glass-faced and backed bows.
Bows that feature a metal riser are going to make the bow heavier and more stable. These risers allow the archer to see the target and get a better shot.
Now that you know what kinds of bows there are, the difference between a traditional longbow and a recurve bow and the parts of a bow, let’s take a look at some items that are essential if you’re new to archery.
The bow stringer is going to be an essential piece of equipment because it is the only way that you can consistently string a bow and be safe.
The stringer will help you to use your body weight to bend your recurve enough so that you can slip your string over the tips of the limbs.
Back in the day, the “step-through” method may have been used, but that can be quite dangerous for both you and your bow. So, always use a stringer!
Naturally, if you’re going to have a bow, you’re going to want arrows to go with it! It’s a good idea that when you buy the arrows, you get more than one and purchase them while you are purchasing your bow.
This way the sales associate will be able to recommend the right sized arrows according to your draw length.
The nock point is going to give you a consistent place on the string to put your arrow. This is going to be important because it’ll give you consistency when you’re shooting and will help your arrow go where you want it to.
Also, it’ll make sure you don’t accidentally hit your bow hand with the arrows vanes or fletchings.
Of course, you can make your own nock points from a brass point, serving strong, or even from a bit of tape. The person who helps you purchase your bow will help you set your nock point to the spot where you need it.
An arm guard isn’t necessarily a necessity, but it is a recommended accessory. The guard will cover your arm so that nothing is in the way of your bowstring when you release your arrow
Sometimes you’re going to need to purchase your own tabs, but as we mentioned above, these tabs will protect your fingers while drawing your string from getting blisters.
Another item that isn’t always included when you purchase your bow. While you can use your hand to rest the arrow on, a rest is going to be easier for you to use as become more comfortable with your bow.
The wax will prevent the fibers on your string from fraying. It will also protect your string from water and the elements while you are outside.
Recurve bow sights are designed to help you aim better, but unfortunately not all bows include them.
This is because many archers who use the recurve like the challenge of using their instincts to shoot, rather than relying on a guide to help them. However, if you’re a beginner, then you may want to invest on one of these.
If you’ve always fancied being a modern Robin Hood and whipping arrows out from a quiver, now is your chance. The quiver is just a convenient way to carry your arrows and it can be worn on your waist or on the shoulder.
A whisker silencer is a lightweight rubber object that is going to be able to reduce the sound that emanates from your bow string, without compromising how it performs.
These are necessary if you’re just into archery as a hobby, but they are great things to have if you’re in the woods using a hunting recurve bow and silence is needed.
So… How with so many bows on the market, how do you choose the right one for you? Well…
So, now that you have all the accessories for your bow, you might be wondering how to aim a recurve bow and just how to use it in general.
Deciding to get into archery can be an exciting time in someone’s life, especially if they have a competitive edge.
While you have many different types of bows that you could choose from, many people prefer a recurve because they offer more stability and consistency than your traditional longbow.
We hope that as you read through our guide, you understand these bows, how to choose one for you, and how to use it. We are certain that once you get that perfect bow, you’re going to love target shooting, be it a target, or if you’re going hunting!