Interested in getting into recurve archery but don’t even know where to begin? Some don’t even know where you can buy a recurve bow. The good news is, it’s quite easy to purchase a recurve bow in the United States.
You can purchase a recurve bow at any local archery shop, online, or at select sporting goods stores.
A recurve bow is not considered a firearm and as a result, does not have the same limitation that purchasing a gun has.
Buying a Recurve Bow Online
The first and most popular option is buying a recurve bow is online. Because recurve bows have no real regulation, they are widely available online.
Just like anything else, my favorite place to buy recurve bows online is Amazon. They have a wide variety of high-quality recurve bows from reputable brands. The only issue is if this is your first recurve bow, I understand why you might be nervous about purchasing it online.
If you’re willing to get over the fact that you won’t be able to see or hold your recurve bow before you buy it, purchasing your bow online will offer you the best prices and most variety. Even though I was nervous, I purchased my first recurve bow online, the Samick Sage Recurve Bow.
You may not be able to hold the recurve bow yourself before buying it but there are reviews on every recurve bow. Text, video, and Amazon reviews should be enough to help you decide which recurve bow to purchase.
It makes some people nervous but I personally believe buying a recurve bow online is the easiest way. Especially with Amazon shipping, you can have it at your doorsteps within a day or two.
Before you make a decision, take the time to do a google search for “best recurve bow for” then add whatever you want to use your recurve bow for. Different recurve bows are better for different things. You probably shouldn’t take an Olympic recurve bow on a hunt or vice versa.
Here are some of the most common uses for a recurve bow.
Even when it comes to hunting different bows are better for different game. The point is, there are a lot of recurve bows out there with a lot of different uses. Research your desired use until you find the best recurve bow for that activity.
Buying a Recurve bow at Archery Shops
The most obvious answer is to purchase a recurve bow from an archery shop. Depending on where you live you may or may not have an archery shop nearby. A quick google search of “archery shops near me” will give you an answer to that question.
Archery shops are a great place to purchase a recurve bow if you are completely new to archery. There are details you’ll want to know before you pull the trigger and take home your first recurve bow. Important questions like what draw weight you should get won’t be answered anywhere else.
I purchased my first recurve bow online and get a draw weight that was too high (I thought I was strong enough). Little did I know, when starting out, you want to go with a light draw weight so that you can focus on the basics. This is the kind of information you’ll learn at an archery shop.
Going to an archery shop is not always the best. Although you can get the advice of archery professionals, you’ll be paying a premium for archery equipment. Just like most things, buying your recurve bow online or at large sports retailers will save you some money.
If you’re willing to spend the extra money to have the advice of an expert and you have an archery shop nearby, then this is probably the best place for a new archer to buy a recurve bow.
Buying Recurve Bows at Sporting Goods Stores
Purchasing a recurve bow at a sporting goods store has gotten more difficult. Like guns, many sporting goods stores have decided to stop carrying weapons. Even though a bow and arrow is not a firearm, it is still considered a weapon.
If you’re lucky your local Walmart, Big 5, or Dick’s will have recurve bows but it’s actually unlikely. My Walmart used to have guns and bows just 5 years ago and now has neither. It’s probably a combination of lack of sales and companies trying to protect their image.
If you can find a sporting goods store that sells archery equipment, you’ll be able to look at a variety of recurve bows at a great price. Chances are none of the sporting goods store’s staff knows anything about recurve bows but at least you get to see the product before you purchase it.
The prices probably won’t be as low as Amazon but they’ll be cheaper than an archery store.
Recurve bows are easy to find today. More importantly, you need to decide which recurve bow is best for you and what you plan to use it for. Check out the reviews we have on our site that go over the best recurve bows for hunting, target practice, and even competition.