Archery, a once-popular method for basic human survival and combat, is now a common sport and method of hunting. The main tool in the sport of archery is a bow that shoots arrows. In early times, bows were made out of pinewood and the arrows were made out of materials such as flint and other rocks. Today, bows are made from aluminum and fiberglass and there are two main types of bows that are used in archery: the recurve bow and the compound bow. These bows can both be used for recreational archery, hunting, and bowfishing. Most often people are not sure which bow is better to use, especially if they are new to the archery scene. There are many accessories that are needed in archery, such as arrows, rests, sights, and strings. However, before you can buy any of those items you must buy the main tool: the bow. Both the recurve bow and the compound bow have advantages and disadvantages. Depending on your experience level, budget, and personal preference, this article will help you decide which bow is right for you.
Recurve bows can be traced back to ancient Asia and were originally made out of wood. Recurve bows were used throughout history by the Chinese, Mongols, Huns, Greeks, and Turks. Some companies still make wooden recurve bows today although they are more commonly made from fiberglass or carbon. Recurve bows generally come in three different variations: the basic style, the take-down style, and the composite style. The composite style is the oldest style of bow and is no longer used today. Out of the three variations, the take-down sttyle is the most popular since it allows the bow to be disassembled. Recurve bows curve away from you and are designed to shoot arrows at short distances. The curves allow the bow to be more stiffer and shoot arrows with more force. Modern recurve bows are more technologically advanced than those used in the early ages. However, recurve bows do not have as many advanced technological features as compound bows and therefore do not shoot arrows as accurate as a compound bow would. The typical length of a modern recurve bow is between 20 and 25 inches. Recurve bows are often recommended for beginners due to their traditional design the only types of bows that are allowed in the Olympics. The typical price of recurve bow is between $100 and $300, although some can cost up to nearly $1,000. The more expensive recurve bows are (obviously) meant for those who are more experienced archers.
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Compound bows are similar to recurve bows except they are more modern, using a system of pulleys and wires to operate and can give let-off or give no let-off. Since compound bows are more technological they can shoot arrows further than a recurve bow can. The first compound bow came out in 1969 and continues to be the most popular type of bow used today. Unlike the recurve bow, compound bows have many more parts like the cam and limb pockets. Although the limbs of a recurve bow are designed to be stiff, the limbs of a compound bow are even stiffer making it more energy efficient. They are lighter than recurve bows since they are not made from wood but rather from lighter materials. Due to the difference in materials, compound bows are easier to transport and they are more durable, especially in bad weather. However, compound bows will need more maintenance than a recurve bow since they are more advanced. They have room for add-ons and attachment such s sights and rests. Typical compound bow maintenance includes getting it re-stringed since it requires a bow press. The typical price of a compound bow is usually more expensive than the price of a re-curve bow, ranging from between $300 and $700 although there are some that are available for a higher price. It is important to remember that since compound bows are more popular, there are many brand names available and advocates of certain brands may try to sway you into buying a specific bow. Do not rush your decision if you are looking to get a compound bow but be sure to choose one that you can best handle, afford, and take care of.
Which One is Right For You?
Deciding on whether to choose a recurve bow or a compound bow is a choice that should be taken seriously, especially since both of these bows cost a lot of money. Recurve bows are most recommended for beginners due to their traditional design, ease of use, cheapness in price, and lower-level of maintenance. They serve as good practice tools for getting into advanced archery. Beginners can use compound bows if they wish but they are much more expensive than recurve bows so it is sometimes better to go with the easier, cheaper option just in case you decide that archery is not something that you can handle or enjoy. More experienced archers may find the accuracy of compound bows more desirable than the accuracy of a recurve bow. They will also have more knowledge of bow maintenance, making it easier for themselves if anything goes wrong with the bow. It is important to analyze the differences between each bow. Do not jump to buy the most attractive, expensive fastest-shooting bow, especially if you are just looking to show it off. Instead, buy the bow that you feel most comfortable starting off with and work your way up.
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