Understanding Recurve Bows


The recurve bow has been identified to exist in the early 2000 BC. It has been used around the globe, particularly in Egypt, Greece and in Asia for protection and as a weapon of war. With the movement of the years, the recurve bow has become modernized to cope with the times and still be able to produce potential.

The modern recurve bow is often found to be used around Asia and Europe in sporting competitions. This bow can be made from a variety of materials; some will prefer to have the limbs of a recurve bow made from layers of wood, carbon, carbon foam or fiberglass. The main mount or the riser is known to be made from magnesium or aluminum alloys, carbon or wood while some from carbon fiber or aluminum with carbon fiber materials; although wood or plastic risers are common among novice archers.

The modern recurve bow is known to allow a shorter bow, which produces minimal noise thus making it ideal for hunting in stealth in brushes and forest terrains. This bow is known to be able to have a big threshold for the strains on the limbs to be able to produce arrows with great casts.

It also has limbs which are known to be sturdy and can create more noise when it is shot. The recurved limbs are known to provide the bow greater ability to store energy and then transfer them to the arrow thus resulting in a more forceful arrow shot. A tactical feature of the recurve bow is that when it is unstrung, its tips are curved away from the archer; thus creating a rather confusing shape which will destroy itself when it is strung inversely.

These recurve bows are the only bow classification allowed in all the archery categories in the Olympics. There are two recurve bow classifications; one is the traditional one-piece bow and the other is the more modernized recurve bow, which is more popularly called the take down bow. The one-piece bow is the common choice among hunters, possibly for its conventionality.

Though this kind of recurve bow poses a hunting disadvantage as the pockets in the limbs necessary for it to be taken apart creates a loud noise when being drawn, thus resulting in a give away of ones position and move. Though the take down recurve bows are not the popular choice when it comes to hunting; the simple reason for this is the fact that its components can be detached, thus resulting in limb pockets which produces noise while drawing and gives away the stealth of the hunt.

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