Recurve Bows For Sale Considerations

By: - Hunting - July 24, 2011
recurve bows for sale considerations

When you start looking at recurve bows for sale, it helps to understand something about recurve bows and how they work.  That means comparing them to their predecessor, the longbow or straight bow.

Longbows have straight limbs, while a recurve bow has limbs where the tips curve back toward the front of the bow, or “recurve.”  This makes a big difference in how effective a bow is.

If you’re shooting a longbow, the effective length of each limb stays the same when you draw the bow.  In other words, you have no mechanical advantage that takes place when you draw the bow.

However, when you’re looking at a recurve bow for sale, you’re looking at limbs that give you some mechanical advantage when you shoot the bow.  When you draw back on the string, the curve of the limb “uncurves” somewhat, which makes it effectively longer, and gives you some mechanical advantage.

At the same time, stresses on each limb increase.  The side of the bow closest to you (the belly) is compressed, and on the side farther away from you (the back), the tension increases.  The limbs of any recurve bow for sale must be strong enough to withstand these stresses, as they are deformed by the pressure that you put on them when you draw back on the string.   All of this allows recurve bows for sale to store energy and transfer it to the arrow when you release the string.

Here are some terms you need to know when you start looking at recurve bows for sale:

Arrow rest – This is a little “shelf” that the arrow sits or “rests” on when you draw the bow.  There’s a wide variety of styles and types, and they usually can be changed.  In other words, when you purchase a recurve bow for sale, this is an accessory you can change.

Back of the bow – The surface of the bow that faces away from you when you hold the bow like you’re about to draw it.

Belly of the bow – The surface of the bow that “faces” you when you hold it to shoot it.

Bow sight – What you use to aim at your target.  This accessory also can be changed.

Brace height – The greatest distance between the grip and the string of a recurve bow for sale.

Grip – The part of the bow you hold in your hand while you are drawing back the string to shoot.

Limbs – The two working “ends” of the bow.  They are attached to the grip, and come in a variety of stiffnesses or “poundages.”

Nocking point – The spot on the bow string where you fit the end (nock) of the arrow.

Riser – The center part of the bow.  The limbs are attached to it, and the grip is part of it.

String – This is the cord that runs from the tip of one limb to the tip of the other limb.  When you draw the bow and then release the string, the string transfers energy to the arrow.