Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The lost art of the recurve bow.

So I have been having trouble helping Santa figure out what to get Bug for Christmas. The kid got her rifle last year and she is a crack shot. Problem is that Santa wanted a gun to last all her life so it is a bit heavy for her little 9-year-old self. So I have been thinking about a weapon more suited to her. We could go with a little light weight rifle or a pellet gun but then it hit me. What about a bow? And not even a compound bow but a recurve? I think she would have a ball with a bow. Not a flimsy one either but a decently made one. So now I am super excited. I am thinking of something with a little less oomph and the sucky cup tips for Monkey but this could be a lot of fun!! What are your thoughts on the recurve?


  1. Why not. It will require a lot of upper body strength but she'll get the hang of it.

  2. Recurves are definitely elegant. As Stephen said, they do require more upper body strength to shoot as there is no let off in the draw stroke. I haven't checked prices in a while, but I recall decent Bear recurves going for $150+. Really nice is going to set you back a few bills.

  3. As vice-president of our local archery club, I have a little experience in this area.
    Just make sure that she is able to easily draw whichever bow that you choose. Overbowing a new shooter is probably the most common mistake. A recurve is a good start to learn basic form, yet is much harder to hit what you're aiming at. Compared to a compound with a sight.
    Go to "Lancaster Archery" online, these folks have a wide selection of products and good professional staff to aid you in selecting the right equipment.

  4. Thanks guys. I really have no idea if she will even like it. I am trying to feel her out but she is a hard nut and very much a female mind changer. BIL says to just go with a pellet gun. I just don't know.

  5. Best way for you to introduce archery to one of your children, is to get one for you and them so that the child can imitate the person they trust. Is a great bonding experience, so much more valuable to the mind and body than are guns. Just handing a weapon of any type to a child to let them play, does not teach anything...

  6. That was kind of my thinking Spud. My upper body strength isn't great but at the same time I want to work on it and I think this could be not only a fun way but a useful way to do so. The FMS leaves my endurance hovering below where I would like it to be but I think this is a skill worth building.


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