How to string a recurve bow

The history of archery is an interesting one. It can be dated back to the Stone Age when crude bows and arrows were used by hunters in continental Europe. As time progressed, new materials such as bronze and iron led to improvements in archery technology. 

In Ancient Rome, archers played a key role on the battlefield, while in medieval England they were used against cavalry charges. Only with the advent of firearms was the bow put out of military use. Today, people still shoot bows recreationally and a few professional competitors are even seen shooting traditional longbows at competitions around the world!

An Introduction to Recurve Bow

A recurve bow is a bow with a curved shape, usually set at a right angle to the centerline of the shaft when unstrung. A recurve's shape is determined by its dynamic role on the shot and not by static deflection of the limbs.

The modern recurve was introduced in 1950 when English archer Fred Bear used one to shoot his first world record (86 yards). Some bows may be short but use long limbs, while others may be long but use short limbs; it depends on design and personal preference. Recurves are usually between long and are held in a short, relaxed grip.

Today, these bows can be found all around the world, but mainly on the Asian continent, particularly in Korea and Japan where archery is highly popular. These days, these bows are used for recreational purposes as well as for target shooting and hunting. They have also found their way into the Olympic Games.

Modern Archery Games

The modern competitive archery game is played with a recurve bow and a compound bow. The maximum draw weight of a recurve one is (if measured at 29"). This gives an average draw of about . The archer's draw weight is determined by a physical measurement. 

The mean of several measurements is then used to calculate the archer's "apparent" or "effective" draw weight. The combined effects of the three main factors (bow, arrows and archer) determine the arrow's speed ("kinetic energy") at impact.

A typical Olympic competition consists of 72 arrows shot in 3 hours, spread over 9 rounds (ends) with a maximum score of 720 points per end; for men, 60 ends are shot over 6 hours with a maximum score of 900 points per end. It is usual to have one sighting shot and two physical rounds before scoring begins; ties are broken using a set number of extra ends.

Recurve Bows: Description and Construction

These bows are not only the fastest to shoot, but they also have the most range. They work by using the string of one end to pull up a limb on the opposite side. This increased power often leads to an increased draw weight, which means that they may be best for adults who have more experience with shooting than children or those who are not yet physically strong enough for longbows.

A recurve bow is a bow made out of laminated wood, fiberglass and other manmade materials such as graphite and aluminum or carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP). It was first made around the year 1885, but the present model was invented by Fred Bear in 1965.

The limbs of a bow curve out and then back in again. This is why this kind of bow is also known as a "recurved" or "deflexed" bow. These bows are different from longbows or flatbows because their limbs curve backwards after they pass the center point of the riser (the part to which both limbs attach). 

These bows have more range and speed than longbows, but not as much range and speed as compound bows, which have pulleys and cables that aid pull strength. 

Recurve bow

Three Main Types: 

There are three main types of this bow: short, medium and long.

  • Short bows have a limb that is 3 inches (7.6 cm) or less in length. They are more flexible than the medium and long types and can be very fast and accurate. They are usually used for hunting or target practice and are generally easier to control. 
  • Longbows maintain a farther, more stable shape when being shot due to the length of their limbs. 
  • Medium bows have limbs that are between 3 to 6 inches (7.6 cm to 15 cm) long; they are good for target practice as well as hunting small game with heavy arrows.

String Your Bow in a Proper Way:

If you're wanting to upgrade your hunting or archery skills and get yourself a recurve bow, you'll need to learn how to string it properly. It is necessary for determining hand-to-handle balance, holding proper positioning, holding the correct form of draw when lifting the bow, and much more. 

Without learning how to string a bow properly, you can't make any real progress with your new weapon! So, if you want to be able to hunt more effectively or just maintain some basic physical fitness while doing so then keep reading. We cover all the important steps in this guide so that you have no questions left unanswered.

Keep in mind, though, that the actual process of stringing a bow will be different based on manufacturer and model so you should always refer to the guide that came with your specific model. As a rule of thumb, all bows are strung in a very similar fashion, but when it comes right down to it, there are significant differences between them.

How to String a Recurve Bow: The Basics

First you'll need to remove the bow from its packaging and carefully unstring it from its rest. When doing this, set aside any accessories such as arrows or quivers.

Place the bow on a soft surface such as a New Hampshire ground cloth or carpet so that it doesn't get damaged. Then remove all arrow nocks, string loops, and features from the strings. If you have any of these accessories (such as arrow nocks), now is the time to remove them if you plan on leaving them off permanently.

Next, pull each individual string through one loop and then tie each knot off in a manner that will prevent it from unraveling over time. Don't worry about length at this point, just ensure there's enough slack in each string to accommodate your hand gestures.

After doing this, tie the string off in a knot that will hold it in place. Make sure to account for any accessories that you might be using like a stabilizer, quiver, etc.

String a Bow: Final Form

Your recurve bow should look something like this when strung:

Using your index and middle fingers as support, grasp the handle while using your dominant hand to pull the string taut. Once you've done this, make sure that both strings are aligned and positioned parallel to each other. If not, then adjust the positioning of your bow accordingly until they are correctly positioned.

Once you have done this, you can rest your elbow on your thigh and utilize the back of your forearm as support. While doing this, use your non-dominant hand to gently pull the bow string towards your face, ensuring that the string isn't twisted. This is where preparation comes into play. 

Before you even think about shooting an arrow with a traditional bow, make sure that you know where the arrow shaft rests against the bowstring. Once you have done this, look down at the bowstring in between your fingers. This will help you see where to place the arrow nock when notching an arrow to shoot.

Capabilities of Recurve Bow

In general, these bows are more "manageable" to draw than other styles. They do not require as much physical strength in the arms to pull back, and since recurves and longbows draw from different angles, they both require different muscle groups. 

Since a person pulling a recurve does not need as much physical power or strength in their arms, they could potentially use better form than someone using a longbow. This means that with practice a person could learn to be more accurate shooting with a recurve bow.

Accuracy and Power of Recurve Bows

A recurve bow is an archery bow that has the limbs curving away from the archer when unstrung, to form a large loop. As such, it requires less force to draw and could be drawn by a person with little strength in their arms. 

The figure-eight shape reflects the natural curve in the human back and helps prevent extreme forces on any one part of the arm or hand pulling back, which can otherwise lead to injury. 

When pulled fully back, recurves are typically considered more powerful than other types of bows, but they do not generally have as much power potential as longbows or compound bows due to their more complex design.