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How to Choose the Best Bow and Arrow
There are many factors to take into consideration when trying to determine the best bow and arrow for you or whomever you may be purchasing the bow for. There are many types of bows and criteria to review to choose the best bow and arrow. This is just a short intro to help you gain basic knowledge to be able to choose the best bow and arrow for your needs.
Types of Bows
First you must decide the type of bow that you are looking to own.
The compound bow was developed in the 1960’s. The compound bow is the most complex of all the bows for sale. It is also the most popular type of bow for hunting. The compound bow consists of links, pulleys and cams. The compound bow is setup with a let off upon full draw to allow ease of hold while waiting for your target to get in optimum position for the kill shot.
The longbow was invented around 1180 by the Celts of Wales. The original longbow had a bow draw weight of around 200 lbs. This bow was capable of taking a knight down at a ½ mile. The long bow does have other draw weights but is not adjustable or as easy to hold as the compound bow after draw back.
The recurve bow gets its name from the curvy shape. The recurve bow limbs point away from the archer when they are unstrung. The shape of the recurve bow gives it more power. The recurve bow was mentioned in Psalms, which is the earliest written documentation of this type of bow.
Now that you know the different types of bows you can review the other information to understand what is best for you.
The next factors really depend on what fits your needs and abilities. You may be looking for a bow and arrow for kids, youth bows, bows for men or bows for women. This can determine the style of bow, bow draw weight and the bow draw length.
There are a few things to understand for your bow needs regardless of what style of bow you choose.
Bow Draw Length
Bow draw length is a very important factor when choosing a bow. The bow draw length requirement will be different from a kid to an adult. The bow draw length is the distance that the string moves back to from standard position to stop. The typical bow string should anchor close to the corner of your mouth.
Bow Draw Weight
The bow draw weight is another very important factor when choosing a bow. For a compound bow, for example, a small child the draw should only be around 10 to 15 lbs. A young bow or woman between 100 to 140 lbs would use a draw weight around 30 to 40 lbs. A large male would use a range up to 70 lbs for a compound bow draw weight. Other types of bows would require a lower bow draw weight since they do not have the let off of the compound bow at full draw.
Choosing the Right Arrow for the Bow
Choosing the proper arrow can be a lot easier than choosing the proper bow. The two main items to keep in mind when choosing the correct arrow is the bow draw weight and the bow draw length. The arrow must be long enough to handle the bow draw length and the bow draw weight. Arrows are identified by the size and the draw weight capable that can be withstood.