There are different types of bows that archers today can choose from. One potential option is called the recurve bow which is a bow that carries curved tips which curves even more when the string is drawn. Although all bows rely on a draw string, this is the only kind where the string actually touches a section of the primary limb that it is attached to.
It is often compared with the straight bow. This is the kind of bow that looks pretty much like a capital D. What sets the curved version apart from the straight bow is its ability to deliver stronger shots ultimately because of the curved design. Because the ends of the limbs are curved, the bows store energy in a more efficient manner. In addition, they carry a larger amount of excess energy that can easily be released with the drawing of the string. Basically, the recurve bow allows the archer to deliver stronger shots with little power.
Although the shots delivered by this particular type of bow are stronger and speedier, they do make a significant amount of noise with every shot. The noise that is heard with every draw and release of the string results from the stored energy that the limbs store.
The history of this bow dates back to the time of the early Turks, Magyars, Persians, and Chinese in the second millennium before Christ. Use of this weapon later spread like wildfire reaching Egypt, the Mediterranean, and finally Europe where it was considered as one of the best battle gear that an army can have.
Although it served the necessities of war back in the day, modern times have turned it into a recreational item used by amateur and professional competitive archers. The great thing about the recurve bow is that it works best as both a training bow and one for professional use.
There are additional pieces of equipment that complete the recurve bow starting with the clicker. The clicker is a wire-type attachment that resembles a blade. It is fitted onto the bow with the help of a riser. What it does is hold the arrow until the archer reaches the maximum length for each draw of the string. When this happens, the clicker automatically releases the bow signaling the archer to release the string for firing.
There is the kisser as well. The kisser is a tool that helps with the archer’s aim. It can be positioned on one part of the bow and the archer can use it to draw the string to the perfect level for each and every shot. This results in a more precise angling especially when there are specific environmental conditions that need to be considered.
Serving as a complement to the kisser is the stabilizer. The stabilizers are a series of weights that can be attached to the bow. What these do is balance the bow depending on the preferences of its user. Aside from offering more stability, the stabilizers also act as a tool to reduce any vibrations from when the string is drawn and released. Vibrations can cause the archer’s aim to change significantly and this is why it needs to be controlled.
Here is a video showing you to shoot a recurve bow:
Now that you know all you need to know about the recuve bow, go shooting and have some fun!