Compound bow

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History Parts of this bow Choosing the right bow

History

Compound bows are very different from the recurve and longbow. They use a system of leveys and pulleys to bend the limbs, which are much stiffer to bend than the recurve or longbow. The first compound bow was first developed in 1966 Missouri by Holless Wilbur Allen when he modified a recurve bow. He was disappointed that when he went hunting, the deer were able to dodge the slow moving arrows. He wanted to create a new bow that shot arrows at a faster speed, so he would hit the deer everytime. So, in 1966, Allen built a new bow with pulleys on top of both limbs and used a longer bowstring, resulting in faster flight of the arrow. Allen's compound bow was very crude and made out of wood. Modern compound bows are obviously more advanced and are made out of alluminum or magnesium. Just as recurves, different attachments such as clickers and sights can be placed on a compound bow.

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Man shooting Compound bow
Here is a man shooting a compound bow.


Parts of a compound bow

String
The cord that attaches both of the limb's tips of the bow and wraps around the pulleys.
Riser
The center of the bow to which the limbs of the bow are attached.
Grip
The place on the riser where the bow is held.
Arrow rest
The place where the arrow rests before flight.
Peep sight
A small circular object placed in the string with a hole in the middle to help improve visibility.
Cables
They are the strings that are attached to both of the pulleys and help the execution on the shot.
Cam
The cams are the pulleys on both of the limbs. The upper cam is called the"idler cam", while the lower cam is still called "cam".


Compound Bow

How to choose the perfect compound bow

Just like the recurve and longbow, the first step in choosing the right compound bow is picking either a left handed or right handed one. Next is choosing the draw length of a compound. Compounds draw a certain distance before the string can not be drawn anymore. Choosing the right draw length ensures accuracy, consistancy and even safety. Next is selecting draw weight. This depends for everyone, since everyone has different strenght. The best draw weight would be to pick a weight that is comfortable for you and you think you can hold the weight. Then it is choosing the length of the bow. Compounds are shorter than recurves and longbows, but for target shooting, a compound on the slightly taller side is more preferable. Some good compounds for beginners are: 13 Diamond Infinite Edge, Bear Archery Encounter.

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