Man has used bows for a long time. To compensate for our lack of brute physical strength, our ancestors used bows that could deliver arrows from great distances with the right person. This, along with other tools, has helped man survive. In the past, bows were used for war and hunting. However, with the advent of gunpowder and gun weaponry, bows started to become obsolete in terms of hunting and war. Bows have survived, however, as a sport and for use by hunters who prefer the weapon to guns. The successor of the medieval bow is the compound bow, a bow that focuses on accuracy, power, and comfort. There are many brands and types of compound bows that vary in sizes, shapes, and various levels of training. This article will help you in choosing a bow that’s right for you.
Branding. If you visit an archery forum online, you’ll find people telling other people that a certain brand is better than another brand. This is true in most products, in reality and most beginners will find themselves seeing only a certain point of view wherein a certain brand is better than another. Though there may be a grain of salt into this, it is hardly fair to another brand to be compared in a different light. Ask experts in your area or look at papers and forums regarding this.
Speed. The basic selling point of compound bows is speed. The speed is standardized as the IBO Speed per Frames per second, that is to say, the speed of an arrow per frame of a high speed camera per second. Most bows have 300+ fps or more, however, there is really now a discernible difference between a 290 fps bow to a 310 fps bow. Do not be inclined to think that speed is better, however. Although it does limit drag – the air resistance of the bow that slows it down – it is hardly a large difference even in Olympic competitions.
Draw Weight. The draw weight is the amount of stored energy you put on the bow, which makes the arrow fly. This concept of physics known as the transfer of energy is simply the pulling motion on the string that you do to the bow. Huntersfriend.com, a pro-hunting archery site states that for a small framed man of around 120 to 150 lbs, a draw weight of 45 to 55 lbs is the “sweet spot” for shooting an arrow. 55 lbs of draw weight is enough to kill a whitetail deer and even black bears. However, it may not be enough for large game like oxen or grizzlies.
Distance. There are many types of bows that can go certain distances. The distance is directly affected by the design of the bow (called cams) and the draw weight. The draw weight, as mentioned before, is the amount of energy you put in the bowstring. The bigger the draw weight, while having a longer string for more energy storage and a lighter arrow is essential if you want to shoot arrows at more than 200 fps.
While bows have become obsolete in terms of war, many still cling to the old ways of hunting with it. Professional sport has also embraced archery, having an Olympic game of the sport. Be wary, however, as the bow is still a weapon at the end of the day. If you are a beginner, start learning from a professional instructor as you may endanger someone’s life, or yours. Happy hunting!