The Recurve Bow
Equipment Needed to shoot
How to String a Bow
There are different types of stringers available, but the most common type is the
'Saddle' style. This is a stringer that has a small pouch on one end and a large loop on
the other end. The pictures below illustrate how use this type of stringer, though
individual designs may vary.
Step 1 - Identify the top an bottom limbs.
The bottom limb will have the bow weight and
length written near the butt of the limb. This is the
Step 2 - Attaching the limbs.
Remove the limb bolts and slide the bottom limb
into the bottom limb pocket. Thread the limb bolt
through the hole and tighten.
Repeat with the top limb.
When assembling your limbs to the handle, do not over tighten the limb bolts. A snug fit is all that is
required. Over tightening could damage your
Step 3 - Fitting the string.
Loop one end of the bow string completely over
the top limb tip and slide approximately 1/4 of the
way down the limb. One end of the string may
have a larger loop than the other. If this is the case,
the largest loop should be fitted over the limb tip.
Twist the string approximately 10 full turns and fit
the bottom string loop over the bottom limb tip so
it fits snuggly around the limb tip. This end of the
string should remain on the limb tip and lie on the
inside face of the limb. (The same side as where
the long narrow groove has been ground into the
Step 5 - The bow stringer.
Push the pouch end of the bow stringer onto the bottom limb tip, trapping the bow string into position around the limb tip.
Loop the 'saddle' end of the bow stringer over the top limb tip. Slide the bow string as far up the top limb as possible, and rest the 'saddle' just below the string on the side nearest the centre of the bow.
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Step 7 - Flexing the limbs.
With one hand, hold the bow handle around the centre.
With the other hand, pinch the saddle firmly to the top limb, ensuring it is as far up the limb as possible, but below the string loop.
With one foot treading on the cord of the bow
stringer, and your hand still firmly pinching the
saddle, raise the bow handle to bend the limbs.
When the limbs are bent enough to allow the string
to reach the top limb tip, let go of the saddle and
use that hand to slide the top string loop up the
limb and fit it around the top limb tip. Once you are
sure the string is fitted securely, slowly relax the
bow and remove the bow stringer.
Step 8 - Inspection
Inspect both limb tips BEFORE drawing the bow
to ensure that the string loops are securely fixed
around the limb tips.
To disassemble the bow, use the same procedure in reverse.
How to put a Arrow onto the string
Nocking your arrow
The arrow should snap on the string between the two
nocking points. The cock fletch (the single colour fletching) should face away from the face of the bow to give better
clearance to the other fletches
Your bow requires minimal maintenance, but does need some care and attention to keep it in perfect order. Following these simple steps should ensure years of trouble free use.
; We always recommend that you use a bow stringer when stringing your bow. Proper
use of a bowstringer will prevent your bow’s limbs from becoming twisted. A bow
stringer also provides the safest method of stringing your bow as the limb tips are
away from you during the stringing and unstringing process.
; Unstring your bow when not in use.
; Never 'dry fire' your bow. This means shoot without an arrow. The weight of an arrow
slows the string down and cushions the shock. A ‘dry fire’ can severely damage your
; Store your bow in a cool, dry place and avoid prolonged exposure to excessive heat
and moisture. Never leave you bow in the car on a sunny day. This could seriously
damage your bow. Do not store your bow when wet. Dry first with a soft cloth. Never
use heat to dry your bow.
; Never use bow strings of a length other than specified correct for that bow. If in
doubt, check with us first.
; When assembling your limbs to the handle, do not over tighten the limb bolts. A
snug fit is all that is required. Over tightening could damage your limbs.
; Shoot only arrows specified suitable for your bow. Arrows which are too light may
cause damage to your bow.
; Change your bow string at least once a year. If you find a loose or broken strand or
excessive wear on the bow string then replace immediately. Rubbing some BJORN
BOW STRING WAX into the bow string occasionally will prolong the life of you
There are many different techniques to shooting a bow. The one detailed below is designed to
give quick, good, consistent results for new archers with no previous shooting experience.
If this is your first attempt at shooting your bow, it is recommended that a Bracer be used to
protect your bow arm from being caught by the string.
Stand relaxed, with your feet parallel to the target
and slightly apart.
Keep a relaxed grip on the bow handle.
Preparing the shot
Raise your out stretched bow arm level with the
target, maintaining some flex in your elbow so
your bow arm is not completely extended. This will
help give clearance to the string on release.
Keeping your bow arm out stretched, raise the
elbow of your drawing arm so it is at least level
with your shoulder height, or slightly above. Turn
your head to look directly at the target.
Drawing the bow
In a smooth motion, keeping your bow arm level with the target and the elbow of the drawing arm up, draw the bow string back to the side of your face.
A consistent anchor point is the key to accuracy. Draw the string fully back to your face and use the top of your hand to feel for a comfortable,
repeatable position. The string should be just in front of the eye so you can look directly down the arrow shaft, and not view it at an angle.
Look closely at the picture on the left and try to replicate the position.
If the string is in front of your eye, you should be able to look directly down the arrow to judge your left/right alignment. The up and down alignment is the hard part! This will only come with experience.
Focus on the centre of your target. (normally the
aim duration is between3-6 seconds).
Every thing should remain as if you were still
aiming. The only exception to this is that your drawing hand will have moved back slightly upon loose. Try to keep your head, bow arm and body in the same position as when you were aiming. Keep focusing on the target. Hold this pose for
approximately 2 seconds after the loose.And finally... Retrieve your arrow from the centre of the target.Your done!
Archery is a safe and enjoyable sport for all the family. However, bows used carelessly can cause serious harm. Non of the bows you will be using are toys. A straightforward, common
sense approach to safety should be adopted by all. The following points are a guide, and not the only safety considerations to be aware of.
Make sure the area you are using the bow in is completely clear, and that no one
could accidentally walk within range of your bow. Be aware of arrow deflection
should you miss, as it may travel at extreme angles to the target.
Spectators must always stand behind the archer.
Inspect your arrows for damage before shooting. If an arrow is damaged, do not shoot it as it may break upon release.
Make sure arrows are long enough so they can not be drawn off the rest and fall inside the bow.
When pulling arrows from a target make sure no one is standing behind you.
Never let anyone draw or shoot your bow if their draw length is longer than yours. Over drawing of the bow can cause damage to the bow.
When drawing the bow, keep it level with the target. Drawing high and then
lowering the bow could be very dangerous should a premature release