Post by Rifleman Lizard on Sept 11, 2012 14:31:00 GMT
Very nice. Bear Paw make solid and quality bows. This is a flatbow and not a longbow, my man. I also love the flat bows and I shoot a Falco model.
You did right by starting at a low draw weight. This helps develop the vital techniques you'll still use when you're shooting 50lb bows, that is if you're wanting to move up into higher draw weights. 20lbs is a very low DW but I guess a lot of that depends on your age and ability (annoying shoulder injuries not withstanding!)
The term "longbow" has historically been applied to any number of bows that are, well, long. Since that's such a subjective application, you'll notice huge variety in the types of "longbows." The distinction between a flatbow and a longbow is mostly scholarly and correct in a modern context. Flatbows are also commonly called "American longbows."
I noticed the wood looks unfinished, or is that just the camera and lighting?
If it is unfinished wood you might want to give it a finish, since moisture can really ruin the performance of a bow.
Since this is your first real bow I will point out something obvious but would be sad if you didn't know and I didn't say it.
Don't keep your bow strung, when not in use unstring your bow. You only want your bow strung when your in a ready to use it mode. Leaving a bow strung is bad for the string and the bow limbs, and will eventually ruin your bow. It is ok to leave it stung for hours, possibly even an entire day, but if your not going to need it, then unstring it.
I am not assuming you don't know this, but as I mentioned in case you don't then it is a very important piece of info to know.
PS I will add a link to this thread to the Archery index Yay for more archers.
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