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String Quartet

Experience the difference using the Recurve bow, English Long bow, American Flatbow and Mongolian Horse bow.
Try shooting 10 arrows from each bow and find out!

Recurve bows

Recurve bows are used to teach archery, and beginners often start with one of these bows.

The recurve bow is named for their distinct shape: the central parts of the limbs curve toward the archer, and the tips of the limbs curve away from the archer. A recurve bow stores more energy and delivers this more efficiently than the equivalent straight-limbed bow, giving a greater amount of energy and speed to the arrow.

Recurve bows are the only bows the Olympics allow. Many archers also shoot recurve bows in field archery and 3D archery, and hunting with higher poundage bows. Bow limbs can have many different laminations including wood, carbon and modern composite materials making them light and efficient.

English Long bow

Longbows were first recorded in use during battle in 1298 and were a dominant weapon on the battlefield until the mid-16th century with the introduction of firearms.

The English longbow is a traditional one piece bow which was normally made from yew or elm woods. However modern longbows can be made from laminating different materials together to give a lighter and stronger result. A longbow has rounded limbs and is normally as big as an archer standing over 5 feet (1.5 m) to allow a full draw.

Longbows have rounded limbs that are circular or D shaped in cross-section, and is usually widest at the handle and much more difficult to aim than other modern bows and do not have nearly the same velocity as compound or recurve bows.

American Flatbow

The flat bow was traditionally the weapon of the Native American and also referred to as the American Flatbow or American Longbow.

This bow has non-recurved, flat and relatively wide limbs that are approximately rectangular in cross-section. Because the limbs are relatively wide, flatbows will usually narrow and become deeper at the handle, with a rounded, non-bending handle for easier grip

The American Flatbow was developed as an experiment to test against the English Longbow in the 1930s. Modern hybrids with laminations such as fibreglass layers and carbon cores make dependable, stable limbs that are fast and smooth to pull and easy to shoot.

Mongolian Horse bow

Horse bows are static recurve bows and the ancient Mongols developed this style with its distinctive bridge on which the string rests. Their technical innovation gave bigger dynamics to the arrow.

The string gets a little extra "pop" when it snaps against the bridge, translating into higher arrow velocity and power, giving you the velocity you expect only from a compound bow, and allowing a smooth draw. These bows are fast and powerful, ideal for target, hunting or mounted archery.

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