[quote]Iron Condor wrote:
Beautiful bows Idaho. I’d like to go down the traditional route eventually when I have some spare cash, especially recreations of ancient bows like http://www.grozerarchery.com/index_b.htm (I’m not much of a historian so I can’t speak to the historical accuracy).[/quote]
Always like to talk traditional archery:))
I have been shooting traditional since I was in the Boy Scouts. I have learned a lot through personal trial and error. IMHO, if you are just starting out in Traditional archery, begin with a standard recurve or longbow, and wait before you begin shooting the more exotic historical bow replicas. You need to establish your shooting form, stance, anchor point, release, grip design, draw length, bow poundage, etc, and form a solid shooting platform before you tackle the historical bows. These are great bows if built correctly, but, they are " sensitive" to shoot, meaning your shooting form and release have to be rock solid or the arrows will be flying all over the target. This is due to their radical design, whether Mongol, Persain, or Egyptian. A good example would be learning to drive with an old pickup truck, verses learning in a Forumla One. Find yourself a solid well made recurve with good riser weight, and establish your shooting form. If you are interested in the future, I can list several websites that specilize in selling used bows, or, you can go the Ebay/ Craigs List route. Also, I have found several bows at various yard and estate sales. Good Luck.
Thanks for the advice. I love shooting my folding longbow even though it’s not really traditional (aluminium riser and all), but it feels much more rewarding than a compound when you actually hit something. I’ve had several friends get into archery as well and they all got Samick Sages, which seems to be a good bow for the price.
I will stick with my current bow for now and eventually move up to something harder. From what I’ve seen, it seems to be the longer you shoot the more primitive you end up getting to increase the challenge.