In ancient times, bows were the main weapon of many armies of the world, mainly the Greeks and Romans. They were popular for a short time. With the advent of firearms, they were decommissioned. But interest in them has revived among the peoples relatively recently. They began to be massively interested in the late 1990s, in the early 2000s, when films about hobbits appeared on television screens. After the release of the book about Robin Hood, many also became interested in such an ancient weapon.
This article will analyze the main types of this weapon, tell you the advantages and disadvantages, describe the characteristics, and compile a rating of the best sports and hunting bows.
The design, which received the name of the bow, has evolved and improved over several millennia. Thanks to this progress and constant development, three types of bows have been formed.
Peoples used until they invented different types of firearms. Simply put, these are the bows of the autochthonous peoples of Asia and Europe (that is, primitive people).
They are made from leather and wood. Each such bow is special and has its unique characteristics. Therefore it is not mass-produced. It will take years of training to become a master and thoroughly master this tool.
Another name – “Olympic,” as they are used primarily for sports. Most bows of this type have a recursive shape. By bending the elastic branches, energy is accumulated for the shot.
The classic design allows you to store two times more energy than the traditional one. The Huns were the first to use recursive bows. After this equipment began to be equipped with additional attributes, which increased the shooting accuracy to maximum values, they began to be used for sports competitions. Additional elements include:
The shelf for holding arrows has become the most important attribute of classic bows. Such a device allows the arrow not to hit the handle when it comes off the bowstring. Thus, it was possible to replace natural feathers with rigid stabilizers, which allow you to increase shooting accuracy to the maximum while applying a little effort.
The results will not be noticeable right away since it is very difficult to pull the string. After hard training, the results will gradually begin to improve.
First appeared in 1969 in the United States. The design increases the forces applied to the travel end. This is due to special blocks called chain hoists. The more they are installed, the stronger the shot will be. The throw’s energy is accumulated mainly in the cable system and not due to the effort made. A feature of these bows is the “wall” effect – the release of force when the maximum stretch point is reached. It reaches 80 percent. For example, if the bow has a pulling force of 27 kg, then a force of 4 kg is required to hold the bowstring.
Classic bows do not have a lot of penetrating power. During the lowering of the bowstring, they give all their strength to the arrow. Such devices fly at a speed of no more than 50 meters per second. Although they do not have great penetrating power, you can increase the rate of fire thanks to this mechanism.
Block accelerates slowly, but their maximum speed reaches 90 meters per second. They are often classified as hunting because they have a low fire rate, but the accuracy and accuracy of hits are virtually identical with firearms.
The manufacturer assures that this design is intended for hunting. However, it can be used in sports. It is best youth compound bow with two equal eccentrics. Thanks to the eccentrics, the arrow’s flight speed are maintained, despite the reduced shoulders.
Great for hunting small game. The bow comes with all the accessories that perform much better than the previous version of the Condor. In addition to hunting small games, it is used for sports competitions.
Multifunctional throwing weapon of a wide profile. It is suitable for both a teenager and an adult man. Due to its wide range of functions, it is referred to as universal. Both a beginner and a professional can handle it. It is located in the middle price range.
This model is equipped with the most lightweight handle. It is possible to adjust the shoulders. This bow is very popular. It is designed for any basic training, sport shooting or small game, or fish hunting. Thanks to its simplicity, the device can be used by children and women. Some fans of ancient weapons buy the Hawk for fun and training in shooting accuracy.
This melee weapon has good technical characteristics, which has helped to gain popularity among many fans. It is easy to manage and convenient to use. Suitable for hunting medium-sized birds and animals. Used for professional shooting. Not suitable for fishing because, due to its enormous power, it will be torn apart.