Archery Annoyances | “Recurve” Bows


I’m not the most knowledgeable person on archery out there, but I’m pretty sure I know what a ‘recurve’ is. I mean, this is a recurve, the limbs curve back and away from the archer, hence ‘recurve’, but apparently not all recurves are recurves? There’s been at least one occasion where we’ve had a guy bring their new “recurve” onto the range, and we’ve gone, “Err, no, that’s a longbow.” This seems to be most common with the super cheap ‘recurve’ bows that cost less than $50. Search up ‘recurve bow’ on Amazon, and you get these youth bows, which clearly aren’t recurves, but are still labelled as such by the manufacturer. A prime example of this mislabelling is the Barnett Sportflight, This is a blatant misrepresentation. I find it a bit hard to trust certain brands, if they don’t call their bows the right thing. In fact, a while ago, somebody asked me what I thought about Atunga Atunga, as I found out, is an Australian company, they manufacture youth bows, and cheap youth compound bows, and Australian archery stores don’t stock them, so that probably says a bit about their quality, but you know, that aside, I looked it up on YouTube, found their official channel, and there was this video: “Okay we’re gonna talk you through now the Atunga range of recurve and longbows. Most of these are actually longbows, we just use the word ‘recurve’ ’cause that’s how a lot of people find our bows online….” Really? Calling a longbow a recurve to attract more customers? I’m pretty sure there’s a thing about not lying to your customers. Fortunately, they seems to have taken the hint, and the page lists the item as a longbow, as it should. Speaking of supposed recurve bows, their budget ‘compound bows’ seem to be longbows with wheels attached. I kind of get how that would make the draw consistent, even with no let-off, but it really looks tacky to me. Unless you’ve got a kid who was 8 years old, I really don’t recommend these youth compounds – if you want to start off with a coupound, buy an ACTUAL compound. I’m also a bit curious about this ‘aiming device’, It’s a sight! Why not just call it a sight? Personally, I also find that packages that come with 2 arrows to be a little comical. 3 perhaps I could understand, but 2? Even the Barnett Sportflight comes with 2 arrows I get that they’re meant to be packed, so that you have a bow ready to shoot out of the box, but these arrows are rarely well matched to the bow, and I’m guessing that most people replace the arrows almost immediately. 2 arrows means you’ll be doing more walking than shooting. This is another reason why I recommend getting a proper recurve bow as a starting point, instead of going down to this level. Thankfully, this trend of misnomers only applies to a really small, select handful of cheap youth bows. So it’s not something to really worry about, and it doesn’t really make a difference at this level. Still, I find it slightly puzzling for a company to call their bows something else, I mean, as the saying goes, ‘call a spade a spade’. Call a recurve, a recurve. This is NUSensei, bringing you another Archery Annoyance

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