How Fred Bear Makes Compound Bows


The bow and arrow is one of the oldest
known weapons and next to the discovery of fire is one of the longest standing technological
advancements harnessed by mankind the earliest known evidence of the bow and arrow
dates back to around forty thousand years ago found western europe and
recent archaeological discoveries now show that it was used throughout the world in just about every continent the bow and arrow was used in a array of events but mainly hunting and war sporting events and archery competitions here we are forty thousand years later
and the traditional bow is alive and well its still manufacturing used by many of
the traditional way to hunt game on todays show we’re taking you back to
bear archery in gainesville florida to show you how traditional bows are
manufactured and used in modern times the last time we were at bear archery
operations manager Neil bise took us through the process of manufacturing
there truth 2 compound bow let’s take a look back at that visit for a quick recap of that process hey how you doing today good really good can we get a tour of the plant today i would love to give you a tour of the plant and show you our processes from start to finish from raw materials to a box of products ready for the consumer god that would be great since i’m from michigan and i grew up with fred bears equipment this has been a lifelong dream for me
can’t wait to get started well lets get started alright lets go step one with making a compound bow is starting with a good solid limb we manufacture that out of fiberglass
longitudinal fiberglass that we pull on strands through a resin bath then we actually mold it in a press under 50 tons and under heat we form it than we actually machine it with custom made machinery then we tumble the limb and get it ready for paint then once we get that part ready we also machine cams and idler wheels and risers out of sixty sixty one t6 aluminum that is high grade aircraft aluminum and we machine it on computer american controlled machinery and we cut that material to one one thousandths of an inch we tumble them parts to get a nice
smooth finish for the cams and idler wheels so that we can have them manadized and then then the risers we tumble to get them prepared for paint this is a electrostatic powder baiting system we do a water transfer we use apg all purpose real tree film on our products then when we dip them through the water the camouflage is transferred to the part and then we wash the part off if there’s any touch up or knocking down on the part we do it in a operation were we 100% inspect the part then we put a urethane coating on top of both the risers and the limbs and then we assemble the limbs to the cams and the idler wheels we assemble the riser with all of the components then we assemble the two together he will check the bow over to make sure that there’s no
imperfections in the bow make sure everything’s tight he will push the dampers on and make sure there centered properly also what he’ll do is still actually
apply the axle dampers on the truth 2 a feature that is only on the truth 2 on both the upper and lower limbs then he will sign the tag saying everything is correct putting the proper draw length and proper weight on the tag and also his initials saying that this bow has been inspected by him boy is that smooth the truth 2 the truth 2 and that’s what we do to make a high-quality compound bow stay tuned we’ll be right back with more of factory to field

23 thoughts on “How Fred Bear Makes Compound Bows

  1. It would be nice if Bear would make this bow on a longer riser for those who shoot fingers… A 38-40" ATA with those big fat wheels, dual string stops & 7 3/4" brace height would make a very nice finger/3D/spots bow.

    Is it really necessary to have 4 -5 models with the same general 30" ATA?.. A wider range of lengths in the lineup would appeal to a far broader range of buyers…32,34,36,38,and 40.

    Concentrating the whole compound lineup on one segment of buyers is imo, myopic..

  2. I bought a Fred Bear Lights Out on Feb,2010 and I love it!!!!!! Its been a blessing for me in that shooting my bow keeps my mind off the problems one has from time to time. Great Beautiful Bow!!!!!

  3. Interesting. I've overheard my local Mathews dealer tell more than one person that all Bear bows were made in overseas. He's a great tuner and sales person and this was why I went with Mathews.

  4. i was gonna get a fred bear but ended up getting a redhead kronik…kinda wish i had gotten the fred bear though lol

  5. I would have bought a Carnage, but i didn't like the idea of replacing those fancy dampeners when they get shot out, i ended up with another HOYT

  6. who ever inspected my bow missed that the cam was leaning so bad the module rubbed the cable on drawing back,had to take it back to the pro shop,they shimmed it and twisted the cable to get it straight,when i was waiting i checked the other one on the rack and it was doing the same thing,also my bow was shipped at 71# and after 6 months the string had streched and all i could get out of it was 65#,replaced the strings with winners choice string and got it back up to 72#,

  7. Well, no, we don't call this a tour and I'm not sure where you got that impression. This is a QUICK 4 minute review/compilation of a half hour TV program – so it is completely understandable if you feel like something is missing. But maybe some good news – we have opened a Factory to Field Channel on You Tube and will be uploading from more shows: like the BowTech Destroyer which is first in the que. More crap is coming your way 🙂

  8. I bought a one of the first bear compound bows the whitetail hunter back in the mid 70s i still have it.

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