The Who, What and Why and Best of Longbows
The longbow is one of the oldest weapons in history. In ancient days, the longbow was used to hunt, sport and even in war times. Famous events in history are when a lieutenant Colonel Churchill of the British army used the bow to kill a German adversary.
The long bows have been there throughout history and in modern times, their manufacture has not only been commercialized, but the design has also many ways been perfected for flawless performance. These days they are made in modern available techniques and wood types.
The longbow use technique is quite simple to learn and master. It requires practice and perfection before application in any field. When using these bows there are some things to consider;
- You need to ensure that you are in a slight crouch position
- You need to ensure that you bend yourself into the bow
- Your arms should not be straight out, but rather cocked at the elbow point
- You need to pull your hand close to your mouth before letting the arrow fly
On mastering these skills you will be able to shoot with a long bow from any point you want to. This is also due to the fact that the bows are very light and also have a very quiet let off.
The modern designs and techniques used to manufacture bows is quiet easy to follow through. The design is basically driven by the current properties of the wood types used. Some wood varieties are can handle compression while the other can handle the tension. Collectively, different types of wood are brought together and to make a long bow. In the combining, the wood is glued together perfectly to fit the desired design. Some of the major wood combinations are:
- Bamboo and yew
- Hickory and lemon-wood
Bamboo and hickory show the frontal part of the long bow while the yew and lemon wood from the interior section of the longbow. Modern technology has enabled it to make long bows from synthetic material such as Carbon and fiberglass. The new materials produce stronger long bows, but they are for you to choose.
Once you are familiar with the basics of training and knowing how to handle the long bow, you can now definitely get into buying one for yourself. In case you don’t know your way around bows, you can have a look at the choices below and get to know the best bows in the market this year. These include:
This bow design came into being in the 1990’s. It was made by the Grant Neil Bryce II who was at the time working with the Bear Archery company. The Montana design comprises of quite a few things that give it its clean classic reputation. The bow is made of limbs that are backed with strong black fiberglass. The grip is made of soft leather for firmness. The strings are also perfectly fitted and the limbs are also covered in clear white maple.
The new design of the Montana is made from future wood after a lot of demand from bowyers. This was done in 2013 when the wood was taken back and edified to fit the model. The wood is carefully treated and all the holes in the wood filled with vacuum before being incorporated with other materials. This technique makes the bow heavy, but also very strong and efficient.
This is one of the most sophisticated bows. This is due to the numerous components used to manufacture this magnificent bow. The draw weight of the bow is 40-60 pounds and the brace height is 6.5-7.5 inches. The bow is made from modified black woods. The riser is made of reinforced Bubinga that is originally from zebra wood. The two limbs of the bow are made laminated with a Bubinga core. All the above is topped with clear fiberglass too.
This design of bow is hand made and as such is not available in plenty. But when available, it comes together with quiver, arrows, gloves, hand guard and field points. The bow is also above other designs due to its reflex designed Flemish bowstring. The string enables the bowyer to shoot an arrow without experiencing hand shock during the draw process.
The bow comes with an amazingly designed handle that minimize hand shake to the archer, also it has an arrow shelf. It’s made from maple, purple heart and walnut wood. The bow weighs about 40-50 pounds and has a 68 inch tip to tip length. The brace height is at an optimum of 6.5-7.5. The limbs are covered with fiberglass and have reinforced tips too.
As evident by now, this design is based on laminated different materials to come up with the masterpiece the bow is. The Dacron bowstring adds on to the sleek nature of the bow.
The bow is one of the practical examples of elegance and performance being portrayed on one singular object. The bow is made from walnut and hard maple woods. The limbs of the bow are made of fiberglass that has reinforced tips. It’s 40-60 pounds, 68 inches in brace height and 6.5-7.5 inches brace height. The bow also comes with a Dacron string that has a remarkable fast flight string quality which makes energy transfer efficient.