Shooting the Martin Poplar bow

Shooting the 64" AMO Martin Poplar bow

Recurve Bow Info For the Beginning Archer

Shooting a Martin Locust Recurve bow
Shooting a 58″ AMO Martin Locust Recurve bow

Author’s Note: I’ve had a relationship with Martin Archery in the past so a lot of my recurve bow knowledge comes from a place of working closely with these particular bows. There are several other great examples of affordable recurve bows out there including the Samick Sage and the Samick ILF bow, but this gives you an idea of what one company offers. 

Getting in to the sport of archery can be a very daunting place filled with endless resources, both good and bad. New archers are generally born when they try out gear at their local club,after their first lesson, or after borrowing a friend’s bow.

At this point, people new to archery haven’t been exposed enough to really figure out what path of archery they’d like to take. The tackle is night and day between competitive olympic-style target archery and tradbow hunting. For this article, we’ll focus more on the paths to get there.

Your first beginning bow is generally an affordable takedown recurve. For simplicity’s sake, these are cost-effective, recurve bows that have the capacity to be taken apart for easy storage. The qualities to look for in a new first recurve bow are:

  • Affordability — This will not be your last bow if you stick to the sport
  • Ability to take accessories (plungers, sights, rests, stabilizers)
  • AMO Length
  • Draw Weight
  • Manufacturer’s Warranty

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