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Saint Edmunds Archers

Types of Bow

Types of Bow


Recurve bow

A bow with limbs that deflect toward the back of the bow to increase leverage when the bow is strung. The Recurve is also known as the Olympic Bow can also be fitted with stabilisers and sights


Compound bow

A compound bow is a modern bow that uses a levering system, usually of cables and pulleys, to bend the limbs. Also can be fitted with Sights and stabilisers


Long bow

A powerful wooden single piece bow drawn by hand; usually 5-6 feet long; used in medieval England



Unassisted, with just a bow and no additional aids such as sight. All the types of bow can be classed as Barebow as long they ad-hear to being drawn and released by finger and no sighting or stabilisation being fitted.