For six years and eight months I’ve shot a compound bow. For that same amount of time I wanted to shoot a recurve. The pandemic seemed like a good point to switch.
It was October of 2013 in Boulder, Colorado and I was killing time. I was there for a meeting with the larger company that had purchased the smaller company where I was an officer. I loved our little business. The bigger fish also loved our little company. They admitted it with the loving offer they’d applied to the purchase.
Flying back and forth from Baltimore, Maryland (my primary residence being in Easton, MD) to Boulder isn’t a tough flight. However, I needed to attend meetings at the end of one week and the beginning of the next. So, I stayed in Boulder over the weekend.
I’d found a nice 5K to run on Sunday and there was some fun planned as a result of being stuck in Boulder. There are worse places to spend a weekend alone. On Saturday I drove out to do some sight seeing. Along the way I spotted a cool looking local (not a chain) sporting goods shop on the cusps of the city. It seemed like a neat place to look around.
Pulling into the parking lot I left my rental car and walked into the shop. There wasn’t any real intention to make a purchase. It was an opportunity to look over a local sports shop.
When I traveled I frequently had free time away from work. During those breaks I sightsee. Some of the main places, aside from typical tourist traps; I’d visit old churches, bike shops, and sports shop. Visiting old churches in Europe was especially enjoyable. Bike shops in Italy were incredible. And sports shops in the US are always fun.
Outside Boulder walking into the local sporting good store I knew I might find information about places to run or even another race for a future trip. What I ended up with was unexpected.
Walking through the rows of merchandise I passed a boxed bow kit for adults. It held a Samick beginner recurve bow and the price was $78.00. Initially, I walked passed the bow. Completing my tour I headed out to the parking lot. Still, I kept thinking about that inexpensive bow. Turing around I headed by to take another look.
The bow was a take down recurve, which meant I could easily ship it home if I bought it. A sales person came over and answered my questions. Figuring, what the heck, I bought the bow. A week later I was home with the bow shooting it at a bale of hay.
It was fun. Of course, I knew I needed a better bow or at least heavier limbs. The bow came with 28-pound limbs. Rather than searching for a new bow I went online and found a bow shop in Pennsylvania where I could get 35-pound limbs, Lancaster Archery Supply. I ordered the limbs.
In the meantime, while I waited for the limbs to arrow I made the decision to buy a more expensive bow. This is when I learned finding a recurve bow at a local bow shop is pretty difficult. There were compound bows galore. There were no recurves at three bow shops within my driving radius.
I didn’t want to try an order a recurve from Lancaster Archery since I knew nothing about them aside from their location. So, I ended up with a compound bow in my hands before the 35-pound limbs arrived. Those 35-pound limbs arrived and remained unboxed for over six years.
A few weeks ago and tens of thousands of arrows shot using a compound bow I found myself on pandemic pause from competitive archery. It seemed like a fun thing to do to go shoot that old Samick recurve.
Several hundred arrows later I opened the box that had arrived from Lancaster Archery six years ago and connected the 35-pound limbs.
By now I knew Lancaster Archery Supply. In fact, I knew them so well I trusted them to help put together an order for a new recurve. This time an Olympic recurve.
Again, I made a conservatively price purchase. The Olympic recurve is a Galaxy Tourch riser with Win Win WNS limbs (34 pounds). The stabilizers are WNS, the rest is WNS, the tab is an Avalon Classic, the plunger WNS, Cartel Maxion V-bar, a Win Win string, a Cartel clicker and a Cartel Focus sight.
It arrived 22 days ago. Applying a coupon from Lancaster the package which included a $17.99 Cartel folding recurve stand and $14.95 Selway Limbsaver stringer came to: $460.64. Subtract those accessories and the finger tab the Olympic recurve rig came to $412.71, less than the price of a top shelf riser.
The first day after putting the bow together I shot it. The arrow rest immediately broke. Lancaster sent a replacement. The Cartel sight is only good for 3-4 shots before it has to be tightened and the Cartel clicker, which needs to attach to the sight extension rod won’t attach there. It will attach to the riser, but I need it extended. I am shooting without a clicker for now.
But, I am shooting clickerless. At the moment I am only shooting from 18-yards. And it is a whole lot of fun. Whether or not I’ll ever be competitive shooting a recurve remains unknown. Either way, this is a great way to regroup.