In July 2020 I decided to give Olympic Recurve archery a try. I had no idea how much I’d enjoy switching from compound bow to recurve. So, I didn’t pay heavily for the gear I purchased. That purchase arrived on July 22, 2020.
Today is August 11, 2020. I’ve shot that inexpensive Olympic recurve a fair amount. I’ve tried not to over do it hoping to avoid an over use injury. Thus far that has been a success. My only complaint is my fingertips on my hand used to draw the string. They are numb and hurt from the tissue damage caused from drawing the bow.
The poundage is only 34 pounds. I started slowly hoping to build strength in my fingertips. At the beginning I shot only 100 arrows a day, 50 in the morning and 50 in the afternoon. I’ve also built in recovery days, two per week now down to one day off per week. My max current daily arrow count is 160. Some days I’ve shot less when I am working through a “Tournament Test” game. Once a week I play a game where I shoot a home range tournament and the arrow count is lower than my training days.
It has been 62 days since I received the bow. Already I’ve learned a few things about inexpensive gear.
One, cheap sights suck, two, inexpensive arrows aren’t bad for beginning, and three a low cost finger tab isn’t going to last neither will it give much support to fingers.
The Avalon Classic is a budget finger tab. I paid $14.99 for mine. For the price you get an entry-level tab that, for me, hasn’t held up. With just under 5000 arrows shot using the tab it has begun to break down significantly.
While walking to pull arrows I noticed a little screw on the ground. I had no idea where it came from and could not find a missing screw anywhere on my bow. The same thing happened a second time. I discovered the screws had fallen out of the Avalon Classic. It is amazing that I found the at all considering my range is a clearing in the woods behind my house.
When it rains I continue to shoot. The two layers of leather on the Classic will slip as they are forced together while drawing. But worst of all the leather is what you get for $14.99 and wears thin fast. Believe me, go a few days shooting 160 arrows per day and the Avalon Classic will let you know you’ve been practicing.
If you are only shooting about 25 to 30 arrows a day this tab might last you 7 months. It is a tab that is inexpensive and an honest place to start. But, if you work your way up to over 700 arrows per week you’ll be getting a new tab soon.
I’ve ordered a Fairweather tab to replace the Avalon Classic. I’ll see how that one does while I continue to work my daily arrow count higher.