Types of Archery Bows

Archery bows come in all shapes and sizes. There is a lot of variety from the pre-historic times to the modern-day advance level bows used in competitive sports. One thing that remains constant is a string that connects both ends of the bow.

There are two main types of bows most commonly used and sold. The first type involves pulling the string manually to release the arrow towards the target and the second has a mechanical device attached to the bow to pull the string.

Bows that can be directly pulled can be further divided into the following three broad categories based on their construction and working mechanism:

Self Bows

A self bow is the most basic type of bow which is made from a single piece of wood. Some additional parts that are required to make the bow functional including handles, horn knocks at the end are usually considered part of the bow itself. Overall, it is relatively simple in structure and composition.

Laminated Bows

A laminated bow is a professional level archery bow that is made using different materials that are laminated and joined together. Some traditional bows are not considered to be in the same league as the laminated bows, however, because the way they are constructed using wood, horns, and sinew, it allows them to be counted as in the same category. These bows are more complex and often more sturdy as well.

Composite Bows

A composite bow is the most traditional form of the bow that is manufactured with materials like sinew, wood, horn, but it is laminated together in the end, unlike other bow types. Therefore, it is also considered to be laminated bows. When the string is pulled backwards to release the arrow, the horn is compressed on the inside while the sinew is pushed outside.

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