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metal bows??

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S.M.Robertson 03-Jul-18
S.M.Robertson 03-Jul-18
George D. Stout 03-Jul-18
M60gunner 03-Jul-18
Barber 03-Jul-18
Barber 03-Jul-18
George D. Stout 03-Jul-18
Barber 03-Jul-18
mahantango 03-Jul-18
S.M.Robertson 03-Jul-18
Barber 03-Jul-18
LBshooter 04-Jul-18
Barber 04-Jul-18
George D. Stout 04-Jul-18
Barber 04-Jul-18
buster v davenport 04-Jul-18
buster v davenport 04-Jul-18
Timberline2 12-Jul-18
Timberline2 12-Jul-18
Timberline2 12-Jul-18
Timberline2 12-Jul-18
Phil 26-Nov-18
Red Dogs 26-Nov-18
Sasquatch73 26-Nov-18
Tal McNeill 26-Nov-18
George D. Stout 26-Nov-18
Bodark 26-Nov-18
Osage Outlaw 26-Nov-18
Barber 26-Nov-18
jk 27-Nov-18
George D. Stout 27-Nov-18
From: S.M.Robertson
Date: 03-Jul-18

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With all the talk on here about archery and all its different forms. Can some of the more knowledgeable give some information on the steel bows of the fifties and sixties. Im espically interested in the Seefab from Sweden and Apollo from England.

From: S.M.Robertson
Date: 03-Jul-18

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From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 03-Jul-18




As you can see, Scotty, they were tubular steel. Ann Weber Corby used an Apollo to take many of here trophies back in the late 40's and into the 50's. You see the Seefab more than the Apollo nowadays, usually on Ebay. I had one in the shop for awhile back when we had the store but never shot it.

From: M60gunner
Date: 03-Jul-18




Interesting bit of history. From what I have read in the past those metal bows fatigued after awhile causing the bows to break. That is not what I would expect from a metal bow.

From: Barber
Date: 03-Jul-18

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I know very little about them, but I own this mid 1940’s Par X Recurve. It’s right and left hand. All metal limbs and riser.

From: Barber
Date: 03-Jul-18

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From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 03-Jul-18




The shorter, bows with flatter limbs were the ones that could 'fatigue' or weaken, not the long tubular steel models..steel and aluminum are quite different under stress.

From: Barber
Date: 03-Jul-18




George Stout is the one that helped me find out what my bow is.

From: mahantango
Date: 03-Jul-18




I have one of those Par X. Always been afraid to shoot it.

From: S.M.Robertson
Date: 03-Jul-18




The Par X is aluminum, correct? The Europeans used steel and we used aluminum, interesting.

From: Barber
Date: 03-Jul-18




I have shot this Par X many times. I hunted with it for 2 years. It was my first Recurve. Got it when I was 13 years old . I’m 38 now. I get it out about once a year and shot it about a dozen times then put it back up. It had so much Hand shock that’s about all you want to shoot it . LOL

From: LBshooter
Date: 04-Jul-18




I have a aluminium bow, I thought it was a jet bow but looks just like a par x. Shot the heck out of it when I was learning and loved it. Fast little bow from what I remembered and I would be hunting with it today but I was warned long ago to stop shooting it??

From: Barber
Date: 04-Jul-18




I was warned not to shoot my bow because of them known to failure. But I figure it was made to shoot and I’m not a collector so I shoot it once in a blue moon. I look it over very well first then shoot it. If it ever goes bad then I guess it will just hang on the rack. I shoot every bow I have at some point in the year. Can’t stand not to. LoL

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 04-Jul-18




Actually some folks still shoot them regularly. If you examine the limbs well, they will likely tell you if there is an issue developing. The shorter models especially will show a change in color around the fade area would be....where the limb flex ends. If your bow has that, then I would be concerned. Fatigued aluminum tends to dull in color before failing. Otherwise flip a coin...they were made to be shot, not looked at.

From: Barber
Date: 04-Jul-18




Thanks for the change in color information. I didn’t know that. Mine has no color change in limbs. Dark green from one end to the other the same. Thanks for that heads up.

From: buster v davenport
Date: 04-Jul-18




Jeanette Ardell, from Marietta, GA, used a Par X bow in the '50s. She won the Georgia, Michigan, and Kansas Women's Archery Championship while still in high school. She was also an exhibition shooter, shooting aspirins and other objects out of the air. She was a Miss America contestant in 1958 and Miss Dixie in 1959. bvd

From: buster v davenport
Date: 04-Jul-18




An all metal bow was found at the site of the Fetterman Massacre in Dec. 1866. It is shown in volume 2 of Jim Hamm's encyclopedia. bvd

From: Timberline2
Date: 12-Jul-18

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Here is a metal bow I bought several years ago. It is a Seefab Tiger made in Sweden. What makes the bow special to me is that it was owned by former NFL coach , Bud Grant. Bud told me he purchased the bow from Corries Sporting Goods in Minneapolis in the mid 1940s. He hunted deer with it but was unsuccessful. However, he was proud to say that he shot 2 rabbits and 2 squirrels with the bow.

From: Timberline2
Date: 12-Jul-18

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From: Timberline2
Date: 12-Jul-18

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From: Timberline2
Date: 12-Jul-18

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From: Phil
Date: 26-Nov-18

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thought this might be of interest ...

Gerrards Auctioneers & Valuers

Fine Art, Antiques, Jewellery, Gold & Silver, Porcelain and Quality Collectables - Day 1 - Thursday 29th November 2018

Rare Islamic Indo Persian Shaped Archery Bow of traditional form, approximately 32 inches in length. Made of layered damascened iron of fine quality, profusely inlaid with Islamic floral motifs in gold wire to the shaft and bow grip, which can be unscrewed at the centre.

Estimate: £300 - £500

I've had a word with the auctioneers, they expect the final hammer price to be between 3K and 4K

From: Red Dogs Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 26-Nov-18




Timberline - cool story behind that one! Q: are you a closet Vikings fan living in the land of cheese? If not you should probably sell it to a Minnesotan! :) Thanks for the story! Bud was quite an outdoorsman.

From: Sasquatch73
Date: 26-Nov-18

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I have these two. The one on left is 1950"s I think. If you are a collector I am letting these go. PM me if interested. I strung the one on left "once" 90ish pounds. Afraid to now. Is it true they used to use wire for bow strings in past? George?

From: Tal McNeill
Date: 26-Nov-18




Timber: Very cool piece of history you have there!

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 26-Nov-18




Can't ever remember anyone using wire for a bow string, but you never know. Maybe some guy on fourth Avenue in Chicago sometime in 1947. ;). No, I think they would have used linen or Fortisan before Dacron took over.

From: Bodark Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 26-Nov-18




I have a aluminum one if someone want to work a trade

From: Osage Outlaw
Date: 26-Nov-18




I have an old steel longbow. I've shot it quite a bit. It's slow.

From: Barber
Date: 26-Nov-18




Not sure about other metal bows but the one I posted above with jar the teeth out of your head ! LOL. I used mine one whole season hunting, killed a doe with it. Now I get it out once or twice a year and shoot 6-7 arrows through it and then put it back up. Can’t stand having a bow and not putting a few arrows through it. I have owned that bow since I was 13, I’m 38 now.

From: jk
Date: 27-Nov-18




Jim Simmons, one of the founders of Albuquerque's Sandia Crest Bowhunter org and mountain range over 60 years ago, was said to have competed and hunted with steel (or aluminum?) reinforced limb Pearson recurves. Jim was a hoss for sure, supposedly had a deal with Pearson to replace every time one of his bows broke, which wasn't unusual..he kept several in rotation.

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 27-Nov-18

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Babe Bitzenburger, Henry's better half, competed with and won a couple NFAA National Tournaments using a metal riser with aluminum limbs in 1946 and 47. Lots of folks used them after then first came out and well into the 50's as well.





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