Traditional Archery Discussions on the Leatherwall


Old Bear Polar opinions

Messages posted to thread:
T4halo 13-Jun-18
Blackstick 13-Jun-18
PECO 13-Jun-18
bodymanbowyer 13-Jun-18
Earl Mason 13-Jun-18
Mountain Man 13-Jun-18
Jon Stewart 13-Jun-18
Kodiak 13-Jun-18
Knifeguy 13-Jun-18
4nolz@work 13-Jun-18
Kodiak 13-Jun-18
4nolz@work 13-Jun-18
M60gunner 13-Jun-18
2 bears 13-Jun-18
Fletch 13-Jun-18
Fletch 13-Jun-18
Kodiak 13-Jun-18
Big jack 13-Jun-18
Kodiak 13-Jun-18
nybubba 13-Jun-18
T4halo1 13-Jun-18
deerhunt51 13-Jun-18
Kodiak 13-Jun-18
Kodiak 13-Jun-18
Kodiak 13-Jun-18
Sinner 14-Jun-18
MStyles 14-Jun-18
nybubba 14-Jun-18
Knifeguy 14-Jun-18
Sirius Black 14-Jun-18
nybubba 14-Jun-18
Seahorse 14-Jun-18
uphuntn 14-Jun-18
T4halo 14-Jun-18
nybubba 15-Jun-18
T4halo1 15-Jun-18
T4halo 15-Jun-18
Felis 15-Jun-18
From: T4halo
Date: 13-Jun-18




I have a 57 Polar coming from an auction win. This is not the dual shelf version. Semi recurve and 40#. The price was very reasonable. Any love for these old cheap bows?

T4

From: Blackstick Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 13-Jun-18




I would love to get my hands on a 1952 Polar, birth year bow.

From: PECO
Date: 13-Jun-18




I have a 62 Polar, 66". I was just shooting it the other day, what a shooter. Smooth and fast. Shoots well for me.

From: bodymanbowyer
Date: 13-Jun-18




Great shooting Bows :-) JF

From: Earl Mason Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 13-Jun-18




They're the Hilton line of target now made by bear back in the sixties. I have a friend that has a 65 and he loves it.

From: Mountain Man
Date: 13-Jun-18




57 is my favorite

From: Jon Stewart
Date: 13-Jun-18




Great bows. Get her set up and shoot away.

From: Kodiak
Date: 13-Jun-18




It's a great design. Enjoy it.

From: Knifeguy
Date: 13-Jun-18




T4- Got a couple of them in different weights. Smooth and stable comes to mind. Have fun. Lance

From: 4nolz@work
Date: 13-Jun-18




The really old Polars were reflexed longbows.Hand shocky.Then they came out as brightly colored target bows later which were poo-poo'd by collectors and not valuable.In recent years they've acquired some collector status and the longer larger risers make for some pretty smooth shooters.

From: Kodiak
Date: 13-Jun-18




The semi-recurve design is what I was referring to.

Never seen another bow like it. Crazy tillering but it works.

From: 4nolz@work
Date: 13-Jun-18




Some of them have great woods

From: M60gunner
Date: 13-Jun-18




I have a 50’s something, red glass, white tips wide enough to use bow as a walking stick. Crazy tiller as said above. I was told by a bowyer thatis called “breasted” tiller. I never heard of that before but i figure he knows more about tiller than I ever will. Yes it shoots, it is 44#. The leather grip and side plate are toast.

From: 2 bears
Date: 13-Jun-18




I have a 66" Zebra wood with cream colored glass front and back.No idea of the year but I find myself picking it up more often than other bows.>>>----> Ken

From: Fletch
Date: 13-Jun-18




I used to own a 1959 Polar ( 64” amo, 47#@28”), a semi-recurve design. It was pretty zippy. I liked the way it shot, but I sold it- I think to a leatherwaller. I draw near 30” and I was getting near 53# draw weight. It was a bit more than I really wanted at that early stage of my archery shooting ( wish it was 45#@30”, would’ve kept it). Felt svelte in the hand- very nice handling.

There is a YouTube video about early tv Johnny Carson shooting a bow on either his first show “ who do you trust?” or “ the Tonight show” in NY ( early tv career). He was evidently an accomplished archer back in his teens in Nebraska. He shot a Polar bow on that shoot/ show. Must be a good bow if Johnny used it .

From: Fletch
Date: 13-Jun-18




Johnny Carson, but it was “ I’ve got a secret.” ( Igas).

His bow looks like a 1950’s Bear Polar.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search? q=johnny+carson+archery&qpvt=johnny+carson+archery&view=detail&mid=0AC 5B2B8B3FB10C77E8B0AC5B2B8B3FB10C77E8B&&FORM=VRDGAR

From: Kodiak
Date: 13-Jun-18




Yeah that's a great clip.

Where's Buzz? He could embed it for us.

From: Big jack
Date: 13-Jun-18




I have 1962 66in Polar zebra wood cream color glass nice shooter

From: Kodiak
Date: 13-Jun-18




From: nybubba
Date: 13-Jun-18




I have a 48pounder and 51pounder, both 64" dual shelves from 56. I love them. Very forgiving,they shoot wood, aluminum, and carbons with equal enthusiasm. Nybubba.

From: T4halo1
Date: 13-Jun-18




Dang Fellas, you're getting me all excited over this $50 bow. Thanks for the words of encouragment.

T4

From: deerhunt51
Date: 13-Jun-18




I had one, shot great till it broke.

From: Kodiak
Date: 13-Jun-18




https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WOfj6w5x-jY

From: Kodiak
Date: 13-Jun-18




I thinks it's probably the quietest bow I've ever shot.

Mines a 1955....53# @ 28".

From: Kodiak
Date: 13-Jun-18




I thinks, I thinks...

From: Sinner
Date: 14-Jun-18




I disagree with 4nolz@work. I don[t notice any handshock in my '62 polar. It's 61#

From: MStyles
Date: 14-Jun-18




Up until last week when it broke, I had a 1956 dual shelf Bear Polar. It was easily my favorite bow to shoot. I’m on the lookout right now for a replacement in 70# or higher. Right now I’m shooting a 57 Bear Kodiak which is nice, but I prefer shooting a 56 Polar.

From: nybubba
Date: 14-Jun-18




Is it wrong to call the dual shelves "bi-polar"? Nybubba

From: Knifeguy
Date: 14-Jun-18




Great one nybubba! I’m still laughing! Lance

From: Sirius Black
Date: 14-Jun-18




My club has a 1956 64" dual shelf that hasn't been shot in a very long time. Needs a string and new shelf/side plate material. Thinking about buying it from them, and getting busy with it.

From: nybubba
Date: 14-Jun-18




Do it Sirius. You'll not regret it

From: Seahorse
Date: 14-Jun-18




I have one too. Great video of Johnny Carson. Thanks for the link.

From: uphuntn Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 14-Jun-18




Very underrated bows. I have had 4 of them and all were great shooting bows. I think the 59' Polar was my favorite followed closely by the 57'/58' Polars.

From: T4halo
Date: 14-Jun-18




She came in the mail today. Shot the little bow for quite a while. Great bow!! Can't believe how cheap they are. Hardly a mark on her and original rest & strike plate.

T4

From: nybubba
Date: 15-Jun-18




Ordering 2 ten ring strings for my Polars today. Nybubba

From: T4halo1
Date: 15-Jun-18




Trying to post pics of the new Polar and believe things are down here on the LW.

T4

From: T4halo
Date: 15-Jun-18




From: Felis
Date: 15-Jun-18




I had a 1957 which was a great bow. I currently have 2 1956 dual shelves which are a hoot to shoot. I also have a 1953/1954 reflex longbow. It's not as smooth as my other longbows, but still great fun to fling arrows with. I look forward to seeing your pics!

Scott





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