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Ben Pearson Colt ???

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gluetrap 05-Oct-18
George D. Stout 05-Oct-18
Ben 05-Oct-18
gluetrap 05-Oct-18
SCATTERSHOT 05-Oct-18
oldbow 06-Oct-18
S.M.Robertson 06-Oct-18
George D. Stout 06-Oct-18
Salvador 06 06-Oct-18
Dan Butler 06-Oct-18
murph 06-Oct-18
murph 06-Oct-18
Bill McNeal 07-Oct-18
3D Archery 07-Oct-18
ronnickel 08-Oct-18
David Mitchell 08-Oct-18
Salvador 06 08-Oct-18
Rick Wiltshire 08-Oct-18
mangonboat 08-Oct-18
ronnickel 09-Oct-18
3D Archery 09-Oct-18
mangonboat 10-Oct-18
3D Archery 11-Oct-18
Salvador 06 12-Oct-18
3D Archery 12-Oct-18
Salvador 06 13-Oct-18
The Whittler 13-Oct-18
ronnickel 13-Oct-18
ronnickel 13-Oct-18
3D Archery 13-Oct-18
SB 13-Oct-18
HerbJohnston 13-Oct-18
Greyfox 13-Oct-18
TGbow 13-Oct-18
From: gluetrap
Date: 05-Oct-18




Picked up a decent looking Ben Pearson Colt. 40lb. @28, under colt it says 7070. on the riser it says 45474 62" xx40-28. it has white glass,...value? ,brace ect.? year made? appreciate any info...ron

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 05-Oct-18




The Colt was made in 40# and under with white glass, brown or red color glass on over 40#. The Colt started as 707 and went to 7070 in the 1960's but I can't get into the catalogs for one reason or another.

They don't bring much money as they were entry-level bows back in the day..about like a Cub was with Bear as far as level and price goes. They were made without any tip overlays as most of that level were but they are full working recurves. They are great shooting bows but you would be lucky to get over a hundred dollars for one unless in excellent condition.

From: Ben
Date: 05-Oct-18




It is a 38# bow. The two x's before the 40# says it is 2# lighter than 40#.

From: gluetrap
Date: 05-Oct-18




thanks all! that's about what i was thinking. its in really nice shape. took the side plate off said 38 under it. might put a para rest on it. got a big riser on it, one of my heaviest wood risered bows, if not the heaviest....ron

From: SCATTERSHOT
Date: 05-Oct-18




Good bow, enjoy!

From: oldbow
Date: 06-Oct-18




If you are old enough and was on Finny Sports mailing list, you could buy those Colts for around twelve to fifteen dollars when they were having a sale on seconds..They have a lot of wood in them which seems to make people think they are really valuable..My first recurve was a Colt..Cost me around $24 dollars brand new and arrows with Dead Heads were a dollar a piece...

From: S.M.Robertson
Date: 06-Oct-18




Thats really a good bow, nothing fancy. But shoots well and I never noticed any hand shock or vibration in mine. I used a 12 strand B-50 endless string. Had a nice grained riser and delivered a arrow just a easy as a expensive one. Years ago when money was not as available as it is today, the Colt was a entry level bow do to speak. And its the same today. I had a 46 pounder that I would have taken anywhere.

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 06-Oct-18




Most of the old bows, even the "entry-level" models were good shooters. Over the years, however, the entry-level bows were looked upon as just cheap old bows that didn't get second look. Those of us who knew better often used those bows. At a field shoot in Gettysburg one year (1970's) I got whupped over twenty-eight targets by a guy shooting a Pearson Colt; I was shooting a target model of similar design although more expensive. That single incident got me to look on those bows with a different perspective.

The Colt is a great shooting bow with unfancy woods and no tip overlays, which only add weight and decoration for the most part. As Scott says, I wouldn't be afraid to take one anywhere to hunt anytyhing.

From: Salvador 06
Date: 06-Oct-18




I re-enforced the tips with overlays in mine, and refinished the whole thing. It looks and shoots very well.

From: Dan Butler
Date: 06-Oct-18




From: murph
Date: 06-Oct-18




I have had a few of the Colts BP made. LaST ONE HAD GREEN GLASS I BELIEVE. Do you know anything on that one. I think it was like 41# and 62". What year?

From: murph
Date: 06-Oct-18




Forgot to say 40 and over #'s were great shooters.

From: Bill McNeal
Date: 07-Oct-18




The Rosewood riser Pearson Mustang in 60" is in my humble opinion the finest one piece recurve ever produced in America.

From: 3D Archery
Date: 07-Oct-18

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I have five Colts. all 707 models. Love that bow, it can shoot with any bow out there.Here is the catalog from 1966.

From: ronnickel
Date: 08-Oct-18

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I loved mine. 38# with green glass on belly and cinnamon glass on the back. Btw Olla wood is tiger wood and it’s density makes for a great stable shooter.

From: David Mitchell
Date: 08-Oct-18




That's a good looking bow.

From: Salvador 06
Date: 08-Oct-18




Ron, I thought tiger wood was stripy like zebrawood? At least that's how all my Bears with tigerwood look.

I think olla wood is a trade name for some widely available inexpensive brown wood from the tropics.

I know they're trade names not scientific names, but the examples I've seen bear that out.

From: Rick Wiltshire
Date: 08-Oct-18




I have a couple I have refinished and reinforced the tips for low stretch material, they shoot and look great. Really a great bow.

From: mangonboat
Date: 08-Oct-18




I believe the OP's Colt is from 1968 or later. Ben Pearson sold the business in late 1967 and 68 and later added a 0 to the existing model number. Here's a link to the 1968 catalog. http://nebula.wsimg.com/610cb59a3a7b28ddaba22321e511823b? AccessKeyId=A203C91555201A4407B4&disposition=0&alloworigin=1

From: ronnickel
Date: 09-Oct-18

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To me it looks the same as tiger wood on late 60s Bear recurves. My bow is also a bit heavy which matches the density of tiger wood on the Wood Data base website.

From: 3D Archery
Date: 09-Oct-18

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Olla is Brazilian Rosewood. I have one made form that too. Some of the best looking wood out there.

From: mangonboat
Date: 10-Oct-18




I would be surprised to verify that Ben Pearson Archery was selling mid-range bows. priced well below a Bear Grizzly, e.g., with large solid risers made from Brazilian rosewood at a time when other US companies, including musical instrument makers, could not get Brazilian rosewood, even for their most expensive pieces.

From: 3D Archery
Date: 11-Oct-18

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Well, they did and here is a 1965 Palomino made from it.

From: Salvador 06
Date: 12-Oct-18




The Palomino wasn't a mid-range bow, it was their top of the line bow.

The Palomino had rosewood and a price tag to match it, as did the fancy Golden Sovereigns.

I also highly doubt they used fancy rosewood on the inexpensive Colt bows.

From: 3D Archery
Date: 12-Oct-18

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Yes the Palomino was the op of the line bow. It was also much lower in price than Bear's bows.

One thing that Ben Pearson did was to use every possible piece of wood they had, they left nothing to waste.

I have five Colt's. All model 707's.

The first one on the left is from 1966 and is made from Rose wood. It is a wired bow. My father owned it and it is the first bow I ever shot. although while it may look like the rest, it is very different. No thumb rest, the riser is not a thich and a overall different shape in the riser.

The second on from the left is a 1966/67 model made from Oak. This is not mentioned as an option in the catalog, yet here it is. It looks a little darker because I stained it.

The bow in the middle is a 1965 model, the first year of the 707. It is the only year they offered the bow in two different woods, Olla and Maple. The center section is Maple.

Next is another 1966/67 model, this one from Rosewood. Two sections of it.

The bow on the right is another 1966/67 model. This is not rose wood, not maple, not olla. Not sure what it is, it is again made out of two sections.

As you can see, in just two years, they made bows out of all different types of wood. To say that they never used Rosewood, is not true, they did.

From: Salvador 06
Date: 13-Oct-18




I stand corrected, those two bows were a score for the price.

Do you know the price difference between the Palomino and the Kodiak special, since those were comparable bows.

From: The Whittler
Date: 13-Oct-18




Greg, fine looking bows and you shoot them pretty good in your videos :-).

From: ronnickel
Date: 13-Oct-18




https://www.wood-database.com/goncalo-alves/

Tigerwood AKA Goncalo Alves is my guess.

From: ronnickel
Date: 13-Oct-18

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From: 3D Archery
Date: 13-Oct-18




In 1962, the first Generation Palomino cost $80 In 1965, the Second Generation Palomino cost $95

Not a Bear fan, have no clue what they cost

From: SB
Date: 13-Oct-18




I have a Colt with a two different woods riser. Research I've done says the white wood is Holly,and the dark wood is Walnut.

From: HerbJohnston
Date: 13-Oct-18




My first bow was a colt bought for 29.99 at Woolworths in 1967 used it for years in till it delaminated

From: Greyfox
Date: 13-Oct-18




Nice group of Pearson's. I have the 707 from 1966. Love this bow in 43#.

From: TGbow
Date: 13-Oct-18




Nice bows Gregory.





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