So, you’ve decided to take the plunge into traditional archery, but you haven’t the foggiest clue how to get started. If you’ve decided on a recurve bow, as opposed to a longbow, you’re one step closer to making that final selection. Still, there are plenty of options out there that you can choose from, so it might be bewildering for you to pick between one and the other. The fact of the matter is, there are a few things that a new archer absolutely should know, but can’t possibly know unless somebody tells him or her.
Well, budding archer, I’m going to make your job simple and easy by telling you the best three recurve bows for beginners, as well as what you should be looking for in the first place. Without further ado, let’s get on with reviewing the top three recurve bows for those newbies to archery out there.
The Best Three Recurve Bows for Beginners
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If you’re looking for an extremely well-made but still very budget-friendly recurve bow, the Samick Sage should be your first choice. Established in 1975, Samick is quite well-known in the archery business, and for good reason. Korean-based, Samick’s bows are marketed in more than 50 countries, and the company has even been known to sponsor some of the world’s best competitive archers. Their bows are among the best in their price categories, possessing qualities of both economic and practical use for archers of all ages and experience levels. The Sage is available in draw weights from 40# to 55#, and the bow is a takedown model. Thanks to this fact, you can easily increase your draw weight by changing the limbs. You don’t have to purchase an entirely new recurve bow just because your form, stance, and strength improves. Despite its extremely affordable price, the Samick Sage is both highly accurate and easy to use.
Martin Archery is a well-known manufacturer of affordable and accurate recurve bows. Their products aren’t necessarily the least expensive in the market, but they maintain that excellent balance between price point and quality that is essential for getting the most out of a modest investment. Available in draw weights between 30 and 55 pounds, it should be no problem at all to find a Saber that fits your abilities and still has a good chance at being viable for hunting. Even better, this is a takedown bow, meaning you can increase the draw weight by simply changing out the limbs; there’s no need to purchase an entirely new recurve when you’re ready to make the move up from 30# to 40# or more. The Martin Saber is a highly accurate recurve, and the lightweight aluminum riser is ready to accept your stabilizer, plunger, or sight. It’s not perfect, of course, but it’s pretty close to it. The only real drawback is the rubber rest that has a tendency to become worn out fairly easily.
If you want to get everything you need in one fell swoop, the Ragim Wildcat Set is worth having a look at. When you buy this model, you’re buying a complete archery setup with all of the following items included in the box:
- Black Tube Quiver
- Four Easton Trooper Arrows
- Instructional Booklet – The Nine Steps To The Nine Ring Booklet
- Tab Style Arrow Rest
- Leather Finger Tab
- Bow Stringer
You’ll be hard-pressed to find such a complete archery kit anywhere else, but don’t get carried away. The Wildcat is far from perfect. In fact, it is unusually prone to limb twist, which is definitely something to watch out for. Also, this recurve is only available in draw weights from 29# to 34#, so you won’t be using it for hunting. If all you want is a bow that you can shoot target practice with, though, this might be the right choice for you.
So, what should you be looking for when picking out a recurve bow for getting started in archery. In my experience, a young archer needs to be mindful of the following characteristics. All of the recurve bows listed above meet these criteria, and then some.
Accuracy and forgiveness of poor technique
If you aren’t able to hit the broad side of a barn with your bow, you won’t be very keen on picking it back up and trying again. In fact, you might decide that archery simply isn’t for you when the fault could lay strongly on the bow itself. You want to make sure that any recurve bow you buy is accurate and powerful enough for your use. You should also make sure you purchase a bow that will be forgiving of poor stance and technique, because you’re going have both of those problems as you start out.
Let’s face it, you don’t know yet if you’re really going to enjoy archery. While it’s definitely easy to spend in excess of $600 on a top-notch recurve bow, this isn’t the route you want to take if you aren’t going to stick with the sport. Instead, you should look for something that you can acquire at a great price, while not sacrificing quality and accuracy.
This is another huge factor, since a beginning archer won’t necessarily be able to notice the warning signs of a bow that’s about to dramatically disintegrate, possibly injuring you or someone around you. If durability is good, your bow should last you long enough that you actually outgrow it before it breaks down on you.
When you start out in archery, you’ll likely begin shooting at a draw weight that is lower than what will become your peak. For this reason, you should definitely be targeting a takedown bow (no pun intended!) The reason for this is that you can interchange the limbs on a takedown recurve, moving your draw weight up without being forced to invest in a whole new bow.
That’s it in a nutshell. Our picks for the top three recurve bows for beginners, as well as the most important attributes you should consider when you make your own purchasing decision. If you choose one of the bows we’ve listed here, you’re bound to get off to a great start, but your mileage may vary. As long as the recurve you choose meets the requirements listed, you’ll be able to build your skill in this challenging but entertaining sport.