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Owners Manual


The new Owners Manual - now available digitally.

The first steps with your new bow. Here you will find all the useful information, which are interesting for you as a beginner. Work your way through our descriptions step by step. If you have any questions or need a personal consultation, please feel free to contact us at any time.

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1. How to use the bow correctly

This picture shows a right hand shooter. The right-handed shooter also needs the bow in the right-hand version. The word "right hand" refers to the hand with which the string is pulled out. The right hand shooter holds his bow in his left hand and pulls the string with his right hand to the anchor point.

A left hand shooter also needs the bow in the left hand version. The word "left hand" refers to the hand with which the string is pulled out. The left-handed shooter holds his bow in his right hand and pulls the string with his left hand to the anchor point.

2. How to string your bow by using a bow stringer

When the Longbow (70031) or Recurve (70032) bow stringer is used, the two "leather shoes" are pushed over the tips at the end of the bow stringer. Please make sure that the string on the lower limb lies exactly in the string grove of the bow tip. On the upper limb, the string grove must be free (Fig. 1) so that the string can be inserted during the process.

When using the string of the bow stringer with tension shoe (picture 3) place the leather tension shoe with the non-slip rubber surface downwards on the upper side of the limb. Please make sure that your limb is not damp or wet at this point. This bow stringer can be used for recurves as well as for longbows. In contrast to the two other strings of the bow stringer, the string can also be removed from the outside of the limb. The length of the bow stringer has to be adjusted according to the length of the bow and body size of the shooter.


When stringing your bow, please step with both feet on the string of the bow stringer and place your feet about shoulder-wide. Pull the bow strongly upwards. Push the string at the upper limb to the outer edge of the bow until the string snaps securely into the nock grove of the tip. As you relax the bow, do this in reverse order and let the string slide inwards over the limb or remove it from the outside.


Short demonstration

How to string a bow

You're not quite sure yet? No problem.

Lisa shows you in this video how to string your bow correctly with the bow stringer. Afterwards scroll down to follow the individual steps.

You want more? Take a look at our BEARPAW YouTube channel and discover the series "Archery Basics". There you will find more information and videos explaining all aspects of traditional archery. Click here for the BEARPAW YouTube Channel.

Note: The video starts after a short loading time.

The Checkers extension arm (Fig. 2) points towards the string and thus serves to determine the brace height. If you remove one end of the string from the bow, you can extend (untwist) or shorten (twist in) the string by turning this end. Do not turn the splice string against the production twist! This will change your brace height and guarantee the performance and shooting comfort of your bow.
The brace height depends on your bow and must be stated when buying a bow.


3. Brace height

The brace height is the distance from the lowest point in the handle to the string when the bow is stretched.
It is decisive for the fact that your bow can fully develop its specified power and pass it on to the arrow. Especially for beginners the brace height is often ignored and the string often hits the forearm or even the root of the thumb when the stand is too low. During the first 150 - 200 shots (shooting phase) with a new string, the string may stretch up to 5 cm and must be twisted in several times.

As shown in Fig. 1, the brace height of the bow is measured when it is stretched. The back of the checker is placed at the lowest point of the handle.


Good to know

Recommendations from BEARPAW PRODUCTS

Tips & Tricks - Further information for your start as an archer

  • How do I store my bow correctly?
    It is basically possible to store your own bow in a taut condition. But we do not recommend this*. In all cases it is better for the bow itself to be tied every time.
  • When do I need a new bow string?
    If your string shows signs of "fraying" after long use, we recommend a new string for your bow. If you want to learn more about frayed strings in connection with sharp-edged tips, we recommend our video tutorial with Lisa and Chris.

*Except: All Bodnik Bows. These Bows can be stored in the strung position.

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