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I took up archery recently, and I have really gotten into it. I've added some archery related links on the blog.

I started out cheap, since I was interested in it enough to want to buy equipment, but I didn't know if it would be a hobby that would stick.

No-brand fibreglass recurve bow 60", 30-35# pull at 28" -- $50 (esportsonline)

Shooting glove -- $10
Quiver -- $10
Arm guard -- $10
6 carbon express thunderstorm arrows -- $34
Points 75gr and 125gr - $12 total - (all from Basspro)

Total approx $125

The closest basspro shop did not carry cheap recurves (they were all selfbows, and looked very nice and something you would hang over your fireplace and cost something like $500). They carried a lot of compounds, and a few recurves for children (54" high and 9lbs draw). I found more stuff online.

Basspro is fine for most things and esportsonline service is fine.

The no-name recurve bow I got is an OK starter. It's a generic kind of ambidextrous bow that you are likely to find in a number of places. The arrows I got have spines for bows from 30-50#. They are mangled by the bow. The fletching brushes past the riser (Its NOT centershot, because of the ambidextrous design) and two vanes have picked up a black coat from the riser. Those vanes have also been damaged a bit by this brush past.
Other than this, I would say the bow is OK. My shots arn't consistent, and I can't say if that if my form or the bows fault.

If anyone is looking for a decent starter bow I would recommend looking for a center shot one.


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