Assembling your bow
Your bow comes in three pieces, the riser and two limbs. A bow string and rest are also likely to be included. Each limb will be marked with either Upper or Lower on the belly of the bow, or one limb will contain branded markings such as model, draw weight etc. These marking determine which limb goes on the upper or lower of the riser. The limbs must be attached to the riser such that the writing is the correct orientation for reading by the archer as they hold the grip ready for shooting.
The limb bolt might consist of two pieces, a tapered allen key bolt and a brass bezel. To properly install it, the bolt should slide through the brass bezel in the limb hole to engage the threads in the riser. Once the bolt is engaged with the riser threading, use a hex wench to completely screw it in, using hand tight strength. Do not use excessive force to finish tightening the bolt. Repeat this process for the lower limb and your bow is now ready to be strung.
To disassemble the bow for travel or storage, you must first unstring the bow, following the directions below in reverse. Then, simply remove the limb bolts completely to take down the rest of the bow.
Stringing a bow
Always use a bow-stringer to string and de-string your bow. The bowstring included has one loop which has a larger diameter than the other. Place the larger loop over the top limb and slide it down toward the riser. Place the smaller loop into the grove of the bottom limb tip and then pull the upper end of the string tight by hand. It will not reach the end of the bow tip at this point.
Place one end of the bow stringer over the lower limb tip. Place the other end over the upper limb tip, but set in a spot on the limb where it doesn’t interfere with the bowstring. I.e the recurve part of a recurve limb. Holding the bow by the handle, place it out in front of you, parallel to the ground. A loop in the stringer should hang down. Lower the bow until you can step on the loop in the stringer and pull the bow upward. This will cause the bow to flex and you will be able to slide the upper end of the bowstring into the grove at the end of the upper limb tip. When you make sure the bowstring is seated firmly within the upper and lower limb tip groves, the bow is then properly strung. If you have not seen our how to video on how to use a bow stringer please email and request a free link.
A bow’s brace height is measured from the bowstring to the grip throat or pivot point of the riser. Brace height is critical to your bow’s performance, tuning and quietness when shooting. We recommend use the aprox 7.5-8.5” brace height on your bow to maintain optimum performance. You can generally make reasonable adjustments to your brace height by twisting/untwisting the string. Adding twists will increase your brace height. Ensure you do not untwist past the minimum recommended level or it may increase noise due to limb slap, increase forearm contact, or stiffen the dynamic spining characteristics of you arrow, which occurs through changed arrow velocity. Do not untwist any string (especially a Flemish twist) past a point where it contains less than ten twists remaining.
Setting up a rest
Your bow is meant to be shot with arrows resting on the shelf or using a stick on style rest. When shooting off the shelf use a rug or leather style rest. This is usually a two piece rest with one piece covering the shelf and the otter attached to the riser face immediately above it. Pace a stick on style rest on the riser above the shelf, centering the rest over the deepest part of the grip throat.
For proper arrow flight, you have to attach your arrow to the right place on the bow string, in relation to where the arrow sits on the riser. If your string has come with the brass noking point pre-installed your arrow nock will locate below this. This ensures you are locating the arrow in the exact same position on the string each time. If there is not noking point attached to the string, you want to attach a nok or locater above the precise point to stop the arrow sliding up the bowstring. Use a bow square to determine the correct nocking height. Set one end of the bow square on your rest or shelf and then attach the other end of the square onto the bow string, over the centre serving. You want the arm of the square to be perpendicular to the string. Tie your thread or attach a brass nok set 3/8 to ½ inch above the center line on your bow square. Nock an arrow and then visually asses this looks correct, the arrow should only be slightly angling down towards the tip. Some people prefer to also add a nocking point below the arrow nock, however, this is personal preference.