Types of bows
Bow sets differ in terms of material, from wood to composite materials such as fiberglass or aluminum, and can cost from around $100 to $1,000.
Longbow: Longbows typically stand the height of the bowman, the official term for the archer, and have a characteristic D-shape. They were used during war in the Middle Ages and are traditionally honed from one piece of wood.
Recurve bow: A popular bow for beginning archers, its curved tips and lightweight construction result in a faster arrow, which competitive shooters prefer.
Compound bow: Popular with hunters, it was developed in the 1960s. Through a system of cams, pulleys and wheels, a hunter can hold the bow drawn for an extended period of time, stress a recurve bow can't easily withstand.
Crossbow: This bow allows archers to lock the bolt, or string, at a full draw. When the archer is ready to fire, he simply pulls the trigger and Bambi goes down.
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