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Pull the Flags from their Pillowcases

Well, I've gone and done it. I've been enjoying target practice with the archery club recently, but you can only use their bows if you're signed up for lessons. So I did sign up, and I've been enjoying going out once a week and working on form and accuracy, but the bows are, well, kind of pee-wee. I use their largest and heaviest, but even that's only got thirty pounds, and when I draw it to my full length, the arrow falls off the rest, which will someday have disastrous consequences. I.E., an arrow through the hand between the thumb and forefinger.

Also, the indoor range is only available in winter, so if I'm going to practice at all this summer, it's going to have to be at the outdoor range, and having your own equipment is mandatory.

So, I've finally made the plunge and bought a bow and some longer arrows. Being sensible, I bought a beginner's bow, and being cheap frugal, I bought one of the least expensive, to wit, a Damon Howat X-200. I like the company, and its mom-and-pop history. So, I've been trolling ebay and finally found one for about 1/3 I'd pay for new.

It's used. Very used. In fact, I bought one of the first of this model ever made. It's as old as I am. That kind of makes me feel warm and fuzzy.

Hope I haven't done something stupid. I'll find out in a couple of weeks when I first take it to practice.

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kmarkhoover
May. 19th, 2011 04:10 pm (UTC)
I have wanted to get into archery but was afraid of the initial cost, not to mention the time commitment. But the sport interests me very much, and I would probably like to try and do some hunting as well.

barry_king
May. 19th, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC)
I'm finding it really relaxing. I don't have many activities where you intentionally shut of your mind. I'm liking that part.
wendigomountain
May. 19th, 2011 05:04 pm (UTC)
I once read a book called The Bowyer's Bible or Bowmaker's Bible, that explained how to make a 65lb draw bow out of a shovel handle.

Have fun this summer!
barry_king
May. 19th, 2011 07:21 pm (UTC)
OK, I'm cheap, but not THAT cheap! :) Thanks!
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