A compound bow is a modern twist on the traditional bow and arrow. A lever system composed of several pulleys and cables is used to bend the limbs of the bow. A compound bow is usually designed with much stiffer limbs than the majority of recurve bows and long bows. This added stiffness makes the bow more efficient, requiring less energy to fire an arrow at the same speed as another bow system.
The stiffness of the limbs makes it difficult or impossible to comfortably bend the bow using a string that is hooked up to them directly. Instead, the string in a compound bow is attached to one or more pulleys. These pulleys are then attached to one or more cables which are hooked up to the other limb. When this string is pulled back, the pulley is turned. The pulley then pulls on the cables, which forces the limbs to bend. When the limbs are bend, they store energy that is released when the arrow is fired.
When compared with other types of bows, a compound bow is more accurate, fires arrows faster, and has more distance. They are also more resistant to chances in the whether such as temperature and humidity. It was first introduced in 1966 by Holless Wilbur Allen. The patent was granted in 1969, and the type of bow achieved rapid success shortly afterward. Today, in the United States, the compound bow has become the most popular type of bow and arrow.
One of the advantages of the compound bow is what is referred to as the “let off” point. This is the point at which the pulley has made one full rotation. At this point less force is required in order to keep the limbs of the bow bent. This makes it much simpler to aim because less force is required to keep the bow bent and more focus can be spent on aiming. This also allows the archer to fire an arrow with more force than would otherwise be possible under most circumstances.
With longbows and recurves, the limbs move in the direction of the string as it is pulled. In contrast, the limbs of a compound bow are bent toward one another. This allows for the limps to be oriented in a horizontal position. This set up produces less vibration when the archer releases the arrow.
In most cases, the pulley system in a longbow will come with rubber blocks that can be used as draw stops. These allow for the bow to be pulled to the same point every time, providing the archer with a more consistent amount of force each time they fire an arrow. The draw stops can be adjusted so that they best suit the archer’s needs.
The pulleys in a compound bow can be designed in such a way to provide more or less acceleration, depending on the experience level of the archer. Low acceleration pulleys are referred to as soft cams. They are easier to fire and are best suited for beginners. Higher acceleration pulleys are knows as hard cams, and they provide the archer with more speed when the arrow is fired. Hard cams are more difficult to fire and are better suited for relatively advanced archers.
Most compound bows have a mechanical release trigger. This allows them to pull the bow tight and store the energy without needing to continue drawing the bow. The arrow can then be release with the squeeze of a trigger. This makes for a more consistent shot. Compound bows can also be equipped with a sight that provides magnification and can be adjusted for targets based on distance. Stabilizers and dampers also give the bow a smooth release, with less recoil.
The only potential disadvantage of a compound bow of other types of bows is its low weight. While the low weight of a compound bow can certainly be an advantage for carrying long distances, it can lead to problems while drawing the bow. A more lightweight bow is easier to shake and move while aiming. This is more true of left and right errors than of up and down errors.
The compound bow has several advantages over other types of bows, although it may be more fun for some to accept the challenge of a more traditional bow.