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Difference Between A Longbow and A Recurve Bow

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					     Difference Between
A Longbow and A Recurve Bow
• If you are a beginner at archery, you are probably wondering
  about what makes a long bow different from a recurve bow.
  These two bows look similar, especially when they are made
  of wood, but there are some little details that make them very
  different from each other, especially in performance.
• The traditional English longbow is the most famous bow
  design popularized by fictional figures like Robin Hood and
  William Tell. It is made of one single piece of wood and only
  gains its iconic curved shape when it is strung. Longbows, as
  the name suggests, are very long, often as tall as the archer
  itself; and the longer the bow is, the more power it imparts to
  the arrow.
• Recurves on the other hand, are made from several pieces of
  already curved wood, sometimes animal horn is used.
  Because of its distinctive recurving design, when the bow
  string is drawn more tension is gained from the bow. This
  makes the recurve bow the more powerful choice between
  the two. This is the bow that made the Mongol horde led by
  Genghis Khan such a formidable fighting force. Because the
  recurve is smaller but can deliver as much power as long
  bows, the Mongols are able to shoot arrows even while they
  are on their horses at full gallop, and this is what made it
  possible for them to conquer almost all of Asia in their time.

       PSE Coyote 60" Recurve Bow

    Features:
    - Draw Weight: 40, 45, 50 or 55 lbs
    - Axle to Axle: 60''
    - Dexterity: Right or Left Hand
• In terms of accuracy, the recurve also has the advantage over
  the longbow. Because the arrows rest on the wood in the
  recurves, it is easier to aim. Another disadvantage that people
  notice about the longbow is its length makes it difficult to
  draw, much less aim. But the accuracy is actually dependent
  on the ability of the archer; there are archers who are
  comfortable using a longbow, while there are some that like
  using the recurve bow because of its more solid feel.



      PSE Summit 66" Long Recurve Bow

    Features:
    - Color: Blue or Red
    - Draw Weight: 20, 24, 28, 32 or 36 lbs
    - Axle to Axle: 66"
    - Dexterity: Right or Left Hand
• If you talk about the longbow and the recurve used in the
  medieval ages, then the clear winner between the two is the
  recurve because of its draw power and accuracy. But if you
  talk about modern bows, the difference between the two
  types are purely preferential. If you think you shoot better
  using a longbow then by all means use it. It does not matter
  what kind of recurve bow you have in your hand, the
  important thing to make it shoot straight is the skill of the
  user.



      PSE Talon 58" Recurve Bow

   Features:
   - Draw Weight: 40, 45, 50, 55 lbs
   - Axle to Axle: 58"
   - Dexterity: Right or Left Hand

				
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Description: If you are a beginner at archery, you are probably wondering about what makes a long bow different from a recurve bow. These two bows look similar, especially when they are made of wood, but there are some little details that make them very different from each other, especially in performance.