My Barebow Journey – First Steps


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I always was fascinated by barebow archery. I have been binge-watching barebow contests for the last few months – be it Field, 3-D, or Target Archery. It´s awesome to see how good you can get with basically not much more than just a bow!

I finally got myself a takedown recurve bow! You are probably not familiar with the brand: Stark Archery.

I did choose their Futura 25“ riser. Made of Aluminum alloy and a weight of approximately 2.4 lbs. Magnetic Arrow Rest and plunger.

It looks like I have pretty long arms (I am 6 feet), so I went with 70“ Core Prelude limbs. Fiber/wood combination. For the limbs, I picked a pretty low max. draw weight of 28 lbs.

At the moment, the bow is set up with an even lower draw weight of just 24 lbs I slowly want to work myself up and, in the meanwhile, improve on my form …

Bowstring: 70″ – 14 Strands

I shoot approximately 150 arrows during my practicing sessions (1.5 hours) – for now, I found 24 lbs is just about right to work on a proper form without too much of a struggle.

I went with a magnetic arrow rest from Spigarelli, and the plunger is made by Avalon Archer TEC ONE.

Barebow Gear List:

  • Riser
  • Limbs
  • Bowstring
  • Plunger
  • Arrow-Rest
  • Finger Tab
  • Arrows
  • Quiver

Plus, a chest guard (initially didn´t have one – but after repeatedly bruising my left tit, decided differently), arm guard, and bow wax.

Total investment so far, something like $ 350. Which is not that much – Obviously, you could spend way more, but I guess for now I am good to go.

Now, after I shot the first 900 arrows or so, I´ll probably buy a different finger-tab. And maybe another bow grip. But that’s about it.

String Walking

That is something I have been practicing intensively. That, plus finding the ideal anchor point… (That´s not me in the video)

String Walking Explained

Yeah – So I am going to update my progress regularly – let´s see how it goes.

I am the founder and chief editor here at BowAddicted. I love my kids, archery, and the outdoors! It's been an amazing journey so far with some ups and downs, but it's worth it to spend time outside with friends and family.

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