This post will provide you with information on the best takedown bows for hunting and archery. This is a great article if you are in the market to purchase your first bow or looking to upgrade from a traditional longbow.
Takedown recurve bows are a great option for beginner archers because they’re lightweight, easy to store, and don’t require any tools to assemble.
Let´s start with the basics:
One advantage of a takedown bow is that you’re able to change your draw weight very easily. All you need to do is exchange the limbs. You can do this within minutes. Several family members could easily use one bow.
In case you are new to all this, here are some pictures of my takedown bow. Assembled and unassembled.
As you can see – You don´t need much room at all. Five minutes and all is set. I shoot barebow, so no sights to install.
Takedown bows allow flexibility because they let users change the bow limbs and draw weight without buying an entirely new recurve bow. Plus you don´t need much room to store them!
At a Glance: The 5 Best Takedown Recurve Bows for 2021 are
+ BEST ALLROUND RECURVE BOW – Samick Sage Takedown. Great quality. Available 25- 60lb draw weight. Excellent first bow for new archers.
+ BEST YOUTH BOW – Southland Archery Supply Spirit 62″. Elegant 62″ takedown recurve bow. Maple & Fiberglass. Right-handed archers only.
+ BEST INTERMEDIATE – Southwest Archery Tigershark. USA-based Company. 1-year manufacturer warranty with registration. Available with up to 60lb draw weight. Preinstalled threaded brushings for future accessories.
+ LEFT & RIGHT HANDED – Southwest Archery Spyder. 64″ and up to 55lb draw weight. Perfect for beginners. 1-year manufacturer warranty with registration.
+ BEST FOR TARGET SHOOTING – SinoArt. Aluminum Riser, Draw weight 20 – 36 lbs available. Comes as a package – has lots of extras included.
+ SECOND FOR TARGET SHOOTING – SAS Supply Explorer. Aluminum Riser, for right-handed archers only (pull the string with right hand). Bow length is 66″. Draw weight 22 – 34 lbs available. Riser in blue or red.
Best Takedown Bow 2021
The Samick Sage is in our opinion the best all-around recurve bow. It´s a flexible bow that is available in draw weights from 25 lbs up to 60 lbs (in 5 lbs increments). It is also possible to choose either right or left-hand orientation.
- Excellent first bow for new archers
- Draw weight selectable per model between 25lbs and 60lbs (5lbs increments)
- Right or left-hand models
- Made from Maple wood and blackened fiberglass limbs
- Draw length maximum is 29-inches
- Beautifully made
- Limbs replaceable
- No stringer is supplied
- Occasional breakage or warping after several months of use
The recurve bow includes its own arrow rest and a B-50 bowstring. The riser is made from strong maple wood while the two limbs are made with fiberglass.
The maximum draw length is 29-inches. The brace height is selectable from 7.25-inches to 8.25-inches. This recurve bow is designed for either beginner or intermediate bow archers.
When comparing the Samick Sage with other bows on our list, I conclude that this is the best all-around bow available. You could use the Samick as a target shooting or hunting bow alike. The price point is fair – the quality good.
2. Southland Archery Supply SAS Spirit 62″ Take Down Recurve Bow – Black
The SAS Spirit 62″ Take Down Recurve Bow is an elegant model with a laminated maple wood riser and black fiberglass limbs that screw on. The bow is 62-inches in length and intended for shooters who are up to 5 feet 7 inches tall.
This recurve bow is only for right-handed archers. The draw weight is selectable by model. There is an 18-pound, 20-pound, 22-pound, 26-pound, 30-pound, and 34-pound recurve bow.
- Riser made from maple, beech, gmelina arborea, and chuglam wood
- Fiberglass limbs
- Right-hand only model
- Draw Weight models: 22lbs, 26lbs, 30lbs, 32lbs, 36 lbs
- Draw Length: less than 30 inches
- Bow Length: 62-inches
- Designed for 7 feet, 7 inches or shorter archer
- No left-hand model
The riser is made from a combination of three kinds of wood: beech, gmelina arborea, and chuglam. These wood species used in combination give the riser its unusual yellow appearance that is so striking.
3. Southwest Archery Spider 64″ XL
The Spyder Takedown Bow from Southwest Archery is available for right- and left-handed archers. Using increments of 5 lbs., the draw weight is adjustable from 20 lbs. up to 60 lbs.
It´s an intriguing looking bow – and numerous updates such as mechanical rests/plungers, sights, quivers, stabilizers, and bow fishing reels are possible through the preinstalled threaded bushings.
Fast Flight and Flemish String compatible!
Includes one handcrafted riser (LH or RH), one pair of matching limbs upper and lower one, 14 strand Dacron string, and a stick-on adhesive arrow rest.
- Bow Length: 62”
- Bow Weight: 3 pounds
- Reinforced Limb Tips
- Naturally Sourced and Handcrafted Wood
- “Take Down Bow” Design for Ease of Portability
- 1-Year Manufacturer Warranty
- Instruction & Assembly Video
If you do not have a stringer tool already, there is one available for purchase too. Just select the option when you check out.
When comparing the Southwest Archery Spider 64″ and the Southwest Archery Tigershark, I conclude that both models are well priced. Both bows are suitable for either hunting or target shooting activities.
The Spider 64″ and the Tigershark both have threaded inserts. This will allow you to add more equipment as need. You could mount a sight or a quiver, arrow rest and so on.
The biggest difference is the bow length. The Spider comes as 64″ bow. Therefore is better for taller people with a longer draw length.
4. Southwest Archery Tigershark
The Tigershark Takedown Recurve Bow is set up as a powerful model for advanced archers. It is the “third” generation development following the popular Samik Sage recurve platform.
- Bow Length: 62”
- Bow Weight: 3 pounds
- Draw Weight 25 to 60lbs available
- Available in right and left-handed
- High-quality construction
- “Take Down” design for ease of portability
- Stick on Arrow Rest
The Tigershark is also fully outfitted with threaded bushings for easy installation of sights, arrow rests, stabilizers, or other accessories.
5. Southwest Archery Supply SAS Explorer Metal Riser Takedown Recurve Bow
Another excellent bow from Southland Archery Supply. Its strong fiberglass limbs are made with maple laminations and give it an astonishing, clean look. The riser is made of high strength casting aluminum.
You can choose from different draw weights such as 22, 26, 30, and 34 lbs. The bow has a length of 66″ so it’s not ideal for shorter archers! Recommended shooter heights up 6′.
Available right hand only!
- Bow Length: 66”
- Available right hand only
- High-quality construction
- Available with a blue or red riser
- Stick on Arrow Rest
The SAS Explorer is a great bow for archers that have longer draw lengths.
6. SinoArt 66″ Metal Riser RH Archery KIT
This takedown bow from SinoArt is available for right-handed and left-handed archers. The design of the bow is aimed at target shooters. The max. poundage available is 36 lbs.
You can choose between a black, red and blue riser. Unfortunately, the left-handed version is only available in black. Speaking of, the riser is made of magnesium-aluminum alloy and measures 21″.
As mentioned before this is a bow made for archery competition and target practice.
- Bow Length 64″
- Draw Weight 20 – 36 lbs
- Aluminum Riser
The package includes the bow plus limbs, the bowstring, a stringer, arm guard, finger tab, recurve bow sight, an arrow rest and two string nocks.
If you compare this package with the other bows on our list, the SinoArt is very well equipped. Its direct “opponent” the SAS Explorer is only available as the bare bow only.
Thats why I recommend this bow as the best target shooting takedown bow on our list!
|Bow Length||Draw Weight||Draw Length||Hand||Riser|
|Samick Sage||62″||25 – 60 lbs||28″||RH&LH||wood|
|SAS Spirit||62″||18 – 34 lbs||28″||RH||wood|
|Southwest Spyder||64″||30 – 55 lbs||30″||RH&LH||wood|
|Southwest Tigershark||62″||25 – 60 lbs||28″||RH&LH||wood|
|SAS Explorer||66″||22 – 34 lbs||32″||RH||metal|
|SinoArt||66″||20 – 36 lbs||32″||RH/LH||metal|
Poundage on recurve bows is measured at 28″ draw length. Every inch you draw less will reduce the poundage by 2 lbs. Here is an example: If your draw length is 26″ and you buy a bow with 34 lbs draw weight (measured at 28″). This means that you are shooting with 30 lbs.
Me, shooting my takedown bow.
Things you Need to Know Before Buying
Before you go and buy a bow (no matter which one that might be), you need to take three measurements:
- Draw Length
- Bow Length
- Draw Weight
That´s it. Nothing too overwhelming, right? Now, how do you figure those things out? Easy!
That is the distance between a bows riser (the middle part) and the most distant part of a bowstring when at full draw.
The Archery Trade Association (ATA) is defining it like this: “Draw length is the distance at the archer’s full draw, from the nocking point on the string to the pivot point of the bow grip plus 1 3/4 inches.”
Everybody has an individual draw length – just like a shoe size!
To be accurate, you need to maintain a proper form when shooting. And that is impossible if you are fumbling around with a wrong draw length!
When at full draw, an archer’s arms should be at a 90-degree angle to their body. Your body should essentially be configured to a “T” shape between your torso and arms.
If you are new to archery, this may sound a bit complicated. But it’s not. Believe me.
Measuring Draw Length
There are different methods to do this. The Wingspan Measurement is the most popular one (here is our article about this topic).
All you need is an assistant, a tape measure and a calculator.
Stand straight with your arms stretched out (see above). Now your assistant measures the distance from fingertip to fingertip (the furthest fingertip!).
Write down your findings, divide by 2.5. That is it! You now know your personal draw length!
Now that you know your draw length, you can go and pick a bow that supports your draw length! There is no magic involved here. Double-check before buying so you don´t end up with a too long or short bow for you.
As general guidance, take a look at the chart below:
|Draw Length||Bow Length|
|14 – 17 inches||->||48 inches|
|17 – 20 inches||->||54 inches|
|20 – 22 inches||->||58 inches|
|22 – 24 inches||->||62 inches|
|24 – 26 inches||->||64 – 66 inches|
|26 – 28 inches||->||66 – 68 inches|
|28 – 30 inches||->||68 – 70 inches|
|31 inches or more||->||70 – 72 inches|
Shooting too high of poundage harms your experience. You should be able to draw and fire your bow at least 20 times in a row with only minimal fatigue.
The best draw weight you can draw smoothly and hold at full draw to comfortably shoot at a target.
|Young Adults (18 to 21)||15 – 30 lbs||start with 20 lbs|
|Adult Women >22 years||20 – 35 lbs||start with 20 – 25 lbs|
|Adult Men >22||25 – 40 lbs||start 30 lbs|
The sport of archery is not just about shooting arrows. It’s also about the process: aiming, drawing, and releasing smoothly in one fluid motion.
One way to ensure you get the maximum benefit from your practice session is by starting with the appropriate draw weight. Do not start out with too high of draw weight. Your form will suffer and so will your accuracy.
Many states have laws governing the minimum draw weights for different species if you plan to go hunting. Make sure to inform yourself – Here is a clickable map for you!
The main materials for takedown bows are wood, metal, fiberglass, and composite. Whereas the limbs are usually made of several layers of fiberglass, wood, and carbon foam.
The riser is, in most cases, made of wood, carbon, aluminum alloy, or magnesium alloy. If you prefere a more traditional look, go with a maple wood riser. Those look absolutely great!
How Long do Recurve Bow Limbs Last?
Quality recurve bow limbs should last you years to come! The condition of the bow’s limbs is an important factor in how long a recurve limb will last. As well as any damage it may have incurred during use.
This can include
- Creases from drops or rough handling
- Small cracks that don’t affect performance
- Surface scratches and nicks that are too small to interfere with shooting accuracy
- Hairline fractures often won’t be found until they spread and weaken quickly.
Different Archery Types
- Target archery
- Field archery
- Traditional archery
- Mounted archery
- Bow fishing
- 3D archery
What’s the difference between target, field, and 3D archery?
The main difference is that target archery is done from a stationary position, whereas field and 3D archery are done on the move.
You shoot either three or six arrows per end. This can vary depending on the type of round you are participating in. Most commonly, it´s 20 ends of three arrows.
Distances are always the same. You only have a set time limit to finish your shot.
3D Archery is popular – and it’s a lot of fun. 3D archery introduces you to engage a target in unique and creative ways. It´s an outdoor spot – the idea is to enhance your archery skill in an environment that comes as close to actual hunting as it gets. Please read our article about the most amazing 3D archery shots here
Targets may or may not have marked distances. Field archery is done with a recurve bow. Field archers are judged on accuracy and need to adapt to targets at various distances and angles.
Field archery offers three different types of targets: hunter rounds, field rounds, and animal rounds. Each with its own unique targets.
What is a Recurve Takedown Bow?
The takedown recurve bow is actually comprised of three parts. There is the riser and then two limbs, one above and the other below. When compared to a single piece bow, this type has many extra benefits.
For one, the three-part bow can be dismantled to pack it down to a smaller size safely without risking bending or breaking the limbs. Take-down bows are easier and simpler to make repairs.
Parts can either be repaired and refitted or individually replaced to effectively make the bow new again. The take-down version is also useful for beginners because the draw weight is adjustable.
The draw weight is based on how stiff each of the limbs is and how it is constructed. Simply by swapping out the existing limbs for a different pair, the draw weight is changeable.
What to Look for When Buying a Takedown Recurve Bow?
There are a few factors to look at when it comes to buying a takedown bow. Each bow is different. Some have multiple models with different draw weights. Others are longer or shorter and suit people of different heights. Are you going to use the bow for target shooting, or do you actually plan to go hunting?
Let’s break down what’s important when selecting a bow for purchase
a. Right or left-hand:
A bow is designed either for right-hand or left-hand use. A right-handed bow is held in the left-hand with arrows fired from the right-hand.
While it tends to be true that a right-handed person will hold a bow in their left hand and shoot with their right, the dominant eye also influences which hand to use for best results.
b. Draw weight:
This is the force required by the shooter to pull the string all the way back. It is critical to get the right bow with the appropriate draw weight for you.
In many cases, it’s better to air on the side of caution with a draw weight that’s lower than expected and to grow in strength until a higher draw weight is possible.
Buying a bow with too high of a draw weight means it won’t be easy to draw it back to fire off the bow properly.
c. Draw length:
Your draw length is equally important for accurate shooting. To determine what length is appropriate for you, stretch out both arms away from your body, and then measure the length between the tips of your fingers on either hand. (Read more about how to properly measure your draw length here)
With this measurement, divide it by 2.5 to get the approximately draw length. This measurement is a reasonable starting both for kids and adults alike. It isn’t perfect, but it’s fairly good. I would advise to always consult with a professional to determine your exact measures.
d. Let off:
The let-off is the percentage that the draw weight is reduced once at maximum draw. In other words, when having pulled the string back fully extended ready to fire, how much draw weight pressure is reduced to hold the string in the full draw position.
That’s the let-off percentage. Higher let-off levels are easier for newer archers to handle because their hands won’t shake when lining up a shot before release.
“Classic” Recurve Bows do not offer let-offs! It´s technically not possible – You should take a look at some of the modern compound bows instead.
e. Nocking point:
Nocking points are there to give a simple reverence where you should nock your arrow. You don’t necessarily need them – but especially for newer archers, they might be helpful.
f. Peep sights:
The aperture on the peep sight is the tiny hole that one looks through to aim at the target. These sights come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The size of the aperture also varies from 1/16th to 1/8th to 3/16th. The 1/8th aperture tends to be the most popular. Again, this is what is relevant when shooting compounds – not recurves. Peep sights are not used with recurve bows.
g. Bow Riser:
Some bows permit the shooter to add their limbs to a chosen riser. In other cases, the bow riser comes with the bow. The riser is an important part of any recurve bow. There are different quality ones depending on the requirements, with the highest quality being Olympics standard.
Make sure to invest in a quality riser – probably going to use it for quite a while. Limbs are more likely to be changed due to increased draw weight once you get stronger.
How To Decide Which Recurve Bow Is The Best?
With the takedown recurve bow, one gets more flexibility to make adjustments to the types of limbs (or riser) used. This customizability is unlike a standard recurve bow which is one-piece and lacks this flexibility altogether.
Most Recommended Recurve Bows
We put together a review article about the best recurve bows in general. Not limited to takedown or vintage. Might want to check it out too.