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Home > Magazine > Bow > Wild-But-Accurate Ultra-Short Tech-Bow

Wild-But-Accurate Ultra-Short Tech-Bow
March 21, 2007

My brother saw a guy shooting one of these at a local archery range the other day. He hit a quarter-sized spot with every shot.

The Liberty I (One).

What a freaky bow!

It's 20" long, 70-lb pull, with 10-lb hold-weight. Shoots 304 fps.

People say it reminds them of a wrist-rocket slingshot.

Why not merge archery and slingshots? Sounds fine to me.

I prefer simple archery myself---with a snaky osage selfbow being my top fave---but at the same time my first value is accuracy then comes range. My first duty in bowhunting is to make a quick kill shot. My second interest is getting more range---the further away you can shoot the more chances you'll get.

These high-tech compound bows do give us more accuracy and range.

A primitive shooter just needs more skills, time and patience---no problem there either, really.

Well, here in Michigan 40-50 yards would give you just about the same range as gun-hunting. 10-30 yards probably gives you half the usual chances---still good. But with a primitive bow and a half hour a day practicing (reasonable investment for a month before and during the season) I'm reliable only to 15 yards.

An hour a day would get me to 20 yards. I'm not sure I could ever trust myself without a sight at 25 yards. I think you need to be doing roving shooting every few days for an hour to achieve that---going on hikes and shooting at random stumps to hone your sense.

Anyway, tech has its place. This bow is quite a nifty piece of innovation, really. If it suits your needs and situation, hey, why not? I could see it working dandy inside blinds and up in trees.

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