Just had to share
- So I get an e-mail from friend Jon. He is asking me if I know where he can
take his compound bow to have it restrung after he had removed the string.
Being the ever inquisitive one that I am, I asked...
"...how did you manage to unstring a compound bow? From what I've seen of
them at Dan's, it's not an easy task."
"The easy tasks are for sissies. If I'm going to screw something up, I'm
going all the way. It's one of those things that is probably best not
asked. But you asked, so here goes...
I've had my bow for years, but it was at home and I hadn't fired it since
high school. So when I retrieved it a few weeks ago I was eager to shoot.
Not finding any better place to fire a lethal weapon, I bought a slab of
pine wood from the hardware store and used my bedroom for the task. Now in
my defense, we originally bought the target for our throwing knives, it has
worked quite well. But after 48 hours or so of looking at my bow it became
a "I wonder what would happen if..." kind of situation. All of this is
really immaterial for how it happened, but it's entertaining.
While shooting the bow, I used an arrow with broken notches on the end. I
knew it was a bad arrow; I knew it was a bad idea. I did it anyway. The
arrow slid off the string right before I released and the bow dry fired. As
near as I can tell, that's what caused it to unstring. Whether something
previous helped encourage it, I have no idea.
Ergo, I need to fix my bow, replace a few of my arrows, and not do anything
that stupid again. :-)
By any chance do you have Dan's phone number handy? I'll try to look them
Thanks for your help!
This should be good for a laugh for quite a while.
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- I'm shocked that he wasn't hurt by something during this process. Why does
the phrase, god looks out for ... and fools pop into my head.
Since it is over and done with.. that is way too funny, thanks for sharing
> While shooting the bow, I used an arrow with broken notches on
> the end. I
> knew it was a bad arrow; I knew it was a bad idea. I did it anyway. The
> arrow slid off the string right before I released and the bow dry
> fired. As
> near as I can tell, that's what caused it to unstring. Whether something
> previous helped encourage it, I have no idea.
- Your friend is very lucky he doesn't need a plastic surgeon, a dentist,
and/or eye doctor, too.
Any competent bowyer can, for a fee, restring and test his bow. He will
probably need the cables replaced as well. I have an old compound bow that is
fun to shoot without sights, and not so wearing on my anceint body as my
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