How to String a Recurve Bow Without a Stringer

By Danny Donahue

A recurve bow is designed to propel an arrow down range with more power than a more traditional long bow. The stiff, curved arms of the recurve give the bow its power. Recurve bows have no extra parts like a compound bow. Aside from the wooden frame of the bow, a recurve uses only a string in its design. Stringing a recurve without a stringer is frowned upon, but, should the need arise, you should be familiar with the process.

Drape the large loop of the bowstring onto the top arm of the bow. Twist the string and allow the loop to slide below the notch on the top arm.

Slip the knotted end of the bowstring into the notches on the bottom arm of your recurve. Twist the string so that the knot in the string rests in the groove in the rear face of the bottom arm while the sides of the loop remain in the side notches.

Turn the bow so that the point of the arms faces you. Lean the bow to a 45 degree angle and place the hook of the bottom arm against your left shin. Put your right foot between the bowstring and the bottom arm with your calf resting against the second curve of the bottom arm.

Press forward on the tip of the top arm of the bow with your right hand. Lift the loop around the top arm with your left hand. Twist the bowstring into place in the side notches of the top arm with the juncture of the loop resting in the groove in the rear face of the bow.

Release the pressure on the top arm of the bow. Step out of the bow. Inspect the top and bottom loops to ensure proper seating.

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