An Archery Recurve Bow - Power In A Package
Bows and arrows have always been part of human history. Since the time when cavemen realized that they can throw their spears only as far as their strength will allow, strings were integrated in the equation to add force and strength to the velocity of the spear, which was later developed into an arrow.
The problem with this equipment is that the distance and strength of the arrow will depend on the length of the string. The longer the string, the longer the trajectory the arrow can take. The shorter the string, of course, the shorter the distance the arrow will travel. Now the length of the string dictates the length of the bow. Since the string should be properly stretched during rest position, the bow should be long enough to accommodate the same.
Imagine if you want to tackle a distance of 700 feet. Usually, you'd need a really, really, REALLY low bow, which can even be longer than your height.
Quite problematic, right?
Thankfully, archery recurve bows have been invented to deal with the problem. An archery recurve bow is a bow with edges that curve outwards. Usually, the bow forms an arch, that when held by the archer, extends away from the body with the edges curving inwards. A recurve bow is build as such, as well, only, the edges do not stop their inward curves, instead, they curve outwards allowing for more drawing mileage for the strings.
The result? With a recurve bow, you have strings that can shoot the arrow at great distances and speed without necessitating a longer bow body. Hence, you'd have a more portable bow that is easier to wield.
An archery recurve bow has become the standard equipment for most archery competitions. In the Olympics, for example, only a recurve bow is allowed to be carried by the participant. This is the reason why most add-ons for archery bows are made with the recurve bow in mind.
This shouldn't be taken to mean that the recurve bow is only good for sporting competitions, however. Outdoor hunting likewise benefits from the things that a recurve bow brings to the table. Even if the game is many feet away, you won't have to chug a long and hefty bow to ensure the right speed and trajectory. You'd have better chances of hitting your target with the flexibility that a recurve bow allows while preparing for the strike.