Owning a recurve bow demands of you to have some skills on its maintenance and usage. When you want to store the bow, you will have to remove the string. When you resume using it, you will be required to string it again. When the string wears out, you will also have to do stringing. How then do you go through the process of stringing your recurve bow?
The modern archer uses a stringer to string the bow. This is a device that will help through stringing and enables you to get the right tension without too much strain. There are two designs of the stringers; double pocket and saddle type. In both the stringers, there is a nylon cord and a large pocket which fits on the tip of the bottom limb. A smaller pocket (for the double pocket stringer) is for fitting onto the upper limb. It allows the string to sit into the groove of the upper limb correctly. The saddle stringer has a saddle instead of a smaller pocket. The saddle and pockets can be made of either leather or rubber. The saddle is positioned behind the string that is to be looped around the upper limb.
Install the Stringer
Remember the bottom limb has more weight of the handle towards it because of the high pressure it experiences during shooting. You will then slide the top loop of the bow string over the top limb; same should be done for the bottom limb. Ensure you have located the lower loop of the bow string in the grooves of the bottom limb. Once the lower loop is in the groove, slide the larger pocket of the stringer over the tip of the bow and the loop that is in the groove.
Fit the Top Loop into the Groove
Once you have the stringer and the bottom loop in place, it is now time to fit the smaller loop into the top groove. You have to hold the bow by the grip horizontally, that is, parallel to the ground surface. This is done with the bow string below the bow and the stinger hanging below the bow string. With one foot, step on the center of the stringer cord and pull the bow up. Use the other hand to slide the top loop into the groove of the upper limb. Do this steadily until the string loops are well secured in the bow groove.
Release the Stringer
Now you have the string loop in the groove. It is time to withdraw the stringer and leave the bow in a usable state. Release the tension of the stringer cord gently and gradually until all the tension of both limbs is now supported by the bow string. Remove the stringer cord from both limb tips then check again to ensure that the loops are in the grooves to make sure you have a safe shooting device. This way your bow is ready for use.
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