DRAKE Husar - 58" - 26-60 lbs - Hungarian Horse Bow
The horse bow was originally developed in Asia. The best known archers are the Huns and Mongols, who have used this prototype of bow manufactured over centuries. The horse bows were, as the name suggests, designed and perfect for shooting from horses. After all, when riding on horseback, space is limited and the mounted warrior had to remain agile in order to survive or hunt successfully. On contrary to the typical Western European bows, like the English longbow, horse bows do not consist of one piece but are always composed of several parts. For example, wood was used which was glued and reinforced with horn, strings and bones to build a strongly reflective bow which was short enough to shoot from the horse and which could guarantee long pull-outs and fast arrow speeds.
This almost perfect bow spread worldwide in the course of history and other peoples also developed their horse bows, which did not differ significantly in their basic function, but each represented its own variants. In Europe, it is above all the Magyars (Hungarians) who enjoy an excellent reputation as riders, shooters and bowmakers, and who shaped the horse bow and the shooting of horses.
The Hungarian Husar by DRAKE is a modern horse bow that follows tradition and is constructed as a multi-pieces bow. Made of several layers of wood with the outer layers of ash, black poplar, zebrano or yew and the core of maple wood, the bow is not only soft to the touch but also allows the typical draw length of up to 32". The limbs ends are put on and clearly more strongly trained. The transition between the flat limbs and the thicker tips is also wrapped with thread. The grip is additionally wrapped with leather and therefore very handy.
However, the already mentioned outer laminates made of special woods give the DRAKE Husar its individual look and give it a different character. The choice is yours:
An exotic tree that has its main habitat in West Africa. It grows up to 30-40 m in height, but never exceeds 1 m in diameter. The sapwood is light and can even be 10cm wide. The freshly cut tree smells unpleasant and is difficult to dry because the wood tends to break. Its clear grain with the regular, dark stripes makes it so interesting and popular.
This evergreen, diocesan (separated sexually) tree or spread out shrub is protected and grows very slowly. The radius of its trunk increases in 40-60 years only 1" (2,54cm), therefore the wooden rings are very dense (0,5 mm) and narrow. Except for the seed coat, all parts of the plant are toxic. The fruit is a red berry. Yew wood is one of the most traditional woods in bow making, which probably had its greatest distribution in the Middle Ages, when longbows were the standard weapon of the English army. The high demand for yew wood minimized the tree population enormously and almost led to the extinction of this tree species. Especially beautiful is the warm colour and fine structure of the wood.
The native tree species ash, also known as common ash or ordinary ash, exists in more than 60 species worldwide. Due to its positive characteristics, ash wood is one of the most important useful woods and is also counted among the noble deciduous woods. It is used whenever elasticity, toughness and strength are required. Sounds like ideal conditions for use in archery. Or? And this is also the case, because ash wood has always been used in the construction of sports equipment,e.g. wall bars, wooden baton athletics relay race or bows.
Black poplar is widespread in Central Europe and can often be found near water. They grow up to 150 years old and reach heights of up to 30m. The wood is relatively light and soft. Especially the burl wood is provided with brown burl eyes and a clear and very decorative pattern.
And as special as the bow is, as individual are the characteristics of the natural material wood and its craftsmanship. The resulting draw weights are therefore not specified as exact values, but can only be specified and selected in smaller draw weight ranges.
Suitable for right-handed and left-handed shooters.
Bow length: 58"
Draw weight: 26-60 lbs
max. draw length: 32"
Brace height: 7 - 7.5"
Determination of the draw hand
The draw hand is the hand that pulls the string. This means that a right-hand bow is held in the left hand and pulled out with the right hand.
The determination of the personal draw hand has far less to do with whether one is left or right-hand than one might initially assume. Rather, it is a matter of determining the dominant eye. The dominant eye is used for targeting. This automatically results in the draw hand.
The term "dominant eye" refers to the eye the visual information of which superimposes everything. If a shooter would try to aim with the other eye, he would have to pinch the dominant eye.
There are two ways to determine the dominant eye: On the one hand, it is the eye that is generally preferred, for example when looking through the viewfinder of a camera, through the spyhole or similar situations. On the other hand, there is a small exercise with which the dominant eye can be determined beyond doubt:
- The arms are stretched out and with thumb and index fingers of both hands, a triangle is formed.
- The triangle is used to target a small target, such as a power socket or a cabinet knob. This object is focused.
- The hands are now slowly moved towards the face without the target being taken out of focus.
- The triangle of thumb and index fingers will automatically incline to one half of the face and the dominant eye will lie within it.
If eye and hand dominance do not match, the bow should still be selected according to eye dominance. The arms can easily be trained on the new draw hand, the eye cannot.
More information about the choice of the right bow type, the right draw weight and the right arrows can be found here: