Compound bows

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The compound bow is the high-tech candidate among the sports bows, which thanks to its numerous extras enables particularly precise handling and shooting technique. Since its invention by the US-American Holless Wilbur Allen in 1966, the compound bow has become one of the most popular bow types in archery and has also found many enthusiastic fans in Germany. For all friends of compound bows there is the largest selection of bows of this kind within Europe from well-known manufacturers.

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Compound bow: modern, technical and precise

Anyone holding a compound bow for the first time could be overwhelmed by the complicated, technical construction of this bow. But with the shooting of the first arrows, it soon becomes clear that thanks to the cams and the sighting equipment, a particularly high level of precision and shooting power can be achieved with little effort despite the high draw weight. Compound bows are also particularly compact variants for bow shooting. The shorter bow arms not only ensure that the string is less prone to wear and tear, but also that it vibrates less when shooting. It can also be held in position for longer thanks to the lower force required. Depending on the manufacturer and type of bow, compound bows are built with different cam wheels and limbs. The special feature of the compound bow limbs is that they are made of glass fibre reinforced plastic, which is particularly tensile and pressure resistant.

Equipment and extras for your compound bow

Under the compound bows at the you will find the right bow for your needs from well-known quality manufacturers. For example, choose a compound bow from the traditional company Hoyt, where your bow is developed and built by other archers. Mathews and PSE are also brands where you can rely on the know-how of the developers. Of course, you will not only find a suitable right- for right-hand shooters, but also a wide range of left-hand bows. Also other accessories belong to our assortment: you also get a bow press for the maintenance of your compound bow as well as new strings and cables to bring your sports equipment back to top condition. For comprehensive equipment for hunting and/or sports, we can only recommend that you take a look at the packages: Here you will find various sets to complement and improve your compound bow.

Compound bows - technical features


A compound bow is a bow that is unsurpassed in technical complexity. At the ends of the limbs, the compound bow has rotating wheels, called cams in archery. These are arranged eccentrically and have different diameters depending on the model. The cams act like a lever when the bow is pulled out. In contrast to other types of bow, this results in a non-linear effort when clamping: the effort increases steadily until it abruptly decreases. This is referred to as the let-off effect.

The shooter then only has to hold a fraction of the draw force on his fingers to hold the trigger. The reduction of the draw force is between 60 and 80 %, depending on the model. This means that with a draw weight of 60lbs the shooter only has to hold between 12 and 24lbs. The bow can be kept much quieter despite the high draw weight. This makes aiming much easier. The energy transferred to the arrow when the bow is released is again 60lbs. Thus women and men can shoot draw weights, which would not have been otherwise physically or only with much training to reach.

Compound bows are mainly shot sporty, i.e. using arrow rests, visors and other accessories. The let-off effect is also valued in bow hunting. The compound bow is predestined for hunting because high arrow speeds and thus a high draw weight are required for hunting, but the shooter also has to aim very precisely. In Germany, hunting for cloven-hoofed game and fish is prohibited. Other animals may be shot with an appropriate licence.

A compound bow must not be relaxed, even if it has not been used for a longer period of time. It is usually not possible to disassemble a compound bow without appropriate technical equipment such as clamping aids and fixtures. A string change should only be carried out by experts with the appropriate technical equipment. Our experienced staff will carry out a string change or a cam change for you at a reasonable price.

Basic position for compound bows

The feet are placed slightly moved with an approximate distance of 30 to 40 cm so that they form an angle of approx. 90° with the line of fire (see illustration). For left-handed shooters this is mirror-inverted. Shoulders and hips are not turned. Only the head looks towards the target. The legs are not pushed through, but should be kept loose.

Grundstellung beim Compoundbogen

Draw length and the compound bow release

The initial position is taken The arrow is placed on the arrow rest andocked with the cock feather (this is usually in a different colour) according to the arrow rest either to the left or down. Compound shooters usually use a release. The release is clicked on the string below the nock. When using a loop, the release is placed behind the nock. Before draw out, the view is directed towards the target. The shoulders are taken back. Then the arrow and bow are lifted to shoulder height. With compound bows, pulling out out is only possible with enormous effort. For this reason, the bow is draw out right from the start until it is let off. The bow can then be held much calmer. The power for draw out and holding the bow comes solely from the shoulder and back muscles. The bow should not be held too tense. Compound shooters often use a bow sling so that the bow is held with the open hand. The grip is not clamped, but rests only on the thumb root. A peep sight is often used for aiming compound bows. This small part is integrated into the string. Through the small hole in the middle you aim over the visor at the target. The band (rubber strap) connects the peep sight and the cable system and aligns the peep towards the target. Only experienced shooters should reach for peeps without rubber. If a visor is used, the needle is placed between the eye and the target. If a scope is used, the middle point between eye and target is placed. The target is focused, so the visor appears slightly blurred. The tension of the shoulder and back muscles is kept constant. When the target is safely aimed at, the shot is fired via the release. It is important to follow after the release until the arrow impact has been noticed. Only then is the shot finished and the posture relaxed. This serves the analysis of the entire shooting process. In this way any mistakes can be recognized and corrected quickly.