I think you're right Raven. For anyone following my trials and tribulations on the string length, they did supply the right string, it was their info that was obscure. They said the string is 140-146cm, what they meant was length of bow when strung (I think), Stringing, to anyone thinking of getting a horsebow, is not easy. I ended up using a version of a method shown on Youtube
ATARN presents: Chinese Archery [part 1] - YouTube
By the way its worth watching the rest of his videos, the one where he simulates riding and shooting is just hilarious, but he is very informative.
I sat down, bent the bow across my knees, the string went behind my knees ( are you getting this!) and my wife hooked it on to the nock. I have read that you shouldnt draw a horsebow that you cant string on your own. That is piffle. The force needed to create the bend in the limbs is way beyond the poundage of the bow when strung. Using a stringer is near impossible, at least for me. If anyone has other advice on stringing Id love to hear it.
Anyway the bow looks superb when strung, and considering the price I paid, its exceptional value. Hoping to get out and shoot it on Sunday
That's exactly the method I use.Have you tried the method where it goes behind your left thigh, rests on the front of your right thigh, and then you bend it round with your left hand, slip the string on with your right hand and then step out of the bow! If that description makes any sense ha ha ha! I have a Korean horsebow, i'm quite a small woman, and i can string it alone fairly easily now. That is after I made myself a thick leather pad to go over my right thigh to avoid the stonking bruises I got on the first attempt lol!
Everyone who has a go with my horsebow loves it, I bought it as my first ever bow, now because it's all I know, my dads recurve seems big and clunky!
with the arrow on the "outside" of the bow (right side of bow, right handed archer), you need to draw with your Thumb (ie your right thumb hooked around the string from the left side of the string - opposite to the way you'd hold the string with your fingers).I've also been looking at these bows. Watching at videos on how to shoot them I see the traditional way is with the arrow on the right of the bow (for a right handed archer), resting on the thumb and index finger. Do they shoot as well with the arrow to the left of the bow resting on the hand?
I shoot "instinctively" for what it's worth, ie I don't use any formalised measurement techniques, consciously looking at the gaps between any given two points.Well, this bow is amazing,Tested it for distance which is at least 180 yards with my elb arrows( we didn't measure too accurately) and the arrows flew beautifully. I could definitely use some advice on aiming. At 20 yards I started to get some grouping yesterday, at times roughly all within a Portsmouth face, but the arrows fly so straight that the point is way below the boss. Of course you could shoot instinctively (view that thread!) but otherwise you'd need to find somewhere along the bow as a reference. What do others do, same as longbow?