Buy Mongolian Recurve Bows
Ever since I was a kid, I always had a fascination with bows. The skill, dexterity, and speed that are required to shoot one are not easy to master, but the pure badassness of it always captivated me. If you have watched The Lord of The Rings, you probably already guessed that my favorite character was Legolas, an archer elf. Here are some interesting facts about the Mongolian composite recurve bow and why it was one of the deadliest weapons through the Middle Ages.
About The Mongolian Composite Bow
In most of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, the recurve/composite bows were the weapon of choice since there were no “guidelines and rules” for war most of the time, and could be wielded on horseback. It wasn’t until when the Mongols invaded Europe that the Mongolian bow became the talk of the town.
How Mongolian Bow is Made
The mainframe comprises Birch, a readily available type of resource in old Mongolia, and string from dried animal hide. Sometimes for decoration and practical purposes, animal horns and bones were used as well. The body is glued together in layers to give it both flexibility and resilience, and the bow is strung in the opposite direction to give it a powerful flick when arrows are set loose.
The Draw Weight
Commercial Mongolian recurve bow is usually 120-140 cm in length and 20-70 lbs in poundage. However, there are recounts of it being over 150 lbs during Chinggis’ time. The bow itself is compact enough to be wielded on horseback, yet powerful enough to pierce armor! However, it takes a longer time and it is more expensive to make compared to other traditional bows. The Mongolian recurve bow is also prone to damage if kept in a wet and moist environment so it does require some maintenance.
Shooting Distance of Mongolian Recurve Bow
According to history, skilled archers could shoot more than 400 meters, and other accounts of master archers who could shoot arrows more than 500 meters. Zurgudai, AKA Zev, shot Chinggis Khaan from a great distance during the battle of the twelve sides. Chinggis fortunately recovered and wanted to know the archer who shot him after his army won the battle. Zev spoke without fear for actions, and instead of being executed, his life was spared for his honesty and great skill; he eventually went on to become a loyal general of Chinggis.
Use of The Mongolian Bow
Back in the old Mongolian era, everyone had to have an understanding and knowledge of the bow. Boys were required to train consistently and learned from a young age to hunt; even women had to be able to defend themselves with it if need be. In battles, it was a devastating weapon when used on horseback. Mongolian soldiers sometimes carried more than one bow and different arrows for different purposes, whistling, flaming, and armor-piercing. Mongols were known to feign retreats and suddenly turn around to ambush the pursuers or deploy hit-and-run tactics.
Do People Still Use The Recurve Bow?
Absolutely! Besides some hobbyists who enjoy shooting composite and recurve bows, people living the nomadic lifestyle in Siberia use it for hunting occasions. However, more significantly, Mongolia still keeps its archery tradition with the Naadam festival, which is held every year.