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Some of my earliest success came with handmade longbows, and they still remain very popular. Years ago I used one of the first reflex-deflex limb designs, and continue to field test variations today that will produce the power to throw a heavy arrow and remain shock free. In hunting situations a silent bow is a great asset, so I take that into account also with each Cari-bow longbow design.
Peregrine Hybrid Longbow
“Quiet and shock free are understatements when describing how the bow shoots ….Hunting with the Peregrine is like having 5 extra pounds of draw weight that you do not have to pull.” -Pete Ward
The name comes from the fastest diving birds! The “Peregrine” is a hybrid longbow with a radically reflexed limb design. The design has evolved from the “Snowbird” which is also a fast bow. The Peregrine boasts speed of over 200 ft. per sec. A.M.O. at a brace height of 7 1/4″. All this with a silky smooth draw up to 30″. The Peregrine is dead in the hand, even with light arrows such as 9 or less grains per lb. The length of 62″ performs well.
How many times has this happened to you? You’re in a hunting blind, the animal is almost in view, and you find your bow is just a little too long! After many requests and my own desire to make a short longbow to shoot out of a blind and still maintain good presentation, I came up with new model; the 58″ Wolverine. How did I come up with the design? I like the design and performance of the Peregrine longbow. I wanted to maintain those same characteristics. I used the same limb profile and established a shorter riser. The Wolverine maintains performance equal to the Peregrine, plus reducing the noise level. The sight window is cut past center and has the ability to cast both light and heavy arrows. The Wolverine is smooth shooting up to 29″ in draw. It derives its name from the sleek, outwitting wolverine animal. It packs a bigger punch than its size represents. Why a Wolverine ? It’s easy to pack, lightweight, has great esthetics, and is optimal in speed. The Wolverine has an action boo core; with options of your choice of woods, diamond series riser, 2 piece take-down, wood burning and antler.
“I won 5 National Gold medals 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2 bronze 2002, 2003 using my 64″ 50# Featherhorn with yew limbs, the sweetest shooter of the four Cari-bows that I own.” –Dave Bryce
The sleek lines of the Featherhorn , coupled with a reflex design, enhance shooting qualities, making it almost equal in speed to the recurve with virtually no hand shock. The 5 alternating layers of wood on the back of the riser, added for strength and beauty, make it a difficult choice whether to attach a leather or beaver tail wrap. Limb tips are reinforced the same as recurves. The Featherhorn is our longer bow and comes in lengths of 62″, 64″ or 66″. The length of this bow will accommodate shooters with longer draw length. The Featherhorn is available as a one or two piece longbow!
Silver Fox Takedown Longbow
The Silver Fox Takedown Longbow was created to be versatile and smooth. This 3 piece longbow can have one or two choices of wood in the riser. The standard model has one choice of wood. The smaller recurve type handle allows a firm fit in your hand. From extensive testing, I can say that the strength of a Cari-bow takedown is very close to that of a one piece unit. Both exhibit the strength to withstand shock, weather, and pull weights far beyond normal use. The Silver Fox is designed to give the top notch performance, 3 piece convenience, While retaining the beauty of a traditional longbow. The Silver Fox 3 piece take-down longbow is available in 60, 62, or 64 inch lengths.
The Slynx Longbow is 60″ long, and is available as a one piece or two piece take-down. It has the same limb design as the Peregrine and Wolverine, and is ideal for shooters who have a longer draw length than the Wolverine, but desire a more compact bow than the Peregrine.
The Amisk Longbow is 64″ long, and is available as a one piece or two piece take-down. It has the same performance as the Peregrine. The riser is the same as the Peregrine, but the limbs come off the riser at a slightly different angle. It’s good to 31″ of draw and beyond. This is it’s advantage! It also can be shot at a slightly lower brace height. I also believe it’s slightly quieter than the Peregrine.
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