April 27th, 2013, 09:59 PM
What's the difference between a longbow, shortbow, recurve, and a reflex?
Please forgive my stupidity.
What's the difference between a longbow, a shortbow, a recurve, and a reflex?
I don't want to start a war, I want to know the difference. Advantages, disadvantages, what it looks like, variants, etc.
I made a conclusion: (although I am sure I am wrong)
Longbows are "long bows," that are shaped like a D while not drawn/string not pulled, and provides better accuracy and velocity than shortbows.
Shortbows are "short bows," that are also shaped like a D while not drawn, but are smaller (hence the name) and I think you can shoot faster.
Longbows and shortbows can also be a recurve bow which has the ends turned so that the string also touches a part of the limb. Even though it can get damaged more easily, and is louder, they can hold more energy and fire arrows at higher velocity.
Long bows and short bows not only can be recurves, but also reflex bows, which the center is like point inward toward the archer? (Kinda hard to say) and I THINK provide good grip.
Lastly, any bow that is a recurve and/or a reflex is usually a compound bow which is a bow made of multiple materials to strengthen the bow.
Thats my conclusion but I am sure I am wrong.
April 28th, 2013, 04:38 PM
April 28th, 2013, 04:45 PM
I assume Wikipedia would tell you the differences... (not trying to be a smart A)
April 28th, 2013, 05:00 PM
Some of your conclusions are close, but not quite. Not knowing where you got your information I'll just clear it up.
A longbow is basically 'not' a recurve. They can be 'D' shaped or reflex/deflex (semi-recurve). But, the string cannot touch the limb anywhere other than at the loop end where the string attaches. A recurve has very aggressive curve to the limbs and the string will touch the limb at some point on each.
Longbows are quieter and usually lighter given the same length. A hybrid long bow (reflex deflex) will be faster than a D bow.
Recurves are normally faster, but louder (string slapping the limb) and more than likely heavier.
Neither a long bow or a recurve are compound bows (no cams) and could be made of basically any material (usually wood or metal).
I've never heard of a 'short bow' being anything other than what it's name says (a relatively short bow). Therefore it could be any type (long bow, recurve, or a compound). The name implies alot of subjectivity.
A simple google search would have answered your questions, but hope that helps.
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April 28th, 2013, 05:26 PM
Originally Posted by Altiman94
Yup! I would also mention that a longbow tends to be more forgiving because of their length. However, it's a little more difficult to find the right spined arrow for a longbow vs a recurve due to the archers paradox.
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