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Hi Folks,

Came across the site while trying to find some information about a bow I bought years ago. I'm guessing you have a lot of members that could enlighten me. I'm too old to hunt now, but I still enjoy target shooting. The bow is a Bear Kodiak, it is a 64" 60# pull recurve bow. I think I bought it in the late 50's. The model number is 19K67. I was wondering what year it was made and if it has any value.



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Frank
 

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They still make the bow today. You would be best to hit the traditional section to ask this question. There are ways to find out if yours is worth more than others. Some people can tell by the medallion on the bow.
 

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Here's something I saved off here a couple years ago.
I hope it helps

By EZADO*The information below has been compiled from various resources including the internet, guides, personal experience and people we know. We hope that you find this information useful.*Since we have the opportunity to sell a lot of different items through our eBay Drop Off Store certain things start to stick out that seem to sell extremely well. One item that sticks out are the vintage BEAR Recurve Bows.*Recently on an out of town trip we stopped by an antique store like we usually do and saw this recurve bow in the corner. Since we were already somewhat familiar with how well bows have sold from selling them for a client we naturally gravitated to it. It looked to be in excellent condition and came with a quiver and 3 different sets of arrows. The asking price was $100.00 and we ultimately got all of it for $75.00.*Based on the dating procedures listed below we determined that this was a Fred Bear Kodiak Recurve bow from 1965 in excellent condition. It was a* 60" bow with a 44# pull.*After we got the bow to our store we noticed that inside the big quiver was a smaller single quiver. Based on a light embossed marking on this smaller, leather quiver that we pulled out we were able to date it to the late 1940's.*We decided to break this up into 3 different auctions and started all three at $9.99. The results of the auctions are listed at the end of this article.*-----------------------------------------------------*DATING YOUR FRED BEAR BOW*There are several features and changes that were made to the bear bows over the years that will help narrow the age of your bow or your potential investment.******1. The Serial Number:*These bows usually have, what appears to be a hand* inscription on one of the limbs that gives a serial number along with the length and pull weight of the bow. This serial number works very well for dating Bear Bows from 1965-1969 when the first digit of the serial number is the year of manufacture.****** For example, a serial number of*5L212 would be a 1965 Bow.*Prior to 1965, the serial numbers for all Bear bows were started over every month, making these bows almost impossible to date by serial number alone. The "K" series of serial numbers (for example KZ9672) were started in 1970.****2. Patent Mark:*Most of the BEAR Bows we have sold have the logo and the US Patents printed on it along with the date of CANADA 1953. This date that is printed on all bows made between 1953 and 1972 is simply the date of the patent for a working recurve limb and has nothing to do with the actual model year.********** 3. Decals & Silkscreening:*In 1948 the small Running Bear decal was first and then was replaced by the large Standing Bear decal in mid-1953. The large Standing Bear decal also has the words "Glass Powered Bow" under the Standing Bear.*The large Standing Bear decal was used until 1955 when it was replaced with silk-screening the identification on the bows. By 1956 the silk-screening appeared on all bows.********** 4. All Wood vs Laminate:* If your bow is ALL wood (no laminations of any kind) then your bow had to be made before the mass productions beginning in 1949.If the ALL wood bow has a stamp that reads "Bear Products" in some form it would have been made before the early to mid 40's.If it is stamped "Bear Archery" it would have been made AFTER the early-mid 40's and BEFORE 1949.Also wooden bows with a small "Running Bear" decal can be dated to 1948***5. The Leather Grip:*ALL Bear bows had leather grips until 1959. In 1959, the Kodiak Special removed the leather grip and in 1961 the Kodiak did the same, as well as the Grizzly in 1964.****6. The Coin Medallion:*Beginning in 1959 all Bear bows had a coin medallion of one type of metal or another. Below are the approx date ranges for the type of coin used.****** Copper Coin – 1959****** Aluminum - 1960-1961****** Pewter – 1962****** Brass - 1963 – 1970****** Nickel-Silver - 1971-1972*ALL coins were flush with the wood until 1972. In late 1972 the coin was raised above the surface of the bow and came in both gold and chrome covered plastic and are still used in Bear bows today.****7. Manufacturer Location:*in 1978 Bear moved all manufacturing and offices to Gainesville, Florida. If your bow shows Gainesville on it then it was made after 1978****8. Model Of The Bow:*Check the Model of the bow. Below is a yearly production chart for the most popular Bear Bows.****** Wood Handle Take-Down 1969-1972****** Wood C-Riser Victor Custom 1973-1975****** Magnesium Handle Take-Down A-B-C 1971-1978****** Kodiak Static Recurve 1950-1953****** Kodiak Recurve 1954-1966****** Super Kodiak 1967-1976****** Grizzly Static Recurve 1949-1957****** Grizzly Recurve 1958-1978****** Super Magnum 48 1966-1976****** Kodiak Magnum 52" 1961-1977****** Kodiak Hunter 58" and 60" 1967-1977****** Tamerlane 1962-1968****** Tamerlane HC-30 1965-1967****** Tamerlane HC-300 1968-1972****** Kodiak Special 1955-1967****** Temujin 1968-1970****** Tarter 1968-1972****** Victor Patriot 1973-1977*

Victor Patriot 1973-1977****** Victor 1972****** Polar (recurve) 1957-1970****** Alaskan (leather grip semi-recurve) 1959-1961****** Alaskan (recurve) 1966-1970****** Tigercat 1964-1978****** Bearcat 1964-1971****** Black Bear 1972-1978****** Little Bear 1965-1978*With this information you should be able to get really close to dating your Bear Bow if not pin-pointing it to the year.
 
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